Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Mirrorless Digital Camera with 14-42mm II R Lens (Black)
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The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II is a surprisingly sophisticated camera that's a joy to use. Whether you're a novice just snapping shots of your everyday life or a photo enthusiast looking to maximize your creativity, the E-M10 Mark II delivers with a compact profile, intuitively placed controls, and an advanced 5-axis image stabilization system that ensures perfection with every shot!
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285 of 292 people found the following review helpful.
Another great Olympus OM-D camera
By Moreno Tagliapietra
Hello fellow photographers, in the last 50 years I have photographed a bunch of different subjects in all kind of light conditions with all kind of gear. Today, I sell my large format art prints as a part-part-time pro. My formal education and career are in military electronics. All together, I am quite picky about equipment and my main interest is always about what it can do for me (in exchange for my hard-earned money). For years, I have been photographing with Pentax K cameras (K5 presently) and their pro lenses. Last year, I bought a couple of EM10's to shoot snow and ice in very cold weather with the most portable, high quality gear I could find. The cameras fit nicely in my Parka pockets with minuscule, slower but good quality Panasonic zoom lenses on them. Last Winter we did get that kind of weather in Lower NYS and I fell in love with the EM10's to the point of adding an EM5II (mostly because I wanted a weatherized body) and, more recently, upgrading one of the EM10's to an EM10II (EVF and stabilization being the main reasons).
The entire lineup of current OM-D cameras is a masterpiece combination of high IQ, advanced features, compactness, affordability, and lens selection and quality. The only point I would make about the EM10II body is that people with truly large hands could find it difficult to handle it (it fits beautifully in my medium size male hands). Olympus has found the way to further improve the ergonomics of the EM10 re-positioning some controls and beefing up the two dials. The 16Mp sensor is tried and true. If you doubt that 16Mp are enough, consider that you can make high quality prints up to 24x36" at low ISO and up to 13x19" up to ISO3200. The camera has a larger, top of the line OLED EVF which allows you to do most of your shooting without taking your eye off it. It can adapt to the camera exposure and show you how your picture will look like. I like to expose with the displayed histogram but I know of pros who just work with how the scene looks in the EVF. Whenever you need it, the LCD is clear and sharp and, since I regularly shoot above my head and low on the ground, its tilting comes particularly handy. It is touch screen and the Super Control Panel works like a charm. Single AF is very fast. Continuous AF works much better if you shoot at low sequence speed (L = 4fps). Image stabilization is now the state-of-the-art Olympus 5 axes system. There is plenty of direct external controls between dials, buttons and the 4-way controller, much closer to the ones offered by a pro DSLR than an intro ILC. It pays to figure out what functions are paramount to your photography and set the direct controls up accordingly.
The EM10II feature set merits a discussion all by itself. You can put the camera in AUTO and shoot it like an RPG to kill a mosquito. If you get the camera because you are serious about your photography, you are going to set it up the way you want it to work. This means that, with its awesome array of (useful) features, you will have to read the (online) manual from cover to cover, take notes relevant to your photography and carry them in your bag when you go out shooting, and probably spend time on the web searching for additional useful hints on the camera's behavior and capabilities (yes, it's hard to believe in its price range but it explains why so many pro reviewers are madly in love with it). It is the EM10II ability to save four custom sets of favorite settings that is going to keep you afloat in this sea of features. You experiment with the camera and when you are happy with the settings, immediately save the custom set (you can easily recall it if anything "mysterious" happens to the behavior of the camera). If you are not a pro, very probably the camera can do much more that you can. Exploring its features would give you the opportunity to get inspired, experiment and improve your technique. Among all the goodies, focus stacking, Live Time and Live Comp would certainly blow your mind (photographing Xmas lights comes to mind at this time of the year). Video has been further improved but it's not my cup of tea.
Wrapping things up, this is another outstanding OM-D camera packing an almost pro-level feature set in a lovely body for a very convenient price, supported by a great selection of high quality lenses. The robust choice of body upgrades would let you grow within this remarkable system. In my opinion, it's worth spending the currently additional $100 to get the OM10II instead of the OM10. I am attaching a pic of the my EM10II and Pentax K5 with equivalent pro lenses to give you an idea of the compactness of the Olympus. The K5 has a record small size APS-C body.
