Olympus OM-D E-M10 II review

April 10, 2017

Overall Rating:


Olympus O-MD E-M10 II


  • Compact and well-built body
  • Effective image-stabilisation system
  • Large and detailed EVF


  • Noise and noise-reduction artefacts
  • Easy to knock command dials out of position
  • Mediocre kit-lens performance



Price as Reviewed:

£550.00 (body only (at time of review))

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II refreshes its predecessor with a range of improvements. Matt Golowczynski investigates the difference these make

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 II review: Introduction

At a glance

16.1-million-pixel, Four Thirds sensor
ISO 100-25,600 (extended)
5-axis image stabilisation
8.5fps-burst shooting mode
2.36-million-dot EVF
3in, 1.04-million-dot LCD
Full HD video recording
Built-in Wi-Fi
£550 (body only)

It’s hard to believe that Olympus’s digital revival of its OM system hasn’t even reached its fifth birthday, given how popular it has proven to be since the first OM-D E-M5. Having catered for novice users and enthusiasts with three tiers of models, the Japanese company has begun to refresh the line with second-generation upgrades, most recently the mid-range OM-D E-M5 Mark II and now the more junior OM-D E-M10 Mark II.

Just as the original OM-D E-M10 benefited from a core specification set inherited from its elder siblings, the Mark II version is bolstered by a handful of recently seen developments. While Olympus has chosen to leave 
the sensor and processor alone, 
a wealth of changes around the rest of the spec sheet make for 
a significantly different camera 
to the one being replaced.

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Crucially, the camera gains a similar 5-axis image-stabilisation system to the acclaimed versions seen in the OM-D E-M1 and E-M5 Mark II, while improvements to the electronic viewfinder and video functionality strengthen its position in a crowded sector of the market. Unlike the OM-D E-M5 Mark II, the E-M10 Mark II fails to offer weather-sealing, nor does it stretch to offer that camera’s impressive 40MP High Res Shot mode, but then these are exactly the sort of concessions we would expect to see on such a model.

  • Sensor: 16.1-million-pixel, Four Thirds Live MOS sensor
  • Output size: 4608 x 3456
  • Focal length mag: 2x
  • Lens mount: Micro Four Thirds
  • Shutter speeds: 60sec-1/4000, bulb; 1/16,000 with electronic shutter
  • ISO: 100‑25600 (extended)
  • Exposure modes: PASM, iAuto, Scene, Art Filters
  • Metering: Multi, average, spot, highlight spot, shadow spot
  • Exposure compensation: +/‑ 5 EV in 1EV, 1/2EV or 1/3EV steps
  • Continuous shot: 8.5fps
  • Video: Full HD, built-in stereo mic
  • Touchscreen: 3in, 1.04M-dot fully-articulated touchscreen
  • Viewfinder: 2.36M-dot EVF, 100% coverage, 1.23x magnification
  • External mic: No
  • AF points: 81-point contrast-detect
  • Memory card: SDHC, SDXC
  • Power: BLS-50 rechargeable Li-Ion
  • Battery life: Approx. 320 images
  • Dimensions: 119.5 x 83.1 x 46.7mm
  • Weight: 390g with battery and card

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