• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Sensor: M4/3 MOS
  • Resolution: 16.1MP
  • Zoom Range: 14-150
  • Connectivity: HDMI, USB, WiFi
  • Storage: SD Card
  • Mount: Micro 4/3 mount
  • Pros:
  • Performance
  • Design
  • Cons:
  • None

The OM-D Returns

As far as cameras go, Olympus has been championing the micro-4/3ds movement like no one else has. Ever since it brought back the PEN, the company has grown from strength to strength, launching one M4/3 camera after another, and here we are, with its latest offering in the form of the Olympus E-M10 MkII.

As far as looks go, the E-M10 MkII is one of the most stylish cameras we’ve seen in a while, thanks to its solid magnesium alloy chassis, which also encompasses the camera’s knobs and dials. The camera is available in two colours: silver and black, with the former accentuating the E-M10’s curves quite a bit more than the latter.

The E-M10 MkII sports Olympus’ 16.1MP M4/3 MOS sensor, and with it has also introduced a 5-axis stabilisation which actually helps in ensuring that the photos that you take are as crisp as possible. This feature also helps a lot when you’re looking to record movies, reducing stuttering that is commonly seen in cameras that can record video.

You can also check how the image stabilisation works by half-pressing the shutter button. When you do this, the image in the viewfinder is stabilised, which makes accurate framing and focusing possible even during macro or telephoto shooting.

The camera is also a fast shooter, and not only that, features a setting called Touch AF which allows you to quickly focus in and capture a photo simply by touching at any location on your screen. This, coupled with the E-M10 MkII’s 8.5FPS sequential shooting mode, means that you won’t be missing any shots regardless of the situation.

On top of that, the E-M10 MkII also comes with three function buttons which allow you to program a variety of quick settings on it, be it HDR, a quick ISO and exposure menu, white balance, focus peaking and more.

Image quality is also great on the E-M10 MkII, as the shots that we took were sharp, bright and colourful regardless of the lighting conditions. The camera comes with a choice of either a 14-42mm f3.5 lens, or a 14-150mm lens with similar aperture count, which suits the needs of a variety of users.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The Olympus E-M10 MkII features a variety of excellent improvements over its predecessors, most markedly the 5-axis stabilisation system, as well as the image quality of the camera.

(previously published in issue December 2015)

Olympus E-M10 MkII