Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Review Summary
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.
|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||Excellent 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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Olympus E-M10 Mark II Facts
|16 Megapixels Mirrorless||ISO 100-25600|
|Micro Four-Thirds Mount|
Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|5-Axis Built-in Stabilization, 4-Stop Improvement||Full 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 sensor||Spot-Metering|
|2 Axis Digital Level||Hot-Shoe|
|Built-in Dust Reduction||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|8.5 FPS Drive, 36 Images||Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
|1920x1080 @ 60 FPS Video Recording|
|3" LCD 1 Megapixels|
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