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

Product Overview

Overall rating:

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

Product:

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II review

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

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

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II review: Focusing

The OM-D E-M10 employs the same 81-point contrast-detect AF system as its predecessor, and it comes with a multitude of options to suit your shooting style and subject. Single, continuous and manual-focus options are joined by AF-tracking and face-detection settings, and you can also focus on your subject using the camera’s touchscreen. There are no phase-detect pixels on the sensor as there are on the E-M1, and as these come into effect on that camera when tracking moving subjects, it’s likely a side-by-side comparison 
in such a scenario would show the E-M1 to be faster.

Nevertheless, I found the E-M10 Mark II fared well when set to track moving subjects; it stuck with them even when they appeared similar to the background, and continued to adhere when the camera was jerked one way or the other.

Olympus O-MD E-M10 II review sample image

This image was captured from waist height. The touchscreen was used to locate the point of focus on the squirrel

The aforementioned settings 
are complemented by a focus-bracketing setting, which captures images with different areas of focus so they can be subsequently blended into a single image with extended depth of field, as well as AF targeting pad, which is similar to the touch pad AF feature found in recent Panasonic CSCs. This allows you to select the AF point through the touchscreen while using the viewfinder. The standard way of moving the camera’s focusing point through the directional buttons isn’t particularly difficult or time consuming when using the viewfinder, and this is what I ended up using for the majority of shots.

  1. 1. Olympus OM-D E-M10 II review: Introduction
  2. 2. Olympus OM-D E-M10 II review: Features
  3. 3. Olympus OM-D E-M10 II review: Viewfinder and screen
  4. 4. Olympus OM-D E-M10 II review: Build and handling
  5. 5. Olympus OM-D E-M10 II review: Focusing
  6. 6. Olympus OM-D E-M10 II review: Performance
  7. 7. Olympus OM-D E-M10 II review: 4K Time Lapse
  8. 8. Olympus OM-D E-M10 II review: Resolution, dynamic range and noise
  9. 9. Olympus OM-D E-M10 II review: Verdict
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