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Questions :
See the following Web page for general questions and answers for OLYMPUS OM-D and OLYMPUS PEN series cameras :

Question :
What comes bundled with the camera?

The following items are bundled with the camera:

  • E-M10 camera
  • Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery (BLS-5)
  • Lithium-ion Battery Charger (BCS-5)
  • USB Cable (CB-USB6)
  • Body Cap
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Olympus Setup CD-ROM:
    OLYMPUS Viewer 3 software (Windows / Mac)
  • Instruction Manual
  • Warranty Card

Question :
What are the differences between the E-M10, E-M1 and E-M5?

The following table describes the differences:
  E-M10 E-M1 EM-5
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds Mount
Image Processor TruePic VII TruePic VI
Effective Pixels 16.05 million pixels 16.28 million pixels 16.05 million pixels
Sensor Type 4/3 High-speed Live MOS Sensor
Electronic Viewfinder
1.44 million dots
Field of view: 100%
Magnification: 1.15x (maximum)
2.36 million dots
Field of view: 100%
Magnification: 1.48x (maximum)
1.44 million dots
Field of view: 100%
Magnification: 1.15x (maximum)
Monitor 3.0 inches, 3:2
Approx. 1,040,000 dots, Movable LCD
3.0 inches, 3:2
Approx. 610,000 dots
Movable Organic EL monitor
Touch Panel Available
Memory SD Memory Card (SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-I compatible)), Eye-Fi card
Flash Built-in FL-LM2 (packaged with the camera)
Hot Shoe Available
Accessory Port
Not available Available
Sequential Shooting
(Sequential shooting H mode, maximum)
Approx. 8 fps Approx. 10 fps Approx. 9 fps
Movie MOV (MPEG-4AVC / H.264)
AVI (Motion JPEG)
HD Movie Compatibility Full HD (1920 x 1080) shooting possible
AF System High-speed imager AF
(Contrast AF)
(Contrast AF, Phase contrast AF)
* Phase contrast AF is used when a Four Thirds lens is attached.
High-speed imager AF
(Contrast AF)
AF Area 81 points 81 points
(37 points when a Four Thirds lens is attached.)
35 points
Focus Modes Single AF (S-AF), Continuous AF (C-AF), Manual Focus (MF), S-AF+MF, AF tracking (C-AF+TR), Full-time AF, Zoom frame AF/Zoom AF, Face priority AF/Pupil detection AF, Peaking function Single AF (S-AF), Continuous AF (C-AF), Manual Focus (MF), S-AF+MF, AF tracking (C-AF+TR), Full-time AF, Zoom frame AF/Zoom AF, Face priority AF/Pupil detection AF, Peaking function Single AF (S-AF), Continuous AF (C-AF), Manual Focus (MF), S-AF+MF, AF tracking (C-AF+TR), Full-time AF, Zoom frame AF/Zoom AF, Face priority AF/Pupil detection AF
ISO Sensitivity Auto: ISO LOW (approx. 100) - 25600
(Customizable, Default: LOW - 1600)
Manual: LOW, ISO 200 - 25600
Auto: ISO 200 - 25600
(Customizable, Default: ISO 200 - 1600)
Manual: ISO 200 - 25600
* ISO LOW setting is available if you update the firmware of your camera to version 2.0 or later.
Shutter Speed 60 - 1 / 4000 sec. 60 - 1 / 8000 sec. 60 - 1 / 4000 sec.
Image Stabilization 3-axis stabilization 5-axis stabilization
Time Lapse Shooting,
Multi Exposure
Multiple Exposure, Live BULB/Live TIME shooting, Interval shooting/Time Lapse Movie, Live composite photography, Movie+Photo Mode Multiple Exposure, Live BULB/Live TIME shooting, Interval shooting/Time Lapse Movie Multiple Exposure,
Live BULB/Live TIME shooting
Art Filter 12 art filters 11 art filters
Photo Story Available Not available
Creative Control Highlight & Shadow
Multi Aspect
Enlarged display
ISO / White balance
Color Creator
Highlight & Shadow
Multi Aspect
Enlarged display
Color Creator
Highlight & Shadow
Multi Aspect
Enlarged display
White balance
Multi Exposure 2 frames max.
Control Dial 2 dials
Function Lever Not available Available Not available
Level Gauge 2-axis
Built-in Wi-Fi Available Not available
HDMI Output Connector HDMI Micro Connector (Type D)
Menu Language 34 languages, including Japanese and English
Battery BLS-5 BLN-1
Number of Storable Shots Approx. 320 shots Approx. 350 shots Approx. 360 shots
Dustproof / Splashproof Not available Available
Body Material Metallic sheath Magnesium alloy
Weight - Approx. 396 g
(including battery and SD card, without eye-cup)
- Approx. 350 g
(body only)
- Approx. 497 g
(including battery and SD card)
- Approx. 443 g
(body only)
- Approx. 425 g
(including battery and SD card)
- Approx. 373 g
(body only)
Dimensions (excluding protrusions) 119.1 mm (W)
82.3 mm (H)
45.9 mm (D) / 4.7" (W)
3.2" (H)
130.4 mm (W)
93.5 mm (H)
63.1 mm (D) / 5.1" (W)
3.7" (H)
2.5" (D)
121.0 mm (W)
89.6 mm (H)
41.9 mm (D) / 4.8" (W)
3.5" (H)
1.6" (D)
Body Color Silver
Black Black
Elite Black
Power Battery Holder (Sold separately) Not available HLD-7 HLD-6
Grip (Sold separately) ECG-1 Not available
Underwater Housing (Sold separately) Not available PT-EP11 PT-EP08
Release Date Silver: February 2014
Black: March 2014
October 2013 March 2012
PRO Lens Kit: March 2014
Refer to the Product's Page E-M10 E-M1 E-M5
Product Comparison Page E-M10 / E-M1 / E-M5

