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Olympus OM-D E-M10

Olympus OM-D E-M10

An ergonomically-designed compact camera with a 16.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor and TruePic VII image processor, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera produces high-resolution still images and full HD 1080p video with exceptional low-light performance and fast response times.

A high sensitivity range of ISO 100-25600 may be achieved by the combination of these two technologies, as well as continuous shooting at up to 8 frames per second. The sensor also lends itself to an improved FAST autofocus technology, which use a contrast-detection focusing approach to acquire focus quickly and precisely, with configurable focus regions for even greater precision.

Additionally, the camera’s in-body three-axis image stabilization system, which compensates for angular shifts and rolling camera shaking, contributes to improved image clarity.

For live view monitoring, picture playback, and menu navigation, a high-resolution electronic viewfinder, and a tilting touchscreen monitor are both offered. In addition to a resolution of 1,440k dots and a magnification of 1.15x, the EVF also provides comfortable eye-level viewing with the option to evaluate picture effects in real-time.

As an alternative, the 3.0″ 1,037k-dot tilting touchscreen LCD monitor can be adjusted to tilt upward 80° or downward 50° to accommodate working from high and low positions, respectively. The touchscreen design makes controlling settings and navigating through the menu system simple and straightforward. Built-in wireless networking allows for refined off-board control and image sharing, and when used in conjunction with the Olympus Image Share software for iOS and Android mobile devices, remote sharing, and control over the camera is possible.

TruePic VII image processor and 16.1MP Live MOS sensor are included.
Together, the 16.1 megapixels Live MOS sensor and TruePic VII image processor, with Fine Detail Processing II, provide high-resolution still images and Full-HD video recordings with exceptional low-light performance and sensitivity up to ISO 25600, respectively.

The combination of these two technologies also contributes to the camera system’s high-speed performance, which includes a maximum shutter speed of 1/4000 sec. with a mechanical shutter, a continuous shooting rate of up to 8 frames per second with single-shot AF, and continuous 3.5 frames per second with continuous autofocus.

Additional features include the ability to record full HD 1080p movies at 30 frames per second with stereo sound in either the MOV or AVI formats. In addition, simultaneous shooting at up to 5 frames per second in P/A/S/M modes at 5.8MP resolution is allowed without interfering with the movie recording.

3-Axis Image Stabilization Built Into the Camera

When working with telephoto shots, macro photography, or long exposures, in-body VCM (Voice Coil Motor) image stabilization helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake with any lens in use and compensates for camera movements that become especially noticeable when working with long exposures, telephoto shots, or macro photography.

This unusual image stabilization technology operates across three dimensions, as opposed to the traditional two axes, and adjusts for vertical and horizontal changes (yaw and pitch), as well as camera shake along the optical axis, which is a first in the industry (roll). This range of observed motions is beneficial for both traditional still picture photography and video recording, as well as for working more efficiently with moving subjects.

Tilting Touchscreen with Electronic Viewfinder and 3.0″ Tilting Display

In order to view the image at eye level, a brilliant 1,440k-dot electronic viewfinder has been built into the design. It has an automated eye-detect function, display lag time of 0.007 seconds, and magnification of 1.15 times. With this finder, you can see realistic, high-resolution images while sitting in a comfortable position, which is especially useful while working in bright environments.

The adaptive brightness settings also make it simpler to see in a variety of lighting circumstances, with the brightness being adjusted in accordance with the surrounding surroundings to more closely imitate the usage of an optical viewfinder in varied lighting conditions.

As an alternative to the viewfinder, a large 3.0″ 1,037k-dot tilting touchscreen LCD panel is also available for real-time monitoring, picture playback, and menu navigation, among other things. The monitor’s design allows it to be tilted 80 degrees upward and 50 degrees downward, making it suitable for usage from both high and low viewing angles.

A variety of extra functions are available through the intuitive touchscreen control, including the ability to touch the screen to activate or deactivate the shutter, pick the focusing point, enlarge the image, apply filter effects, and navigate among photographs and settings.

System for Rapid Autofocus (FAST)

Because of the E-improved M10’s shooting performance, a contrast-detection focusing approach is used to rapidly and precisely acquire focus. This method makes use of 81 AF regions to achieve fast and accurate focus acquisition. FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) is well called since it is capable of focusing on targets utilizing single-shot or continuous focusing methods, as well as AF tracking, which is particularly useful when working with moving subjects.

The Super Spot AF feature, which may be utilized in conjunction with the conventional Small Target and Group Target focusing regions, can be used to acquire focus in a smaller, more precise area for crucial precision.

It is possible to get fine sharpness with manual focus when working with the camera’s manual focus features, such as focus peaking and manual focus assist. This is especially beneficial when dealing with selective focus or narrow depth of field methods.

Wireless connectivity is pre-installed.

Wireless operation of the E-M10 is made available with the use of the Olympus Image Share app, which can be accessed via linked iOS and Android mobile devices. The mobile device may be used to preview compositions, choose an AF point, and press the shutter release button, all of which are accomplished through a simple app interface.

