The Olympus OMD E-M10 Hands-On Preview

  By Jordan Drake


One of my bigger disappointments shooting TCSTV in the last few years was never having a chance to look at the Olympus OMD-E-M5, widely considered the best mirrorless camera on the market when it first arrived. We chose to use the E-M5 when announcing the return of Olympus in one of my favourite shorts, which you can view here

I was looking forward to a review of the entry level OMD E-M10.

It was another cold, gray day, so we went to the dog park to try and add a bit of personality to the shoot. We promise, the next video will have some colour! The E-M10 did do a great job handling whites and grays, we’ll see how it handles other colours in the spring, I suppose.

I shot this video with the Sony FS700, captured by an Atomos Samurai. I would have used the Tamron 24-70 F2.8 VC, but as mentioned in the last video, our rental unit met a cruel fate. Instead I used the Canon EF 24-70 F4 IS, which worked fine as we had plenty of light to work with. It’s also a great lens for our style of shooting as it has tremendous macro capability for product shots. Chris was recorded with a Sony UWP-130, and the camera was supported solely with a Manfrotto 561BHDV monopod.

The Olympus OMD cameras are great performers, and the new E-M10 is no exception. I’m hoping for some new innovations in the next Olympus mirrorless camera though, especially regarding the video functionality. But if you’re looking at an entry level DSLR for traveling, I would give a hard look at the E-M10 as an alternative, it’s a lot of bang for the buck.

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Shot and Edited by Jordan Drake
Filmed on the Sony FS700