You can also compare other models at the following web page:

* Product comparison

Question :
What are the compression rates, and what size are the image files in each record mode?

[Still Pictures]
The following table shows the approximate values when shooting still pictures in the 4:3 aspect ratio.

Record Mode Number of Pixels Compression Rate File Format Number of Storable Pictures
File Size
RAW 4608 × 3456 Lossless Compression ORF 41 17.0 MB
1/2.7 JPEG 79 11.0 MB
1/4 114 7.5 MB
1/8 248 3.5 MB
1/12 369 2.4 MB
SF 3200 × 2400 1/2.7 155 5.6 MB
F 1/4 257 3.4 MB
N 1/8 508 1.7 MB
B 1/12 753 1.2 MB
SF 2560 × 1920 1/2.7 271 3.2 MB
F 1/4 398 2.2 MB
N 1/8 782 1.1 MB
B 1/12 1151 0.8 MB
SF 1920 × 1440 1/2.7 476 1.8 MB
F 1/4 701 1.3 MB
N 1/8 1356 0.7 MB
B 1/12 1968 0.5 MB
SF 1600 × 1200 1/2.7 678 1.3 MB
F 1/4 984 0.9 MB
N 1/8 1906 0.5 MB
B 1/12 2653 0.4 MB
SF 1280 × 960 1/2.7 1034 0.9 MB
F 1/4 1488 0.6 MB
N 1/8 2773 0.4 MB
B 1/12 3813 0.3 MB
SF 1024 × 768 1/2.7 1564 0.6 MB
F 1/4 2260 0.4 MB
N 1/8 4068 0.3 MB
B 1/12 5547 0.2 MB
SF 640 × 480 1/2.7 3589 0.3 MB
F 1/4 5085 0.2 MB
N 1/8 7627 0.2 MB
B 1/12 10170 0.1 MB
  • The same image (Olympus' standard image) is used to calculate the photo capacity and file size in each mode.
  • The capacity depends on the image quality, the type of memory card or whether print reservation is enabled. The number of remaining pictures on the LCD may not change even when a picture is taken or deleted.
  • The capacity in this table differs from the number of remaining pictures displayed on the LCD. This table shows the approximate number, but the camera shows the maximum (up to 9999).


