The Olympus OM-D E-M10 is a mirrorless, Micro Four Thirds, interchangeable lens camera described by company reps as the EM-5’s little brother. Olympus says the E-M10 combines the image quality, speed and power of the flagship E-M1 and the E-M5 into an extremely compact all-metal body.
The camera features the new TruePic VII image processor, the same found in the E-M1, 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor, Wi-Fi technology, a large electronic viewfinder, 3-axis image stabilization, ultrafast autofocus, and a built-in flash.
Olympus says the combo of 16-megapixel sensor and TruePic VII image processor with M.Zuiko lenses will deliver beautiful image quality with high resolution, superior colour reproduction and high sensitivity that exceeds other cameras in its class.
Maximum sensitivity is ISO 25600, and ISO LOW mode (100 equivalent) expands the low-sensitivity end.
The sensor’s rich dynamic range is said to make smooth gradations possible and beautifully depicts high-contrast highlights and shadows. Fine Detail Processing II technology configures the appropriate sharpness processing for each individual lens resulting in natural, high-quality resolution.
The E-M10’s in-body 3-axis image stabilization system is derived from the 5-axis system in the E-M5 and E-M1. The 3-axis version effectively counteracts yaw, roll and pitch with both still shots and HD movies, regardless of the lens attached to the camera.
The on-board FAST AF is Olympus’ fastest-ever AF system and uses 81 target areas that cover the whole image. Small AF Target and Super Spot AF modes make it possible to zoom in and focus accurately on minute sections of the frame.
The E-M10 is also capable of capturing high-speed action with 8fps sequential shooting, the fast processor supports continuous capture of up to 20 RAW frames or an unlimited number of JPEG frames, and the Continuous Auto Focus with Tracking mode accurately tracks and captures moving subject as fast as 3.5 fps.
The slim, compact and lightweight E-M10 body is built with precision-machined metal parts and a premium feel.
Two easy-to-reach metal dials give excellent operability and improved control, and the grip is designed to rest comfortably in the user’s hand.
Despite its size, the E-M10 is the first OM-D with a built-in flash that is optimized for 1/250 second synchronization, a benefit for daytime flash photography.
The 1,440,000-dot electronic high resolution viewfinder (EVF) located on the optical axis of the E-M10 features a 120-fps refresh rate, a 100 percent field of view and maximum 1.15x magnification to help accurately frame shots.
An eye sensor seamlessly switches the display between the tilting, 3.0-inch touch-screen monitor and the electronic viewfinder.
Camera setting information is displayed at the bottom of the viewfinder and photographers can take full advantage of the EVF’s ability to display the effects of various exposure adjustments, Art Filter effects and Creative Controls like Colour Creator, Image Aspect control, Highlight/Shadow control, Live Histogram, Display of five different grid patterns and even a Level Gauge, all without having to remove your eye from the viewfinder.
New features include Live Composite Mode and Photo & Movie Capture. Live Composite Mode is a tool that offers previews of long exposures in the EVF. Photo & Movie Capture lets users shoot high-quality still images without interrupting the video recording.
A dozen Art Filters, three HDR capture modes and Photo Story add to the mix.
The E-M10 includes built-in Wi-Fi. By scanning the QR code displayed on the camera’s LCD with a smart device, it syncs with the Wi-Fi network created by the camera. The free Olympus Image Share smartphone app synchronizes a user’s smartphone and E-M10 so the camera’s Live View is effectively displayed on the phone. In this way, the camera can be controlled by touching the smartphone display as if it were the camera itself, and users can send selected images directly to websites and social media.
The Olympus OM-D E–M10 will be available in March in black or silver. Estimated street price: $699.99 body only, $799.99 with M.Zuiko Digital 14-42 mm f/3.5-5.6 II R lens.
Olympus has also introduced two new Micro Four Thirds lenses to its line-up.
The super-slim M.Zuiko Digital 14-42 mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ pancake zoom lens measures just 0.9 inches thick, making it the world’s slimmest standard zoom lens, says the company. It has a smooth electric zoom that is suitable for shooting movies, and can also be zoomed in and out remotely using compatible smartphones through the updated Olympus Image Share app. Price: $349.99.
The super-bright, lightweight, high-performance M.Zuiko Digital 25 mm f/1.8 lens has a fixed focal length and is ideal for capturing portraits or close-ups from as little as 9.8 inches away. Price is pegged at $399.99.
Several new Micro Four Thirds accessories join the Olympus line-up.
The fixed-aperture f/8 Fish Eye Body Cap lens has a focal length of 9 mm (equivalent: 18 mm). It’s an ultra-slim accessory for creative wide-angle shooting through its 5-element, 4-group lens construction. The multi-use lens barrier MF lever switches from pan focus shooting to close up 8-inch shooting with a single press of the lever. Price: $99.99.
The ECG-1 matching ergonomic grip is a removable grip exclusively for use with the E-M10. The grip, says Olympus, is the perfect thickness for resting the ring finger and pinky when holding the camera. A single press of the lever on the bottom of the grip easily removes it, making replacing batteries and memory cards seamless.
The MCON-PO2 macro converter is compatible with six Olympus Micro Four Thirds lenses and adapts them for close-up shooting.
The Automatic Opening Lens Cap LC-37C is available exclusively for use with the new 14-42 mm EZ. When the camera is turned off, this accessory protects the lens from dust and scratches, and when the camera is powered on the lens cap instantly opens for snapshots and quick shooting.