Aimed at the enthusiast market, but armed with performance and tech that could see the Wi-Fi enabled 16.1-million-pixel OM-D E-M10 punch well above its weight, has Olympus created yet another champ? Read the Olympus OM-D E-M10 review...

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 review – Dynamic range

Traditionally, four thirds cameras struggled to offer notably good dynamic range performance compared to APS-C-format models such as the Pentax K-5, which has a dynamic range of 14.1EV. Cameras with smaller sensors typically aren’t able to retain highlights and shadow detail as well, especially as ISO sensitivity increases. This results in blown-out highlights in high-contrast scenes – and I definitely experienced this while using the E-M10.

But that said, in tests the E-M10 showed a dynamic range of 11.82EV at ISO 100 – a fraction smaller than that of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and more than the 20.2-million-pixel EOS 70D, so smaller sensors are definitely improving.

Looking at images from the E-M10 at 100%, I could still see some detail captured in shadow areas, although it did seem to have a tougher time with highlights in high-contrast scenes. However, enough image data remained in the raw files to restore detail to some blown-out areas. For a small-sensor camera, the E-M10 performed as well as I’d expect in this area.

Image: A shaft of strong sunlight required underexposure, but fortunately the shadow areas retain some detail 

 

  1. 1. Olympus OM-D E-M10 at a glance:
  2. 2. Olympus OM-D E-M10 review - 3-Axis stabilisation
  3. 3. Olympus OM-D E-M10 review - Build and handling
  4. 4. Olympus OM-D E-M10 review - Autofocus
  5. 5. Olympus OM-D E-M10 review - Metering
  6. 6. Olympus OM-D E-M10 review - Dynamic range
  7. 7. Olympus OM-D E-M10 review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  8. 8. Olympus OM-D E-M10 review - White balance and colour
  9. 9. Olympus OM-D E-M10 review - Viewfinder, live view, LCD and video
  10. 10. Olympus OM-D E-M10 review - The competition
  11. 11. Olympus OM-D E-M10 review - Our verdict
  12. 12. Hands-on review
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  • Moritz

    Of course I am aware that this article is more than a year old by now, but I still wonder about one point.
    You write “If I were […] looking
    for a solid system camera to invest in, […] the E-M10 would be near the
    top of my list”.

    If the E-M10 is only *near* and not *at* the top, which camera do you personally consider #1?