Record Mode Image Size Frame Rate
(frames per second)
Record Format Recording Rate Maximum Recording Time(approx.)
Full HD Fine 1920 × 1080
(29.97 fps) *2
(MPEG-4AVC/H.264) *1
24Mbps 22 min. *1
Full HD Normal 17Mbps 29 min. *1
HD Fine 1280 × 720
(29.97 fps) *2
12Mbps 29 min. *1
HD Normal 8Mbps 29 min. *1
HD 1280 × 720
30 fps *3 AVI
(Motion JPEG) *4
- 7 min. *4
SD 640 × 480
- 14 min. *4
  • *1 The maximum file size of a movie is 4GB or 29 min.
  • *2 The output of the image sensor is 30fps.
  • *3 When shooting movies with an Art Filter, the frame rate varies based on the selected filter.
  • *4 The maximum file size of a movie is 2 GB, 7 min. (in HD mode) or 14 min. (in SD mode).

Depending upon the memory card, the recording may stop without recording to the maximum time.
A Speed Class 6 SD or SDHD card is recommended for HD movie recording.

* Compatibility table for SD / SDHC / SDXC Memory Cards

Question :
Can I attach the camera grip ECG-1 to other OM-D cameras?

The ECG-1 is a dedicated camera grip for E-M10.
You cannot attach the camera grip to other Olympus OM-D series digital SLR cameras.

Question :
What are the features of the electronic viewfinder?

The following describes the main features of the electronic viewfinder:

  • Eye level electronic viewfinder, Approx. 1,440,000 dots
  • Field of view: 100%
  • Maximum viewfinder magnification: approx. 1.15x (when viewfinder style 3 is selected)
  • Eye point: approx. 20 mm (in -1 m -1)
  • Diopter adjustment range: -4 to +2 m
  • Eye sensor available
  • Finder3: Select from 3 viewfinder styles
  • Eyecup: Interchangeable, optional eyecup EP-13 (sold separately) is available

Refer to the product page for more information:
* E-M10

Question :
Is the Digital Tele-converter function available with any kind of lens attached?

Yes, the Digital Tele-converter function can be used with every E-M10 attachable lens, because it is an in-camera function.

  • Digital Tele-converter is not available with multiple exposures, in icon (PHOTO STORY) mode or when icon (3D Photo), icon (Panorama), icon (Fisheye Effect), icon (Wide-Angle) or (Macro) is selected in SCN mode.
  • When a RAW photo is displayed in playback, the area that you enlarged on the monitor using Digital Tele-converter is indicated by a white frame.
  • This function is not available when Movie Effect is On in movie mode.
  • While using the Digital Tele-converter, the number of AF targets decreases.

Question :
Is the E-M10 dustproof and splashproof?

No, the E-M10 is not dustproof and splashproof.

Question :
Approximately how many shots can be taken with a fully-charged battery?

You can take approximately 320 shots (when IS is On), according to the CIPA standard.
(using the bundled Lithium-ion Rechargeable battery BLS-5 and a 4 GB Toshiba Super High Speed Class 6 SDHC card)

Question :
Does the flash automatically pop up when shooting in low light conditions?

No, the flash will not automatically pop up.
Press the flash switch to use the flash unit.

Question :
What is the guide number for the built-in flash?

The guide number (GN) for the E-M10 built-in flash is approximately 5.8 at ISO 100 (per meter) and approximately 8.2 at ISO 200 (per meter).

Question :
How far can I adjust the angle of the LCD monitor?

The LCD monitor can be moved up and down.
You can tilt up the monitor to about 80-degree angle and tilt down to about 50-degree angle.

Question :
What type of memory card can I use with this model?

This model is compatible with SD, SDHC and SDXC cards, including Eye-Fi cards.
xD-Picture Card™ and CompactFlash® media cannot be used.


To see a list of compatible memory cards, click here:

* Compatibility table for Media Card ( OM-D / PEN series )

Question :
Where can I find the instruction manual for my camera?

