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Olympus OM-D E-M10 II sensor review: Solid performer

By Kevin Carter - Thursday November 19 2015

Sensor Review
Introduction | Measurements: High score | Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II vs Olympus OM-D E-M10: Related sensor | Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II vs Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II versus Olympus OM-D E-M1: Competitive sensor | Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II vs Sony A6000 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8: Trailing APS-C format | Conclusion
Olympus OM-D E-M10 II sensor review: Solid performer

This camera is the follow-up to the EM-10 from 2014 and features a similar 16-Mpix Live MOS sensor, but gains a similar (but not identical) 5-axis body stabilization system that helped make the upper-level OM-D models so popular. Read on to find out how well the sensor for this model performs.

Specifications and Features

Announced earlier in the summer this year as the follow-up to the more accessible, lower-tier OM-D E-M10 model, the appropriately-named E-M10 II adopts a similar 16-Mpix Live MOS sensor and image processor, but features a slightly redesigned body with a tiered-control layout for the top plate and a couple of high-end features found on the mid-range E-M5 II.

The updates include the higher-resolution 2.36 million dot OLED EVF in the E-M5 II (up from 1.44 million-dot EVF on the E-M10) and a modified version of the 5-axis in-body stabilization system. Olympus claims this system provides up to 4 stops of compensation for camera shake, however, rather than 5 stops with the E-M5 II.  While it also lacks the weatherproofing and mic jack of that model, the E-M10 II offers the same 60p video capture and fully electronic shutter with electronic first curtain — both useful options for reducing shutter shock. Over that model, it adds a 4K time-lapse option and an AF targeting pad. In conjunction with the rear 3-inch 1.04m-dot tilting touchscreen, the AF targeting pad allows you to move the AF focus point using your fingertip, with your eye up at the viewfinder, as with Panasonic’s Touchpad AF feature.

Like its predecessor, the E-M10 has built-in WiFi connectivity and offers several other smaller refinements, including 8.5fps continuous shooting and a 1080/24p video option. Finally, the new camera measures 4.7 x 3.3 x 1.8" / 119.5 x 83.1 x 46.7mm and weighs 13.76 oz / 390g, body only. It’s available now with a body-only price of $649 (USD), some $500 less than the E-M5 II.

  • 16.1-Mpix 4/3 Live MOS sensor
  • TruePic VII image processor
  • 5-axis in-body stabilization
  • 2.36 M-dot OLED electronic viewfinder
  • 3.0-inch 1.04m-dot tilting touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p video up to 60 fps
  • Expanded ISO 25600 max sensitivity
  • 8.5 fps continuous shooting
  • Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity 

Measurements: High score

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II vs Olympus OM-D E-M10: Related sensor

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II vs Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II versus Olympus OM-D E-M1: Competitive sensor

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II vs Sony A6000 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8: Trailing APS-C format

Conclusion