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Why the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II is still a great camera

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The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II is a bit of an old favorite for me. As a longtime Olympus (now OM System) user, it was a camera that I always enjoyed using – and having recently gone through some of my old bodies, I'm reminded just how good it still is. 

While the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II (opens in new tab) came out in 2015, and has since been superseded by two new models, I was impressed at how capable a camera it remains even in 2022. 

Indeed, its immediate successor the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III (opens in new tab) doesn't add too much that's new. The Mark II's 1080p capabilities are bolstered by 4K video, though the Mark III actually loses out on manual silent shooting – something that is now relegated to a Scene mode, whereby you lost control over the shutter speed. 

The upgrades are far more prevalent in the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV (opens in new tab), which benefits from the 20.1MP sensor found in the Olympus PEN-F (opens in new tab), a 180° flip-down selfie screen as seen on the Olympus PEN E-P7 (opens in new tab), and improved autofocus that's offers the best contrast-based AF system on an Olympus / OM System camera.

So where does that leave the Mark II? Certainly its 16.1MP image sensor is a bit on the thrifty side in 2022, but for what the E-M10 series is – an entry level camera that's ideal for social media, blogging, vlogging, street and travel photography – that's more than enough both for online posting and decent-sized prints. 

The 121-point contrast-based autofocus isn't designed to keep up with fast action, but again – this isn't a sports camera. For static subjects like still life, landscapes, street shooting and portraiture, it's very much more than good enough. 

As with most Micro Four Thirds cameras, the smaller sensor size combined with slightly limited ISO (which maxes out at ISO25600) can make it more challenging to shoot in lower light, but the fantastic five-axis in-body image stabilization system enables you to work with much slower shutter speeds without introducing camera shake.

And while we still prefer a fully articulating screen, the Mark II's tilting touchscreen is great for shooting at high and low angles. 

If you can find it at a good price, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II remains a great option for everyday shooting for enthusiasts – and also packs enough power to get professional quality images. 

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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.