Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Review – Compact and Powerful

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II aims to lure DSLR buyers away from these high-powered cameras into something more compact. The E-M10 Mark II joins the ranks of the Panasonic Lumix G7 and the Fujifilm X-T10. If you are willing to step off the path of the DSLR, the you are in for a more compact, and even more attractive design. Despite its compact architecture, it does offer a fairly broad set of features.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Review - Compact and Powerful

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Might Take You Away From DSLRs

As for its image quality, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II takes pictures of fairly good quality, but it is also comparative to most cameras within its class. Better images can be obtained with a better lens as compared to using the 14-42-millimeter power-zoom kit lens. This notion is especially true when using the kit lens at its widest. At a focal length of 14-millimeters, there will be a lot of image distortion around the edges.

In JPEG format, image quality is good up to ISO 800 and it is still pretty usable up to ISO 1600. However, any higher and images look very soft, or otherwise really grainy due to picture noise. Pictures at higher ISOs can be dealt with (to some degree) with a photo-editing software, but it will be harder to rectify when you go past the 1600 mark. The highest ISO sensitivity for the camera is ISO 25600.

However, when shooting at usable ISO ranges, colors are neutral and accurate for the EM10M2. It does nail those difficult reds right on the money, and the green/browns that most cameras have difficulty getting right are, well, done right. However, if you’re looking for images that “pop,” then the camera fails to deliver in this area. For instance, if you were to take pictures of red peppers to sell, then these would look slightly cool, but otherwise still pleasantly saturated.

The camera has a 16.1-megapixel imaging sensor that can take decently sharp pictures. With its kit lens, it does take a long while to start up as it takes 1.3-seconds to get everything ready. While seemingly low, this can be disastrous especially for those who are always to get the “perfect shot.” Albeit its slow startup, it does have a fast focusing system as it is able to focus and shoot in 0.2 to 0.3 seconds in good and dim light situations respectively.

The bottom line here is that the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II has an attractive design and a more compact nature than a DSLR. It has a wide array of features with solid performance that may be meant for travels and trips to the park with the family. It is a good choice that is reasonable on the pocket for those who want to fiddle around with their cameras without having to break the bank.


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