Olympus E-M10

Olympus OM-D E-M10 front
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 396g - 119 x 82 x 46mm
  • Revealed March 2014
  • Newer Model is Olympus E-M10 II
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Olympus E-M10 overview

Olympus E-M10 is Olympus's Entry-Level Mirrorless digital camera originally launched on March of 2014. It includes a 16 MegaPixel, CMOS Four Thirds sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4608 x 3456.

Olympus launched the newer Olympus E-M10 II (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to upgrade this model.

The E-M10 stands at #55 out of 117 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras & all round #299 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. You can try out our Smart camera finder to see camera listings based on your personalized requirements.

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Here is a diagram of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Olympus E-M10 history

The Olympus E-M10 has a history of related cameras. Here, you can identify all past and current models alongside important specifications.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Olympus-PEN-E-P7 front thumbnailOlympus E-P7
E-M10 vs E-P7
20MPFour Thirds8.7 fps2021
Olympus-OM-D-E-M10-IV front thumbnailOlympus E-M10 IV
E-M10 vs E-M10 IV
20MPFour Thirds8.7 fps2020
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Olympus-OM-D-E-M1-Mark-III front thumbnailOlympus E-M1 III
E-M10 vs E-M1 III
20MPFour Thirds60.0 fps2020
Olympus-OM-D-E-M5-III front thumbnailOlympus E-M5 III
E-M10 vs E-M5 III
20MPFour Thirds30.0 fps2019
Olympus-OM-D-E-M1X front thumbnailOlympus E-M1X
E-M10 vs E-M1X
20MPFour Thirds60.0 fps2019
Olympus-PEN-E-PL9 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL9
E-M10 vs E-PL9
16MPFour Thirds8.6 fps2018
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Olympus-OM-D-E-M10-Mark-III front thumbnailOlympus E-M10 III
E-M10 vs E-M10 III
16MPFour Thirds8.6 fps2017
Olympus-OM-D-E-M1-Mark-II front thumbnailOlympus E-M1 II
E-M10 vs E-M1 II
20MPFour Thirds60.0 fps2016
Olympus-PEN-E-PL8 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL8
E-M10 vs E-PL8
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2016
Olympus-OM-D-E-M10-II front thumbnailOlympus E-M10 II
E-M10 vs E-M10 II
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2015
Olympus-OM-D-E-M5-II front thumbnailOlympus E-M5 II
E-M10 vs E-M5 II
16MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2015
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Olympus-PEN-E-PL7 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL7
E-M10 vs E-PL7
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2014
Olympus-PEN-E-PL6 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL6
E-M10 vs E-PL6
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2014
Olympus-OM-D-E-M10 front thumbnailOlympus E-M1016MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2014
Olympus-OM-D-E-M1 front thumbnailOlympus E-M1
E-M10 vs E-M1
16MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2013
Olympus-PEN-E-P5 front thumbnailOlympus E-P5
E-M10 vs E-P5
16MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2013
Olympus-PEN-E-PM2 front thumbnailOlympus E-PM2
E-M10 vs E-PM2
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2013
Olympus-PEN-E-PL5 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL5
E-M10 vs E-PL5
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2012
Olympus-OM-D-E-M5 front thumbnailOlympus E-M5
E-M10 vs E-M5
16MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2012
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Olympus-PEN-E-PM1 front thumbnailOlympus E-PM1
E-M10 vs E-PM1
12MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2011
Olympus-PEN-E-PL3 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL3
E-M10 vs E-PL3
12MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2011
Olympus-PEN-E-P3 front thumbnailOlympus E-P3
E-M10 vs E-P3
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Olympus-PEN-E-PL2 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL2
E-M10 vs E-PL2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Olympus-PEN-E-PL1s front thumbnailOlympus E-PL1s
E-M10 vs E-PL1s
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Olympus-PEN-E-PL1 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL1
E-M10 vs E-PL1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Olympus-PEN-E-P2 front thumbnailOlympus E-P2
E-M10 vs E-P2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Olympus-PEN-E-P1 front thumbnailOlympus E-P1
E-M10 vs E-P1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009

