If you thought Olympus’s mirrorless, compact system cameras were small already, they got even smaller this morning with the new, ultra-compact E-M10. Along with being tiny in stature, the 16-megapixel E-M10 features an Olympus Micro Four Thirds sensor, which is smaller than even the APS-C-size sensors in consumer digital SLRs.
In the past, the trade-off to stuffing those petite Micro Four Thirds sensors into Olympus’ compact, interchangeable lens cameras has been more noise in images shot at higher ISOs in low light. Things have improved in more recent OM-D models such as the top-of-the-line Olympus E-M1, which we reviewed favorably last year.
Let’s hope this is the case with the new Olympus E-M10, which resembles a junior version of the flagship E-M1 and a step smaller than the already very compact E-M5.
Tiny & Tough
While the Olympus E-M10 is tiny, it’s designed to be tough, fast and feature-rich. It has an all-metal body; a TruePic VII image processor; built-in Wi-Fi; a tilting 3-inch touchscreen on back; an electronic viewfinder on top; and a built-in flash.
To steady shaky shots, the E-M10 uses 3-axis image stabilization built into the camera body. Meanwhile, a revamped autofocus system that uses 81 target points should be pretty quick on the draw. The camera can shoot at a maximum of 8 frames per seconds in high-speed burst mode.
The Olympus E-M10’s 16MP Live MOS sensor can shoot from ISO 100-25600, but we’ll reserve judgement on whether we recommended shooting at the high end of that scale until we can test out the camera.
The Olympus E-M10, goes on sale in March 2014 for $699.99 body only and is available in black or silver. You can also buy it as a kit with the with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42 mm f3.5-5.6 II R lens for $799.99.
Speaking of lenses, Olympus also introduced two new Micro Four Thirds lenses this morning. The slim M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ is a “pancake” zoom lens that measures just .9 inches thick. Olympus calls it “the world’s slimmest standard zoom lens.” Olympus also unveiled the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 25mm f1.8 portrait lens this morning.
More info on the new Olympus E-M10 here.