Olympus OM-D E-M10 Review
Body & Design
At first glance, the E-M10 is a veritable doppelgänger for its older, higher-tier sibling, the E-M5. Despite this, there aren't huge differences in the apparent build quality of the two cameras. The E-M10's dials feel a little less substantial than the E-M5's - both in terms of the materials used and the ease with which they're operated. Beyond that, the body has a similarly dense and solid feel to it.
The camera's ports (a micro-HDMI socket and combined USB/AV output) move to the right flank, where they're covered by a distinctly flimsy-feeling rubber door. These aren't ports we use a lot, and we've not heard of many E-M5 owners decrying the similarly disappointing example on their camera.
In your hand
|Olympus E-M5||Fujifilm X-M1||Nikon D5300|
The E-M10 mirrors the E-M5's control layout, but the similarities are cosmetic. The E-M10's buttons are slightly larger, requiring less of the fingernail push. They also have a better feel - the weather-sealed E-M5's buttons had an unsatisfying 'mushy' feel when pressed. The slight size difference between the two cameras is also evident in the head-on comparison above.
A glance at the Fujifilm X-M1 beside the E-M1 shows their most obvious difference - the X-M1's lack of built-in viewfinder. Aside from that, they're quite close in size and control arrangement, though the X-M1's second command dial is tucked above the thumb rest.
Finally, the E-M10 is pictured next to the D5300 (with its larger 18-140mm kit zoom). While the size differences speak for themselves, the DSLR clearly has a larger sculpted grip that makes the bigger camera feel well-balanced in the hand. However, the E-M10 outmatches it for direct controls. The D5300's lone command dial is on the back panel, and its only function button is on the front near the lens mount. Looking at them side-by-side the E-M10 doesn't appear to have any more buttons than the D5300, but it's worth remembering that many of the E-M10's controls can be customized, and the touch screen can assist here.
As you can see, the E-M10 is a small camera by any sensible measure. Olympus points out that, with the 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ ED MSC power zoom launched alongside the camera, the E-M10 and lens are slimmer than Canon's 'Smallest, lightest DSLR in the World,' the EOS SL1/100D. Despite this, the E-M10 finds room to fit the level of direct control you would expect of a camera several price levels higher.
LCD and Viewfinder
The E-M10 offers the same viewfinder as offered in the E-M5 - a 1.44m dot LCD panel that provides an 800x600 pixel view of the world. It's not in the same league, either in terms of size or resolution, as the finder in the company's flagship E-M1, though.
This diagram should make it clear how comparatively large the E-M10's viewfinder is - the Pentax K-50 is one of the few cameras in this class to offer a larger finder. The E-M10 has two viewfinder modes, and this illustrates the larger of them. A second mode separates the shooting info, rather than overlaying it on the preview image; the trade-off is a smaller preview display.
|The E-M10's LCD is hinged to tilt upward by 80 degrees and downard by 50 degrees.|
Meanwhile the rear screen improves on the VGA-equivalent OLED display that featured on the E-M5 - instead the E-M10 gets a 720 x 480 pixel (1.04m dot) LCD. It's still a tilting, touch-sensitive panel, but it's a little more detailed and a bit nicer to use in bright light.
Mar 1, 2017
Aug 9, 2016
Jun 14, 2016
May 25, 2016
|Waffles with fruits by Coolinarka|
from Food photography (desserts)
|Vestrahorn Frozen Reflection by Will B Milner|
from Ice cold
As summer really gets going over here in the Northern hemisphere, the team at Imaging Resource has put together a list of the best cameras for backpacking.
The Ukrainian Parliament banned statues of Lenin in 2015. Two years later, the monuments no longer adorn public buildings or stand watch over town squares, but they're still there.
If you had to choose one camera to bring along for the ultimate West coast road trip, what would it be? DPR's Sam Spencer choose the X100F. Read more
The a9 boasts impressive capability. As more examples of it in practice pour in, Sony's claims hold up. Watch the a9 track and maintain focus on a rapidly approaching basketball.
Last week, more than a million tonnes of Californian coastline slid into the ocean, taking part of Highway 1 with it. Check out the remodeling in photos taken before and after the landslide.
Even after eighteen months of reviewing the latest, greatest, shiniest and must-buy-me-est new gear, DPReview staffer Carey Rose has continued to use older DSLR cameras for his freelance work. But now, that might be changing. Read more
Sony is the world's leading mirrorless camera brand but remains third for ILCs overall, it's said in a presentation to investors. A focus on high value cameras and lenses should boost operating income, it says. Read more
It's nicknamed the 'Cycloptic Mustard Monster,' and is a 3D printed medium format camera. Read more
The new NanGuang LED lights are battery powered and come with accessories including filters and diffusers.
Have you been telling yourself, "Hey, I really need one of those 8K displays?" A video about Dell's new 8K monitor shows you what to expect. Is it really that much better?
Tamara Lackey, a Nikon ambassador USA and pro shooter, discusses embracing self-consciousness as a means of connecting with subjects.
There's a new Spiderman movie coming out and the poster been generating a lot of online chatter. Mostly about how it looks like the creation of a fevered teenager that just discovered Photoshop.
An honest defense of the system's merits, with photos as proof.
Copyright disputes are no fun at all. 'Binded' is a new startup that aims to simplify the process of registering - and enforcing - copyright for photographers. Read more
Not everyone wants to pay a premium for a long zoom camera. Thankfully, there are many reasonably priced cameras available, though they won't offer the same image quality as enthusiast models. In this updated roundup we look at big zoom cameras with more consumer-friendly price tags. Read more
Think Tank Photo has updated two of its popular bag lines with improvements to functionality. Read more
We’ve all seen Bob Jackson’s Pulitzer Prize winning photo, but there's another.
The sample footage looks good.
It will automatically pick the best camera settings depending on shooting conditions. It even promises enhanced functionality for your camera, like exposure and focus stacking. It already supports many cameras from Canon, Fuji, Nikon and Sony. Read more
As if $13,950 wasn’t enough to pay for a special edition lens, the Leica Store in San Francisco is offering a prototype of said lens for $24,995. Read more
Make those old photos disappear without deleting them forever.
Firmware updates enable 10 fps shooting with adapted A-mount lenses, and faster startup times and better compatibility for 20 fps shooting when using native lenses on the a9.
Fujifilm has released firmware updates for its camera models X-T2, X-Pro2, GFX 50s, X-T20, X100F and X-T1 and updates to three of its software products.
A 22 year-old Romanian photographer uses his DJI Phantom 4 drone to capture unique perspectives of the city where he now lives.
What's it like to ride the waves with champion surfer Kelly Slater? This VR video from Teton Gravity Research gives you a taste.
When Nikon released the full-frame D3 in 2007, it changed the professional photography industry. In this week's Throwback Thursday, Barney remembers a legend. Read more
The new stuff should have better red hues, improved sensitivity and finer grain - but don't worry - will still shift blues to green, greens to purple and yellows to pink.
Ricoh has introduced a new rugged compact camera with a 16MP CMOS sensor, 28-140mm lens, 2.7" LCD and built-in LED macro lights. Read more
This compact drone can shoot HD video using a 2-axis stabilized 12MP camera. Read more
The new Prynt Pocket can print a photo directly from their iPhone simply by inserting the phone into the printer, then snapping a photo. Each print will cost about 50 cents. Read more