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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Review Summary

16 Megapixels16 MegapixelsElectronic View FinderElectronic View FinderHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringDepth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Depth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Live-View: Lets DSLR cameras use the rear LCD as an EVF.Live-View: Lets DSLR cameras use the rear LCD as an EVF.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed review

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Assessment

The Olympus E-M10 Mark II is the second-generation base OM-D which overtakes some features from the rest of the series. A revised anti-alias-filter-free 16 MP CMOS sensor and new processor allows this digital camera to produce images with richer details than any Micro Four-Thirds camera to date while maintaining very low image-noise.

It features a 5-axis image-stabilization system which compensates for shake with any lens attached. As an enthusiast model, the E-M10 Mark II offers a 2.4 MP 0.45" EVF with Eye-Start Sensor and dual control-dials, plus a high number of controls. This camera is truly feature-rich, including built-in HDR, built-in WiFi and sophisticated bracketing for exposure, WB, flash, ISO and even focus.

Image quality from the Olympus E-M10 Mark II is top-notch with excellent metering, good white balance and quite reasonable colors. This mirrorless is also fast with an 8.5 FPS continuous drive and 1080p HD video recording at 60 FPS. The Contrast-Detect AF system now remains fast down to relatively low light levels. The new OLED EVF does not keep up with action as before but remains highly usable for anything but action photography.

PROS CONS
Very low image noise Some color inaccuracy
Excellent retention of details Dynamic-range below other mirrorless
Reliable metering Highly modal interface
Good Automatic White-Balance Not always Exposure-Priority
Excellent built-in 5-axis stabilization Limited EVF and LCD contrast and view-angle
Virtually no shutter-lag 1s filming delay
Fast contrast-detect AF Overly complex menu
Fast shot-to-shot speed Uncomfortable eyelets
Very responsive Short battery-life
Solid build quality
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

The Olympus E-M10 Mark II turns out to be an excellent digital camera and a compelling choice for travel photography due to its compact size and relatively light weight. It delivers where it matters the most: image-quality, speed and controls. There is little this camera cannot do, although the interface takes time learning is not without its quirks.

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By on 2016/07/07
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Olympus E-M10 Mark II Facts

Mirrorless digital camera
16 Megapixels MirrorlessISO 100-25600
Micro Four-Thirds Mount
2X FLM

Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm

Four-Thirds Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

Shutter 1/16000-60s
5-Axis Built-in Stabilization, 4-Stop ImprovementFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
0.45" Built-in EVF 2.4 Megapixels (0.62X)Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
Automatic Eye-Start sensorSpot-Metering
2 Axis Digital LevelHot-Shoe
Built-in Dust ReductionLithium-Ion Battery
8.5 FPS Drive, 36 ImagesSecure Digital Extended Capacity
1920x1080 @ 60 FPS Video Recording
3" LCD 1 Megapixels
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