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Olympus OM-D E-M10 II review

April 10, 2017

Overall Rating:

4.5

Olympus O-MD E-M10 II


Pros:

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

Cons:

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

Manufacturer:

Manufacturer:

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

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II review: Viewfinder and screen

The E-M10 Mark II’s rear display is mounted on a hinge and pulls away from the body easily, and it can be angled up and down as the shooting conditions require. When angled up, images can be easily captured from ground level, although I found the viewfinder’s eyecup can get in the way of the display when the camera is also angled slightly.

Otherwise, the screen is detailed and presents scenes well. Its touch functionality is also useful when holding the camera at an angle, in that it can focus and expose for a subject where it might be difficult to do 
so through the shutter-release button. This happens promptly and I found it useful for capturing subjects occupying a small section of the display.

Olympus O-MD E-M10 II

The LCD may have stayed the same as that on the E-M10, but the viewfinder on the E-M10 
Mark II has received a substantial upgrade. Not only has Olympus switched the previous LCD panel for an OLED one, but its resolution has also jumped from 1.44 million dots to 2.36 million dots and its maximum magnification has also risen from 1.15x to 1.23x (equivalent to about 0.61x).

Scenes with a wide dynamic range tax any electronic viewfinder and this one is no exception, but Olympus has the answer with a new Simulated Optical Viewfinder function. This, the company claims, extends the EVF’s dynamic range to bring it closer in line with what you would see through an optical viewfinder. I found it useful to assign this feature to the Fn3 button on the top-plate so it could be quickly activated as and when required. It works well to regain the finder’s highlight, although 
I found shadow details could be seen just as clearly – if not more so – without this on.

  • 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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