Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Mirrorless Digital Camera with 14-42mm II R Lens (Silver)
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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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253 of 260 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)
127 of 133 people found the following review helpful.
First impressions from a DSLR user
There are plenty of detailed reviews out there that will give you a technical rundown on this camera's capabilities. This isn't one of them.
I shoot Nikon DSLRs professionally and, until now, for personal use, too, but am tired of lugging them around in a bag that hurts my shoulder, or even the Spider holster (recommended) on my belt. I wanted a small, portable camera that delivered good image quality. So far, I'd say this little Olympus delivers.
I added the 14-42mm EZ lens in order to create as compact a package as possible. (BTW, this is a great little lens and will probably suffice for most casual use. But the emphasis is on "little." For a guy who's used to the usual holding method of cradling a DSLR and working the zoom with my thumb and fingers, this feels really cramped, as the zoom ring is less than a half-inch wide.)
One thing I was concerned about with the micro 4/3 system is the low-light/high-ISO performance as compared to full-frame (or even crop sensor) cameras. Again, so far, I am impressed. Olympus seems to do a great job with its jpeg processing, and files even up to ISO 2000 are quite usable. (I haven't even tried shooting RAW yet.)
Another great feature of the EM-10 is the in-body stabilization. Just experimenting in my darkened living room, I captured a sharp image, handheld with a one-second (not a typo - one full second) exposure. I'm sure it was a bit lucky, but the best I can usually do with my expensive Nikon VR lenses is about 1/10 sec.
As other reviewers here and elsewhere have mentioned, the Olympus menus are kind of confusing, but if you take the time to learn them (use your manual), there are a ton of customization options that will help you adapt the camera to your shooting style.
Last, but not least, I am falling in love with the electronic viewfinder. The ability to see exactly what your final exposure will look like *before* you press the shutter button is a revelation. (Yes, DSLRs can do this through live-view, but most such implementations are clunky and handicap the camera's autofocus performance.)
So now that I've decided this little camera is a keeper, I'm starting to look at higher quality Olympus and Panasonic lenses. The good news there is that the M 4/3 lenses are MUCH less expensive than their DSLR counterparts.
119 of 128 people found the following review helpful.
Excellent camera, premium feel but complex menu and functions.
By Sam W.
I purchased this camera last week and been using it ever since. I love it. the size, the weight is just perfect. I take it every. I use to have a Canon 60D, the camera is a great, but it's way too large and heavy for me to carry around. this is so portable, it's just perfect.
Picture quality is exceptionally sharp. It takes great pictures. the image stabilization is great. I have a lot of problem taking pictures with my other DSLR due to the weight, but with this, I can shoot all day. The 5 axis stabilization is great. Took some videos and it came out very very well with minimal or no shaking at all. This camera has almost all the bells and whistles the bigger brothers EM5 II or the EM1 has for a fraction of the price.
As for the built quality of the camera. it's certainly has a premium feel. Very solid. however the batter door feels very flimsy. I don't understand why they build the whole camera so solid and used a flimsy plastic battery door. it feels like it's going to break every time I open it to charge the battery or pull my SD card. The grip is not as good as on other camera. The Sony A6000 has a better grip. The strap eye lid / Strap Holder if you will seems to get in the way of the hand holding the camera as well as trying to push the shutter button.
The functionality of this camera is my biggest issue. not that it's bad, it's because there is just too many functions in this camera. The menu is very complicated, not easy to navigate. For someone like me who is no professional. I have a very hard time understanding many of these functions. I'm still reading the instruction booklet after a week of using it. However, despite the complexity of the menu and functions, this camera can be fully customize every single button and dials. I certainly would give it a 5 star if the menu is not so complex
I just absolutely love this camera. Oh, on an other note. if you are looking for a carrying case for these mirrorless cameras, go buy a Sony bag. I looked around and found the Sony camera bag is perfect for a camera, a zoom lens, a battery charger and a portable external flash.
After a month of using the camera, I can tell you I obsolutly love it. I also purchased a prime lens, the 17mm f1.8. it's very fast, great for low light, but even just the kit lens works great. the image stabilization is truly awesome. that where most of my problem with the older camera. my hands tents to shake slightly and the picture comes out blurry. with this camera, I get sharp pictures. I even took a picture of running water, at 1 sec shutter, handheld and it comes out great.
Great compact size camera
great image stabilization
Original Battery is very poor, had to purchase some after market battery and works 3-4 times as long.
The battery door and the port cover still feels flimsy
The EVF sensor is a little too sensitive.
The function menu is not friendly
So I have this camera for some times now and really been using it all over the place. I just love the size and portability compare to my previous Canon 60D. I have learn a lot with this camera. It take great pictures. I love it so much, I end up purchasing a M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8 Prime lens for it. I purchased Panasonic 20mm f1.7 lens first, but the AF wasn't that great in low light, so I sold that and traded for the 17mm. Love it. I love the camera, I take it everywhere because. However as much as I love this camera. the longer you have it, the more small issues you find. Not major. I still love the camera.
For One, the battery is worst then expected. I end up purchasing 2 more higher capacity battery for it. they do hold more capacity than the OEM battery for a fraction of the price.
I found that at ISO 1600, noise really started to show. I have use it in many occasion in the evening outing and used different ISO setting. and at 1600 and higher, you can really see the grain showing. I have contacted Olympus and they ask me to send them some samples and they sent me a link by on how to setup your camera by Robin Wong. Instructions to setup EM5 Mark II, it's really the same as the EM10 II. What's interesting was before I have my camera's noise filter set to high and noise reduction set to on and I still get a bit of grains, but according to Robin (the Olympus Professional) he suggest to turn off the noise filter and noise reduction to auto. Well see that Olympus said after they view my pictures. I taken some pictures at my grandmother's birthday dinner and and to print a few 8x10 photos for her and I was not very impress with the noise level. I am attaching a image of the product image taken at good low light, not bad low light and if you zoom in a little, you can see the grains.
Link to Robin Wong's review and setup. Check it out, some setting are helpful.
After using it for a couple of months, trying to learn the ins and out of the camera, I have master a good part of the camera, but even with all these learning. I still think the menu is very complicated like many people does. there's just too many level and too many features. you use it, but next time you want to go back to it, you'll forget where it is again. But what's interesting is if it's not the complex menus, I might not have learn so much about photography. I been youtubeing and web searching all the little features little by little like the Robin Wong's link. it does teach you a lot.
Oh, by the way, there is one thing I absolutely love about the camera and can't live without it is the super control panel. it's almost everything you need is there.