"Affordable" and "top image quality" aren't often found in the same sentence, but the Olympus E-M10 Mark II is an affordable mirrorless camera with the company's top image quality ranking from DXOMark. While only $800 with a kit lens, the E-M10 II receives the same image quality score as the more expensive E-M5 Mark II. Despite the budget price-tag, the construction feels pretty durable, and as a mirrorless camera it's pretty lightweight as well. Autofocus is quick and offers 81 points while the burst speed goes up to a respectable 8 fps. Toss in a five-axis image stabilization system, a tilting touchscreen and electronic viewfinder, focus peaking and RAW, and it's easy to see why the Olympus E-M10 Mark II is popular.
While the E-M10 offers the best image quality from Olympus on the market currently, the manufacturer does use the smaller 4/3 sensor. While the smaller sensor helps with zooming and shooting macro, it offers a lower resolution and reduced low light capability compared to an APS-C sensor. The 5-axis image stabilization system isn't available in the fastest burst speeds either. The pricier E-M5 II has better controls, more speed and weather-sealing, but also costs at least twice the E-M10 II. Still, the Olympus E-M10 Mark II offers quite a few features for the price and pretty solid image quality despite the smaller sensor. For photographers on a budget looking for a lightweight camera, the E-M10 Mark II is definitely one to consider.