Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Digital Camera Review
Olympus hones the E-M10 into an even better camera, for a price
By the Numbers
Olympus's OM-D E-M10 Mark II bears the heavy burden of the OM-D moniker. We've seen stellar performance from past OM-D cameras, but thankfully, the E-M10 II didn't let us down. For the money, it offers very good performance in most regards, just as we've seen from its predecessors.
Color and White Balance
Olympus's legacy of excellent color is upheld by the E-M10 II and its multiple, pleasing color modes. As you can see above, the most accurate JPEG mode was its muted option. We measured ∆C00 saturation of 2.38 in muted mode, with a mean saturation of around 104%. Ideal ∆C00 saturation is around 2, so the Olympus is not too far off near-perfect color.
White balance was well-handled, but still not ideal. Auto scores were lower than we'd like to see, but we were quite impressed by the numbers from its accurate custom mode. For instance, we measured very different numbers when shooting both custom and auto white balance in the very tricky incandescent lighting scenario: a maximum of 644 kelvins over in custom mode, and a wide margin of error of -1855 kelvins in auto.
We expected okay video from the E-M10 Mark II and that's exactly what it delivered. Even though it can shoot 1080/60p and it even includes a 4K timelapse mode, we were generally underwhelmed by this Olympus's video capabilities. With Panasonic managing some excellent 4K footage from the comparably priced Lumix G7, we feel like we aren't being overly harsh for dinging this otherwise enjoyable camera in this area.
In the lab, our E-M10 Mark II scored 800 lp/ph horizontal and 750 lp/ph vertical. When the light was dimmed to 60 lux, we measured 700 horizontal and 650 vertical. In order to get an image that was 50 IRE, the E-M10 II required a pretty disappointing 10 lux of light.
We tested the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II against our backlit resolution chart, and its 16-megapixel, low-pass filter-less sensor did about as well as we expected. With its M. Zuiko 14-42 f/3.5-5.6 EZ. This compact powerzoom lens is a great fit for the camera's compact body, even if it is far from being the sharpest lens in the Micro Four Thirds system. We got our best results at the lens's 25mm focal length, which is equivalent to 50mm on a 35mm film camera.
The E-M10 II is a Micro Four Thirds camera, and its smaller than average sensor size means that it doesn't handle noise as well as APS-C and 35mm full frame cameras. That said, we found that with the default settings on, you can shoot up to ISO 1600 without much of a penalty. Detail starts to noticeably take a hit above that, so it's best to reserve the higher sensitivities for emergencies, or if you're planning on shooting with a black and white filter on. If that's still too noisy for you, the camera has a fully selectable auto ISO range, so you can limit the max sensitivity.
We were pretty impressed with the burst rates we were able to get from the E-M10 Mark II, and even more impressed by how many high-resolution shots its buffer held before slowing down. We saw a high continuous rate of 7.51 fps shooting super fine JPEGs. We were able to capture 12 shots before the camera slowed down.
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