Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Review

September 22, 2015 | Mark Goldstein |


The Olympus OM-D E-M10 II is an evolutionary upgrade of 2014's E-M10 camera, principally adding an even better electronic viewfinder, 5-axis image stabilisation system, very useful fully electronic shutter, and AF targeting pad and focus stacking features, along with a better control layout. All of these improvements add up to make the Olympus OM-D E-M10 II one of the more compelling entry-level mirrorless cameras, although it faces stiff competition from the likes of the Fujifilm X-T10, Sony A6000 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7.

With the same sensor and processor as the E-M10 on-board, image quality is once again excellent for a cropped-sensor camera. From ISO 100 through to ISO 1600, noise is very well controlled, not becoming an issue until you hit ISO 3200. We never longed for a camera with a bigger sensor, and you'd have to step up to a 35mm full-frame camera to see an appreciable leap in image quality, and we also never longed for a camera with an optical viewfinder either. The new 5-axis image stabilisation system works very well indeed, even when hand-holding the camera at slow shutter speeds or shooting video without a tripod, although the lack of 2015's must-have feature, 4k video recording, may put some buyers off, especially as the E-M10 II's 4K time-lapse movie mode only records at a jerky 5 frames per second.

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 II is a great addition to the OM-D mirrorless camera range, making an already fantastic camera even more versatile and easy to use. It may not have quite the same retro charm as the Fujifilm X-T10, the 4K recording capability of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7, or the speed of the Sony A6000, but the Olympus OM-D E-M10 II offers more than enough to stand on its own two feet as a brilliant interchangeable lens camera...

5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 5
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 5
Value for money 4.5