Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II


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Best Mirrorless Camera Under $800

Grade (Out of ten)

Image Quality : 7.3
Performance : 8
Design : 8
Features : 8
Price : 9
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"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.


  • Affordable
  • Top rated image quality for Olympus
  • Fast autofocus


  • No stabilization in fastest burst mode
  • Smaller sensor compared to competitors
  • Controls could be improved
  • Camera Specs:


    • Megapixels : 16.1
    • Sensor Size : Micro 4/3
    • Video Quality : 1080p at 60 fps
    • DxO Mark Test Score : N/A


    • Shutter Speed : Bulb - 1/4000 (electronic shutter up to 1/16000)
    • Aperture : N/A
    • ISO : 100-25600
    • Burst Speed : 8 fps, buffer: 22 RAW or 36 JPEGS
    • Autofocus Points : 81
    • Image Stabilization : 5-axis sensor shift


    • Weight : .85 lbs.
    • Viewfinder : Electronic
    • Screen : 3
    • Secondary screen : No
    • Controls : 320 shots
    • Battery Life : touchscreen, dual control wheels


    • Manual Modes : Yes
    • RAW : Yes
    • Wi-Fi : Yes
    • Other : Focus peaking

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