Olympus E-M10 Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of pros and cons of the Olympus E-M10 based on things which are typically seen as crucial in a digital camera.

decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
does have HDMI out
exports RAW files
flash built-in
good resolution screen (1,037 thousand dots)
great high ISO (25,600)
has a tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
has manual focus
MP count decent (16MP)
nice screen size (3 inch)
provides touch focus
supports face detect autofocus
supports tracking focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
touchscreen capability
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
more heavy than competitors in class (396g)
no headphone support
no microphone support
no phase detect autofocus
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Olympus E-M10 Sensor specifications

The Olympus E-M10 features the TruePic VII chip. The specification of the sensor in the Olympus E-M10 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Sensor based). Sensor stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter might lead to cropping.

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The CMOS sensor has 16MP and features a standard ISO range of 200 - 25600. RAW format is saved therefore you have wider margin for error.

The image underneath illustrates the E-M10's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The E-M10 sensor has a crop factor of 2.1 and is presented in green.

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To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus E-M10 dimensions

Olympus E-M10 weighs 0.87 lb (396 grams / 13.97 ounces) & the over all size of the camera is 119mm x 82mm x 46mm (4.7" x 3.2" x 1.8"). The weight of general Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 329 grams so the Olympus E-M10 is heavier compared with various competitors.

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Here is a image of the Olympus E-M10 with a soft drink to help you get a feel for its scale.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 dimensions scale

The top view under will provide the button arrangement on the E-M10.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 topview buttons dials

Olympus E-M10 Lens specifications

The E-M10 uses the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses to choose from. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our database which will fit the E-M10.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-ED-75mm-f1.8 lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f1.875mmf/1.8 305g
Panasonic-Leica-DG-Summilux-15mm-F1.7-ASPH lensPanasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7 ASPH15mmf/1.7 115g
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Voigtlander-Nokton-25mm-F0.95-Micro-Four-Thirds lensVoigtlander Nokton 25mm F0.9525mmf/0.95 410g
Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-ED-60mm-f2.8-Macro lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f2.8 Macro60mmf/2.8 186g
Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-ED-9-18mm-f4.0-5.6 lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f4.0-5.69-18mmf/4.0-5.6 155g
Panasonic-Leica-D-Summilux-Asph-25mm-F1.4 lensPanasonic Leica D Summilux Asph 25mm F1.425mmf/1.4 510g
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Voigtlander-Nokton-42.5mm-F0.95-Micro-Four-Thirds lensVoigtlander Nokton 42.5mm F0.9543mmf/0.95 571g
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Olympus E-M10 Connectivity

The E-M10 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Cameras with NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily transfer files and oftentimes adjust camera settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.

Certain applications even allow a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external screen. Nearly all cameras enable you to charge the battery with the USB port.

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Olympus E-M10 Video specifications

The highest video resolution in the Olympus E-M10 is 1920 x 1080 and you can capture in H.264 and Motion JPEG file format. 1080p resolution gives a great balance for video quality and file sizes but FULL HD won't leave you with any room to downsample. The camera doesn't include a microphone or headphone jack which means that you have got no control over the audio. It is probably best to get a different model should you require better audio for your videos.

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Olympus E-M10 Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing for the Olympus E-M10 so you need to be cautious in wet or dusty situations.

Olympus E-M10 Screen and Viewfinder

The Olympus E-M10 includes a 3 inch tilting display screen boasting a resolution of 1,037 thousand dots.

Moreover the display screen is touch friendly which means you are able to switch focus points and change settings with your finger.

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The View Finder specifications for Olympus E-M10 are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Resolution 1,440 thousand dots
  • Coverage 100%
  • Magnification 0.58x

Viewfinders can be rather helpful for sunny outdoor situations which might make the camera screen washed out and hard to see.

Olympus E-M10 Shutter specifications

Olympus E-M10 has the ability to shoot continuously at 8.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Olympus E-M10 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Olympus E-M10 comes with both built-in flash as well as external flash ability. The highest flash sync is 1/250 seconds.

