Our Olympus E-M10 rumor round-up tells you everything you need to know about the Micro Four Thirds camera which will be officially announced on January 29.
Fujifilm X-T1 is not the only camera that will be unveiled in the coming days. We have already compiled a guide containing all X-T1 rumors, so now would be the perfect time to create a similar one for the Olympus E-M10 Micro Four Thirds camera.
At first, it has been believed that the E-M10 would replace the E-M5. However, things cannot be farther from the truth. This new model is actually an entry-level OM-D shooter, therefore will be placed below the E-M5, which is said to remain on the market for a very long time.
Olympus E-M10 rumor round-up: all that you can expect from the January 29 launch event
Both Fujifilm and Panasonic have their low-end mirrorless cameras, but Olympus is not doing so well in this department. The “fix” consists of a camera with a 16.05-megapixel LiveMOS Micro Four Thirds image sensor, built-in electronic viewfinder with a 1.44-million-dot resolution, and a 3-inch 1.04-million-dot tilting LCD touchscreen.
The E-M10 is rumored to offer an ISO sensitivity range between 200 and 25,600, as well as a shutter speed between 60 seconds and 1/4000th of a second.
It records 1920 x 1080 videos at 30fps and up to 8fps of photos in continuous shooting mode. Content is stored on a SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot, while the BLS-5 battery can withstand up to 320 shots on a single charge.
Inside sources have also revealed that the E-M10 is packing a built-in flash, although a hot shoe mount is available for users who want to attach external accessories to their camera, including a more powerful flash.
Although it is an entry-level camera, the Olympus E-M10 sports WiFi, providing an easy way for users to transfer photos to a mobile device.
Images are processed by the True Pic VII engine and they are stabilized by a 3-axis image stabilization system. It seems like the sensor will not employ Phase Detection AF technology, therefore photographers will have to rely on Contrast Detection AF.
Olympus E-M10 dimensions, price, and kit lens details
Olympus will sell the E-M10 for a price of around $750, while a lens kit will cost about $900. Speaking of which, the upcoming 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 lens is the one that will be included in the kit option.
It is a pancake model, so its length stands at only 22.5mm, although its diameter measures a little under 61mm. It is made out of 8 elements in 7 groups with a 7-blade circular aperture.
The M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ lens will be able to focus at only 20 centimeters and will be sold separately for about $300. An auto-closing cap will be released for this optic, but its price is unknown.
Both the camera and the lens will available in black and silver color options. The E-M10’s rumored dimensions and weight are 119.1 x 82.3 x 45.9mm and 350 grams, respectively.
New 25mm f/1.8 and 8fmm f/8 lenses to be unveiled this week
A couple of other lenses will be announced on January 29, too. First comes the M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8 with a diameter of 57.8mm and a length of 42mm. It can focus on subjects located at a distance of 25 centimeters and will become available for about $300 in black and silver flavors.
The second model is the 9mm f/8 fisheye lens. It is so small that it can double as a lens cap and its aperture is fixed so you can only use it at f/8. The retail price is undisclosed, but it should focus on subjects located at a distance of just 2 centimeters when it becomes available.
But wait, there’s more!
Olympus will reveal a new E-M5 model. It is called Elite Black and will be launched alongside a new 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO lens. Their specs are identical to those of the current versions, the only difference being the color.
This kit might be a limited edition one, so it could be more expensive than the price of the conventional E-M5.
In addition, three new compact cameras are set to become official this week. The Stylus SP-100EE, TG-835, and TG-850 have not had their specs leaked, yet, but we will find out everything on January 29.