Olympus OM-D E-M10 II – More Than an Entry-Level Camera

TEST: Olympus E-M10 Mark II is the smallest and simplest model of the Olympus OM-D-series. But for the sake of it is not a simple and feature-poor, entry-level camera. No, Olympus has stopped in several new features in the camera that makes it interesting.

The resolution is the same as before, 16 megapixels. It is, in fact, the resolution is most common among the MFT cameras and has been so for a couple of years. Panasonic launched their GX8 with 20 megapixels now last summer, but it is likely that the sensor comes in an E-M1 Mark II. Perhaps it would be foolish to launch the sensor in what might be considered an entry-level camera in the series.

According to Olympus, however, E-M10 to exist – and Mark II ‘ an will be sold in parallel – the differences are large enough that they should not cannibalize each other. I am perhaps a little more skeptical about it and I suspect that we will see E-M10 disappear after a while.

Stable and friendly

With E-M10 Mark II now gets a five-axis image stabilization, instead of the 3-axis-like its predecessor has, so have the Olympus updated their entire IF-D-line to five-axis image stabilization. It is worth noting, however, that the stabilization that sits in E-M10 Mark II is not the same as in E-M5 Mark II, but a simpler variant. Therefore the only stabilising «» of the sensor for up to four steps slower shutter speeds, compared to the five steps that E-M5 Mark II can handle. The more expensive E-M5 Mark II has an additional processor that only manages the stabilization making it faster and more accurate. The reason for the slightly simpler stabiliseringsmodulen in E-M10 Mark II is that it wanted to hold down both the price and the size of the camera.

E-M10 Mark II, also a macro-friendly supplements when it comes to shooting modes. The new camera has a bracketingläge which takes a series of images with different focus depth. In retrospect, you can then choose to pick the image you thought were the best in the series, or merge all the images into a single image with a greater depth of field. Olympus does not build in the functionality of the camera because they think it is that good software for making it in the computer.

Since the predecessor has also replaced the viewfinder to a 2.36 megapixel OLED viewfinder. The viewfinder also has a new mode that is designed to look more like an optical viewfinder. This means that the dynamic range gets a little bigger. You can also get a completely silent shooting mode with E-M10 Mark II with the help of an electronic shutter.

Practical design

At the press screening of E-M10 Mark II design was emphasised several times. It is clear that Olympus places great importance on the camera’s appearance, and there is nothing wrong with it, not when you look at just how appreciated their cameras have become for its properties. A stylish but bad camera will not so far with.

Any changes that occurred since the predecessor is pure design, but they also have a practical meaning. Among other things, the grip is different, which is a change for the better. Its predecessor had a straight grip and Mark II has a slightly sloped, grip, which means that it is more natural in the hand. To this you can also mount a little extra grip that increases the ergonomics further.

Olympus has also raised and skrovlat to input the wheel and the programs knob. The increased friction makes it easier get the grip when feeding the wheels with the thumb/index finger. The wheels have been higher (but slightly smaller in diameter) do their for there to be quicker is adjusting. Program knob is not locked so you have to keep an eye on it, if you walk with the camera a bit imprudent. Modes are certainly correct slow so that the wheel switch mode without to it is not so likely. The front entry wheel is, however, very lättsnurrat and exposed to get fit.

The on/off button has been moved from the back of the camera to the left of the Flash on the top side of the camera. The casing is a little more than before and that is also why the program wheel had to move over to the other side of the viewfinder, and reduce in size. The knob to turn on the camera is also used to pop up the Flash.

Creative shooting modes

As I previously mentioned, E-M10 Mark II received a focus-bracketingläge that may be of interest to those who enjoy macro photography. But it also has a couple of other modes that can be exciting. For those who like to shoot, for 4 k-timelapse be exciting.

Camera takes up to 999 pictures (you choose of course how many you want to take and how often) it adds up to a video with 4 k resolution. The cameras itself can därmot not filming in the same resolution, but with the higher resolution that time-lapse mode provides, you can zoom and pan the image afterwards and still keep the movie in full HD Mark II also receive modes Live bulb, Live time and Live composite.

Live composite is a mode where you can paint with light and get really fun effects. The camera takes multiple exposures but just adds to the new bright details in the picture.


E-M10 Mark II has received a small update concerning burst shooting, from eight frames per second to eight-and-a-half. No giant lift maybe, but already the eight frames per second is a pretty impressive speed to lift it with half a picture is no one should shed tears over.

Even focusing is quick and relatively safe. You also can use the touch screen to move the focus point is nice. It increases the speed of handling further.

Image quality

The sensor has the same resolution as that of the predecessor, and most likely, it is also the same sensor.

According to our tests of the sensor performs it in all cases, the exact same results as E-M10, which essentially gave the same result as E-M5.That in itself is not a bad thing, E-M10 Mark II delivers good pictures, both straight out of the camera and for those who want to process them a bit more and shooting in raw form.


To tie the sack – how it summarizes the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II in a good way? One could say that it is a great camera for those who have taken a couple of steps from compact camera or cell phone and want a camera that gives you the creative freedom and the opportunity to photograph the most.

It is not weather resistant as big brother E-M5 Mark II, you are adventurous, you might jump up one step. But with his speed, wifi and their creative capabilities, it is a camera that should fit quite a lot of middle ground, that is to say, those who are interested and want to explore and experiment, but do not feel they need to put on a super high level.

In addition, like the retroutseendet of camera is IF-D E-M10 Mark II really well to the design.