Olympus E-M10 Autofocus specifications

Olympus E-M10 comes with just Contrast Detect Auto Focus & does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker & precise compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera includes Face detection which can be useful for people photography.

The AF system includes 81 focus points to pick from. Olympus E-M10 has tap to focus. You can easily use your fingers in order to switch focus. It also boasts Tracking Auto Focus for moving subjects. Olympus E-M10 features manual focus in case it is needed for low light conditions or you require more accurate control on focus.

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Olympus E-M10 Battery life

The battery power (BLS-5) for the Olympus E-M10 is fashioned to last for 320 shots as per the CIPA requirements which is similar to it's rivals. The typical Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 343. Fujifilm X-S20 comes with the highest (750) battery life for this kind of cameras.

Underneath is a number of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras having the best battery life:

Olympus E-M10 for specific forms of photography

The following diagram gives a summation of the Olympus E-M10 for specific forms of photography. To read more, check out the specific section underneath.

Olympus E-M10 Portrait photography advice

The Olympus E-M10 has a score of 71 which is very good, and means the camera is a very decent pick to use for portraits. Photographing portraits favors greatly towards sensor specs, RAW support along with the option to use external flash.

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you can focus manually
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers face detect focus
delivers RAW files

Olympus E-M10 as a Street photography camera

Coming in at a brilliant score of 77, the Olympus E-M10 is a great choice to use in street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of image quality and portability.

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tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
offers focus by touch
good ISO range (25,600)
more heavy than others (396g)

Olympus E-M10 Sports photography advice

A very good sports photography rating of 66 indicates the Olympus E-M10 is a fine fit for taking pictures of sports. A camera really should have fantastic autofocus and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides tracking focus
lack of phase detect auto focus

Olympus E-M10 Travel photography features

Size is extremely critical when selecting a travel camera. On the whole, the Olympus E-M10 gets a above average 67 as a travelling camera which is a respectable choice to take with you on your trips.

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comes with focus by touch
megapixel count decent (16MP)
built-in flash
more heavy than competitors in class (396 grams)
screen isn't selfie friendly

Olympus E-M10 Landscape photography info

For anybody who is planning to buy a camera for landscape photos, the most important aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Olympus E-M10 and it's excellent rating of 79 as a landscape camera is a excellent fit in the current market.

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you can focus manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good sized screen (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (16MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
above average ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW formats

Olympus E-M10 Vlogging features

A camera for vlogging preferably should posses a moving display, mic input and preferably image stabilization. Considering everything, the Olympus E-M10 is simply not suitable for vlogging as it delivers a terrible rating of 33.

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touchscreen enabled
image stabilization (Sensor based)
has face detection focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
doesn't have external mic support
heavier than competition in class (396 grams)

Olympus E-M10 Alternatives

If you are interested in alternatives to the E-M10, below is a list of the top scored cameras which fall within the class of Entry-Level Mirrorless.

The line chart here gives you a bird's eye view of the E-M10 versus it's highest ranking competitors suggested previously.

Following are several cameras you might check out as alternative options. To read a complete comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Olympus OM-D E-M10
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Physical type
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
TruePic VII
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor measurements
17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW files
Max native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points
Lens mount
Micro Four Thirds
Total lenses
Focal length multiplier
Type of screen
Screen sizing
3 inch
Screen resolution
1,037 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Screen tech
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Viewfinder resolution
1,440 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Lowest shutter speed
60 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
5.80 m (ISO100)
Flash modes
Flash Auto, Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(2nd curtain), Manual(1/1(FULL)~1/64)
Hot shoe
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize
1/250 seconds
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
Video format
H.264, Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
396 gr (0.87 pounds)
119 x 82 x 46mm (4.7" x 3.2" x 1.8")
Battery life
320 photos
Battery style
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (12 sec., 2 sec.,custom (Waiting time 1-30sec.,Shooting interval 0.5/1/2/3sec.,Number of shots 1-10))
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Card slots
Cost at launch