Olympus E-M10 II

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II front

Olympus E-M10 II overview

Olympus E-M10 II is Olympus's Entry-Level Mirrorless digital camera initially released on August of 2015. The camera houses a 16MP, CMOS Four Thirds size sensor with a peak resolution of 4608 x 3456.

Olympus introduced this model to upgrade the earlier Olympus E-M10 (Read Full Comparison) & afterwards brought out the updated Olympus E-M10 III (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to upgrade this model.

The E-M10 II is placed #44 out of 117 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras & all around #263 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. You can check out our Advanced camera search to find camera ratings based on your customized factors.

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The following is a chart of different criteria used in the scoring system.

Olympus E-M10 II history

The Olympus E-M10 II is part of a family of cameras. You can see the detailed list underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Olympus-PEN-E-P7 front thumbnailOlympus E-P7
E-M10 II vs E-P7
20MPFour Thirds8.7 fps2021
Olympus-OM-D-E-M10-IV front thumbnailOlympus E-M10 IV
E-M10 II 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 II vs E-M1 III
20MPFour Thirds60.0 fps2020
Olympus-OM-D-E-M5-III front thumbnailOlympus E-M5 III
E-M10 II vs E-M5 III
20MPFour Thirds30.0 fps2019
Olympus-OM-D-E-M1X front thumbnailOlympus E-M1X
E-M10 II vs E-M1X
20MPFour Thirds60.0 fps2019
Olympus-PEN-E-PL9 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL9
E-M10 II 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 II vs E-M10 III
16MPFour Thirds8.6 fps2017
Olympus-OM-D-E-M1-Mark-II front thumbnailOlympus E-M1 II
E-M10 II vs E-M1 II
20MPFour Thirds60.0 fps2016
Olympus-PEN-E-PL8 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL8
E-M10 II vs E-PL8
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2016
Olympus-OM-D-E-M10-II front thumbnailOlympus E-M10 II16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2015
Olympus-OM-D-E-M5-II front thumbnailOlympus E-M5 II
E-M10 II vs E-M5 II
16MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2015
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Olympus-PEN-E-PL7 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL7
E-M10 II vs E-PL7
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2014
Olympus-PEN-E-PL6 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL6
E-M10 II vs E-PL6
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2014
Olympus-OM-D-E-M10 front thumbnailOlympus E-M10
E-M10 II vs E-M10
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2014
Olympus-OM-D-E-M1 front thumbnailOlympus E-M1
E-M10 II vs E-M1
16MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2013
Olympus-PEN-E-P5 front thumbnailOlympus E-P5
E-M10 II vs E-P5
16MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2013
Olympus-PEN-E-PM2 front thumbnailOlympus E-PM2
E-M10 II vs E-PM2
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2013
Olympus-PEN-E-PL5 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL5
E-M10 II vs E-PL5
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2012
Olympus-OM-D-E-M5 front thumbnailOlympus E-M5
E-M10 II vs E-M5
16MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2012
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Olympus-PEN-E-PM1 front thumbnailOlympus E-PM1
E-M10 II vs E-PM1
12MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2011
Olympus-PEN-E-PL3 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL3
E-M10 II vs E-PL3
12MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2011
Olympus-PEN-E-P3 front thumbnailOlympus E-P3
E-M10 II vs E-P3
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Olympus-PEN-E-PL2 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL2
E-M10 II vs E-PL2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Olympus-PEN-E-PL1s front thumbnailOlympus E-PL1s
E-M10 II vs E-PL1s
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Olympus-PEN-E-PL1 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL1
E-M10 II vs E-PL1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Olympus-PEN-E-P2 front thumbnailOlympus E-P2
E-M10 II vs E-P2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Olympus-PEN-E-P1 front thumbnailOlympus E-P1
E-M10 II vs E-P1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009

Olympus E-M10 II Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of benefits and drawbacks of the Olympus E-M10 II based on aspects which are oftentimes seen as useful in a digital camera.

change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
comes with touch to focus
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
does have HDMI support
exports RAW files
flash built-in
good ISO range (25,600)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
manual focus
provides face detect autofocus
provides tracking focus
screen size is good (3")
screen tilts up and down
touch screen
very good screen resolution (1,040 thousand dot)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
does not have headphone jack
does not have mic jack
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Olympus E-M10 II Sensor information

The Olympus E-M10 II houses the TruePic VII chip. The sensor size on the Olympus E-M10 II is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). In body stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter might produce cropping.

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The CMOS sensor has 16 megapixels and delivers a standard ISO range of 200 to 25600. The ISO can be increased digitally to a minimum of 100. RAW files are saved so the user has more margin for error.

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

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To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus E-M10 II dimensions

Olympus E-M10 II weighs in at 0.86 pounds (390 grams / 13.76 ounces) & the size of the camera is 120mm x 83mm x 47mm (4.7" x 3.3" x 1.9"). The weight of general Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 329 grams and the Olympus E-M10 II is weightier compared to other rivals.

