Olympus Mirrorless Camera Reviews

The following are the most recent Olympus m4/3 cameras we’ve reviewed (lowest to highest):

  • E-M5II — enthusiast-oriented DSLR-style body (built-in EVF) (third generation)
  • E-M1II — enthusiast-oriented DSLR-style body (built-in EVF) (second generation)

Models that are discontinued and available used that we’ve reviewed:

  • E-P1 — enthusiast-oriented rangefinder-style body (first generation)
  • E-P2 — high-end enthusiast-oriented rangefinder-style body (second generation)
  • E-P3 — high-end enthusiast-oriented rangefinder-style body (third generation)
  • E-PL1 — enthusiast-oriented rangefinder-style body (1st generation)
  • E-M1 — enthusiast-oriented DSLR-style body (built-in EVF) (second generation)
  • E-M5 — enthusiast-oriented DSLR-style body (built-in EVF) (first generation)

So What Would Thom Get?
The 16mp sensors in the E-M1, E-M5 (and II version), E-M10 (and II version), E-P5, E-PL5, and E-PM2 were a big step forward from the older 12mp sensor in the other models. It's not just the gain in pixels, but these sensors actually perform better in both low and high amounts of light. More dynamic range, less noise. Likewise, the 20mp sensors in the Pen-F, E-M1 Mark II, and PL-8 improve things even a bit more. So the 20mp models are the currently-preferred Olympus cameras. Buy the older 16mp models only if you can get a good bargain price, and at this point, skip the 12mp models.

The stand-out designs for me are the E-M1 Mark II, the Pen-F, and the E-M10 Mark III. I really don’t think Olympus needs more than these three models, really. I know some E-P# and E-M5 owners will disagree with me, but I don’t see the usefulness of the former, and the latter unfortunately keeps turning into a brief unique camera between generations of the E-M1 that quickly gets outclassed. 

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