Price: $770 (body only street price)
Still petite and sweet
THE LOW-DOWN: The E-M10 is the junior sibling in the Olympus micro four thirds range, released in February last year and now upgraded to MkII with an improved OLED viewfinder, five axis image stabilisation which works in video mode, focus bracketing and limited 4K video for time lapse sequences. The 16 megapixel sensor is unchanged. The touch-screen LCD now displays the useful Super Control Panel by default, making easy access to every major camera setting. The two knobs on the top plate give quick control of some functions, including exposure compensation which can be done by feel without taking the eye from the viewfinder. There is even a simulation of an optical DSLR viewfinder. Smartphone integration is excellent. Overall the ergonomics are very good.
LIKE: The Olympus jpeg image quality, as always, is outstanding – RAW is even better. The bundled software includes Olympus Viewer 3 which is a good RAW image converter and general Lightroom-like image editor. The in-camera correction of converging verticals is sheer genius.
DISLIKE: Panasonic’s recently released 20 megapixel micro four thirds sensor could make the E-M10 obsolete sooner than we would like.
VERDICT: We have been using the original E-M10 since its release and have usually picked it up as our preferred camera – the MkII is better. The viewfinder and new control layout have given the camera a new feel and responsiveness and – at least for the time being – without a significant price increase. We confess to a tragic addiction to the Olympus retro design style, bringing the lovely form and function of the OM film cameras into the digital era. So OK, it’s only cosmetics, but a thing of beauty is a joy forever. Or at least until MkIII arrives.