Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II (no lens included)
16-megapixel mirrorless camera with Wi-Fi® (silver)
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The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II's 3" capacitive touchscreen works like the one on your phone for easy navigation of settings and controls
The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II packs an abundant feature set into its compact, retro-styled frame. With a comprehensive array of controls at your disposal, shooting can be as automatic or as manual as you'd like. If you're an experienced photographer you'll enjoy full creative control, and if you're still learning, this is a camera you can grow with comfortably.
23 preset scene modes dial in the right settings for nearly any environment. You can preview your results in Live View mode and change settings through the camera's touchscreen interface. Twin mode dials at the top give you direct access to exposure settings when you're ready to take control.
Fast enough to keep up
For sharp captures of kids, pets and other moving subjects, the OM-D E-M10 Mark II has a speedy 81-point autofocus system with subject tracking to maintain focus even when your subject is moving forward or backward. Continuous shooting at a rate of 8.5 frames per second lets you get a series of crisp action shots. The camera's advanced five-axis image stabilization system compensates for different kinds of camera movement to effectively reduce image blur. This feature also enables better low-light photography and minimizes camera shake in handheld videos.
Easy touchscreen control
The OM-D E-M10 Mark II has a super-responsive 3" capacitive touchscreen that's intuitive to operate. Use it to select the area you want to focus on and trigger the shutter with just a light touch. Live View mode lets you frame your shot and preview your settings, and a digital level gauge can be displayed to help you line up your composition. The touchscreen also tilts upward and downward to help with composition from odd angles. Switch from Live View to the electronic viewfinder anytime you like — it's especially helpful in bright conditions. Whether you use Live View or the viewfinder, you can preview any changes you make to your settings before you shoot, so you'll know what the result will look like.
Creative expression made easy
Live Guide shows you the way
The OM-D E-M10's Live Guide feature gives you composition tips and suggests settings to help you get the results you want. It helps you dial in the settings for a dreamy defocused background to make your subject stand out, and lets you control color and brightness, giving you a preview of your final image before you shoot. Live Guide also gives you options for artistic rendering of moving subjects, whether you want to show interpretive motion blur or freeze your subject sharply in place.
The OM-D E-M10 Mark II 's 3" tilting touchscreen makes it easy to shoot from challenging angles.
Unexpected discoveries broaden your creative vision
With fourteen different art filters that can be applied in combination with a handful of art effects, you won't be at a loss for creative captures of any subject or scene. Art bracketing leads you down the path to discovery by generating multiple art filter images with a single shot so you can experiment without having to choose a filter and surprise yourself with the results. Use the Photo Story feature to create a collage of your favorite images.
Cool clips and captivating time-lapse movies
The OM-D E-M10 Mark II's Clips feature lets you shoot video clips of up to eight seconds each and combine them in the sequence of your choice right in the camera to create easy-to-upload short videos. Interval timer settings let you set up the OM-D E-M10 Mark II to capture multiple frames at the interval of your choice, which the camera automatically combines into time-lapse movies. You can use this feature to capture drifting clouds, a flower opening, people moving around, and virtually any other changing scene you can imagine.
Share instantly and expand your control with Wi-Fi
The OM-D E-M10 Mark II's built-in Wi-Fi lets you upload and share your photos and movies instantly. You'll also have access to the free Olympus Image Share app on your phone or tablet. The app lets you apply the same in-camera filters and effects on your device. You can use your device as a Wi-Fi remote to control zoom and exposure settings, select your autofocus area, activate the self-timer, and release the shutter.
