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OlympusOM-D E-M10 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Black)
 
4.4

(based on 12 reviews)

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Pros

  • Compact (7)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Fast shutter speed (4)
  • Great resolution (4)
  • Large clear LCD (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel (9)
    • Family photos (6)
    • Low light (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Happy Shooter

    I've been using Olympus cameras for close to 20 years now. For the past 2 years I've been getting more and more discouraged with the low light capabilities my current camera and have been...Read complete review

    I've been using Olympus cameras for close to 20 years now. For the past 2 years I've been getting more and more discouraged with the low light capabilities my current camera and have been watching the development of the mirrorless systems. Once I read about the OM-D E-M5 I began to seriously consider that system. By February of this year I had saved up some money and then heard that the E-M10 was coming out and at a great price point.

    So the price is what hooked me. Well that and the wi-fi communication, the small footprint, the extensive list of usable lenses (several of which I already own), the EVF AND touchscreen LCD. I could go on and on.

    For a hobbyist shooter like myself this camera is nearly perfect. If you are familiar with other Olympus DSLRs the controls will be very comfortable to you. The pictures are exactly what you expect. The dual knobs allow me to make adjustments without taking my eye off the view finder.

    For someone just starting out, this camera will provide a great introduction to photography at a very light weight. For a more serious shooter this camera provides as much customization as you need and feel comfortable with. For someone already invested in the Olympus ecosystem the E-M10 is a perfect extension of that investment.

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    Olympus OM-D E-M10

    well priced with kit lens, fast focus, nice family camera

    well priced with kit lens, fast focus, nice family camera

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    5.0

    I am sold!

    By Dave

    from Taos, NM

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Street photography
      • Travel

      Comments about OM-D E-M10 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Black):

      I consider myself a hobbyist. I have taken a few courses and have had the Canon G9, t2i and 70D. The 70D is a great camera, but it is too big to carry all the time. The OM-D E-M10 feels like it is a third of the size but has all the functionality.
      I can take it on the street and not feel conspicuous. I find it very easy to shoot in manual with both shutter and aperture controls on the top. Aperture priority is easy too. The back top dial controls Aperture, the front Exposure Compensation.
      You can research all the features, but if you are considering moving up from a point and shoot, I would recommend this camera over a DSLR. You can get a complete kit for much less money.

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      5.0

      Wonderful and easy to use

      By ResearchInIndia

      from India

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            Comments about OM-D E-M10 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Black):

            Great colors, wonderful for amateur or slightly experienced user. I am using mine while doing research in India, so am trying to learn at the same time as I use it. This camera is great for this. I am extremely satisfied with this purchase.

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            4.0

            Built like a tank shoots like an angel

            By The Beginner

            from New York, NY

            About Me Casual Photographer

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                  Comments about OM-D E-M10 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Silver):

                  After years and years (and years) of thinking about getting into photography, I finally took the plunge last week. Did a lot of research, walked in and out of B&H empty handed about 15 times, talked everyones' ear off and I finally landed on this beauty and I couldn't be happier.

                  Since this is my first camera of this quality, keep in mind that I don't have much to compare it to since I'm not used to any sort of setup or eco-system. Before purchasing this camera, I was told the menu system is confusing but to be honest, I wouldn't have known the difference anyway. So that's where I am. But since everyone loves bullet points (I do):

                  Loves:

                  • Touch screen is amazing. I can switch the focus in a picture with a simple touch.

                  • Feels amazing in the hand. I held a few models of this type as well and they all felt pretty flimsy by comparison.

                  • Really easy to use. I'm not expert obviously but this camera seems scalable to the user. Meaning someone who knows what they're doing can get a lot out of it while an amateur can jump in with out feeling intimidated.

                  Hates:

                  • None so far. The EVF could be better.

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                  4.0

                  I would buy this product again.

                  By ed

                  from Newport, VT

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                  • Metering

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel

                  Comments about OM-D E-M10 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Silver):

                  I will use this camera for my enjoyment.

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                  4.0

                  Great!

                  By Deanie

                  from South Africa

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Resolution
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • Menu System - Complicated

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Travel

                  Comments about OM-D E-M10 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Black):

                  The size/weight is exactly what I am looking for. Will comment further once I have used it more thoroughly.

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                  5.0

                  Great Little Camera

                  By Nick

                  from Georgia

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscapes
                    • Pets
                    • Travel

                    Comments about OM-D E-M10 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Black):

                    First, I like the retro feel of this camera. All metal, solid and well made. Electronic viewfinder very clear and sure comes in handy when very bright out. Control dials are easy to get to and use. Picture quality is just as good as any DSLR. Compact and easy to carry around.

