The anticipated expansion of the Olympus OM-D line-up has just been announced with the impending release of the E-M10 in late February/early March 2014.
The ultra-portable OM-D E-M10, shown in silver with the new M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ kit lens. (Source: Olympus.)
Marginally smaller than the E-M5, the new camera has the same 16 megapixel Live MOS sensor but comes with the TruPic VII image processor from the E-M1. Unlike its siblings, the E-M10’s metal body is not weather-sealed and its memory card slot is located in the same chamber as the rechargeable BLS-5 lithium-ion battery. When matched with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm EZ kit lens, the total thickness of camera and lens is a mere 64mm.
The new camera retains many of the features of the E-M5, including a similar control layout with two metal control dials that have a solid responsive feel, a 3-inch tilting TFT colour LCD with approximately 1.037 million dots and the same high-resolution Electronic View Finder (EVF). Full details can be found in our comprehensive ‘First Look’ of the OM-D E-M10, which will be offered in black and silver at an RRP of AU$999 for the body plus 14-42mm EZ kit lens.
Special accessories for the new camera include the OM-D E-M10 Detachable Grip ECG-1, which provides additional depth to the camera body to make it more comfortable to hold for users with larger hands. The grip has the same texture as the new camera’s body for a consistent look and feel and is easily attached and removed. A lever on the bottom of the grip makes it easy to replace batteries and memory cards without removing the grip.
Olympus is also offering the Soft Camera Case CS-44 SF, which can hold the E-M10 with 14-42mm EZ lens attached. This case features a five-layer construction with inner storage pockets for lens caps and other small items. On the outside is a 50 mm wide belt loop plus loops for securing the camera strap to the case. The bag is also part of a system with the CBG-10, which can be attached to the side panel. Details will be published on the Olympus website at www.olympus.com.au.