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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Review - Verdict

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Olympus OMD EM10 MarkII (11)

Value For Money

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II is available for £549 body only which makes it very good value for money considering the range of features on offer, and alternatives to consider include the following:

Panasonic Lumix G7, 16mp, EVF (0.7x), 8fps, 4K video, Vari-angle screen, £549 body only
Panasonic Lumix GM5, 16mp, EVF (0.46x), 5.8fps, Compact, £499 body only
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, 16mp, EVF (0.74x), 10fps, Vari-angle screen, Weather-sealed, £869 body only
Sony Alpha A6000, 24mp, EVF (0.7x), 11fps, £439 body only
Fujifilm X-T10, 16mp, EVF (0.62x), 8fps, £499 body only
Fujifilm X-E2, 16mp, EVF (0.64x), 7fps, £499 body only

Have a look at more compact system cameras in our Top 10 Best Compact System Cameras 2015. You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.


Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Verdict

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II is feature packed, taking some of the best features of the other OM-D models, including 5-axis image stabilisation, live time, live bulb and live composite, and adding some new features along the way, with 4K timelapse video creation, focus bracketing, and an AF targeting pad. Without the weather-sealing featured in the E-M5 II and E-M1, the E-M10 Mark II is the smallest of these cameras, as well as being the lightest, yet the handling and control of the camera remains good, and the electronic viewfinder has an excellent resolution of 2.36million dots. 

Image quality is excellent, with the camera delivering great JPEG images straight from the camera, with pleasing colour and saturation, as well as low levels of noise. For those that want to have full control over their photography, there are an abundance of options and settings available, as well as a number of features not found on other cameras, such as focus bracketing, and live composite shooting, as well as raw shooting. There are plenty of creative effects, including Art filters and photo story modes for those that want to create stylish photos in the camera. For most people, the 14-42mm pancake zoom lens will provide a good starting point, and the compact size of this lens makes it a great combination with the E-M10 II. However, to get the best image quality possible from the camera, a prime lens, would be recommended, particularly for better subject separation and background blur. 

For the price the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II offers very good value for money, with the main competitors being the Panasonic Lumix G7 (£549 body only), the Fujifilm X-T10 (£499 body only), and Sony Alpha A6000 (£439 body only). If you want to be able to record 4K video, then the Panasonic Lumix G7 is the only one to offer this feature, and you can also choose from the many Micro Four Thirds lenses available. The Fujifilm X-T10 is another excellent camera, although it does not offer the same range of lenses, with a number of X series lenses being noticeably more expensive than Micro Four Thirds lenses. The Sony Alpha A6000 offers fast continuous shooting with AF, as well as a reasonably priced range of lenses, although, like the E-M10 Mark II, the kit lens doesn't deliver the best results.  

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II is an excellent mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, noticeably improving over the E-M10 (Mark I), as well as offering a great entry into the OM-D range. The E-M10 Mark II would also make a very good upgrade path for people with the original Olympus OM-D E-M5, with a larger EVF, built in Wi-Fi, and additional shooting features, albeit without the weather-sealing, and for that you would need to upgrade to the more expensive E-M5 Mark II. 

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Pros

Full metal body
Built in Wi-Fi 
2 year warranty
High resolution electronic viewfinder
Excellent design and improved handling
Full range of video frame rate options
5-axis image stabilisation - excellent for stills and video
Dual-axis electronic level
Live time / Live composite modes
8.2fps continuous shooting
Compact pancake zoom lens
Excellent JPEG output

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Cons

Short battery life on default settings
Menu system could be improved
No auto panoramic stitching built in
Pancake zoom lens image quality a little disappointing
Shutter shock at some shutter speeds


The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II offers some of the best features of the OM-D range in a compact and ultra-stylish camera, and delivers excellent image quality.


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Photographs taken using the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II


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Greynerd 2 2
20 Sep 2019 11:07AM
This is probably the one to get while you can rather than the Mk III. The Achilles Heel of the Mark III is that silent shutter has been relegated to an Advanced Photography scene mode which is an interesting way of describing what is essentially a dumbing down process. Whilst there is still Program Shift, ISO control and Exposure offset there is no White balance control if it is the same as my E-PL9.
So in an indoor situation where you need silence and the lighting is difficult you will probably be in great difficulty.

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