Olympus PEN E-PL10 Review

February 10, 2020 | Gavin Stoker |

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In addition to the OM-D E-M5 Mark III, Olympus are also rumored to be launched a follow-up to the PEN E-PL9 camera, rather unsurprisingly called the Olympus PEN E-PL10.

Update: The EPL10 has now been officially announced, but so far it's only going to be available in Japan and China.

Update2: The E-PL10 has now been officially launched in Europe. In the UK, it is available now exclusively in the Olympus online shop priced at £549.99 and in a kit with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ lens at £649.99.

An extensive gallery of official looking product shots of this Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera have already appeared on Photo Rumors

With the E-M5 III due to be launched as soon as this week, we could also see the debut of the E-PL10 alongside its more expensive and more capable sibling.

Specifications are rather thin on the ground at this point, other than the three colourways shown in the gallery of product shots - black, white and tan.

At first glance, the exterior of the E-PL10 looks nigh on identical to the E-PL9, so it seems that any upgrades will be internal.

We'd expect Olympus to play it safe and stick with the 16 megapixel sensor that's seemingly been used by the last 9 E-PL cameras, rather than upgrading to the latest and greatest 20 megapixel sensor.

Could the E-PL9's 3-axis image stabilisation system be upgraded to the more capable 5-axis system that the E-M5 II featured? Will the auto-focus system also get an upgrade? We'll just have to wait and see...

Olympus Press Release

Olympus Corporation (President: Yasuo Takeuchi) is pleased to announce the newest Micro Four Thirds System standard interchangeable lens camera, the Olympus PEN E-PL10, scheduled to go on sale in late November 2019. This model features a simple, sophisticated design packed with a wide array of expressive shooting functions. The compact, lightweight body is equipped with in-body image stabilization and a flip-down LCD monitor along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, making it easy even for beginner interchangeable lens camera users to enjoy capturing and sharing creative, expressive photographs.

Main Features

1. Blur-free high image quality in various scenes, such as night scenes, telephoto shooting, and video recording

2. Flip-down LCD monitor for shooting at any angle and useful Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity to wirelessly transfer photos from the camera to a smartphone

3. Enjoy a wealth of creative expressions using Art Filters and interchangeable lenses

4. A compact, lightweight body with a simple sophisticated design that matches your style

1 The white and brown camera bodies come with a silver lens, and the black camera body comes with a black lens.

The Olympus PEN E-PL10 is equipped with in-body image stabilization and offers blur-free high image quality with a simple touch operation. It is packed with features that expand creative expressions, such as selfie, Art Filter for impressive, artistic finishes, and compatibility with various interchangeable lenses. By using the built-in Wi-Fi or Bluetooth® in conjunction with the Olympus Image Share (OI.Share) smartphone app, the camera easily connects to a smartphone to transfer images and share them on social media. Tutorial videos are also available to learn shooting techniques using OI.Share, making it the perfect interchangeable lens camera for the beginner photographer. Packing versatile features for a rich array of photographic expressions in a simple, sophisticated, compact design, this is a model that you can take everywhere.

Olympus interchangeable lens camera systems’ biggest advantage is their amazing mobility thanks to the compact, lightweight camera system, including lenses. The combination of a high-resolution, high-performance lens lineup and powerful image stabilization results in sharp, high- quality photos and videos in a variety of scenes.

Main Features Details

1. Blur-free high image quality in various scenes, such as night scenes, telephoto shooting, and video recording

This model is equipped with in-body image stabilization2, powerfully suppressing camera shake, which tends to occur when shooting at night, in dim indoor scenes, while shooting video and when using a telephoto lens. It also features TruePic VIII, the same image processor found in Olympus’ professional models, for clear images with minimal noise, even in low-light scenes. The combination of in-body image stabilization and TruePic VIII provides blur-free images.

