If you are a beginner to the world of ILCs, or just want to let the camera do the work for you, the E-M10 will suit your needs nicely. Leave the camera in the iAuto mode and it will automatically recognise 42 scenes for optimal image capture.
The E-M10 borrows the same 16-megapixel Live MOS image sensor as the E-M5, except it is now coupled with the newer TruePic VII processor. The built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF) is no different in size or resolution to that found on the E-M5. However, it does come with a backlight adjustment that automatically detects ambient lighting, and also boasts a 0.007 second latency.
On the image stabilization front, the E-M10 comes with a 3-axis system rather than the 5-axis system on its more sophisticated sibling cameras. This means that the compensation occurs across the three axes of yaw, pitch and roll. Olympus claims that the system offers 3.5 steps of stabilisation. Because the IS system is in-body, this means that all lenses are automatically stabilised.
Overall the stabilization system on the E-M10 is effective, but you really do notice the difference of not having a 5-axis system when you come from the E-M1. A photo at a slower shutter speed that would normally turn out shake-free when taken on the E-M5 or E-M1 is definitely not as sharp on the baby camera.
In terms of connectivity, built-in Wi-Fi is included. The Olympus Image Share app (iOS and Android) allows you to control the zoom of the new 14-42mm lens directly from the device’s screen. This zoom functionality is also backwards-compatible with the 12-50mm lens. Plus, there are the standard options like transferring photos and videos, as well as remote capture using your tablet or smartphone.
For the first time on the OM-D range, a pop-up flash comes as standard. However, it does come at a price, and that is the lack of accessory port on the E-M10. This means if you want to use other accessories like the macro arm lights or a microphone, you’re out of luck. Still, we dare say the target audience for this camera will appreciate the pop-up flash much more than an accessory port. Sync speed for the flash is maintained at 1/250 second.
The E-M10 will satisfy photographers who are looking for a compact alternative to an SLR at a similar price, as long as you don’t need weatherproofing and you are comfortable with a smaller body size. Fortunately you don’t miss out on much by choosing the E-M10 over the other cameras. Plus, you get to save some cash for other lenses too.