Conclusion - Pros
- Excellent image quality, good resolution and detail, neutral colours
- High quality 4x zoom lens, very fast and bright F2.0 - F2.4
- Smooth lens controls, mechanical zoom ring is VERY welcome
- Superb build quality, excellent "all metal" case, tactile feel to controls
- Well designed, good ergonomics, comfortable and well balanced
- All controls "locking" (require press and turn of dial to operate)
- LCD live view as well as true TTL optical viewfinder
- Excellent selection of manual control, good range of shutter speeds and apertures
- Very fast reflexes, low lag and relatively good focus speeds
- Flexible "re-programmable" JPEG size / quality settings
- Good low light and long exposure performance
- Wide dynamic range
- Dual storage slots (support for both SmartMedia and CompactFlash)
- Tilt-out LCD is useful and works well
- Plenty of information on top LCD
- Supplied lens hood
- Time-lapse feature
- Good connectivity: PC flash synch, wired remote, USB, AV, DC power
- Good tripod mount, well located
- Powerful pop-up flash
- Flash hot-shoe
- Manual focus (albeit fly-by-wire focus ring)
- One-touch manual white balance
- Wide range of preset white balances
- Optional battery pack / portrait grip
- Good battery life with a good set of NiMH's
- RAW file format
- SHQ JPEG mode (1/2.7) as-good-as TIFF quality
- Control over internal algorithms: contrast, sharpening
- AC Adapter / Charger included
- Infrared remote control included
Conclusion - Cons
- Stuck pixels (seems to be affecting quite a few E-10's)
- Slow startup times
- Slow image flush times
- Slow image display and image magnification
- Some chromatic aberrations (although not enough to worry)
- Histogram display not automatic and not available in record mode review
- Flat images / neutral colours may not be to everyone's tastes
- Good continuous mode speed is let down by small 4 image buffer
- Barrel distortion at full wide angle
- Noise even at ISO 80 (though arguably not enough to cause problems)
- Fastest shutter speed of 1/640 sec (may be a limitation for some)
- Slightly aggressive sharpening algorithms
- Poor resolution from LCD "live view" image, poorly designed status bar on LCD
- Viewfinder let down by round eyepiece (causes vignetting) and lack of distinguishable focus screen (my eye could focus "through" the lens)
- Supports CompactFlash Type II but doesn't support Microdrive (big let down)
- Flash colour cast
- Setup menu is in an obscure place
- Histogram display in play mode is slow
- Lack of immediate histogram display in record (image review)
- Non-interchangeable lens (if that could be a problem to you)
Here's my rating of the Olympus E-10: (4 megapixel professional digital SLR)
|Detail||Rating (out of 10)|
|Lens / CCD combination||8|
|Ease of use||8|
|Value for money||9|
Without a doubt the E-10 offers excellent value for money. Even with it's US$1,950 list price it's still a good US$1,500 cheaper than it's nearest "professional" rivals, yet it steps up and takes them on for overall image quality, build and features. The E-10 looks and feels like a professional tool, to a certain degree it also performs as one, probably only let down by it's slow "digital side", the processing, buffering and writing of images.
The camera isn't without a few problems but none of these are great cause for concern, nor reasons not to go for the E-10, my only current niggle is the experience of other E-10 buyers who have had stuck pixel and other QC problems (some are even on their second or third E-10 - which is why I could only give the camera a 9 for value for money, it was certainly getting close to a 10).
If some of the speed issues and the lack of an interchangeable lens aren't big issues to you and you don't already own bags of "one brand" equipment then the E-10 should certainly be near the top of your list. Value for money? You bet.
So which one should I buy? A question I get asked several times a day, and I wouldn't like to say. In a new addition to my reviews (after the amount of feedback I normally get) I've added a link to a specific forum in which you can discuss the review or ask me specific questions which I've not answered in these pages.
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