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Olympus OM-D E-M10

Estimated Street Price: $699 (body only)


The new Olympus OM-D E-M10 is the entry-level model in the OM-D line, combining the OM-D E-M5’s 16.1-megapixel Live MOS image sensor with the OM-D EM-1’s TruePic VII processor. Though it replaces its big brothers’ five-axis sensor-shift image stabilization with a three-axis unit and lacks their weather-sealing, it brings the OM-D lineup to a bigger audience: The list price is about half that of the E-M1.

Featuring the same high-resolution EVF as the E-M5, the new E-M10 has a higher-res LCD monitor like the E-M1’s, a 3-inch design that tilts. The new camera also has the same 81-point contrast-based AF system as the E-M5, but focus tracking has been improved. Focus peaking is available for manual focusing.

The E-M10 can shoot up to 20 RAW frames or an unlimited number of JPEGs at 8 fps in single-shot AF mode, and at 3.5 fps with continuous AF tracking for each frame. Built-in WiFi lets you upload images to your smartphone wirelessly, operate the camera from your smartphone and geotag images using the smartphone’s GPS. The new camera has a built-in flash unit, something neither of its higher-priced siblings has (they come with a clip-on unit).

Additional features of note include Live Composite Mode, Photo & Movie Capture, 12 Art Filters, 8 Art Effects, HDR capture and Photo Story.

Like all Micro Four Thirds cameras, the new E-M10 can use all MFT lenses, as well as many others, via adapters. Olympus currently offers around 20 M.Zuiko lenses designed for the system, ranging from a 9-18mm wide zoom to a 75-300mm supertelephoto zoom (the Four Thirds sensor’s 2X crop factor means that 300mm focal length frames like a 600mm on a full-frame DSLR or 35mm film camera).

Dimensions are 4.7×3.2×1.8 inches; weight is 14.0 ounces (with battery and SD card).

STANDOUT FEATURE: Many Olympus OM-D features at an entry-level price.

1.The front and rear dials overlap slightly, and the rear one is raised above the front one. This makes both easy to operate on the small body.

2.The rear touch-screen LCD monitor tilts 80° up and 50° down.

3.The E-M10 is the only OM-D camera to have a built-in flash (it also has a hot-shoe for a dedicated accessory unit).

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