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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II joined the ranks of cameras such as the Panasonic Lumix G7 or the Fujifilm X-T10, which try to offer an alternative to the Nikon D5500 DSLR like the Canon 700D and. And we must say that this E-M10 M2 offers many things that these models do not include a more compact and attractive design and a panel of more expanded features. He can not live up to the G7, but has strengths that make it a good alternative. Rates begin at 599 euros for the body only. The first of the kit with a very wide angle lens “Pancake” is up to 799 euros.

Image Quality

The quality image issued by the Live MOS sensor 4/3 16.1 million pixel Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II is generally very good. But, as with all appliances ship with a target of “base”, although better results will be obtained by using another perspective, the 14-42 mm kit that accompanies the standard. This is particularly true in the maximum focal end having a major distortion around the edges.

JPEG prove good sensitivity up to ISO 800 and still usable up to ISO 1600. From 3200 ISO, the colors begin to fade. Depending on the photo and needs, the hybrid device can go up to maximum of ISO 25600 by making concessions. RAW files deliver details from ISO 1600, but the image also has more grain.

The colors are neutral, faithful and pleasantly saturated. The new sensor gives images less crackling than the E-M10 origin. And not surprisingly, you get much sharper pictures if you use a better objective than that of the kit.

The HD videos are not as accurate and detailed than in Ultra HD captured by the Lumix G-7, but fine enough for vacation clips or filming children. The stabilization system has been improved and works very well.

Performance

In terms of performance, the E-M10 Mark II is doing very well. It is a long time for him to start with the power zoom kit (1.3 seconds). However, the development is rapid. It takes 0.2 seconds respectively to initiate in good light and 0.3 seconds under less favorable conditions. We find the same values ​​to take two consecutive JPEG or RAW.

At the burst mode, the hybrid device can keep a rate of 4.2 frames / second over 30 shots in JPEG as well that ‘RAW (with automatic focus and exposure). It is still not at the level of competition. The good news is that it maintains a very good autofocus (reactive and fast) at this speed. By cutting the focus and automatic exposure and image stabilization, it is possible to reach 8.5 images / second.

Design and Functionality

OM D E-M10 model is probably the most complicated interchangeable lens for its price class. But we can still simplify its use, if you feel intimidated by all its features. If the buttons and dials frighten you, turn instead to the E-PL7. You can use the appliance without reading the manual, but you’ll be spending your time to swear or miss 75% of the possibilities, or both.

The metal case covered with leatherette seems robust. Its design is rather appealing despite the plethora of buttons. It is intended for experienced photographers who want to keep hold of all the controls. As is often the case, the handle is not curved enough to facilitate use with one hand. Especially if one has large.

On the upper left side is the power button that also allows to activate the flash. It comes with a programmable button that active default EVF. Once switched on, it displays the actual exposure. But this button is programmable at will, like the other two function buttons.

On the upper right, is the mode dial gives access to the manual positions, semi-auto and auto and a mode dedicated video. There are also photo album mode (it automatically creates a collage from several photos) and artistic filters with a host of options. In video mode, the Olympus camera provides a series of touch controls on the screen. Including zoom, select the special effects or adjust the exposure.

The other two adjustment knobs see their functions vary according to context. But, unless you’re a heavy user of exposure compensation, we suggest you to reprogram the front dial is dedicated to this setting. Personally, we have changed more than once exposure believing change the aperture. Generally, most cameras require you to first press a special button before changing the exposure compensation.

At the rear of the enclosure, traditional menu buttons are found, info, suppression and reading that can be reprogrammed. They surround the directional pad at its center the OK button displays on screen the most common settings.

The 3-inch screen (about 7, 6 cm) with a resolution of 1,037,000 dots pivots 90 degrees upward and 45 degrees downward. The excellent display appears, but the format is the ratio 3: 2 while the unit is working in 4: 3. So, there are two thin black stripes on which information are superimposed.

The electronic viewfinder is simply great. Spacious and bright, its display is sharp and clear. However, the SD memory card reader, housed in the battery compartment, is a bit narrow. One has the impression that something will break every time you insert the card

Regarding functionality, the E-M10 Mark II do not really miss. Bracketing Focus and HDR, slow motion, Wi-Fi and a comprehensive mobile application. It nevertheless notes the absence of Ultra HD video recording and the fact that we can not return the screen to take self-portraits (but is it really necessary?). We should also mention the functions of Time Lapse (movie created from photos in 3840 x 2160 pixels), Live Bulb (continuous preview shots for a long exposure) and Live Composite (takes exhibitions of different durations and combines). Finally, note that this model opens a touchpad focus that lets you use your finger on the screen to select the autofocus area.

D On one hand, the Panasonic Lumix G7 appears as a better camera in this category because of its performance, superior picture quality and the ability to shoot in Ultra HD / 4K. Moreover, it is found around 650 euros with a 14/42 mm objective. But the E-M10 Mark II is more attractive by its many features which make it a camera more “creative.”

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