- 16-megapixel effective recording
- Micro Four Thirds-type Live MOS image sensor (17.3 x 13.0 mm)
- compatible with Micro Four Thirds lenses
- built-in Wi-Fi for easy sharing and control from smart devices
- five-axis in-body image stabilization provides shake and movement compensation for clear, sharp handheld photos and videos in any light
- 3" (1,040,000 dot) tilting LCD touchscreen with brightness control tilts up to 85 degrees upward or 45 degrees downward for creative composition at high or low angles
- high-resolution (2,360,000-dot) electronic viewfinder
- full-time live view mode for screen and viewfinder lets you instantly see how your settings will affect the image
- built-in Supersonic Wave Filter dust reduction system activates when the camera powers on and uses high-speed vibrations to clean the sensor for spot-free images
- 81-point autofocus for accurate, high-speed focusing, even when subject is in motion
- AF tracking locks focus and adjusts brightness for sharp captures of moving subjects
- face/eye detection autofocus with face recognition captures up to 8 faces for sharp candids and portraits
- small target autofocus lets you focus on AF points within AF points for accurate focus; magnified AF frame lets you see to adjust focus on distant subjects
- 5 different aspect ratios available for specific framing options without cropping
- digital tele-converter lets you use the touchscreen to zoom in up to 2X on the center for still images, and up to 4X on any area for videos, with minimal degradation
- metal body for a classic look and feel
Exposure Modes and Controls:
- continuous shooting mode: up to 8.5 frames per second
- shutter speed range: 60-1/4,000 seconds, bulb
- sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent) range: 100-25,600 for crisp, low-noise images in nearly any light
- program auto, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual, and fully automatic exposure modes
- 2 mode dials for quick access to exposure settings
- 23 preset scene modes
- 14 in-camera art filters including pop art and soft focus, plus 9 in-camera art effects including pin-hole effect and star light effect
- 6 bracketing functions include ISO, white balance, flash, art filter, and HDR post process let you choose the best shot from a series of images
- in-camera editing of JPEG and RAW files
- live bulb and live time modes display the scene on the LCD screen at set intervals so you can keep tabs on your exposure while the shutter is still open
- flash sync at 1/250 seconds or less
File Formats and Storage:
- still image storage modes: JPEG, RAW, and RAW+JPEG (Fine), RAW+JPEG (Standard), MPO (for 3D lens recording)
- top JPEG resolution (pixels): 4,608 x 3,456
- AVC/H 2.64 HD movies and Motion-JPEG files with stereo sound
- shoots HD video up to 1920 x 1080 resolution
- records photos and video onto optional SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards
Connections and Dimensions:
- high-speed USB 2.0 interface
- micro HDMI output (cable not included)
- 4-3/4"W x 3-5/16"H x 1-13/16"D (without lens)
- weight (with memory card and battery): 13.8 oz.
- USB cable
- rechargeable BLS-50 lithium ion battery
- battery charger
- shoulder strap
- body cap
- Olympus Viewer 3 software CD-ROM
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||28-84mm|
|Sensor Size||Four Thirds|
|Image Stabilization||Sensor Shift|
|Highest Resolution||4608 x 3456|
|Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||14.4|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Overview: The OM-D is a new mirrorless, digital interchangeable lens camera series from Olympus. It features a Micro Four Thirds mount and a lineup of quality lenses to choose from. The OM-D's compact size and weight makes is easier to use. Advanced features include a 5-axis Image Stabilization System, fast auto focusing, a 16MP Live MOS image sensor, and an OLED Electronic Viewfinder.
Micro Four Thirds Mount: The E-M10 Mark II's Micro Four Thirds mount is compatible with many accessory Olympus lenses, including the following focal lengths:
- Fixed Focal Lengths: 8mm (fisheye), 12 mm, 17mm, 25mm, 45mm, 60mm, 75mm
- Zoom: 7-14mm, 9-18mm, 12-40mm, 14-42mm, 14-150mm, 40-150mm, 75-300mm
- Teleconverter: 1.4x teleconverter
Image Pickup Device: The E-M10 Mark II uses a 4/3" Live MOS sensor with approximately 17,200,000 total pixels and 16,050,000 effective pixels. This is the same sensor used in Olympus DSLRs, and is 8 times larger than the typical sensor found in the average point-and-shoot camera.
