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Olympus OM-D E-M10 review (& E-M1 comparison): Travel, landscapes, and portraits

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Get the Olympus OM-D E-M10 on Amazon at http://help.tc/em10 and the E-M1 on Amazon at http://help.tc/em1.

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  1. You make great unbiased reviews with lots of useful tips. Keep up the good work!
    I used to shoot with DSLR (I'm amateur enthusiast) but switched to a compact camera (Olympus XZ-2) for size and convenience. While this compact is very well made, has lots of configurable and intuitive controls and there is something special about the way Olympus processes colours, I began to find the shooting experience less satisfying, compared to DSLR. The main reasons are the shutter lag, AF performance (especially in low light) and the somewhat disconnected feel you get when composing on a screen instead of looking through OVF. 

    I was wondering if the EVF in the M10 could be compared to OVF in terms of shooting experience or is just another screen. What is your opinion?

  2. Am selling my Canon 60D and all the lenses because I wanted somthing new and was considering this camera but after the review I do not really want it if the focus si really that bad,

    Any suggestions for what Camera to move to? I dont have a massive budget just from selling my lenses and body

  3. I think you had a bad E-M10 as my version is no where near as bad in lower light with auto focus as you described in the video. Maybe there's been a firmware update since this video, not sure. I've shot indoors low light portraits, late evening landscapes and not had no where the issues with focus you had. I'd seriously get your version of the E-M10 checked out. I have the Olympus 45mm f1.8 and Panasonic 25mm f1.4 and auto focus is absolutely fine with my E-M10 in low light.

  4. I found a far less unwieldy charger for my Olympus batteries, by the way. It would be good if Olympus just packaged that one with its camera bodies.

    Also, the E-M1 has lots of important features over the E-M10 besides the extra function buttons and the weather proofing that justify its higher price.

    – Phase detect autofocus, which is crucial for making legacy 4/3 glass work optimally and for tracking moving subjects
    – Faster single and continuous autofocus performance
    – External audio input for video

  5. Looking at buying this camera. Currently using a Nikon D600 and an older Nikon D50 camera systems. Travelling more in my retirement years and want to have something light and more professional than a point and shoot camera. Wondering if I can use older Olympus film lenses on OM-D E-M10 and use the in camera metering. Will it display aperture and shutter speeds in the camera body with the old lenses? Is the battery life really a big problem? Thanks Daryl

  6. Hi Tony, I am a beginner in photography and I've recently purchased the em10 camera, it came with a 14-42mm (f3.5-5.6) and 40-150mm (f4-5.6) lens
    And I am thinking of getting a better all-round travel lens with a budget of around $300 and was wondering if you could give me some suggestions. Thank you!

  7. Hi! I am debating between this one and the newer version EM10 Mark II. I know nothing about cameras and it's $300 cheaper than the new one. Do you think this is sufficient for travel?

  8. You left out one major difference between M10 and M1… The M1 has both phase detection and contrast measurement focusing…where as M10 has only contrast detection which makes it a tad slower on autofocus with quite a delay on the older autofocus lens that use phase detection…
    With M1 it doesn't hunt and lose precious seconds trying to lock on thereby saving battery and lost shots.

  9. Thanks for the video. I just ordered the mark ii version of this camera. Would love a tutorial for that one. Also, how would I tell the difference between the panasonic 20mm 1.7 old version and new version? I'm looking on ebay. Thanks!

  10. Cameras are all about IMAGE QUALITY. Everything else is secondary. The EM10 has excellent image quality. If you cannot autofocus and your eyes are that clever that they can see it, then they are ALSO clever enough to MANUALLY focus.

  11. if the camera is connected to a pc using a hdmi cable and elgato/cam link, does the viewfinder picture switch off with the camrea bing mirroless? i want to use the camera for live streaming

  12. Hi there. First, let me congratulate you and Chelsea on your work. It is much appreciated. I'd like to ask you if a review of the olympus om-d e-m10 mark iii is on your plans. I'd really like it if it was. Thanks for sharing what you know. Take care.

  13. The in studio video on this older video is beautiful, some of the nicest I’ve seen on YouTube. Actually significantly nicer looking than your current videos.

  14. Hello, thank you for review. We have an animal sanctuary and we are replacing our Olympus dslr, You mentioned that it does not focus quickly and we have read this complaint before – should we be sticking with old school mirrored dslr to shoot dogs, as we would need quite focus. We'd appreciate your feedback. Thank you

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