Bang for the Buck: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Review
Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Review
- 16MP Four Thirds Live MOS sensor
- TruePic VII processor
- 5-axis image stabilization
- 2.36M-dot OLED EVF
- Tilting 3" touchscreen LCD
- 1080/60p video
- 4K time-lapse mode
- Optional grip
The Olympus OM-D E-M10 II is a Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera that takes the best features of its more expensive siblings and brings the price down to Earth. They include a time-tested 16MP CMOS sensor, 5-axis image stabilization, a top-notch viewfinder, and Wi-Fi.
The OM-D E-M10 II is the follow-up to the E-M10, which was introduced in January 2014. To keep the E-M10's price down, Olympus had to cut out several of the most notable OM-D features, including 5-axis image stabilization and weather-sealing. That said, it also had some features not yet found on the more expensive OM-Ds, like a new image processor, higher resolution LCD, and Wi-Fi.
The next entry-level OM-D has arrived - not surprisingly called the E-M10 II - which is a nice evolution of its already impressive predecessor. While the sensor and the image processor remain unchanged, the E-M10 II gains 5-axis image stabilization, a larger, higher resolution EVF, 60p video recording, a 4K time-lapse mode, and quite a bit more.
The E-M10 II finds itself in a market with some very strong competitors, including the Fujifilm X-T10, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7, and Sony a6000 mirrorless cameras, as well as the Canon EOS Rebel T6i and Nikon D5500 DSLRs. Given it's OM-D heritage, we have a good idea as to what to expect from the E-M10 II, which means it should keep up with its peers.
Compared to E-M10 and E-M5 II
The original E-M10 was essentially a stripped-down E-M5, which has since been replaced by a Mark II model. Below we'll take a look at what differentiates the E-M10 II, its predecessor, and the step-up E-M5 II.
|E-M10 II||E-M10||E-M5 II|
|Sensor||16.1 MP Live MOS (Four Thirds)|
|Image stabilization*||5-axis (4 stops)||3-axis (3 stops)||5-axis (5 stop)|
|Max burst rate||8.5 fps||8 fps||10 fps|
|LCD size/resolution||3" / 1.04M-dot|
|EVF type/resolution||2.36M-dot OLED||1.44M-dot LCD||2.36M-dot OLED|
|EVF size (35mm equiv.)||0.62x||0.58x||0.74x|
|AF targeting pad||Yes||No|
|Battery life*||320 shots||310 shots|
|Dimensions||120 x 83 x 47mm||119 x 82 x 46mm||124 x 85 x 45mm|
|Weight (loaded)||390 g||400 g||469 g|
|* CIPA standard|
As you can see the E-M10 II has an impressive set of improvements over the original E-M10. The most notable are the addition of 5-axis image stabilization and a larger, higher resolution electronic viewfinder. There are also the new AF Targeting Pad and 4K time-lapse feature that neither the E-M10 nor E-M5 II have. There are still several areas in which the E-M5 II surpasses the E-M10 II, but then again, it's hundreds of dollars more.
The OM-D E-M10 II is available in black and silver and is priced at $649 body only, and $799 with a 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ (electronic zoom) lens.
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