Dust Reduction System: The E-M10 Mark II's Dust Reduction System includes a Supersonic Wave Filter to eliminate dust particles on the image sensor. The self-cleaning sensor unit silently vibrates 30,000 times per second, ensuring clear, spot-free images.
3" LCD Monitor: The camera has a 3" Vari-angle LCD touchscreen display for framing your shots and viewing your digital pictures and videos. The 1,040,000-dot display (3:2 aspect ratio) can be tilted up to 85° or down to a 45° angle for low- or high-angle shots. Touch navigation lets you control the camera in both the shooting and playback modes with the touch of a finger.
OLED Electronic Viewfinder: In addition to the 3" monitor, the E-M10 Mark II has a built-in OLED Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) with a 2.36M dots. The viewfinder provides a bright clear view of your subject. An eye sensor next to the viewfinder automatically switches between the EVF and the 3" monitor. The viewfinder features a diopter to let you adjust the image to your eyesight.
Built-in Wi-Fi: You can use the wireless LAN functions on the camera to share and transfer images wirelessly, and operate the camera remotely from a Wi-Fi-connected smartphone. The smartphone must be running the Olympus Image Share (OI.Share) application, available from Google Play for Android devices (version 4.0 - 5.1) and from iTunes for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (iOS 7.0 - 8.4). Up to 4 devices can be simultaneously connected via QR code. In addition, you can add location information to your images when using a smartphone with a GPS function. The wireless LAN function on the camera cannot be used to connect to a home or public access point.
Image Recording Formats: The E-M10 Mark II records digital still images in JPEG format, as well as RAW uncompressed images. RAW images can be processed into JPEG files in the camera or using the supplied software. You can record up to 30 seconds of audio with still images in WAV format. Movies are recorded in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 and AVI Motion JPEG with 16-bit PCM stereo audio at a 48 kHz sampling rate.
Note: The E-M10 Mark II can record 3D photos in MPO format when used with the optional H-FT012 3D lens from Panasonic.
Still Image File Sizes: The E-M10 Mark II allows you to shoot still images in 8 sizes with your choice of 4 compression modes. You can set the aspect ratio to 4:3, 16:9, 3:2, 1:1 or 3:4. Compression modes available for each picture resolution are Super Fine (1/2.7 compression), Fine (1/4), Normal (1/8), and Basic (1/12). RAW images can be recorded only in 4608 x 3456 resolution with lossless compression (approximately 1/1.5 compression). Available image sizes for each aspect ratio include:
|L||4608 x 3456||4608 x 2592||4608 x 3072||3456 x 3456||2592 x 3456|
|M*||3200 x 2400||3200 x 1800||3216 x 2144||2400 x 2400||1824 x 2432|
|M||2560 x 1920||2560 x 1440||2544 x 1696||1920 x 1920||1440 x 1920|
|M||1920 x 1440||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1280||1440 x 1440||1104 x 1472|
|M||1600 x 1200||1536 x 864||1584 x 1056||1216 x 1216||864 x 1152|
|S*||1280 x 960||1280 x 720||1296 x 864||960 x 960||720 x 960|
|S||1024 x 768||1024 x 576||1008 x 672||768 x 768||576 x 768|
|S||640 x 480||640 x 360||624 x 416||480 x 480||384 x 512|
* The pixel count for Medium and Small images can be set to one of the shown values in the menu.
Movie Modes: Movies can be recorded in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (MOV) for displaying on TVs and other devices, or Motion JPEG for editing or playing back on a computer. Individual movies can be up to 29 minutes in length or 4 GB in size in MOV or 2 GB in size for MJPEG.
- MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (MOV)
- My Clips: Allows you to shoot short movie clips (up to 16 seconds in length) in Full HD 1920 x 1080 30p.
