Olympus OM-D E-M10 review

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

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Signal box

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JPEG images have a high level of detail direct from the camera, but as usual there's a bit more visible in the raw files (see below).

Signal box raw

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Raw files bring increased scope to fine-tune contrast and sharpening to help bring out detail.


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These catkins were bobbing about violently in the wind, but in the bright light the E-M10's AF system was able to lock onto them quickly. It even managed to keep up with them as they moved around the frame in AF Tracking mode.


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In low light, AF performance drops off and although it wasn't fast enough to produce sharp images of erratically moving dodgems, it managed to deliver a few sharp images of this junior roller-coaster ride.

White Flower

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The E-M10 general purpose ESP metering system wasn't thrown off by the brightness of the main subject in this shot and has delivered an excellent exposure.


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The tilting screen is useful when shooting very low subjects, like this crocus.

Fungi JPEG

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Although the white in the fungi in this JPEG file is a bit too burned out to pull back, it could be retrieved in the simultaneously captured raw file below.

Fungi Raw

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It only took a couple of seconds to adjust the raw file in Adobe Camera Raw to restore the highlights in this raw file.


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Using Live Time mode enabled us to see the image build up on the screen on the back of the camera (or our iPhone) and then close the shutter when the exposure looked correct. This image took 5.5 seconds at ISO 100 and f/18.


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Olympus's Grainy Film Art Filter suits this cooling tower image well, but if you're not sure you can shoot a raw file simultaneously so that you have a 'clean' file to work with. It's also possible to bracket the Art Filters and produce a sequence of images with each one (or just your favourites) applied with just one press of the shutter release. Alternatively, the supplied Olympus Viewer 3 software allows you to apply the filter effects to raw files as they are processed.

Landscape no drama

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Another example of where a tilting LCD screen can come in handy.

Landscape drama

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This JPEG file was shot at the same time as the raw file above, but the Dramatic Tone Art Filter has given it a bit more impact.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera Body Only
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Wireless LANYes
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
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
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
Image Sensor Size4/3" (18 mm x 13.50 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height82.3 mm
Width119.1 mm
Depth45.9 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW, MPO
External FlashOptional
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerOlympus Corporation
Product ModelE-M10
Product NameOM-D E-M10 Mirrorless Camera
Product LineOM-D
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Manual
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!

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
Limited Warranty1 Year