Olympus has revamped the OM-D E-M10 in the form of the OM-D E-M10 Mark II, adding 5-axis image stabilisation, chunkier dials and a redesigned control layout in a more classically styled body.


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Among key differences between the original E-M10 and the new E-M10 Mark II is the more nostalgic appearance of the updated version, which Olympus suggests is ‘luxurious’ and a ‘design statement in itself’.

The two control dials and mode dial now sit on the right side of the camera to improve handling, while the use of a ‘retro-styled’ on/off switch has been borrowed from Olympus cameras of the past and moved to the top-plate for easier access, away from the back panel on the original E-M10.

‘No matter which side of the camera you’re standing, the eye is immediately drawn to the dials, with their glinting chrome and milled edges,’ said the firm in a statement.

Due out in mid-September, in silver or black versions (priced £549.99 body only), the 16.1-million-pixel E-M10 Mark II also features a ‘simulated’ OVF – designed to show a brighter foreground when subjects are backlit, for example.

Aimed squarely at photo enthusiasts, the E-M10 Mark II will also be launched in various lens kits.

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The E-M10 Mark II now incorporates a higher 2.36-million-dot-resolution OLED EVF monitor, which is an increase from 1.44 million dots.

The newcomer’s 5-axis image stabilisation is claimed to deliver 4 stops of extra shutter speed, compared to 3 stops on the E-M10.

Weighing 342g (body only), the E-M10 Mark II also now incorporates a 4K timelapse video mode (HD-only on the E-M10).

Olympus claims to have improved continuous AF, while a new ‘AF targeting pad’ is designed to allow the user, when using the EVF, to double-tap the LCD screen and use their finger to focus, so they should be able to quickly see exactly where the focusing point is.

The frame rate has been increased slightly to 8.5 frames per second (from 8fps) and touchscreen lag has been improved to enable faster selection of the AF point, according to Olympus.


Other features include a tiltable, 3in LCD touchscreen, built-in flash, 14 art filters, 81-area AF and built-in Wi-Fi.

The E-M10 Mark II features a 120fps slow-motion movie function, and a movie-clip mode. On the latter, an Olympus Europe spokesperson told Amateur Photographer: ‘The movie-clip function is for shooting small video moments, anything up to 16 seconds.

‘Files are stored in camera and can be moved/swapped around in camera to create movie stories/films, allowing the user to record little sections in no particular order.’


  • Ah right, get you now – thing is, I use Nikon as my ‘pro’ set-up (when people are paying me good day rates) and hae for 30 years; the Olympus’ and Sony A7 are my go to cameras for anything else – I’m larger than average hands, but I’m sure it’s muscle memory and daily use that make the difference.
    I agree completely that if were to try and use of these mirrorless cameras in a shop with a 10 minutes window…..I would be left befuddled and renewing my prescription at the opticians.
    Also, EVF’s are a godsend in lowlight (which I do a lot of,in TV studios/film sets etc. and the haptics of the system soon outweigh the negatives of the ‘space-shuttle- like plethora of buttons and dials.
    But as usual, it’s horses for courses and what what suits me is very unlikely unlikely to suit anyone else!
    PS I always buy black bodies and black out all names and logos with Sharpie, as well as using non-OEM straps so as not to advertise any supposed brand-loyalty.
    Thanks for your reply.

  • entoman

    Correct, but I have handled many brands and models in camera stores, including various Olympus models, not to mention Sony, Pentax, Panasonic and Fujifilm, as well as Canon and Nikon. Admittedly I’ve got big hands, so I like big cameras! I also appreciate good ergonomics, and while I find the similarly sized Fuijifilm XT1 a very well designed camera, I’m afraid that the styling and more importantly the fiddly handling of Olympus just doesn’t work for me.

    If you use and enjoy Olympus cameras, that’s great, I’m glad, and I’m not trying to offend or be “clever”, but honestly my instant reaction to the Olympus was as described in the starter to this thread. Sorry!

  • you’ve never used one then

  • entoman

    What a horrible, fiddly, ugly, awkward little camera. Thank god for Canon and Nikon!