- Full HD Super Fine: 1920 x 1080, 60p
- Full HD Fine: 1920 x 1080, 30p
- Full HD Fine: 1920 x 1080, 60p
- Full HD Normal: 1920 x 1080, 30p
- Custom All-Intra: Movies recorded without inter-frame compression. Full HD Fine, 30p. Good for slow or quick motion shooting
- Motion JPEG
- HD: 1280 x 720
- SD: 640 x 480
- High Speed 120 fps: Record at 120 frames per second, plays back at 30 fps, without sound
Recording Media: Still images and movies with sound are recorded on SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards. (Class 10 cards or higher are recommended for movie shooting.) The E-M10 Mark II is also compatible with Eye-Fi cards.
5-Axis Image Stabilization: The E-M10 Mark II features a 5-axis sensor-shift Image Stabilization system to compensate for camera shake in low-light situations or when using a telephoto lens. The E-M10 Mark II compensates for five types of movement--pitch, yaw, roll, vertical shift, and horizontal shift. You can choose from the following IS modes:
- S-IS1 (All Direction Shake): Image stabilizer on
- S-IS2 (Vertical Shake): Image stabilization applies only to vertical camera shake. Use when panning horizontally.
- S-IS3 (Horizontal Shake): Image stabilization applies only to horizontal camera shake. Use when panning the camera horizontally with the camera held in portrait orientation.
- S-IS Auto: Camera detects the panning direction and applies the appropriate image stabilization.
- M-IS1: Camera uses both sensor shift (VCM) and electronic correction to compensate for camera shake in all directions.
- M-IS2: Camera uses sensor shift (VCM) only to compensate for camera shake in all directions.
- S-IS Off/M-IS Off: Image stabilizer is off.
Shooting Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial, you can choose from the following Shooting Modes:
- iAuto: A full auto mode in which the camera automatically optimizes settings for the current scene.
- Scene Modes: You can select from the following Scene Modes: Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Sport, Hand-held Starlight, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Children, High Key, Low Key, DIS mode, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Documents, Panorama, Fireworks, and Beach & Snow. Fisheye Effect, Wide Angle, Macro, 3D Photo are available with optional converters or lenses.
- Art Filter: You can select from the following Art Filters: Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia, Dramatic Tone, Key Line, Watercolor, Partial Color, and Art Bracketing
- Photo Story: Photos are incorporated into a layout frame to create a desired collage. You can choose from four themes: Standard, Speed, Zoom In/Out, Layout, or Fun Frames.
- Program: Aperture and shutter speed are automatically adjusted for optimal results.
- Aperture Priority: You set the aperture manually, and the camera sets the shutter speed automatically.
- Shutter Priority: You set the shutter speed manually between 1/4000 to 60 seconds or Bulb, and the camera sets the aperture automatically.
- Manual: You set the shutter speed and aperture manually.
- Movie Shooting Modes: You can shoot movies using the shutter speed and aperture effects and movie special effects.
Picture Modes (Processing Options): The camera lets you select image tones to create unique image effects. For each picture mode, you can fine-adjust the image parameters, such as contrast and sharpness. The Picture Modes include:
- i-Enhance: produces more impressive-looking pictures matched to the scene mode
- Vivid: produces vivid colors
- Natural: produces natural colors
- Muted: produces flat tones
- Portrait: produces beautiful skin tones
- Monotone: produces black and white tones
- Color Creator: produces colors using the color creator
- Custom: lets you select one of the above modes, set the parameters, and register the setting.
Focus Modes: The E-M10 Mark II features a fast, contrast type auto focus system. You can select Single-AF (focuses when shutter button is pressed halfway), Continuous-AF (always focusing), or Manual (turning the focus ring). You can also fine-adjust the focus manually by turning the focus ring after AF is performed in the S-AF mode. If you have a moving subject, you can use the AF Tracking feature. In this mode, the camera will track and maintain focus on the subject while the shutter button is held halfway.
Auto-Focus Target: The camera has 81 Auto-Focus targets for focusing on the subject. In the All-Target AF mode, the camera automatically chooses from the full set of the 81 AF targets. In the Single-Target AF mode, you can manually select one AF target for accurately focusing on the subject after composing the shot. The Group Target mode lets you select a group of nine AF targets, and the camera chooses the specific target for focusing.