2 Up to 3.5 shutter speed steps. M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ lens at a focal distance of f=42mm (35mm equivalent: f=84mm), conforms to CIPA standards, when corrected on 2 axes (yaw and pitch)

2. Flip-down monitor for shooting at any angle and useful Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity to wirelessly transfer photos from the camera to a smartphone

Flip-down LCD monitor

Simply touch the subject shown on the LCD monitor to simultaneously focus and activate the

shutter (Touch AF Shutter). When the monitor is flipped down, it automatically switches the camera to Selfie mode for easy self-portrait shooting. You can also select e-Portrait for brighter, smoother skin, or switch to movie recording3 with a simple touch operation. Changing the angle of the LCD monitor also makes it possible to shoot from various perspectives.

Easy connection to a smartphone

Use the built-in Wi-Fi or Bluetooth® and the Olympus Image Share (OI.Share) app to easily

connect the camera and smartphone to import images and share on social media. By using the Share Order function, selected photos or videos on the camera will be automatically transferred to your smartphone once the camera is turned off4. OI.Share also provides a Camera How To guide, containing tutorial videos of shooting techniques and a Digital Guidebook packed with other useful shooting tips.

3 The camera must be set to AUTO in order to select e-Portrait on the screen in Selfies mode.

4 When the smartphone OS version is Android 6.0 or later, images are not transferred automatically when the smartphone display is in sleep mode (when the smartphone screen is off). Make sure the display is active. On iOS devices, Olympus Image Share (OI.Share) must be launched first.

3. Enjoy a wealth of creative expressions using Art Filters and interchangeable lenses

Art Filter

With 16 Art Filter options you can capture creative photos with simple controls. Use the new Fine

Tune5 option to adjust the level of Art Filter effects while checking the results on the screen to create a photo as you wish.

AP (Advanced Photo) mode

AP mode provides shooting functions that generally require advanced photography techniques

with simple operations. Anyone can easily shoot a multi-exposure photo by just overlapping two images in Multi Exposure, and shoot light trails of stars or automobile lamps without the risk of overexposure in Live Composite. Silent mode, which mutes shutter and operation sounds, is now possible in P, A, S and M modes as well as AP mode.

Versatile interchangeable lenses

A versatile lineup of compact, lightweight, high-performance interchangeable lenses are available, including bright, single-focal-length lenses as well as macro lenses to achieve beautiful defocusing effects. You can choose the perfect lens depending on the subject to dramatically expand the possibilities of photographic expression.

5 Only available in Pop Art I and Soft Focus. Colour tone and effect levels can be changed moving the slider up and down.

4. A compact, lightweight body with a simple sophisticated design that matches your style 

The E-PL10 is available in white, black, and brown. Each details of the colors of leather-feel materials and surface finish are carefully selected for exquisite texturing. This model is designed for a simple, harmonious look that is easy to match with any style. When paired with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ standard kit lens, it is highly portable, and is lighter than a 500 ml bottle of water.

Other Features

1. Supports high image quality 4K video and the ability to extract still images from videos

2. Maximum 8.6 fps high-speed sequential shooting so you never miss a photo opportunity

3. SCN (Scene) mode lets you capture images exactly as you imagine simply by choosing a shooting theme

4. AUTO mode for capturing beautiful photos simply by pressing the shutter release button, and leaving all the necessary adjustment to the camera.

Separately Available Accessories

Genuine Leather Body Jacket, CS-45B, Genuine Leather Shoulder Strap, CSS-S109LL II, and Genuine Leather Lens Cover, LC-60.5GL (now on sale)

These genuine leather accessories are designed to protect the camera and enhance its design. Available in white, black, brown, and light brown, so they are easy to match with any style.

Genuine Leather Body Jacket CS-45B, Genuine Leather Shoulder Strap CSS-S109LL II, and Genuine Leather Lens Cover LC-60.5GL colors.

Olympus UK Press Release

New Olympus PEN E-PL10 combines aesthetics with technology that will take your photography to the next level 

London, 20 November 2019 – Olympus today introduces the new Olympus PEN E-PL10 to the European markets. Featuring a wide array of creative options in a compact, lightweight and beautifully designed body, the E-PL10 is the perfect choice for confident smartphone and entry-level camera photographers looking to step up their photography. 

Being lighter than a 500ml bottle of water even when paired with a 14-42mm zoom lens, its accessibility as well as the sophisticated design make the E-PL10 a powerful tool and stylish accessory. 

Available now, the Olympus PEN E-PL10 comes in white, brown or black at £649 with the 14-42EZ Zoom lens, plus add to your photographic options by bagging a free 45mm lens worth £279.99 with our launch offer via our online shop. (While stocks last) 

The Olympus PEN E-PL10 is designed to fit the need of the modern creatives with seamless connectivity, being a lightweight but powerful tool for content creation with top of class image stabilisation and image quality. The easy handling of this classical design piece enables you to focus on your results, not the technical specifications. 

Olympus technology delivers excellent images and video 

The E-PL10 delivers high quality images and video that will meet the expectations of any up-and-coming content creator. With its in-body image stabilization Up to 3.5 shutter speed steps of compensation. M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ lens at a focal distance of f=42mm (35mm equivalent: f=84mm). Conforms to CIPA standards, when corrected on 2 axes (yaw and pitch). technology, a 16MP Live MOS sensor and TruePic VIII (the same image processor found in Olympus’ professional models), the camera allows for great results with minimal noise even at night, in dim indoor scenes, while shooting 4K or Full HD video and when using a telephoto lens. 

Flip-down touchscreen and smartphone connectivity via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 

Thanks to the E-PL10’s easy and intuitive handling, its users will never miss a shot. Simply touch the subject shown on the LCD monitor to simultaneously focus and activate the shutter (Touch AF Shutter). When the monitor is flipped down, it automatically switches the camera to Selfie mode for easy self-portraits. Users may also select e-Portrait for brighter, smoother skin, or switch to movie recording with a simple touch operation. 

The built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity allows for an easy and fast transfer of images and video to a smartphone via the free Olympus Image Share (OI.Share) app. The latest OI.Share app additionally offers a dedicated E-PL10 “How To” guide, containing tutorial videos for different shooting situations and a digital guidebook packed with useful tips & tricks. 

A wealth of creative options through Art Filters and access to the full line-up of M.Zuiko lens choices 

The Art Filter feature – which was pioneered by Olympus way back to enhance images with creative pre-sets – is still a favourite of many PEN users to date. To get the most out of the 16 different Art Filter options, Olympus has integrated a new Fine Tune Only available in Pop Art I and Soft Focus. option to adjust the effect level of Art Filter effects while checking the results on the screen. 

In Auto Mode, the camera identifies different situations and automatically selects the optimal shooting scene. The Advanced Photo Mode further supports the creative vision of Olympus PEN fans with pre-sets for different shooting situations that generally require advanced photography skills. The Multi Exposure setting allows anyone to shoot a multi-exposure photo while light trails of stars or car headlights can be captured in Live Composite mode. Silent mode, which mutes shutter and operation sounds, is now possible in P, A, S and M modes as well as AP mode. 

The versatile lineup of compact, lightweight, high-performance M.Zuiko lenses additionally expands creative options: all-time favourites of many Olympus PEN users are bright, single-focal-length lenses which include the M.Zuiko Digital 45mm F1.8 - available while stocks last with all purchases of the new E-PL10 via Olympus online shop. 

Check out the lifestyle & social photography section at www.olympus.co.uk/lifestyle for stories as well as tips and tricks and follow the official @olympus_pengeneration channel on Instagram to stay in the know about the Olympus PEN world. 

Availability & pricing 

The Olympus PEN E-PL10 is available now exclusively in the Olympus online shop https://shop.olympus.eu/en_GB/ at £549.99 Recommended Retail Price. and in a kit with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ lens at RRP of £649.99.

Take advantage of our launch offer and receive a free 45mm lens with all purchases (RRP £279.99). While stocks last. The 45mm lens will automatically be added to your basket upon check out. 

Like every Olympus camera and lens, the E-PL10 comes with a free six-month warranty extension Six months on top of the statutory warranty in the country of purchase. when registered via the MyOlympus platform at http://my.olympus.eu 

More information at www.olympus.co.uk/pen. 

Product specifications are subject to change without notice. Please check the Olympus website at www.olympus.co.uk for the latest specifications.