Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Released, Bringing 5-axis Stabilization At a Low Cost

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II
Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

Olympus has released Mark II of the OM-D E-M5 Micro Four Thirds camera with 16 megapixels and an ISO rating of 200–25,600. Improving on the previous generation of the E-M10, the Mark II now offers 5-axis image stabilization to photographers on a budget.

Also new on the E-M10 II are redesigned body, with metal dials, a thumb grip for easier one-handed shooting and a revamped physical interface for easier operation of the camera while shooting through the 100% viewfinder. With a 2.36-million-dot resolution and a magnification of 1.23x, it’s a big improvement over the original E-M10’s 1.44-million-dot one, which should offer a clearer and sharper view of your subject.

Also new is the Simulated Optical Viewfinder which offers a greater dynamic range that looks closer to what the human eyes see. I am not sure how this works though. While shooting through the viewfinder, the rear touch screen allows you to select your focus point simply by tracing your thumb on it, sort of like a laptop’s touchpad, I suppose. Like most modern cameras, the rear of the E-M10 II features a 3-inch tilting touchscreen LCD with 1.04 million dots.

Other new features include a continuous shooting speed of up to 8.5fps, a pop-up flash, 1080p video, 4K time lapse, focus bracketing, 14 art filters and creative shooting modes. Of interest is the Live Bulb and Live Time features for light-painting enthusiasts. I believe that should work well for fireworks as well.

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 II will be available in the USA from Sep 2015 for $650 (body only) or $800 when bundled with a 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens.


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Olympus Adds the Affordable E-M10 to their OM-D lineup

Olympus OM-D E-M10 with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6
Olympus OM-D E-M10 with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6


Hot on Fujifilm’s heels, Olympus has announced the equally rumoured E-M10 to their OM-D lineup of Micro Four Third cameras. Touted as the “OM-D for all”, the E-M10 packs the features of the popular E-M5 and the recently released E-M1 into a more affordable package.

The E-M10 has a stylish and compact metal body featuring a 16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds Live MOS sensor, TruePic VII image processor, 3-axis image stabilisation based on the 5-axis ones on the E-M5 and E-M1, 81-point “FAST AF” system, up to 8fps continuous shooting, ISO up to 25,600 and finally, a pop-up flash.

The EVF has a resolution of 1.44 million dots with a 120fps refresh rate and a 100% field of view, and the 3″ tilting LCD features a 1.037 million dot touch-screen LCD. Like most other modern cameras, the E-M10 has built-in WiFi for image transfer. What’s absent from the E-M10 is the lack of weather sealing, something which will not bother most users.

Along with the new camera, Olympus has also released two new MFT lenses – The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ pancake zoom, and the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 25mm f/1.8 portrait lens. The former measures just 0.9 inches thick and is currently the world’s slimmest standard zoom lens.

Olympus 14-42
f/3.5-5.6 EZ pancake zoom

Oylmpus 25mm f/18 portrait lens
M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 25mm f/1.8 portrait lens

Also announced is a 18mm f/8 fisheye bodycap lens, a quick-release grip, a macro convertor and an auto-opening lens cap.

18mm f/8 fisheye body cap lens

The E-M10 bodies will be available from March for US$700 for the body alone, or US$800 with the M.ZUIKO 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R lens. No release dates were given for the lenses and accessories, but the new 14-42mm pancake will cost US$350, the 25mm portrait US$400, macro convertor US$70, quick release grip US$60 and the fisheye bodycap US$100.

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