Olympus' mirrorless cameras are gaining ground as more photographers pick up on their excellent Micro Four Thirds line. The OM-D E-M10 is the manufacturer's more budget-freindly option and looks to still offer a lot of features. The E-M10 uses a Micro Four Thirds sensor with an updated processor, so image quality should be pretty good. The E-M10 also has an upgraded autofocus system over the older E-M5, but is slightly slower by just a frame per second and downgrades the sensor shift stabilization to three axis instead of five. Priced at about $800 for the kit, it's a more budget friendly version of the OMD E-P5, but you do get downgraded specs for the drop in price.
Olympus is a long-time camera manufacturer, but lately they've been offering innovative, compact imaging options that are well worth a look. While Olympus doesn't have a camera in every category like Nikon or Sony, their focus on the cameras they offer shows.
Olympus' main, and best, cameras are their mirrorless line. The OM-D line offers mirrorless cameras that rival professional results while their PEN options offer the most portability and affordability. Most of their mirrorless cameras have simple, retro designs that work really well. Their kit lenses are often a bit higher quality than most. The Olympus mirrorless cameras we've been able to test have shown excellent image quality and usability.
While most of Olympus' focus seems to be on their excellent mirrorless line, we haven't been disappointed with any of their compacts we've put through our tests either. The TG-3 and TG-4 are among the best waterproof compacts on the market. And when we put the super zoom SP-100 to the test, we were quite happy with the image quality and performance.
Olympus may not have a camera in each and every category, but they've really put a lot into their existing cameras, making them excellent options.
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