This morning I got an email announcing that Olympus released the E-M10 Mark II. As some of you might know, I am a proud owner of an Olympus E-M10 since April 2014. Therefore, everything Olympus and mirrorless cameras is important to me and will now and then get featured on this blog.
Olympus and its OM-D camera family is constituted of three lines of products. First the E-M1, then the E-M5 (Mark II) and lastly the E-M10. The idea behind it is to target different end users. The E-M1 being for the "pro user" with its weather sealed body as well as a dual AF, the E-M5 is more targeted to a creative end user that is aware of quality and performance. Lastly, the E-M10 as the entry-level camera to the OM-D system but with outstanding performance for size and price.
For a really good overview of the new Mark II camera, 4/3 Rumors has a good run-down on early reviews, picture samples, video and official press releases. In a nutshell, the new iteration of the E-M10 has now a 5-axis stabilisation, a better electronic viewfinder (EVF) as well as performance and cosmetic changes. Here are a few opinions on the release:
Matthieu Gasquet, Mirror Lessons:
Alvaro Serrano, Analog Senses:
My friend Josh at The Newsprint:
Put into perspective, considering the price and performance, it is astonishing what Olympus offers with this new camera. It seams though, that some people were a bit disappointed that the new camera did not get any new flashy feature or special improvement. What most left out but DPReview points out, is that on the RAW quality of the photos, Olympus even improved the low light performance and the E-M10 Mark II now surpasses the E-M5 Mark II as well as other cameras with a bigger sensor like the Canon Rebel T6S.
Considering all this, will I upgrade and buy the new E-M10 Mark II? No, because I think this is the wrong question. As I bought the E-M10 as my first "real" camera to enjoy and learn photography, I think the Mark II is a fantastic camera for someone who wants something more than a compact camera. But for an owner of a E-M10 as I am, I see no point to upgrade. Not because the Mark II has not enough new features or improvements, but because in the end the camera body matters less in my opinion than the lenses and ultimately how one masters the art of taking photos. The E-M10 Mark II is still playing in the same class as my original E-M10 and it should. We can thank Olympus that it cares for its new customers, but I personally am waiting to see what Olympus will do with the expected next iteration of the E-M1 Mark II.