AF Targeting Pad: When enabled, you can select the AF target by touching the area on the right side of the monitor during viewfinder photography. You can touch the monitor and slide your finger to position the AF target. The AF Targeting Pad is turned on/off by double-tapping the monitor.
ISO Settings: The sensitivity can be set automatically or manually. The manual ISO sensitivity ranges from LOW (equivalent to approximately ISO 100), ISO 200 to ISO 25600, with selectable ISO steps of 1 EV or 1/3 EV.
White Balance: Color reproduction depends upon light conditions. You can choose from 4 options for setting the white balance:
- Auto: For General Use, used for most light conditions
- Preset: You can choose from the following presets:
- 5300K: for shooting outdoors on a clear day, for sunset/sunrise, or fireworks
- 7500K: for shooting outdoors in the shadows on a clear day
- 6000K: for shooting outdoors on a cloudy day
- 3000K: for shooting under a tungsten light
- 4000K: for shooting under fluorescent lighting
- 5500K: for flash shooting
- Underwater: for underwater photography (requires optional underwater case)
- Custom: Color temperature set in the custom white balance menu (between 2000K and 14000K)
- One-Touch: Color temperature set by the one-touch WB method
Sequential Shooting: In addition to shooting single frames, the E-M10 Mark II can also shoot images continuously. When Sequential H is selected, photos are taken at approximately 8.5 frames per second for as long as the shutter button is pressed. Focus, exposure, and white balance are fixed at the first shot. Sequential L takes photos at about 4.3 fps while the shutter button is held down. Focus and exposure are fixed according to the options selected for AF mode and AEL/AFL.
Self-Timer: The Self-Timer lets you take pictures after a preset amount of time. You can choose from 2 seconds or 12 seconds. You can also set up a custom self-timer, choosing the number of frames (1-10), time of delay to first shot (1-30 seconds), and interval between multiple shots (0.5, 1, 2, 3).
Bulb/Time Shooting: The E-M10 Mark II can take extra long exposures with bulb and time shooting. When the camera is set to Bulb, the shutter remains open as long as the shutter button stays pressed. In Time Photography, the shutter opens when the shutter button is pressed all the way down and released. The exposure ends when the shutter button is pressed and released a second time. Use of a tripod and the optional RM-UC1 remote cable are highly recommended for bulb shooting.
Time-Lapse Photography: The camera can be set to shoot automatically with a set time lapse, to be viewed as individual photos or as a time-lapse movie. This feature is only available in the P/A/S/M shooting modes. You can set the total number of frames (1-999), start waiting time (00:00:01 to 24:59:59), interval time (00:00:01 to 24:59:59), and turn on/off time lapse movie. If either the start waiting time or shooting interval is set to longer than 1 minute 30 seconds, the monitor and camera power will turn off after 1 minute. Ten seconds before shooting, the power will automatically turn on again.
Flash Modes: The E-M10 Mark II comes with a pop-up flash. You can select from several flash modes: Auto, Fill in flash, Red-eye reduction flash, Slow synchronization (1st curtain), Slow sync (1st curtain) with Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization (2nd curtain), Manual flash, and Flash off. Some flash modes are not available for all shooting modes. You can also manually set the intensity of the flash to full, 1/4, 1/16, or 1/64 power.
External Flash: The E-M10 Mark II has a hot shoe for attaching an optional external flash unit, such as the Olympus FL-14, RF-11, TF-22, FL-50R, FL-300R, and FL-600R. These external flash units communicate with the camera, allowing you to control the camera's flash modes with various available flash control modes, such as TTL-AUTO. The units listed above have a remote control mode that can be used for wireless flash photography.
Bracketing: To increase your chances of getting the perfect exposure in difficult shooting conditions, you can set the camera to take a number of photos at different exposure values for each frame. Frames are shot at optimum exposure, plus pictures adjusted in the opposite directions of exposure. You can perform bracketing in the following ways:
- AE Bracket: Three frames are shot using automatic exposure. You can set the compensation value to 0.3 EV, 0.7 EV, or 1.0 EV, and the number of shots at 2, 3, 5, or 7.
