I’ve been thinking about buying a camera.
I had pretty much convinced myself that the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mk II was the right camera to buy, until I stumbled on a $670 price for a new OM-D E-M1 body. Now I’m conflicted. The E-M10 Mk II is a brand-new design, while the E-M1 was announced in September of 2013, though it’s still actively receiving firmware updates (here’s a Youtube video explaining the new features). Also, a Mk II version of the E-M1 is expected imminently (though it will be well outside of my price range).
In the < $1000 price range, the OM-D E-M10 Mk II is regarded as the top pick by The Wirecutter, and is the ‘also consider’ choice of DPReview in their 2015 Roundup of $500-800 cameras1. The Wirecutter has picked the E-M1 as its runner-up for overall Best Mirrorless Camera, after the $1,700 (with kit lens) Fujifilm X-T1.
I’ve found it hard to find a direct comparison of the E-M10 Mk II against E-M1, since they’re usually regarded as existing at wildly different price points. This is my attempt to compare the two, but it’s actually tough to find modern data on the E-M1 as so much has been improved via firmware updates. Unless otherwise noted, this data has come from the DPReview reviews of the E-M10 Mk II and the E-M1.
|OM-D E-M10 Mk II||OM-D E-M1|
|Price2||$750||$870 ($670 + $199)|
|Sensor||16.1 MP Live MOS (Four Thirds)|
|Image Stabilization||5-axis (4 stops)||5-axis (???)|
|Electronic Shutter||Yes||Yes (v4 firmware)|
|Max Burst Rate||8.5fps||10fps|
|LCD size/resolution||3” / 1.04M-dot|
|EVF type/resolution||2.36M-dot OLED||2.36M-dot LCD(?)|
|EVF size (35mm equiv.)||0.62x||0.74x|
|AF targeting pad||Yes||No|
|Battery life||320 shots||350 shots|
|Dimensions||120 x 83 x 47mm||130 x 94 x 63 mm|
|Weight (loaded)||390 g||497 g|
|Focus||Contrast Detect||Contrast + Phase Detect|
I’m leaning heavily toward the E-M1, though I’m a little worried that the heavier and larger body may not be ideal - but the Phase-Detect Continuous Auto-Focus would be very welcome with our poorly-behaved dogs.
I haven’t settled on anything yet, but I’ll post when I do. These are some other links I’ve found useful: