Olympus PEN E-PL10 Review

February 10, 2020 | Gavin Stoker |

Olympus PEN E-PL10 Specifications

Type

  • Lens mount

    Micro Four Thirds

Image Sensor

  • Type

    4/3'' Live MOS sensor

  • Effective pixels

    16.1 Megapixels

  • Filter array

    Primary colour filter (RGB)

  • Aspect ratio & area

    4:3 / 17.3 x 13.0mm

  • Full resolution

    17.2 Megapixels

Engine

  • Type

    TruePic VIII

Filter

  • Dust reduction filter

    Supersonic Wave Filter

Live View

  • Displayed information

    Face detection preview*

  • Field of view

    Approx. 100%

  • Magnification levels

    3 / 5 / 7 / 10 / 14x

  • * Up to 8 faces

Image Stabiliser

  • Type

    Sensor shift

  • Modes

    Three‑dimensional, vertical or horizontal activation, automatic

  • Live View stabilisation

    Available

  • Effective Compensation Range

    Up to 3.5 EV steps (CIPA)

Focusing System

  • Method

    Contrast Detection AF system

  • Focus areas

    121 points / All target, Group target (9‑areas), Single target (normal), Single target (small)

  • Modes

    • Single AF
    • Continuous AF
    • Manual focus
    • Single AF + MF
    • AF Tracking
  • AF illuminator

    Equipped

  • Manual focus

    Available; With enlarged focusing area or focus peaking

  • Face Detection AF

    Available

  • Face Detection extension

    • Near side priority
    • Eye Detect AF: Off
  • Predictive AF

    Available

  • AF tracking

    Available; Available in continuous AF mode

  • C‑AF and AF tracking only with Micro Four Thirds lenses!

Exposure System

  • Modes

    • Auto
    • Programme automatic
    • Aperture priority
    • Shutter priority
    • Manual
    • Scene Modes
    • Advanced Photo Modes
    • Art Filter
  • Exposure compensation

    +/‑ 5 EV (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps)

  • Note: Movie shooting, monitor and EVF displays only up to ±3 EV .

  • AE lock

    Available

Advanced Photo Modes

  • Modes

    • Live Composite
    • Live Time
    • Multiple Exposure
    • HDR Backlight*
    • Silent
    • Panorama
    • Keystone Compensation
    • AE bracketing
    • AE bracketing

Scene Modes

  • Number of scene modes

    23

  • Modes

    • Portrait
    • e-Portrait
    • Night Scene with portrait
    • Indoor
    • Night Scene
    • Hand-held Starlight
    • Fireworks
    • Light trails
    • Sports
    • Children
    • Panning
    • Landscape
    • Landscape with Portrait
    • Sunset
    • Beach and Snow
    • Multi Focus
    • Backlight HDR
    • Panorama
    • Candle
    • Silent mode
    • Macro
    • Nature Macro
    • Documents

Light Metering

  • Method

    TTL open aperture light metering

  • Zones

    324 zones Multi‑pattern Sensing System

  • Detection range

    ‑2 ‑ 20 EV (f2.8, ISO 100)

  • Modes

    • ESP light metering
    • Spot metering
    • Centre weighted metering
    • Highlight
    • Shadow

Art Filter

  • Modes

    • Pop Art
    • Soft Focus
    • Pale & Light Colour
    • Light Tone
    • Grainy Film
    • Pin Hole
    • Diorama
    • Cross Process
    • Gentle Sepia
    • Dramatic Tone
    • Key Line
    • Water colour
    • Vintage
    • Partial Colour*
    • Bleach Bypass
    • Instant Film
  • * 18 colours selectable

  • Variation / Effect

    Available

Sensitivity

  • Auto

    ISO LOW* ‑ 6400 (customizable upper limit 200 ‑ 25600)

  • Manual

    ISO LOW ‑ 25600 in 1/3 or 1 EV ISO steps

  • *approx. 100

Shutter

  • Shutter type

    Electronically controlled focal plane shutter

  • Self timer

    2s / 12s / Custom

  • Custom (delay 1‑30sec.,shooting interval 0.5/1/2/3sec.,number of shots 1‑10)

  • Modes

    • Bracketing
    • Self timer
    • Sequential shooting
    • Single frame

Shutter Speeds

  • Standard operation

  • Shutter speed range

    1/4000 ‑ 60s (in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps)

  • Bulb mode

    Up to 30 minutes (selectable longest time in the menu, default: 8 minutes)

  • Silent mode

  • Shutter type

    Electronic shutter

  • Shutter speed

    1/16000 ‑ 60s

  • Anti shock mode

  • Shutter type

    Electronic first curtain shutter

  • Shutter speed

    1/320* ‑ 60s

  • * For speeds over 1/320 sec., mechanical shutter will automatically be selected.

White Balance

  • AUTO WB system

    Advanced detection system with Live MOS sensor

  • Manual White balance (One-Touch)

    Available

  • Custom WB

    1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (2000K ‑ 14000K)

  • Auto Flash adjustment

    Off / Auto WB / Flash

  • Keep warm colour

    On / Off

Sequence Shooting

  • Speed (H)

    Approx. 8.6fps

  • Speed (L)

    4.8fps

  • Max. number of frames

    14 frames (RAW)

  • 220 frames (JPG / Large Fine mode)

  • Conditions

    Memory card: TOSHIBA SDHC UHS‑II R95 W90 EXCERIA™

  • Sequential shooting L mode: 12‑40mm F2.8 Pro when in C‑AF mode

  • Note: Depending on shooting conditions, the sequential shooting speed may reduce speed during shooting.

  • Silent mode

  • Speed (H)

    Approx. 14.1fps

  • Speed (L)

    Approx. 6.1fps

Flash

  • Modes

    • AUTO
    • Manual (Full, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64)
    • Red-eye reduction
    • Slow synchronisation with red-eye reduction
    • Slow synchronisation
    • Slow synchronisation 2nd curtain
    • Fill-in
    • Off
    • TTL-Auto
  • Type

    Built‑in

  • Flash compensation

    +/‑ 3 EV / 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps

  • Guide number

    7.6 (ISO 200)

  • X-sync speed

    1/250s / 1/4000s (Super FP Mode)

Wireless Flash Control

  • Available when used together with flashes from the Olympus wireless RC flash system.

  • Optical control

  • Control method

    Triggered and controlled (Olympus Wireless RC Flash system)

  • Commander flash: FL‑900R, FL‑700WR, FL‑600R, STF‑8 Built‑in flash

  • Number of channels

    4 channels

  • Group setting

    4 groups

  • Compatible external flash

    FL‑36R, FL‑50R, FL‑300R, FL‑600R, FL‑700WR, FL‑900R, STF‑8

  • Radio control

  • Radio wireless control

    Available when attaching optional flash commander.

  • Compatible commander

    FC‑WR, FL‑700WR

  • For more details see specifications of commander units.

  • Compatible receiver

    FL‑700WR, FR‑WR + wireless RC system flash

Monitor

  • Monitor type

    Tiltable LCD ‑ Touch Panel

  • Tilt angle

    80° (up) 180° (down)

  • Monitor size

    7.6cm / 3.0'' (3:2)

  • Resolution

    1040K dots

  • Brightness adjustment

    +/‑ 7 levels

  • Colour balance

    +/‑ 7 levels Vivid (default) / Natural

  • Touch Control fucntions

    • Shutter release
    • Live Guide
    • AF area selection
    • AF area enlargement
    • Frame forward/backward
    • Enlargement playback
    • Super Control Panel
    • Art Filter
    • Scene Modes
    • Wifi connection
    • Movie Controls
    • Movie effects
    • Movie teleconverter
  • When in Selfie Mode:

    • Shutter release
    • e-Portrait
    • Self-timer
    • Movie
    • Exposure compensation
    • Preview

Level Gauge

  • Detection

    2‑axis

  • Display

    Rear LCD monitor

Recording Formats

  • RAW

    12bit

  • RAW & JPEG

    Applied parallel recording

  • JPEG

    Applied

Image Size

  • RAW

    4608 x 3456

  • 4608 x 3456 Fine (compression: 1/4)

  • Middle

    3200 x 2400

  • Small

    1280 x 960

Still Image Recording

  • EXIF

    2.3

  • DCF

    Applied

Movie Recording System

  • Recording format

    MOV (H.264)

  • Image Stabilisation Mode

    Applied Sensor shift (3‑axis)

  • M‑IS1* (Image sensor shift and electronic image stabilizer with multi motion IS)

  • M‑IS2 (Image sensor shift with multi motion IS)

  • * While using M‑IS1, field of view may be affected.