- WB Bracket: Three frames are shot using different white balances; one at specified WB, one adjusted toward amber-blue color, and the other toward green-magenta. You can set the bracketing adjustments in 2, 4, or 6 steps.
- FL Bracket: Three frames are shot with different flash intensity. Compensation values can be set at 0.3 EV, 0.7 EV, or 1.0 EV.
- ISO Bracket: Three images are taken, each with different ISO sensitivity, with shutter speed and aperture fixed. Compensation values can be set at 0.3 EV, 0.7 EV, or 1.0 EV.
- Art Bracketing: Multiple images are taken, each with a different art filter setting. You can select which art filters to include in the bracketing shot.
- Focus Bracketing: Multiple shots are taken at different focus positions, each moving successively farther from the initial focus position. You can select the number of shots and the focus differential for each shot. Shooting ends when the focus reaches infinity.
Metering Modes: There are 5 ways to measure the subject brightness:
- Digital ESP: Camera measures light levels and calculates the differences in 324 separate areas of the image. Face detection uses Digital ESP metering.
- Center-Weighted Average: Camera provides the average metering between the subject and background lighting, placing more weight on the subject in the center.
- Spot: Camera meters a very small area around the center of the subject.
- Spot with Highlight Control: If overall background is bright, the camera shifts toward over-exposure so white areas don't turn gray.
- Spot with Shadow Control: If overall background is dark, the camera shifts toward under-exposure so black areas don't turn gray.
Face Detection: The camera will detect people's faces in the frame and adjust the focus and metering automatically. You can also select left, right, or closest eye priority for focusing.
Multiple Exposure: The E-M10 Mark II lets you create multiple exposures in a single frame. Methods include: two frames combined as one, portions of one frame merged with portions of another, or RAW frames overlaid in the playback mode.
Digital Level: To ensure that your pictures are level perfect, the camera has a digital level gauge that can be viewed in the monitor and the electronic viewfinder when the shutter button is pressed halfway.
Photo Playback: You can play back images one at a time, or in an index display of 4, 9, 25, or 100. You can also display images recorded on the memory card by date (calendar display). While in single image playback, the image can be magnified to 2x, 3x, 5x, 7x, 10x, or 14x for a closer look.
Playback On TV: The E-M10 Mark II allows you to play back your still images or movies on a TV. The camera has a Micro HDMI (Type D) output for connecting to an HDTV. Output resolution can be set to 1080p, 720p, and 480p. No Micro HDMI-to-HDMI cable is included. In addition, you can connect the camera to a TV with composite video, using the optional CB-AVC3 AV cable connected to the camera's multi-connector.
HDMI Control: When HDMI Control is set to "On", the camera can be operated by a TV remote control when it is connected to the TV via HDMI. The TV must support HDMI control. During single-frame playback, you can display or hide the information display and the index display.
PictBridge Printing Capability: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge-compliant printer, regardless of brand.
Power Options: The E-M10 Mark II is powered by the supplied BLS-50 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.2 volts 1210mAh). The battery charges in approximately 3.5 hours in the supplied BCS-5 battery charger. The BLS-5 battery is good for approximately 320 shots on a single charge.
Olympus Viewer 3 Software: The E-M10 Mark II includes Olympus Viewer 3 software on CD-ROM. The software is compatible with the following operating systems:
- Windows XP (SP3)
- Windows Vista (SP2)
- Windows 7 (SP1)
- Windows 8
- Windows 8.1
- Mac OS X v10.5 - v.10.10
USB Mass Storage Class: The camera supports USB Mass Storage Class, allowing you to transfer images to a computer with the provided USB cable. The following operating systems are compatible with the USB connection:
- Windows 8.1
- Windows 8
- Windows 7 (SP1)
- Windows Vista (SP2)
- Windows XP (SP3)
- Mac OS X version 10.5 - v.10.8
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