updated 05:18 am EST, Wed January 29, 2014
Five-axis image stabilization replaced by three-axis version in OM-D E-M10
Olympus has added to the OM-D camera collection with another mirrorless Micro Four Thirds snapper. The E-M10 takes after the E-M5 in terms of its appearance, but it manages to shrink down into a more compact body, and though it could be considered the entry-level camera of the OM-D range, it still manages to add in a few features its two-year-old stablemate does not have.
Combining a 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor with the TruePic VII image processor, the E-M1 offers a sensitivity range between ISO 100 and ISO 25,600, and a fast AF system with 81 target areas and "Super Spot AF" modes for improved focus targeting. Capable of shooting up to 20 RAW frames or enough JPEG images to fill the memory card in continuous shooting mode, it can capture 8 frames per second or 3.5fps when using the Continuous Auto Focus with Tracking. While the E-M5 uses a 5-axis in-body image stabilization system, the E-M10 opts for a three-axis version, though it is still able to counteract yaw, roll, and pitch.
Olympus OM-D E-M10
The electronic viewfinder is a 1.44 million-dot model with a 120fps refresh rate, 100-percent field of view, and a magnification of 1.15x, accompanied by a tilting 3-inch touchscreen monitor on the rear. On-board it includes a Live Composite mode for long exposure previews, 12 art filters, three HDR capture modes, Photo Story, and Wi-Fi with QR code set-up for sharing with a smartphone or for remotely controlling the camera.
The E-M10 will be shipping in March for $700 for the body alone, going up to $800 when combined with a 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.