A simple QR Code Connect system, which shows a unique QR code on the camera’s monitor, which can subsequently be recognized by a mobile device for rapid connection, makes it feasible to connect mobile devices to the camera.

Additional Camera Functions

  • Designed with a classic aesthetic in mind, the camera body is made of metal and equipped with two 2-by-2 dial controls that are easily accessible and allow for quick adjustments to camera settings.
  • A built-in pop-up flash is provided for extra light, and the camera enables wireless flash control with up to four channels and four groups of flashes in total.
  • The Color Creator tool allows you to alter the hue and chroma of your image right in the EVF, with the results seen immediately. When combined with a simple user interface, this allows for more precise and accurate control over the color balance of an image.
  • Fine Detail II technology automatically corrects for chromatic aberration based on the exact lens in use, eliminating the need for manual correction. The application of clever sharpening procedures based on the focal length and aperture value of the lens being used results in high-resolution images that seem natural in appearance.
  • When seen through the viewfinder, HDR Preview simulates the completed appearance of an HDR image, prior to the camera processing the shots together. This allows for better control and selection over how extended dynamic range photographs are captured. HDR images are achievable with a wide range of bracketed photographs spanning up to 12 EV in an exposure.
  • Art Filters are available in 12 different styles to let you express yourself artistically via your images and videos: Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Colors, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia, Dramatic Tone, Key Line, and WaterColor are just a few examples. Art Effects are also included, including Soft Focus Effect, Pin-Hole Effect, White Edge Effect, Frame Effect, Star Light Effect, Diorama Effect, and Pict. Tone. Soft Focus Effect is also accessible (Sepia, Blue, Purple, Green).
  • Using Photo Story, you may capture various perspectives of a subject, which are then composited into a single image using a variety of pre-defined styles and themes.
  • Interval photography, which allows for the successive recording of 1-999 photographs at intervals ranging from 1 second to 24 hours, makes it simple to shoot a series of consecutive photos. Furthermore, the series of photographs may be transformed into a time-lapse video, which allows for more straightforward playback.
  • The Live Bulb and Live Time modes allow you to see the evolution of exposure during bulb and time exposure in real-time, and a live view histogram illustrates how the exposure is built-up over all locations of the image during bulb and time exposure.
  • Live Composite Mode lets you shoot starscapes and other long exposures in real-time, without having to learn complicated techniques.
  • A technique known as multiple exposure photography allows for the stacking of several exposures inside the same frame, resulting in more creative effects.
  • Face Detect, Face Priority, and Eye Detection are all features that enable you to choose different priorities for focusing and exposing your camera. There may be up to eight distinct faces recognized, and Eye Detection allows you to prioritize either the right or left eye based on your preference.
  • With the help of a built-in level gauge, you can create flawlessly level compositions that take into account the horizon and architectural components in the environment.
  • Photographic Effects include the following Picture Modes: i-Enhance; Vivid; Natural; Muted; Portrait; Monotone; Custom; e Portrait; Color Creator; and Art Filters.
  • Support for several languages: Languages include English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Czech, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croat, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovakian, Turkic, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Rumanian, Indonesian, Malay, and Thai.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Specs

Price
MSRP$699.99 / £529.99 / €599 (body only), $799.99 / £699.99 / €799 (with 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 lens (standard in US, EZ in Europe)
Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Other resolutions3200 x 2400, 1280 x 960
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photodetectors17 megapixels
Sensor sizeFour Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorTruePic VII
ISOAuto, 200 – 25600
Boosted ISO (minimum)100
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes (4 slots)
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Image stabilization notes3-axis image stabilization (yaw/pitch/roll)
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsSuperfine, fine, normal, basic
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points81
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds
Focal length multiplier
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,037,000
Touch screenYes (Shutter release, Enlargement, Live Guide, AF area selection, AF area enlargement and decrease, Frame forward/backward, Enlargement playback, Super Control Panel, Art Filter selection, Scene mode selection, Wi-Fi connection)
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification1.15× (0.57× 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder resolution1,440,000
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject / scene modesYes
Built-in flashYes (Olympus Wireless RC Flash system compatible)
Flash range5.80 m (ISO100)
External flashYes (FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-20, FL-14, FL-300R, FL-600R)
Flash modesFlash Auto, Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(2nd curtain), Manual(1/1(FULL)~1/64)
Continuous drive8.0 fps
Self-timerYes (12 sec., 2 sec.,custom (Waiting time 1-30sec.,Shooting interval 0.5/1/2/3sec.,Number of shots 1-10))
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatH.264, Motion JPEG
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro HDMI)
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notesLive View, Rec View, Wireless Touch AF shutter, Wireless Release, Power Off
Remote controlYes (Optional Remote cable RM-UC1)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionBLS-5 Li-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA)320
Weight (inc. batteries)396 g (0.87 lb / 13.97 oz)
Dimensions119 x 82 x 46 mm (4.69 x 3.24 x 1.81″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes (Interval Time 1 sec. – 24 Hours, Max 999 frames. Available on making Time-lapse movie automatically)
GPSOptional
GPS notesuses Smartphone GPS data

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