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Olympus OM-D E-M10 review

A more affordable OM-D with most of the E-M5's features

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

These charts compare the results of the Olympus OM-D E-M10 with the Panasonic G6, Olympus OM-D E-M1, Fuji X-E2, Canon 70D and Nikon D7100.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Although the Panasonic G6 performs best at ISO 400, the Fuji X-E2 has the best results at every other sensitivity setting. This indicates that there's plenty of detail and low levels of noise in the X-E2's JPEG images in its default settings. However, the Olympus E-M10 puts in a very good performance and compares very well with the two SLRs (the Canon 70D and Nikon D7100), especially at the higher sensitivity settings.

Raw (after conversion to TIFF) signal to noise ratio

Raw signal to noise ratio

The Olympus E-M10 is a clear winner here, indicating that it produces the cleanest images across the sensitivity range. However, our resolution chart results show that this comes at the expense of some detail at the highest sensitivity values.

JPEG dynamic range

JPEG dynamic range

The Olympus E-M10 and E-M1 in their default (Natural) Picture Mode have very similar dynamic range in their JPEGs. This means that there's a wide range of tones and detail isn't lost quickly in the highlights or shadows. However, it's worth noting that the Fuji X-E2, which has a lower dynamic range, produces punchier-looking images straight from the camera in its default configuration.

Raw (after conversion to TIFF) dynamic range

Raw dynamic range

These results confirm our real world findings that the Olympus E-M10's raw files have lots of tonal data and its images have an impressive dynamic range. It beats all the competing cameras here.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Wireless LANYes
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
Product FamilyOM-D
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC UHS-I), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I)
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourSilver
Brand NameOlympus
FeaturesFace Detection, Live View, Orientation Sensor, Continuous Shooting Mode, Time Lapse Function
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4 AVC, MOV, Motion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)350 g
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution17.2 Megapixel
Camera AssemblyBody Only
Battery Model SupportedBLS-5
Height82.3 mm
Width119.1 mm
Depth45.9 mm
Autofocus Points81
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW, MPO
Audio FormatsPCM, WAV
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerOlympus Corporation
Product ModelE-M10
Product NameOM-D E-M10 Mirrorless Camera
Product LineOM-D
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberV207020SE000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.olympus.co.uk
Marketing Information

E-M10: Small on size - big on performance

The new E-M10 is a super-slim, beautifully designed, light-weight system camera offering amazing value for best performance in class. A Micro Four Thirds camera packed with sophisticated technologies: large electronic viewfinder, high performance 3-axis image stabilisation and high-speed auto-focus, it also comes equipped with built-in flash and WiFi. The E-M10 outperforms DSLR cameras both in size and imaging excellence!

Battery Life320 Shot
Package Contents
  • OM-D E-M10 Mirrorless Camera
  • BLS-5 Battery
  • BCS-5 Battery Charger
  • EP-14 Micro Four Thirds Body Cap (BC-2)
  • Shoulder Strap
  • CB-USB6 USB Cable
  • Software Media
  • Operating Instructions
  • Warranty Card
Display Resolution1037000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker