90

conclusion:We like it

90

Olympus has taken the best of the E-M1 and E-M5 (minus the weather-sealed body), and combined them in the E-M10 to create a top performer in the entry-level ILC market. While it retains the same retro styling as its bigger brothers, the E-M10 is a smaller and more compact version that Gizmodo says "feels comfortable to grasp thanks to its lightness." The downside of the lighter frame is that the body isn't weather sealed (possibly as a way to cut costs), but ePHOTOzine says the metal body feels "extremely well built" so it should stand up to some dents and dings. Given the history of its larger siblings, it's not a surprise that Digital Photography Review says the E-M10 is a "responsive little camera" that is "capable of producing very nice images." Unfortunately, that doesn't extend to the video quality, with Reviewed.com noting it's "little more than a token feature" offering "passable" performance. Olympus has built a premium entry-level ILC in the E-M10, capable of standing alongside some of the more advanced shooters in the market.

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Critic reviews

8.8
14 reviews
  • Image quality
    8.9
  • Video quality
    7.3
  • Battery life
    7.4
  • Design and form factor
    8.1
  • Durability
    7.5
  • Speed (start-up time, lag)
    8.3
  • Ease of use
    7.5

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9.0
PC Mag Feb 7, 2014

The entry-level mirrorless OM-D E-M10 is another winner in Olympus' OM-D series. Its image quality, speedy performance, and built-in EVF earn it Editors' Choice honors.

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8.0
Gizmodo Feb 13, 2014

I would love to argue for the E-M10 to be a great all-around deal because it is so much fun to hold and shoot with. However, when you look closely at the $700 price-point, it's hard to make the case.

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8.0
CNET Apr 25, 2014

Though it doesn't deliver the best photo quality, the sum of the Olympus OM-D E-M10's design, performance and features add up to a nice upgrade from a point-and-shoot.

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8.0
Mashable Mar 23, 2014

Olympus doesn't skimp with the OM-D E-M10. It has a solid design and the best features from both the E-M5 and E-M1, but with a price that's way more affordable.

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8.0
CNET AU Mar 4, 2014

The E-M10 will satisfy photographers who are looking for a compact alternative to an SLR at a similar price.

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10
Digital Versus Feb 4, 2014

It's a premium choice without being pretentious, and it's as likely to please style-conscious shoppers looking for a sleek accessory as it is those in search of first-rate picture quality. It also has enough to keep advanced users happy.

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10
TechRadar Mar 17, 2014

An excellent camera that affords lots of control over images, feels good in the hand and has a control layout that's easy to get to grips with. It also has a healthy number of customization options and produces high quality images.

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9.0
What Digital Camera Mar 12, 2014

When you consider the impressive standard of images, along with the growing OM-D system to which the E-M10 belongs, it looks more and more like a wise investment in a competitive CSC market.

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9.0
TrustedReviews Apr 1, 2014

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 is a marvellous performer that manages to take on rival four-thirds and APS-C CSCs and even hold its own against DSLRs.

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10
ePHOTOzine Mar 1, 2014

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 takes the already winning formula of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and E-M1, mixes some of the best bits together, and squeezes them into a more compact stylish metal body.

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8.0
Digital Trends Mar 25, 2014

With a $799 kit price, it’s much more competitive versus other mirrorless models, and its size and light weight make it a good option for those moving up to an interchangeable lens camera from a compact; it also makes an ideal travel camera.

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10
Photography Blog Mar 27, 2014

It doesn't have the same clever 5-axis image stabilisation system or weather sealing as the E-M5/E-M1, but you should definitely consider the E-M10 if you're looking to make the leap to a compact system camera.

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First Looks

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Engadget Feb 14, 2014

The camera's control layout and functionality is very similar to what we experienced with the E-M5, and the device performed well, with the speedy focusing we've come to expect from Olympus.

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Gizmodo Jan 29, 2014

Overall, we're looking at an awesome little shooter here. As always, I'll note that any compact interchangeable-lens camera doesn't make sense unless you're actually going to buy glass for it.

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Pocket-Lint Jan 29, 2014

Come February it looks like we'll have a compact system camera that sits nicely between the Nikon D5200 and D7100 categories but with stronger features in many areas.

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SlashGear Jan 29, 2014

In the hand, it's a surprise just how small Olympus has been able to make the E-M10, without it feeling toy-like.

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TechRadar Jan 29, 2014

I enjoyed using the pre-production sample E-M10 for a few days and I'm really looking forward to testing a full-production model. Olympus appears to be offering consumers quite a lot for their money in comparison with the other two OM-D cameras.

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TrustedReviews Jan 29, 2014

Although the Olympus OM-D E-M10 has lost the weather-sealed body of its more expensive brother, it still features impressive build quality. During the short time we had with the camera, we can attest to the fact that it also retains the OM-D charm in use.

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T3 Jan 29, 2014

Our first impressions of the new OM-D E-M10 were good - we liked the design and the new slimline lens.

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Gizmodo Australia Jan 28, 2014

The camera is more compact than any other OM-D already on the market, but still retains the comfortable dual-dial configuration on the top of the body, and it’s well balanced and decently gripped so you won’t drop it due to the smaller size.

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Camera Labs Jan 29, 2014

The EM10 is meant to turn the heads of those shopping for an entry-level DSLR, where instead Olympus will offer them a comfortably smaller body with still respectable stabilisation, Wifi, a tilting screen, 8fps shooting and the joys of a native live view system.

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The Phoblographer Jan 29, 2014

When the OMD EM5 was launched, it felt odd–then I bought one. The camera most likely won’t be a bad one. We don’t believe that anyone is making a bad camera at the moment, but it feels as if Olympus put no effort into this one.

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Digital Trends Jan 29, 2014

The camera has a nice feel and a solid build as the other Olympus premium cams, especially for folks used to handling smaller cameras. Slap on the pancake lens and you have yourself a nice compact shooter that street photographers would enjoy.

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ePHOTOzine Jan 29, 2014

In many ways the E-M10 is a mini E-M5 with a similar body, but without the weather sealing Olympus has managed to make the camera smaller, while also including a built-in pop-up flash, and built in Wi-Fi.

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