Olympus OM-D E-M10 Sale

Amazon has a sale going for the Olympus OM-D E-M10 with 14-42mm kit lens at $400. This is about $300 less than usual pricing.

My friend Elke has one of these, and essentially it provides the usual excellent Olympus imaging experience with a slightly different approach to an interface than the Olympus OM-D E-M5 I have. (The two cameras use the same image sensor.) My camera is covered in dials; the E-M10 does much of its adjustments via the touchscreen. You still get the in-body image stabilization, which not only works with the Micro Four-Thirds lenses from Olympus, Panasonic, and others, but also can stabilize lenses attached via an adapter. You do have to manually set the image stabilizer to match the focal length you will be shooting at. I’ve found this works wonderfully well in the “IS 1” (or full image stabilization) with long Nikkor lenses, like the 300mm f/4. A Micro Four-Thirds (M43) camera makes an excellent adjunct to a DSLR from Nikon, Canon, Pentax, etc., for doing telephoto work. The crop factor for M43 is 2x, which means that my Nikkor 300mm f/4 acts like a 600mm f/4 lens when I use it on the E-M5 or Olympus Air. This gives a surprisingly good and affordable route to super-telephoto photography. For Nikon, the lens is used in entirely manual fashion. If you have a Canon EF lens, though, you can get an adapter that preserves some of the automatic features (some even allow autofocus with a Canon EF lens).

Olympus M43 with Nikkor 300mm
Olympus E-M5 with Nikkor 300mm

The image is one I took recently with the E-M5 and the Nikkor 300mm. This is a concert photo taken after sunset, handheld. I was perhaps 150 feet from the stage. (The concert was Blue Oyster Cult at the Detroit Riverfront on July 29th, 2016.)


If you have been thinking about a mirrorless camera for travel or just to reduce the weight you carry when you want a good camera along, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 represents a good value, especially if you catch it with a sale like this. I should note that this sale may indicate the imminent introduction of a replacement model, so as to clear out existing stock. If you want the bleeding edge, you likely aren’t looking for a sale, anyway. And, as always, I am an Amazon Associate, so if you purchase one via the link above, I do get a a referral fee.

Wesley R. Elsberry

Falconer. Interdisciplinary researcher: biology and computer science. Data scientist in real estate and econometrics. Blogger. Speaker. Photographer. Husband. Christian. Activist.

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