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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II: A decent dSLR alternativeOlympus' OM-D E-M10 Mark II looks like an attractive option for practiced penny-pinching photographers.
With a more streamlined design, improved five access image stabilization, and a better view finder, what can you feature? The EM 10 Mark II is an improvement over its predecessor. But it also faces some steep competition in its market segment. $700 to $800 dollar mirror-less interchangeable lens models Which want to displace entry-level DSLR's. I'm LORI GRUNIN for CNET, and this is the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II. With all it's buttons and dials, the M10 Mark II is probably one of the more complicated And certainly more complicated looking. Interchangeable lenses models in it's price class. Now if you want, you can certainly dumb it down if you're intimidated by all the features. While it's generally comfortable to use and well designed, The grip does feel too flat. And the SD card doesn't slide very smoothly into the slot. I keep thinking I'm gonna break off a tab. It does have a few notable capabilities for its class, including Live Composite which lets you see the image develop in real time when you're shooting time lapse exposures. And it helps keep shadow areas dark. It also has a novel AS targeting pad control which lets you look through the viewfinder while using the back display as a touch pad to choose your autofocus point. The photo quality is very good up through ISO 1600 with one caveat. I'm not a huge fan of the power zoom kit lens. It adds a lot of time to camera start up. And I really wish there were a zoom switch on the body. Because zooming with a lens ring isn't very comfortable in this design. Video quality's fine for typical personal applications, but the HD isn't very sharp compared to 4k capable models, like the Panasonic G7. Plus the Olympus's video has a lot edge artifact. [INAUDIBLE] Performance is generally very good, with fast accurate autofocus. But its 4.2 frames per second continuous shooting speed with autofocus, [MUSIC] can't keep up with the competition. All of this just skims the surface, though. For more details, you'll have to read my full review on CNet. [MUSIC]