12/17/15 - Hi, I am adding some pics to support the review. The 1st is the EM10II with the Oly 9-18mm (18-36mm eq) f/4-5.6 on the left, the Pana 35-100mm (70-200mm eq) f/4-5.6 on the camera and the Pana 12-32mm (24-64mm eq) f/3.5-5.6) on the right. While not being pro lenses, they are all quite good. They are so small that you can hold any 2 of them in your hand when changing lenses. Given that the OM-D bodies are so small, I prefer to work with 2 bodies with a short and a medium zoom on them permanently (no danger of dropping them or getting dirt inside the camera while changing lenses) giving me a zoom range covering 99% of my photography. The 2nd pic is a run-of-the-mill cool sunset in my town and the 3rd one is a closeup of a piece of jewelry knit by my wife (Oly 60mm macro lens). A final comment: many reputable on-line reviewers are truly enthusiastic about this camera. My experience in using it is one of the very best I had in 50 years working with all kinds of equipment, often much more expensive. At this point in my photographic life I want gear that works with me to translate my vision into compelling, high quality prints. The EM10II is right there, immensely satisfying in its competence and ergonomics.
12/30/15 - Happy new year! Yesterday, I picked up my wife after work in Manhattan and fought our way to the main Xmas exhibits in midtown. I had the Oly 9-18mm lens on the EM10II with the minuscule Pana 12-32mm and 35-100mm lenses in my small and excellent sling bag. Working free-hand with the camera and the 18-36mm lens often over my head with the tilted LCD (f/5.6, ISO 1600, +- 1 stop bracketing) was a real joy. I typically convert the EM10II Raw files with the DNG converter and process in Photoshop CS6 but at this high ISO I prefer to start with the superior noise reduction and distortion compensation of DxO OpticsPro. The ISO1600 files come out smooth as silk and let me print some very respectable size enlargements. See pics 5, 6 and 7 (Times Sq., Rockefeller Ctr and New Rochelle Harbor)
71 of 75 people found the following review helpful.
Great performance. Great complementary camera to a DSLR.
By Rakesh Koul
I bought this camera in Jun 2016 a day before my trip to India & Japan. Because of my trip logistics, I didn't want to take my DSLR (Canon 70D) + lenses with me. I wanted a camera that is lightweight (mirror-less) with APS or micro-four third sensor, has good high speed performance, can shoot raw, comes with advanced features like exposure bracketing, etc, and along with lenses, fits in my laptop bag. The other camera I considered was Sony A6000 APS, but I missed the deal price on that; so I got this Olympus camera instead just for the trip. My package: E-M10 Mark II + 14-42mm + 40-150mm Lens, bought from Amazon. In my mind I am comparing it Vs. my Canon 70-D DSLR though it may be an apples Vs. oranges comparison, for some of you.
Pros (for me):
1. Significantly Lighter, significantly smaller, Kit lenses in the bundle are much smaller, 37mm and 58mm filter size. After working with DSLR lenses, these lenses look like toy lenses and can fit a Jeans pocket easily.
2. Quick learning curve on the user interface. I often use exposure bracketing, High Shutter speed etc. to eventually stack the pictures in Photoshop. Coming from Canon DSLR UI with no time to learn this camera, it was super-easy to work with these 'advanced' features on this camera straightaway on the trip.
4. Very good speed and performance with high shutter speed. After 7-8 pictures, the camera will slow down for half a second, before it resumes another burst of 7-8 pictures. That was tad slower than 70D, but didn't make a huge difference.
5. I used this camera with 67mm B&W 10-stop Filter on 40-150mm lens + 58-67mm step up ring. Very convenient to use, and it worked very well. The good thing compared to my Canon 70-D set up is that this camera can focus through the 10 stop filter, so I don't need to remove the filter, focus and then reattach the filter which isn't the most convenient thing to do with 70-D.
6. It comes with horizontal and vertical level gauge and that is very useful to use to get pictures composed correctly. I used this feature with many complex shots like Tokyo Tower in Japan and it was very useful feature.
7. The light metering on the camera is informative and easy to use while taking pictures with one eye looking through the view finder, much better than Canon 70D.
8. The dial buttons are super fun and easy to use to play with aperture, shutter speed settings on the fly.
9. Many AF points and super-easy to get it focus on a particular thing in a frame, better than my DSLR.
1. The camera base ISO is 200, though it does come with LOW ISO setting, which I didn't use. I wish it had come with 50 or 100 as base ISO. I was using the camera in very bright conditions all the time and a lower ISO option would have been good.
2. Low light: Honestly I didn't get to use the camera much in low light, because of the environment I was in, but the noise at ISO settings higher than 1600 was too high for my taste. Looking at how much headroom I had, with the "shutter speed, ISO and aperture triangle", I didn't get a great vibe about the performance in low light conditions. A f/2.8 or f/1.8 lens would help in those situations.