You can find the manual online. You can either read it online or download the instruction manual for your camera.
See the following Web page to find the available manuals:

* Download Manuals

Question :
My lens is not auto-focusing, what is the cause?

In the micro four thirds lineup the following lenses, M. Zuiko ED 12-40mm f2.8 Pro, M. Zuiko 12mm f1.8, and M. Zuiko 17mm f1.8 have a function called Manual Focus Clutch Focusing. This ring controls whether the camera/lens is in MF (Manual Focus) or AF (Auto Focus). If you are using one of these lenses, grasp the focusing ring between your thumb and forefinger and push it toward the front of the lens. It will snap forward and set the focus mode to AF. If you pull it back to expose the Hyper focal scale it will be in Manual mode. Basically this allows for quick switching in situations where manual focus is better suited for the situation.

Question :
When recording movies I can hear the sound of the lens focusing, how can I reduce this sound?

When recording sound in a movie, the sound made by the lens and camera operating may be recorded. This is due to the proximity of the microphone to the lens. If desired, you can reduce these sounds by shooting with [AF Mode] set to [S-AF], or by limiting the amount of times you press the buttons.

Question :
How many shots can be taken in time lapse photography and how long can I set its shooting interval?

You can shoot up to 999 shots in time lapse photography and you can set its shooting interval between 1 second and 24 hours.
The following procedure explains how to set and shoot time lapse photography.

How to set time lapse photography

Time lapse function is selectable when using the P, A, S or M shooting mode.

Press the [MENU] button. In Shooting Menu 2, select Time Lapse Settings and press the [OK] button. Select On and press the arrow pad Right button. Set the number of frames and interval to a desired value and press the [OK] button to complete the setting.

Sets the number of frames of time lapse photography. You can choose between 1 and 999 shots.

Start Waiting Time
Sets the time from pressing the shutter button until the first picture is taken. You can choose between 1 second and 24 hours.

Interval Time
Sets the shooting interval after the shooting starts. You can choose between 1second and 24 hours.

Time Lapse Movie
The sequence of time lapse photography can be converted to a movie. The image quality of the movie is M-JPEG HD and the frame rate is 10fps.
Off: Records each frame as a still picture.
On: Records each frame as a still picture and generates a time lapse movie.

How to take time lapse photography

When you set the time lapse photography to On, the icon for time lapse photography is displayed on the monitor. The number on the icon indicates the number of shots you can take.
Press the shutter button to start the time lapse photography.

  • After autofocus, the camera starts shooting even if the image is not in focus. If you want to fix the focus position, shoot in MF mode.
  • Rec View operates for 0.5 seconds.
  • If the Start Waiting Time or Interval Time is set to 1 minutes 31 seconds or longer, the monitor and camera power turns off after 1 minute.
    10 seconds before the setting time, the power automatically turns on again.
    While the monitor is off, you can also turn the power on by pressing the shutter button.
  • When the time lapse shooting is finished, time lapse photography is set to Off.
  • Time lapse photography is available only in P, A, S and M mode.
  • When the AF mode is set to C-AF or C-AF+TR, the setting automatically changes to S-AF.
  • Touch operation is disabled during time lapse photography.
  • Time lapse photography cannot be used with HDR photography.
  • Time lapse photography cannot be used simultaneously with Bulb, Time, Composite Shooting, Bracketing and Multiple Exposure.
  • The flash will not work when the flash charging time is longer than the shooting interval.
  • If the camera automatically turns off during time lapse photography, it turns on in time before the next shot.
  • If any of the still pictures are not recorded correctly, the time lapse movie will not be generated.
  • If there is not enough space on the card, time lapse movie is not recorded.
  • Time lapse photography is cancelled if any of the following function is operated:
    Mode dial, MENU button, button, lens release button or connecting the USB cable.
  • Time lapse photography is cancelled if you turn off the camera.
  • The shooting stops if there is not enough power left on the battery. Make sure your camera's battery is fully charged.

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