The Olympus OM-D EM10 – A Rock & Roll Review

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No matter what kind of photographer you are, Olympus always strikes the right chord.

That’s why we chose to bring the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Black Kit w/ 14-42mm 2RK Lens to bring for an afternoon of rock, tunes and gear in the Pink Floyd room of Toronto’s Rehearsal Factory. Mercifully, the only feedback you’ll hear – will be about the camera.

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Olympus’ OMD series have brought an engaging variety of features to all kinds of photographers, so the EM10 has an impressive lineage to follow.

Feel:

While the OM-D EM10 is quite a substantial camera, its design made it easier to handle. The firmware and 3″ touchscreen provides almost limitless options for ISO, gradation, white balance, image stabilization, resolution and more, which are easy and intuitive to scroll through. Focus settings are also easily adjustable, which adds an amazing new dimension to old-school feel.

Image Quality:

With its 16-megapixel Live MOS image sensor, Built-in 3-axis image stabilization and Fine Trupic VII Image Processor, Olympus creates top-notch image quality, and is totally adjustable to its wide range of lenses. Being that this was a room full of music gear, it was tough to move around too freely, which is why it was such a pleasure to be able to snap shots on the fly. Moreover, the EM10 shoots RAW – not something that every similar-sized/priced camera does.

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Every guitarist’s dream: The Marsha Stack.

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Lens:

The EM10 came to us with the the m.Zuiko 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ MSC power zoom lens. For such a compact lens, it offered a wide assortment of options and versatility for zoom and focus. This was especially notable, because this lens was still very effective while maintaining a small, manageable feel.

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Extras:

Olympus included its Adaptive Brightness feature, originally featured on the E-M1. Adaptive Brightness Technology helps reduce visual errors by automatically adjusting the EVF brightness. This function brightens the backlight in bright locations, and darkens it in darker locations, thereby preventing unnecessary exposure compensation due to visual errors, giving extra light to the Rehearsal Factory’s dingy, dark room. A studio this was not, so it was great to have a feature like this handy.

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