Hybrid Choices - The small but perfectly formed Olympus OM-D E-M10

Produced with CyberLink PowerDirector 13 - Olympus OM-D E-M10 Panasonic 15mm f/1.7 and Olympus m.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8 lenses N.B. Music is composed and performed by me and is copyright.

When thinking about a portable, small, light, high quality hybrid system for stills and videos, the Olympus OM-D EM-10 is a surprisingly good option. Surprising, because it is a very small cameraa and because after the release of the all-singing all-dancing OM-D E-M5 II, it doesn't get many column inches devoted to it anymore. And when you consider that in terms of the image quality of the stills and the video, it's virtually indistinguishable from the more expensive camera that's a shame. Because it does do the job very well indeed. It was, in fact, the video performance of the E-M10 that convinced me to go for the updated E-M5.

As you can see above from the stills and video footage, it's a camera that produces very decent results. Particularly when paired with the Panasonic Lumix 15mm f/1.7 and Olympus m.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8 as above. And as far as I'm concerned any camera I can fit that wonderful 75mm to is a good camera! A great lens. m4/3's finest??

The whole thing is quick and easy to use as well. The flip-up screen comes in very useful for video shooting particularly. It's also worth pointing out that when I'm carrying a tripod around, which I do when I'm shooting my stock video clips these days, the weight of the camera and lenses becomes very important. Tripods aren't light, video tripods with their specialist heads even less so. This is an important consideration when I'm out on my own shooting stills and videos. Since I spend a lot of time walking and carrying my gear with me, the lighter I can get my outfit, the better I like it.

And that's where the E-M10 is worth is weight in gold (literally) because it's not a burden to carry around. So, if like me, you're not attempting anything fancy or complicated in terms of shooting video, it's actually a very good usable option and one that often gets overlooked. Because it's virtually impossible to tell the difference between images and footage shot on this camera and any other Olympus camera. Indeed, in terms of stills, any other m4/3 camera at low(er) ISO's. The current Panasonic's with their 4K and very high quality HD options for video are somewhat different, but the EM-10 in terms of how the footage looks, is as good as many of my other, somewhat more highly rated, hybrid cameras. Olympus have come a long way since the rather poor .AV1 files that the early Pens used to turn out and if you want a simpler, cheaper alternative to the E-M1 and E-M5 II with pretty much the same output, then the E-M10 is well worth considering. I'm hanging on to mine for the time being as it's really useful for me and I have to admit, if I'm shooting video, I may well pick that up in preference to my more highly specified E-M5 II. Plus, it is a very aesthetic camera as well and as the title of this article suggests, small but perfectly formed.