Olympus OM-D E-M10 Review

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This is a much more expensive compact system camera than the models we recommend, so we looked to Olympus OM-D E-M10 reviews to see what consumers can get for a higher price. For starters, this is a fast, responsive camera, according to experts from Digital Photography Review. It can shoot photos continuously at 8 frames per second, which is quite a bit faster than a typical budget DSLR. The autofocus works well and locks onto the subject quickly. In-camera noise reduction improves low-light performance and maintains good detail up to about ISO 3,200. This camera, unlike most DSLRs, has optical image stabilization built into the camera body, rather than relying on the lens to provide that feature. Speaking of lenses, because the E-M10 uses a standard Four Thirds lens mount, it's compatible with many lenses from Olympus and Panasonic, the originators of the Four Thirds format. The DPReview experts like the camera's 3-inch tilting LCD and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, which worked well in testing. The site's Olympus OM-D E-M10 review concludes that this camera is simply fun to use.

A reviewer from Digital Trends considers the Olympus OM-D E-M10 (starting at $699, Amazon) an ideal camera for travelers due to its small size and lenses. The camera's built-in flash adds just the right amount of light, according to this expert, and the tilting touchscreen is an attractive feature. The expert chides the touch panel's responsiveness, noting that users may have to tap the screen a couple of times before it picks up their commands. The LCD is very bright, though, and easy to read in bright light. The autofocus -- sometimes a weak point for mirrorless cameras -- proves speedy and problem-free, and the E-M10 manages to take good photos even in dim lighting. The battery lasts for about 320 photos, which isn't overly impressive. Having said that, this reviewer praises the camera credit for its overall performance and features.

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 is a 16MP camera that stores photos to SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards and saves them in the JPEG, MPO, and RAW formats. Videos are saved in MOV or AVI format. Shutter speeds range from 1/4000 to 60 seconds and ISO sensitivity runs from 100 to 25,600 in extended mode. The camera has USB 2.0 and mini-HDMI ports.

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 caters to more experienced photographers who are sold on the Four Thirds format. Buyers who dig deeper into their pockets will be rewarded with several nice features and fast performance, but for many consumers, this camera may not be worth an extra $300, give or take, over our top picks.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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