Olympus OM-D E-M10 Review: Build & handling
The Olympus E-M10 features a very similar design to the original OM-D, the E-M5, but the emphasis this time is on ‘smaller and lighter’. At 119x82x46mm and just 350g, it’s a little bit smaller and lighter than the older camera (121x90x42mm and 373g).
Although it doesn’t have the dust- and splash-proofing of the E-M5, nor the freeze-proof build of the E-M1, the E-M10 is still constructed from metal, so it feels nice and solid in the hand.
A small but pronounced rubberised pad on the back of the camera makes for a good, comfortable thumbrest, while a ridge on the front provides grip for your fingers.
The two combine to make the camera feel secure in your hand while shooting, and when carrying it between shots.
The control layout of the Olympus OM-D E-M10 is almost identical to that of the E-M5, albeit on a very slightly smaller body.
As before, there are plenty of buttons and dial controls providing a direct route to the most important camera settings. Everything is within easy reach, and all the controls (including the touchscreen) are very responsive.
The Olympus OM-D E-M10’s 3-inch, 1,370,000-dot screen provides a nice, clear view with plenty of detail visible even in quite bright conditions, but when the sun is shining the electronic viewfinder (EVF) is a welcome alternative.
Olympus’s reluctance to provide a fully articulating screen is somewhat counterbalanced by the fact that it’s possible to compose images on a smartphone screen, while controlling the OM-D E-M10 remotely using the built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and Olympus Image Share app.
Key points to know about the Olympus OM-D E-M10
Spot the difference?
The Olympus OM-D series distinguishes itself from the Olympus Pen series (Pen E-PM2, Pen E-PL5 and Pen E-P5) with its more DSLR-like styling, and the inclusion of a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF).
The Olympus OM-D E-M10 can be bought as a kit with the new 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ powerzoom lens. This super-slim optic collapses down when the camera is turned off to keep things nice and compact.
Plenty of choice
Olympus now has an extensive collection of Micro Four Thirds lenses that range in focal length from the 9mm Fisheye Body Cap lens to M.Zuiko 75‑300mm 1/4.8‑6.7 II.
While the Mode dial has an Art Filters option, these can also be applied when shooting in the other exposure modes such as Aperture Priority.
This button gives quick access to the Highlights and Shadows, Color Creator, sensitivity, white balance, Images Aspect and Magnify options.
EVF or LCD?
This sensor detects when the camera is held to the eye and activates the 1,440,000-dot EVF, turning off the 3-inch, 1,370,000-dot screen on the back of the camera.
Pressing this button releases the pop-up flash, which can be used in a range of modes, including Slow Sync, Second Curtain Sync and Fill-in.
The Wi-Fi system can be activated with just a touch of the icon on the screen.
These two dials are within easy reach, and enable the exposure settings to be adjusted quickly and easily.
Getting the point
The AF point can be selected either by touching the screen or via the navigation controls.
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