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Down below is a image of the Olympus E-M10 II next to a softdrink so you're able to get a sense of its size.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II dimensions scale

The top view underneath will show you the button arrangement on the E-M10 II.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II topview buttons dials

Olympus E-M10 II Lens information

The E-M10 II uses the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses available. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our collection that will fit the E-M10 II.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-14-42mm-f3.5-5.6-II-R lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II R14-42mmf/3.5-5.6 112g
Sigma-60mm-F2.8-DN-Micro-Four-Thirds lensSigma 60mm F2.8 DN60mmf/2.8 190g
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Panasonic-Leica-DG-Summilux-25mm-F1.4-II-ASPH lensPanasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm F1.4 II ASPH25mmf/1.4205g
Venus-Laowa-4mm-F2.8-Fisheye-MFT lensVenus Laowa 4mm F2.8 Fisheye MFT4mmf/2.8135g
Panasonic-Lumix-G-Vario-14-45mm-F3.5-5.6-ASPH-OIS lensPanasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS14-45mmf/3.5-5.6 195g
Panasonic-Lumix-G-Vario-45-200mm-F4-5.6-II-Power-OIS lensPanasonic Lumix G Vario 45-200mm F4-5.6 II Power OIS45-200mmf/4-5.6 370g
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Rokinon-14mm-f2.8-IF-ED-MC-Four-Thirds lensRokinon 14mm f2.8 IF ED MC14mmf/2.8 552g
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Olympus E-M10 II Connectivity

The E-M10 II has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that incorporate NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can transfer images and oftentimes change camera settings without connecting directly with the camera.

Certain apps also allow a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it could be hooked up to an external screen. A lot of cameras enable you to recharge the battery through the USB port.

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Olympus E-M10 II Video information

The highest video quality on the Olympus E-M10 II is 1920 x 1080 and you can save in H.264 and Motion JPEG file format. 1080p quality will provide a decent balance for video quality and file size but FULL HD is not going to give you any room to crop. The body doesn't include a microphone or headphone jack so you have zero control over the audio. It is perhaps a better idea to purchase a different model if you want good audio for your videos.

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Olympus E-M10 II Weather Sealing

Olympus E-M10 II doesn't have weather sealing so wet conditions could ruin the camera.

Olympus E-M10 II Screen and Viewfinder

The Olympus E-M10 II is equipped with a 3 inch tilting display screen with a resolution of 1,040 thousand dots.

Additionally the display screen is touch friendly so you are able to shift focus points and change settings using your fingertips.

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The ViewFinder details for Olympus E-M10 II are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Resolution 2,360 thousand dots
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100%
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.62x

For sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and tough to see, viewfinders are very helpful.

Olympus E-M10 II Shutter information

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

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Olympus E-M10 II Flash and Hot shoe information

Olympus E-M10 II has both built-in flash as well as external flash ability.

Olympus E-M10 II Autofocus information

Olympus E-M10 II has only Contrast Detect AF & is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more faster & accurate compared to Contrast Detect focusing. The camera supports Face detection making it helpful for portraits.

The Sensor supports 81 focus points to choose from. Olympus E-M10 II has tap to focus. You are able to use your fingers to change focus. It also comes with Tracking AF for things on the move. Olympus E-M10 II has manual focus if needed for low light or you need more accurate control on focus.

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Olympus E-M10 II Battery life

The battery power (BLS-50) for the Olympus E-M10 II is built to last for 320 pictures with respect to the CIPA benchmarks which is similar to it's competition. The typical Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 343. Fujifilm X-S20 has got the highest (750) battery life for this category of cameras.

Here is a collection of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

Olympus E-M10 II for different styles of photography

The following graph gives a summation of the Olympus E-M10 II for different styles of photography. To find out more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Olympus E-M10 II Portrait photography information

The Olympus E-M10 II gets a rating of 72 which is very good, meaning that it is a good fit for portraits. Shooting portraits leans heavily to sensor specs, RAW support and flexibility to work with external lighting.

Photography Glossary
you can focus manually
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
has face detect autofocus
exports RAW formats

Olympus E-M10 II Street photography info

With a terrific points total of 83, the Olympus E-M10 II is a tremendous option to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of image quality and portability.

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tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
supports focus by touch
very good high ISO (25,600)

Olympus E-M10 II Sports photography factors

A very good sports photography points total of 67 means the Olympus E-M10 II is a very decent fit for taking pictures of sports. A camera should have excellent autofocus and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with tracking focus
has no phase detect autofocus

Olympus E-M10 II as a Travel photography camera

Size is pretty important when selecting a camera for travel. In general, the Olympus E-M10 II gets a very good 73 as a travel camera which is a good choice to take on your journeys.

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features focus via touch
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
does not feature selfie friendly screen

Olympus E-M10 II Landscape photography factors

For anyone looking to purchase a camera for landscape pictures, the most essential aspect will be image quality. The Olympus E-M10 II at it's excellent grade of 79 for a landscape camera is a brilliant option within the current market.

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has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good MP (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
very good ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW files

Olympus E-M10 II as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera really should have a moving display screen, microphone port and preferably IBIS. Considering all the details, the Olympus E-M10 II is simply not very good for vlogging as it receives a really bad rating of 35.

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built-in touchscreen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
offers face detect autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
lack of microphone port

Olympus E-M10 II Alternatives

If you are looking for alternatives to the E-M10 II, here is a number of the top scored cameras which fall into the class of Entry-Level Mirrorless.

The graph here will give you an overview of the E-M10 II vs it's top scoring competitors mentioned earlier.

There are more cameras you might regard as alternatives. To go through a detailed comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Olympus OM-D E-M10 II
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Body design
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
TruePic VII
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions
17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW data
Maximum native ISO
Min native ISO
Min boosted ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
Micro Four Thirds
Available lenses
Crop factor
Range of screen
Screen sizing
Screen resolution
1,040 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Viewfinder resolution
2,360 thousand dot
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 speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
5.80 m (ISO 100)
Flash modes
Auto, redeye reduction, fill flash, flash off, 1st-curtain slow sync w/redeye, 1st-curtain slow sync, 2nd-curtain slow sync, manual
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60p/30p/24p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p/24p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video format
H.264, Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
390 gr (0.86 lb)
120 x 83 x 47mm (4.7" x 3.3" x 1.9")
Battery life
320 photographs
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (12 sec., 2 sec, custom)
Time lapse recording
Storage media
Storage slots
Cost at launch