Olympus PEN E-PL10 leaks – are silver cameras no longer fashionable?

Olympus PEN E-PL10 images leak – no more silver bodies?
(Image credit: Photo Rumors / Olympus)

Images of the Olympus PEN E-PL10, the entry level mirrorless camera for bloggers and fashionistas, have been leaked online – and it looks like the classic black-and-silver camera body isn't 'in' this season.

Historically the E-PL ("electronic PEN Lite") bodies have come in a variety of color co-ordinatable palettes to match your outfit, such as sand brown, denim blue, black, and white. However, the ubiquitous black-and-silver look doesn't seem to make an appearance on the Olympus PEN E-PL10 catwalk. 

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The choices this year (leaked by (opens in new tab) Photo Rumors) are a very sleek 'Batmobile' black, white with cream accents (as opposed to the silver accents of the previous model), and another fetching sand brown option (again with cream accents instead of silver). 

The Olympus PEN E-PL10 looks cool, but we think it would look cooler in silver!

The Olympus PEN E-PL10 looks cool, but we think it would look cooler in silver!  (Image credit: Photo Rumors / Olympus)

Those colorways could be the extent of the changes for this year's update, at least on the exterior; in all other respects, the E-PL10 looks almost indistinguishable from 2018's Olympus PEN E-PL9 (opens in new tab), with the same curved edges and slimline profile. 

Any changes are likely to be on the inside of the new camera – though we expect such changes to be on the discreet side. 

We would certainly love to see Olympus extend its five-axis in-body image stabilization to the junior PEN line. The current three-axis stabilization is perfectly functional, but it would sure be nice to have that extra couple of stops of wiggle room.

Aside from color, the Olympus PEN E-PL10 outwardly looks identical to its predecessor

Aside from color, the Olympus PEN E-PL10 outwardly looks identical to its predecessor (Image credit: Photo Rumors / Olympus)

It would also be nice to see something more modern than the aging 16MP sensor that has historically graced the PEN Lites. Though since the only other option in the Olympus lineup is a 20MP sensor, which is the preserve of the flagship cameras, that's not likely to happen.

Realistically, we're looking at subtle changes along the lines of the streamlined operation that debuted in the E-PL9 and Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III (opens in new tab): that being Advanced Photo mode. 

This beginner-friendly option makes it easier for newcomers to photography (or, as Olympus is targeting, shooters upgrading from smartphones) to achieve the effects they want without needing a breadth of photographic knowledge. 

Olympus looks to be offering a dual-lens kit with the 14-42mm pancake and 40-150 R

Olympus looks to be offering a dual-lens kit with the 14-42mm pancake and 40-150 R (Image credit: Photo Rumors / Olympus)

We'd also expect a new Art Filter or two – the last couple of years brought Bleach Bypass and Instant Film, so another addition is surely on the cards. 

The leaked images indicate that the Olympus E-PL10 will offered in a twin lens kit with the brilliant M.Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ pancake lens and the M.Zuiko 40-150mm f/4.5-5.6 R. 

The PEN Lites are usually released around March, but the leak suggests that the E-PL10 might be appearing a little earlier. Pricing isn't yet known, but the E-PL9 currently is currently reduced to $449 / £449 body only (down from $599 / £599).

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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.