Olympus E-M10 Mark II Review

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Updated July 19, 2022

The OM-D E-M10 II mirrorless camera from Olympus features a micro four-thirds camera and is one of the best point-and-shoots under $500. It offers top-notch image quality, has an electronic shutter with a fast shutter speed, and has a classic design. This is a great travel camera as it’s light and compact while also offering an interchangeable lens.

Why We Like It – Olympus E-M10 Mark II

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II takes awesome high-quality pictures with its micro four-thirds sensor. It has a compact design that comes with an interchangeable lens system with a feature set that includes image stabilization and continuous AF.

Pros
  • 16-megapixel micro four thirds CMOS sensor with 3-axis image stabilization
  • Interchangeable lenses
  • Continuous shooting up to 8 frames per second
Cons
  • Menu system is confusing

Performance

Similar to the Panasonic Lumix FZ70, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 II comes with a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor. It also has a TruePic VII image processor that together delivers excellent image quality. The camera offers high-speed continuous shooting at 8fps with super fast autofocus technology. The E-M10 II Olympus features an 81-point AF grid, a manual focus mode, and HDR. It can also capture full HD video at 30fps (just like the Nikon Coolpix P100) and does well in low light conditions as well thanks to the high ISO range of up to 25600. The Nikon Coolpix B700 is another great point-and-shoot that delivers 60x optical zoom.

Design

Unlike the Canon IVY Cliq, the Olympus E-M10 II has the retro rangefinder camera look that a lot of users love. It is available in black or silver color options, with the latter looking much classier. This camera offers an interchangeable lens system that lets you add different lenses to suit your needs. Like most mirrorless cameras, this one also has an electronic viewfinder with up to 1.15x magnification. As you’d find on the Olympus Tough TG-610 and the Olympus SP-100, there’s also a tiltable LCD touch monitor at the back, a memory card slot, and an in-built flash. Don’t like the design, then why not try the Nikon P7700.

Value

Just like the original E-M10 Olympus camera, the Mark II is great value for money. It offers a micro four-thirds sensor, a small compact body with a retro design, an electronic viewfinder, and the ability to change the lens. This camera is similar in specifications to its smaller sibling, the OM-D E-M5, which offers faster continuous shooting. The E-M5 Mark II camera could be of better value, especially with a kit lens. You can also try out the Nikon D7000, which is a great camera to hold for extended periods.

Olympus E-M10 Mark II Wrap Up

This Olympus OM-D E-M10 II review is mostly positive. Yes, the menu system software is a bit confusing, but you could just stick to the buttons to dial down your settings. This camera, like the E-M5 II, has a great pedigree and features such as image stabilization, an interchangeable lens system, 8fps continuous shooting, and a 16-megapixel micro four-thirds sensor.

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