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                    3.0

                    Olympus OM-D E-M10

                    By Charlie

                    from Metro NY

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • Complicated Controls
                    • Limited Zoom

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Travel

                    Comments about OM-D E-M10 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Black):

                    well priced with kit lens, fast focus, nice family camera

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                    5.0

                    Excellent little camera

                    By Pete

                    from Tavares, FL

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Resolution
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Travel

                      Comments about OM-D E-M10 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Silver):

                      A small but solid camera. IQ is excellent resulting in very good prints on up to 12 x 18 paper. The best surprise was the EVF which I was concerned about. It is very usable in high contrast situations. Definitely a keeper. In summary I have owned a lot of dlsr's (not to mention film cameras) including the Canon 5D and this little camera can hold its own against the best of them.

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                      4.0

                      Good things come in small packages !

                      By Agfamaniac

                      from Central PA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Great Resolution
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography
                      • Travel
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about OM-D E-M10 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Black):

                      It's compact size and great selection of lenses make this little guy a mighty mite. The selection of micro 4/3 lenses along with some 4/3 lenses is impressive. I have been enjoying springtime macro shots with the 60mm Olympus Marco and some bird and critter pics with a 4/3 Olympus 70-300mm lens with an adapter. The reach on the latter is incredible giving you a 600mm lens in a reasonable size and with the built in stabilization of the Olympus body it can be handheld with reasonable success. Do you realize how big a full frame 600mm lens is ? The Olympus Art Filters and really fun to use too. Extremely versatile camera with excellent image quality.

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                      5.0

                      Happy Shooter

                      By CBINSA

                      from San Antonio, TX

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Great Resolution
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Not Weatherproof
                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Travel

                      Comments about OM-D E-M10 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Silver):

                      I've been using Olympus cameras for close to 20 years now. For the past 2 years I've been getting more and more discouraged with the low light capabilities my current camera and have been watching the development of the mirrorless systems. Once I read about the OM-D E-M5 I began to seriously consider that system. By February of this year I had saved up some money and then heard that the E-M10 was coming out and at a great price point.

                      So the price is what hooked me. Well that and the wi-fi communication, the small footprint, the extensive list of usable lenses (several of which I already own), the EVF AND touchscreen LCD. I could go on and on.

                      For a hobbyist shooter like myself this camera is nearly perfect. If you are familiar with other Olympus DSLRs the controls will be very comfortable to you. The pictures are exactly what you expect. The dual knobs allow me to make adjustments without taking my eye off the view finder.

                      For someone just starting out, this camera will provide a great introduction to photography at a very light weight. For a more serious shooter this camera provides as much customization as you need and feel comfortable with. For someone already invested in the Olympus ecosystem the E-M10 is a perfect extension of that investment.

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                      5.0

                      The perfect mirrorless camera

                      By caedunavach

                      from NY

                      Comments about OM-D E-M10 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Silver):

                      This camera is just excellent! The quality of the pictures is superb, and it's very quick. I chose this camera over entry lever DSLRs because of it's size, and it has an included evf. Even the pictures in low light look pretty nice with high ISO, and just using the kit lens.

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                      4.0

                      Worth the Wait

                      By George H

                      from Washington DC suburbs

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Elv Is Great
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Monitor Screen Great
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Could Be More Compact

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about OM-D E-M10 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens (Silver):

                      I ordered the M10 (body only) as a replacement for my Pen PL-1 in January on the day it was announced. Then I noticed the product with kit lens was in stock so I changed my order and took delivery a week or so ago. It was worth the wait, but not without some doubts at first. The kit lens slips on and off perfectly but my existing 14-150 zoom and 17mm 1.8 did not fit at all! After the third tech at B&H, I discovered it just takes a lot of force to rotate these lenses onto the body. The tech advised he had seen this before with Nikon but not Olympus but it was OK to force the lens on without fear of breaking something. The only aparent difference between the new kit lens and older ones is plastic versus metal mount rings on the older models. Does not say much for quality control or manufacturing tolerances, but all lenes work well once on. I don't have enough courage to dab a lubricant on the mount flanges.

                      That issue aside the camera is beautifully made and feels and looks like a precision instrument. The firmware is innovative with the optional live view and super control panel and both are needed for differeent shooting circumstances. I am a hobbiest and like taking photos of wildlife which makes one learn photography. Try shooting beautiful birds at a feeder thru glass and in the house shadow so they are backlit and moving constantly. It makes you understand the need for expensive bright lenes. So far I am getting some good shots at ISO 20,000 and high speed sequenctial shutter fire. Not NAT GEO but closer.

                      One complaint is the camera design could be more compact like Sony is doing. To me the best camera is the one you have with you and that demands a shirt pocket size or at least a thin belt pouch. I carry a Leica Model with C 7-zoom for that purpose. I may never find the one camera that does everything but this one is the closest yet.

                      More complaints are that panoramic shooting mode is outdated and not very useful. On the other hand the HDR mode is better than any of my other cameras but you must go into the menu to find it, at least until I learn how to customise the FN buttons.

                      I am now committed to the 4/3 size which halves the weight and bulk of my Sony A58 system with equal or even better picture quality.

                      The pros greatly outnumbers the above complaints and I predict this may become Olympus's best selling model of all time.

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