  • 4K Movie quality

    3840 x 2160 (4k) / 30p, 25p, 24p / IPB (approx. 102Mbps)

  • HD Movie quality

    Full HD 1920 x 1080 (16:9) / 30p, 25p, 24p / IPB (SF, F, N)

  • HD 1280 x 720 (16:9) / 30p, 25p, 24p

  • Maximum Recording Time

    29min

  • Max. file size

    4GB (AVCHD)

Movie Specialties

  • Movie clips

    1, 2, 4, 8s

  • (Extension up to 16s by pressing record button before clip ends.)

  • High-Speed Recording

    720P / 120fps

  • Movie effects

    • Multi shot echo
    • One shot echo
    • Art fade
    • Old Film
  • HDMI Live View

    Available (Camera display is turned off when HDMi connection is made. Video and info screen is displayed on external monitor)

  • Time lapse

    4k, 1080p, 720p (MOV)

Sound Recording System

  • Internal microphone

    Stereo

  • Recording format

    Stereo PCM/16bit, 48kHz, Wave Format Base

  • Speaker

    Equipped

View Images

  • Modes

    • Single
    • Index
    • Calendar
    • Zoom
    • Slide show
    • Movie
  • Light box

    Available

  • Histogram in playback mode

    Available

  • Shooting information

    Off / On

  • Highlight/Shadow point warning

    Available

  • Auto rotation

    Available

Erase / Protect / Copy Function

  • Erase modes

    Single, All, Selected

  • Image protect mode

    Single frame, Selected frames, All Frames, Release protect (Single/All selected)

Menu

  • Menu languages in camera

    English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croatian, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovak, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian

Customisation Options

  • Dial customization

    Dial function is cutomizable for both dials

  • Programmable button

    Can select from 12 functions to assign to buttons

Interface

  • USB

    microB

  • HDMI™

    Applied Micro connector (Type D) *

  • Hot shoe

    Equipped

  • Media

    SD Memory Card (SDHC, SDXC, UHS‑I compatible) Class 10 is recommended for Movie shooting UHS‑I U3 card is recommended for 4K

  • Wireless connectivity

    • WiFi
    • Bluetooth®
  • * "HDMI", the HDMI logo and "High‑Definition Multimedia Interface" are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.

Wi-Fi Functions

  • Easy Connection

    QR code setting

  • Wireless Shooting

    • P/A/S/M exposure modes
    • Aperture priority
    • Shutter priority
    • Exposure
    • ISO
    • White balance
    • Sequential shooting
    • Touch AF & Shutter
    • Self timer
    • Live View
    • Rec View
    • Movie recording
  • Image Share

    Automatic transfer is possible via Share Order

  • On Android devices, 4K videos will be resized and saved as Full HD videos.

  • On iPhone 5(iPhone 5C) or earlier iOS devices, 4K videos cannot be imported.

Power Supply

  • Battery

    BLS‑50 Lithium‑Ion Battery (included)

  • Live View shooting

    Approx. 350images (100% with Live View)

  • Movie recording

    80min (standard JEITA conditions) 140min (when zoom and other operational functions are not used)

  • Image shooting

    350 shots

Environment

  • Temperature

    0 ‑ 40°C Operating temperature / ‑20 ‑ 60°C storage temperature

  • Humidity

    30 ‑ 90% operation humidity / 10 ‑ 90% storage humidity

Dimensions

  • Width

    117.1mm

  • Height

    68mm

  • Depth

    39mm

  • Weight

    380g (including battery and memory card)

  • 332g (body only)

Exterior

  • Available Colours

    • Brown
    • Black
    • White