Olympus Camera Reviews

Click on the linked camera names below to be taken to the review (unlinked items are in process of being reviewed or discontinued models).

The following are the current Olympus m4/3 cameras (lowest to highest):

  • E-PM2 — small, consumer-oriented compact-style body (second generation)
  • E-PL5 — slightly larger enthusiast-oriented rangefinder-style body (fourth generation)
  • E-P5 — high-end enthusiast-oriented rangefinder-style body (fourth generation)
  • E-M10 — enthusiast-oriented DSLR-style body (built-in EVF) (cut down version of 2nd generation)
  • E-M5 — enthusiast-oriented DSLR-style body (built-in EVF) (first generation)
  • E-M1 — enthusiast-oriented DSLR-style body (built-in EVF) (second generation)

Models that are discontinued and available used:

  • 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-PL2 — enthusiast-oriented rangefinder-style body (2nd generation)
  • E-PL3 — slightly larger enthusiast-oriented rangefinder-style body (third generation)
  • E-PM1 — small, consumer-oriented compact-style body (first generation)


So What Would Thom Get?

The new 16mp sensors in the E-M1, E-M5, E-M10, E-P5, E-PL5, and E-PM2 is a big step forward from the older 12mp sensor in the other models. It's not just the gain in pixels, but the sensor actually performs better in both low and high amounts of light. More dynamic range, less noise. So these are the currently-preferred Olympus models. Buy the older 12mp models only if you can get a good bargain price.

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