3. Small camera, small batteries, so batteries would not last more than 300-340 shots. Kind of expected. But with smaller batteries, I had 3 batteries on the trip with me and that helped. On my typical trip day, I can get through 1 day with 1 battery on Canon 70D, but with this camera, I would need 1.5-2 battery charges.
All in all a great camera. I won't sell my DSLR to keep this, but this would be a complementary camera for places / occasions where I don't want to carry my DSLR bag.
34 of 37 people found the following review helpful.
Updating review, from 4 to 5 stars. An amazing little camera
After lots and lots of research and reading reviews I decided to get this little guy as a bring everywhere camera. To keep it in the car with me at all times as opposed to lugging around my D7100 and bigger lenses. First of all it is much much smaller than any dslr. Pics don't really describe how small these really are until you get them in your hand. I really wanted something compact that I could have with me all the time, but much nicer than say a cell phone. I immediately ordered the Panasonic 42.5 and also the Oly 25 1.8 since I tend to love the classic 50mm and 85mm equivalent. Both are very nice little prime lenses. I can't emphasize this enough, but the size of these Micro 4/3 cameras is amazing. They're tiny. Anyway after using this for a month or so and taking it on a few trips I've come away with a few thoughts.
Size: The size is awesome and it's very nice to be able to just throw it in the car on the front seat and have it all the time. I had a blast using it with my gorillapod to shoot little waterfalls back home, and being able to just plop it down and quickly get a shot is great. I bought a little messenger bag (Tenba dna-8 which is awesome) and it's just a real nice lightweight setup to carry.
2: In body 5 axis stabilization (IBIS) is awesome. You can get clean hand held shots pretty consistently down to about 1/4 second.
3: picture quality: The pictures are very nice. They get noisy pretty quickly at higher ISOs and it's quite noticeable compared to my d7100. If you shoot JPEG the noise reduction is pretty good but results in very soft but useable images at higher ISOs. I shoot RAW and do nr in post. It's a smaller sensor, so the dynamic range is a little less than a bigger DSLR but it's still plenty good enough.
4: Battery life: The battery life isn't too terrible if you leave the screen review off and have it timeout quickly. Otherwise coming from a dslr setup, the battery life is quite terrible in comparison. I managed to burn through a battery in a few hours at night when I first got it (that was before turning off screen review after every shot and having it not timeout at all). So having a backup battery is what I would consider a must. Update 3/5/17: the battery life is just fine for a days worth of shooting. I took it out for some star trails using live composite the other night and let it run for an hour. Came back home and still showed full battery. So definitely not an issue, but still much less life than a DSLR.
5: Ergonomics: Being small these MFT cameras leave a lot to be desired when it comes to ergonomics and layout of the buttons. I really miss having the top screen of my D7100 for quickly checking and setting ISO/Aperture, metering etc. Obviously being so small, you naturally don't have room for all of the extra buttons/dials that a bigger bodied camera affords. Olympus has what they refer to as a super control panel, and it allows you to change most things most used via that onscreen. It's fairly easy to use once you get used to it, but in many ways it reminds me of my Nikon D5100 which you had to change many settings onscreen as well, with hardly any shortcuts for often used functions compared to a DSLR.
Conclusion: If I have the choice, I'll reach for my d7100 everytime if size isn't a factor for the day. It's just much easier to use quickly and I prefer the picture quality over the omd. Update 3/5/17: after even more use my last statement is becoming less and less true. The simple fact that I have this with me all the time and am becoming more used to using it, it's just a pure joy to use. The focus is dead accurate, and ibis at night is just awesome. Took it out with my son last night to the fair, and got some pretty nice shots at the fair at ISO 200 and 1/4 second or less. Completely awesome for hand held light trails of the rides and such. When I wanted shots with him, just turned the ISO up to keep the shutter speed up and it nailed darn near every shot. It's amazing. I love it. At the current price of 499 it's just an absolute steal. Think I payed 650 a couple months back. The entire point of getting this was to compliment my bigger setup, being able to always have it with me and not miss those opportunities that arrive and you wish you had a camera with you. Would I recommend one of these as a first camera? Absolutely! Whether this is your first and only camera, or your second and smaller "little camera" it's truly fantastic. The value this thing brings is just amazing. I currently have the pany 42.5 1.7, the oly 25 1.8 and the oly 9-18 and it's really a perfect setup for me. Covers 99% of anything I'll ever feel like shooting, and with a few nd's thrown in the mix for long exposures it's a perfect everyday setup. Highly recommended. Happy shooting :)