Mini me

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TECHNOLOGY - By TAN KIT HOONG bytz@thes­

THIS year it’s all about go­ing small, and Olym­pus has just in­tro­duced a new OM-D model, the tiny E-M10, which joins the E-M1 and the E-M5 in the ex­pand­ing range of OM-D mir­ror­less Mi­cro Four Thirds cam­eras.

The E-M10 is po­si­tioned be­low the E-M1 and the E-M5, and is meant as an en­trylevel OM-D, but with the fea­tures and build qual­ity sim­i­lar to its big­ger brothers.

As such, the OM-D E-M10 is still made of metal, with the same 16-megapixel Live MOS sen­sor found on the E-M1, with Olym­pus’ TruePic VII im­age pro­ces­sor and ul­tra-fast 81-point aut­o­fo­cus ar­rayed across al­most the en­tire viewfinder area.

While it is much smaller than its other OM-D sib­lings, the E-M10 still re­tains the 3in 1.04-mil­lion dot tiltable touch­screen LCD on the back, which al­lows for nav­i­ga­tion of menus, fo­cus point se­lec­tion and shoot­ing by sim­ply touch­ing the screen.

The E-M10 also comes with built-in WiFi which works to­gether with the OI.Share app on smart­phones and of­fers not just down­load of im­ages and Live View, but also full con­trol of aper­ture, shut­ter and shoot­ing mode.

One sur­prise on the E-M10 is a built-in pop-up flash — un­til now, O-MD cam­eras have not fea­tured built-in flashes.

The flash it­self is pretty small and does not go up as high as most DSLRs when ex­tended, but it is there and it works pretty well.

Al­though it shares many fea­tures with the E-M1, there is one fea­ture that the E-M10 doesn’t have and that’s the ex­cel­lent five-axis im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion. In­stead, the E-M10 in­te­grates an older three-axis im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion sys­tem which is still very good al­though not at the level of the five-axis ver­sion..

With a smaller cam­era comes a smaller and slim­mer lens — the E-M10 comes with a newly-re­designed M.Zuiko Dig­i­tal ED 14-42mm f/ 3.5-5.6 EZ that is even smaller than be­fore — so much so that the lens now gains “pan­cake” sta­tus and is claimed to be the world’s slimmest stan­dard zoom lens.

De­spite its minis­cule size, there’s very lit­tle com­pro­mise, as the lens even comes with the mo­torised zoom and a man­ual fo­cus ring, un­like many pan­cake lenses.

E-M5 Elite Black

In­ter­est­ingly, the OM-D E-M5 will still re­main in Olym­pus’ lineup of cam­eras al­though it will get a mi­nor re­vamp and will now be called the E-M5 Elite Black edi­tion.

The cam­era’s hard­ware fea­tures re­main the same, but the soft­ware has been up­dated to pro­vide an “ISO Low” set­ting and a smaller aut­o­fo­cus tar­get op­tion.

Ex­ter­nally, it will drop the funky mod­ern pat­tern rub­ber fin­ish in favour of a more vin­tage leatherette fin­ish.

The E-M5 Elite Black will also come bun­dled with the M.Zuiko Pro 12-40mm f/ 2.8 con­stant aper­ture lens in­stead of the 1442mm con­sumer-grade kit lens that was pre­vi­ously bun­dled with the cam­era.

Prices for the prod­ucts were not avail­able at press time.

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