Test: Olympus OM-D E-M10 Sleek, Fast and Good

Olympus continues in the same vein with his on-camera D E-M10. The camera is packed full of goodies, and has inherited a lot from their big brothers.

Olympus new IF-D E-M10 is the third camera in the Olympus OM-D-segment, and is essentially a stripped down version of the two higher models E-M1and E-M5.Many of the actual goodies have Olympus chose to take, and some things are even better.

The resolution we will recognize and 16 megapixels, a sensor in the micro fourthirds format and an iso range of between 200 and 25600 iso, same as in the previous acclaimed IF-D E-M5. The processor is also fast and upgraded, as well as the ability to record video in progressive mode.


Design wise the swung Olympus om something with new E-M1 from last fall, which took over the site as the company’s flagship camera. Now E-M10 here in a design that is really like if-D E-M5, in all ways. The design was also well received by the users for many reasons – Olympus managed to pick up many buttons, setting options, good handling, and created a packaging that was small and compact, but still able.

In IF-D E-M10 looks the same, although there are some small improvements. The Setup is basically the same, with the two control dials for settings, for the thumb and index finger. The feel of the controls are somewhat refined with lighter and softer spin, even if they have a suitable resistor. The buttons also feels good, but a big improvement here is the function button and the display button on the E-M5 sat crammed next to the screen, which made these really inconvenient. At E-M10 now sits above the thumb grip – which is a clear improvement.

The grip is good on camera, and inch-plastic that stands out a bit to create together with the anterior protrusion designed a good feeling in the hand. At large are all the controls and buttons at your fingertips and makes the camera easy to use in every way.

Olympus continues to throw in clever features in their cameras, and in E-M10, we see the legacy of the higher models. The menu system provides of good and evil as many configuration options. It is very good for those who want to develop in his photography, but perhaps also a hassle for those who are unsure of what everything means.

Opportunities for Wi-Fi, we found in the IF-D E-M1, but not at E-M5.But of course you get E-M10 this – and can be operated together with the Olympus Image Share. To hook up the camera is quick and easy – all you need to do is press the wifi symbol on screen will start function that fixes the connection. What you need to do is to take pictures of your screen with a qr code, then your camera and your smartphone compound. It doesn’t get any smoother. In the app, you can also do some settings, zoom, change settings and download already taken pictures from the memory card. This feature is really useful if you quickly want to get off their shots or control the camera from a distance.

Image stabilization, however, has been downgraded a bit from E-M5, and offer of E-M10 on the version with three-axis stabilization instead of five; the question is in what circumstances this really required-during testing, it was no problem to shoot freehand with slow shutter speeds – it feels so good though.

The screen, however, is better, and the same as the one we find in E-M1, with a resolution of 1.04 million pixels. Smart is also the brightness of the screen can now be adjusted according to the ambient light, just as in E-M1, which simplifies a lot then you do not have to be dazzled in the evening – and see nothing during the daytime. The screen is generally very good, and it goes to angle in part helps to shoot macro, for example, or above the head. Pressure sensitivity is also really good, allowing you to focus and pull an image by using the screen. It is a pity, however, is that it is not possible to adjust more icons and settings by using the screen – but you have many times still go into the menus to change some basic settings.

Recording of video works much like E-M1. The image quality is the same with full-hd 1080 p at 30 frames per second in 24 megabits, which is good. However, we still lack the parts that we complained at E-M1 – namely, increased control. Right now, we can make some adjustments for the tion of simplified sound setting in the menu, but during recording so you are stuck in the mode you selected, without the ability to adjust the settings. The only thing you can do when you pressed the record button is to lock or unlock the exposure, or adjust the focus point by touching the screen.

That is why it is a problem if you want to record video in a smart way, because you get so locked. Video on E-M10 had instead been strongly considering all buttons, controls, and settings you would actually be able to do in-camera.

In addition, the camera has a feature focusing-peaking in shooting mode, which unfortunately does not at all seem to go to use in video mode for manual focusing. However, it is possible to apply effects when recording video, which also appears on the screen. Föurtom this, you can, if you reduce the image quality, also take pictures while recording video, but that the film is interrupted. This is useful if you only get one chance, but can’t choose between recording video or photograph, which is a plus.


The camera’s autofocus works fast and good. It is only in certain situations in the dark light that it takes a little longer, but still puts the focus right, even if it a few times also will be wrong.

The setting of the fulltids-autofocus makes the camera pre-focuses on what it thinks that I am going to focus on, something which also shortens the time it takes to actually put the focus of the camera. In this way, also feels the camera very quick to use even in situations where direct angles up the camera and snaps a picture. In this way, it acts as a quick to use street photo camera.

For those who like manual focus, there is a lot of fun settings to adjust. Among other things we find the behavior of the magnification of the image in order to easily be able to see where the focus is sitting, but also focus-peaking showing viewfinder image with greater contrast to show where the focus is. Unfortunately reduced image update when using this mode, something makes it still was not entirely easy to adjust the focus manually.