Olympus OM-D E-M10 Review

olympus-omd-em10[1]Lately I have been traveling a lot and therefore taking a lot of pictures.  Admittedly, I use my cell phone and although the quality is descent I was starting to want more from my photos.  I wanted to create some photos like the ones I see by some of my more capable friends.  They post them all over Facebook making me a little envious.  I realized that I’m not really taking pictures, I’m taking snapshots.

I’ve always loved and appreciated photography so I’ve decided to step up my game some and get a little more serious about it.  First things first, since I’ve never really took the time and money to invest in a good camera I figured I would start there. It is with this in mind that I set out to find the best camera to take travelling so that I can capture some of my dreams before it is too late.

Having gone through the available cameras on the market, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 caught my eye. I guess it must be its tough looking appearance that immediately grabbed my attention.  For me the best camera for travel photography is the one that can take a beating and keep on ticking.  Here are some of the cameras features.


-Has a 16 – megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor

-Has a 1.04-million-dot LCD Touchscreen

-Comes with a 1.44M-dot EVF

-Has a 3 axis OIS

-Has a TruPic VII processor

-Comes with a articulating touch screen for those tricky angles

-Has a 81 point Fast-AF, 8 FPS

-Has a built in flash

-Has a WI-FI

-Comes with a maximum shutter speed of 1/4000 sec

-Has an external flash speed of 1/200 sec

Why the Olympus E-M10?

My Mom had an old Olympus way back and I know Olympus is known to produce some of the best cameras on the market.  This means that you cannot expect anything less from the E-M10. True to prediction, it does not disappoint. Judging from the reviews I have come across I’m not the only one to think so.  This camera is just perfect for a person like me who is a photography enthusiast looking for a powerful camera for traveling and everyday use.

The E-M10 is the first OM-D camera to come with a built in flash.  I know on camera flash isn’t exactly flattering but it can be useful when you are traveling and without a speedlight. It also comes with fully featured wi-fi and GPS capabilities which many other cameras in its class lack. This connectivity also features an innovative smart phone pairing system as well as remote control shooting.  I honestly haven’t tested any of these except the remote control shooting which works great.

One thing that does stand out for the E-M10 is the TruePic VII image processor combined with the 16MP live MOS sensor.  Together, they produce an outstanding resolution and render colors with extreme accuracy. The image quality is up there with the best.

I also like that this camera has an 81 point AF grid used for focus.  It covers the entire image making selective point focusing that much more accurate.  Some of my friends have reminded me to always focus on the eye when shooting people and were impressed with the 81 focal points.  My friend who is a very good photographer has a camera with only 9 and it’s not that old.  That sort of says something about how quick this technology advances.

Once you have the shot focused and framed sometimes you need camera settings that will freeze action?  When taking pictures of an action packed event or a target in motion you often need to consider shutter speed and how many frames per second your camera can shoot at.  You can reach 1/4000 of a second shutter speed and a very nice 8fps in burst mode placing it on par with most other professional cameras.

When you are looking for the best travel camera, you need a unit that is light and compact. On this point the E-M10 scores wonderfully. The body is only 350 grams which is very light compared to other cameras in its class.  It’s also pretty compact and even with a couple lenses won’t take up much space in your luggage.  This makes it great for travel photography.

Speaking of travel photography, I have found that a camera for travel is only as good as its battery.  If your camera is always dead then what good is it?  This unit comes with a Lithium Ion battery that claims to shoot up to 320 shots per charge but from my experience it’s definitely more. This should give you more than enough shots for a trip.

The bottom line is the E-M10 has been developed for both, serious and amateur photographers alike. Depending on what you intend to photograph you have the choice of at least 17 different Micro Four Third lenses for any type of focal range you desire.  It is designed to provide excellent value for the money and great pictures that you will cherish forever.

Published in Travel Photography, Travel Photography Gear Reviews

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