OM-D E-M10 Mark IIby Olympus

  • OM-D E-M10 Mark II
  • OM-D E-M10 Mark II
  • OM-D E-M10 Mark II
  • OM-D E-M10 Mark II
  • OM-D E-M10 Mark II
  • OM-D E-M10 Mark II
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VERDICT
A definite buy! This is among the best in its class.
94%
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PROS

  • The OM-D E-M10 Mark II has a small, lightweight body and high-quality lenses, offering a viable option to replace heavy DSLRs.
  • The 5-axis image stabilization system corrects for pitch, yaw, rotation, and horizontal and vertical translation.
  • The E-M10 Mark II has a completely electronic shutter, which facilitates a top shutter speed of 1/16000th of a second with silent shooting.

CONS

  • The camera does not shoot 4K video. The 4K support is limited to time-lapse movie-processing mode.
  • Adjusting the camera menus can get fiddly--you can't navigate through the main menu using the touch screen, and the menus themselves can be a tad complex for some users.
  • The camera lacks NFC for faster connections and GPS for geotagging images.
The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II is a 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera--a reasonably priced successor to the E-M10. While substantially the same as its younger sibling, the E-M10 Mark II improves on the previous model in several ways, featuring 5-axis image stabilization, a larger fully electronic viewfinder, a new image processor, a higher resolution LCD, and Wi-Fi. In addition, it builds on the sturdy metal frame of the original E-M10 by adding studded metal to the control knobs for easier handling, as well as other ergonomic tweaks. Video enthusiasts will appreciate the new 4K time-lapse mode.
NameOM-D E-M10 Mark IIAlpha a6000Alpha a5100Nikon 1 J5EOS M3
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The Olympus OMD EM10 Mk II is quite the upgrade from the original version ergonomically. It looks a heck of a lot more retro and feels much …

The Olympus OMD EM10 Mk II is quite the upgrade from the original version ergonomically. It looks a heck of a lot more retro and feels much like an old Olympus OM camera. The front of the camera is minimal and there are barely any controls. There isn’t much of a grip, but instead there is just enough of one to mimic the feel of an old film SLR camera.

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Another bonus is the addition of a Focus Bracketing function, which shifts the focus ever so slightly over a series of shots. These are then…

Another bonus is the addition of a Focus Bracketing function, which shifts the focus ever so slightly over a series of shots. These are then stacked together to get one sharp-looking image, even when shooting with very small apertures.

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Intelligent Auto and Scene modes are built in to make the camera easy to use for beginners, along with full manual control, Art filters, and…

Intelligent Auto and Scene modes are built in to make the camera easy to use for beginners, along with full manual control, Art filters, and Photo-story modes for those wishing to be more creative and expand their photography. Live Bulb, Live Time, and Live Composite modes are built in that allow you to take long exposure photography, whilst also viewing the photo as it exposes on the rear screen, which is great for taking the guess work out of exposure length.

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The new 5-axis image stabilisation system works very well indeed, even when hand-holding the camera at slow shutter speeds or shooting video…

The new 5-axis image stabilisation system works very well indeed, even when hand-holding the camera at slow shutter speeds or shooting video without a tripod, although the lack of 2015's must-have feature, 4k video recording, may put some buyers off, especially as the E-M10 II's 4K time-lapse movie mode only records at a jerky 5 frames per second.

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Using the E-M10 Mark II’s viewfinder is great – it’s very clear and the scene looks great through it. In fact, it can be difficult to rememb…

Using the E-M10 Mark II’s viewfinder is great – it’s very clear and the scene looks great through it. In fact, it can be difficult to remember you’re using an electronic device at all. However, on more than one occasion, the viewfinder suggested an image would be over exposed when in fact the settings suggest otherwise.

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Olympus was one of the first manufacturers to get on-board with WI-Fi connectivity and allow remote control of a wide range of features via …

Olympus was one of the first manufacturers to get on-board with WI-Fi connectivity and allow remote control of a wide range of features via an app on a smartphone or tablet. It's business as usual with the E-M10 Mark II, but there's the additional ability to see Live Composite images build-up on the screen of a connected smart device.

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ISO sensitivity ranges from Low (ISO 100) to ISO 25600, with adjustments in increments of 1/3 or 1EV steps. Continuous shooting is available…

ISO sensitivity ranges from Low (ISO 100) to ISO 25600, with adjustments in increments of 1/3 or 1EV steps. Continuous shooting is available at up to 8.5 frames/second and the buffer memory can hold up to 36 Large/Fine JPEGs or 22 ORF.RAW files.

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Unfortunately, Olympus' Auto ISO implementation is rather simplistic. You can set minimum and maximum ISOs for the algorithm, but that's abo…

Unfortunately, Olympus' Auto ISO implementation is rather simplistic. You can set minimum and maximum ISOs for the algorithm, but that's about it. There's no dedicated control over the minimum shutter speed the camera will allow before increasing ISO. The camera does take into account focal length used when determining this minimum shutter speed itself, but there's no way for the user to bias this algorithm.

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Also new is the "AF Targeting Pad" mode, which allows you to use your thumb to move the focus point on the touchscreen LCD while you keep yo…

Also new is the "AF Targeting Pad" mode, which allows you to use your thumb to move the focus point on the touchscreen LCD while you keep your eye glued to the viewfinder. (Pretty cool!) There's even a new "Simulated Optical Viewfinder" (S-OVF), which is reported to offer a viewfinder experience more akin to optical viewfinders and with more dynamic range

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The Olympus OMD EM10 Mark II is a very compact mirrorless camera that perfectly balances retro-styling with modern functionality. Measuring …

The Olympus OMD EM10 Mark II is a very compact mirrorless camera that perfectly balances retro-styling with modern functionality. Measuring 120x83x46.7mm and weighing 390g with battery, it's one of the smallest cameras with a viewfinder and interchangeable lenses.

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The E-M10 Mark II is still incredibly small — about the size of Sony's RX100, though this definitely won't fit in your pocket — and also ver…

The E-M10 Mark II is still incredibly small — about the size of Sony's RX100, though this definitely won't fit in your pocket — and also very light. It's a striking addition to the low end of its OM-D lineup of cameras, and should make for an attractive option in a crowded mirrorless camera market.

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The built-in focal plane shutter can range from shutter speeds of 1/400th of a second to 60 seconds. Various bulb and time modes allow the u…

The built-in focal plane shutter can range from shutter speeds of 1/400th of a second to 60 seconds. Various bulb and time modes allow the unit to take shots up to 30 minutes. The camera features Olympus’ wireless flash control with up to four channels and four groups.

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