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First impressions about the OM-D E-M10

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by Mat - MirrorLessons, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. Mat - MirrorLessons

    Mat - MirrorLessons Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 10, 2013
    Turin
    Hi everyone,

    I have had the chance to use the new OM-D for five days now. While it is officially an entry level, it does look and feel like an E-M5 twin sister to me. I love the refined design and button layout, the fact that it is slightly smaller than the E-M5 doesn't change its ergonomics really.

    The three axis stabilisation works very well but I do get the feeling that it is less effective than the 5-axis in some situations. If I want to be sure to take a sharp image, I always need to take two shots in a row and the second is usually the sharp one. This is something I do less with the 5-axis stabilisation, especially with the E-M1.

    The sensor is the same as the E-M5, but with the E-M1 processor, so I will analyse what concrete benefits it brings to this new camera. The AF seems better, also because it has 81 contrast detection areas like the E-M1 (but of course, no phase detection).

    I wrote a first impression review that you can read here, where I also share lots of images taken with the new 14-42mm pancake lens and the 25mm f/1.8.
    http://www.bestmirrorlesscamerarevi...-first-impressions-of-the-olympus-om-d-e-m10/

    I still have the camera and will have it for more than a week at least, so if there is something you want me to check or compare don't hesitate to leave a comment on the article or in this thread, which I will check on a regular basis;)

    I'll try to answer to everyone ;)

    Some samples, all OOC JPG with the vivid profile

    E-M10-Hands-On-Sample-Images-1-720x539.
    E-M10, 1/1000, f/ 8, ISO 200 – M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.8

    E-M10-Hands-On-Sample-Images-3-720x540.
    E-M10, 1/10, f/ 5.6, ISO 200 – M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.8

    E-M10-Hands-On-Sample-Images-15-720x539.
    E-M10, 1/320, f/ 5.6, ISO 200 – M.Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 – In Camera HDR

    E-M10-Hands-On-Sample-Images-30-540x720.
    E-M10, 1/80, f/ 5.6, ISO 200 – M.Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6
     
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  2. WasOM3user

    WasOM3user Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 20, 2012
    Lancashire, UK
    Paul
    Thanks for the info - but I am really interested in the 25mm F1.8 - I see you have a few shots but I am interested in your thoughts on this lens if you don't mind me jumping into the thread.
     
  3. Mat - MirrorLessons

    Mat - MirrorLessons Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 10, 2013
    Turin
    Not at all ;)

    The 25mm is at the same level of the other M.Zuiko primes. It is made of plastic like the 45mm, but it comes with a lens hood!

    It is very sharp at f/1.8. Here are some full size examples:

    http://www.bestmirrorlesscamerarevi...s/2014/01/E-M10-Hands-On-Sample-Images-29.jpg

    http://www.bestmirrorlesscamerarevi...s/2014/01/E-M10-Hands-On-Sample-Images-31.jpg

    http://www.bestmirrorlesscamerarevi...s/2014/01/E-M10-Hands-On-Sample-Images-44.jpg

    Olympus says that it is sharper than the Pana Leica 25mm at 1.4. I'll try to check that as well.

    Of course when you close the aperture, it becomes razor sharp. I must say that it handles colours and contrast very well. There can be some slightly chromatic aberration at f/1.8.

    The only limit is purple flare, a characteristic of the micro four thirds system in general I might say. With the 25mm, it can sometime be too invasive. But it is just a matter of slightly tilting up or down the frame in order to avoid it (and get a normal flare if you shoot into direct sun light).
     
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  4. Steven

    Steven Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2012
    USA
    Is the viewfinder size/opening exactly the same as Em5? Is there a way to connect external sound recorder, or without accessory port,not?
     
  5. jurgen

    jurgen Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 27, 2014
    :biggrin:

    *stands, clapping*
     
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  6. Mat - MirrorLessons

    Mat - MirrorLessons Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 10, 2013
    Turin
    Yes the viewfinder has the same size and opening as the one built into the E-M5.
    There isn't any mic or line input for sound recording. The only port available are USB/Video out and mini HDMI.
     
  7. Mat - MirrorLessons

    Mat - MirrorLessons Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 10, 2013
    Turin
    LOL that's the most surprising thing really :D
     
  8. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    One question if possible: did you, or can you, try it with 4/3 lenses to see how it performs. I have many 4/3 lenses and would be courious to now if it is better than M5.
     
  9. Mat - MirrorLessons

    Mat - MirrorLessons Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 10, 2013
    Turin
    Noted. I will ask to one of the local camera store where I usually go. I know he has 4/3 lenses and he probably has an adapter as well.
     
  10. Smashatom

    Smashatom Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 24, 2013
    Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK
    Sam
    Sorry another 25mm question... How would you compare it to the panasonic 20mm? The 20mm is my standard lens and I love it, but the 25mm looks aesthetically nicer! It would take a significant IQ difference for me to swap though, I think...
     
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  11. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    Thank you. Really appreciate.
     
  12. Mat - MirrorLessons

    Mat - MirrorLessons Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 10, 2013
    Turin
    I do not know very well the 20mm. But if it is your favorite lens, maybe the best thing to do is wait until you can try it, in order to understand if the extra 5mm or the 25mm IQ can make a difference.
     
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  13. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Thanks for the great review!

    I will be getting one but will wait until this summer. First I won't get a chance to really use it much till then and second I hate to buy before all the reviews are in and the possible bugs been discovered. Still I think it is the best m4/3 camera for the price! It has all the features I need. The few things it lacks in comparison to the other OM-D models are things I would never or at least rarely use so this is the camera for me. It uses the same batteries as the PENs{except the E-P5} so that is a plus.
     
  14. Yohan Pamudji

    Yohan Pamudji Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 21, 2012
    Mississippi, USA
    Thanks for the hands-on preview video. Looking forward to your full article comparing the E-M10 and E-M5.
     
  15. ntblowz

    ntblowz Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 13, 2011
    Auckland, New Zealand
    I wonder how is the 3 Axis during video?
     
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  16. Yohan Pamudji

    Yohan Pamudji Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 21, 2012
    Mississippi, USA
    Me too. I saw a video that claimed 5-axis is activated in video, but he's the only one to claim that. Would be interesting to know for sure if this is true or false. I actually liked the idea of 3-axis video instead of 5-axis since the 2 missing axes aren't that useful IMO.

    4:10 into this video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFSrwLuS9ZY
     
  17. marcr1230

    marcr1230 Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 28, 2013
    Is the purple flare just the reflection of the sun off the sensor bouncing back off a lens element to be recorded?
     
  18. Mat - MirrorLessons

    Mat - MirrorLessons Mu-43 Veteran

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    Turin
    I will try that as well ;)
     
  19. Mat - MirrorLessons

    Mat - MirrorLessons Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 10, 2013
    Turin
    Yes. It is related to a specific angle at which the light rays enter the lens. If I slightly tilt the camera up or down (a matter of millimetres really), the purple flare disappears.
     
  20. Mat - MirrorLessons

    Mat - MirrorLessons Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 10, 2013
    Turin
    A quick test of the E-M10 IS for video ;)

    [video=youtube;MrELBP-ptX0]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrELBP-ptX0[/video]
     
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