10 Best Olympus Mirrorless Cameras Based on DxOMark Scores

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10 Best Olympus Mirrorless Cameras Based on DxOMark Scores

If you want to buy a new mirrorless camera, Olympus is a worth brand to consider, especially if you love something retro since the majority of Olympus cameras have a retro design. But first, you need to ensure that the model you want to buy has a good enough quality. How to check if a camera is good enough?

DxOMark is a good resource you can take advantage of to figure out the quality of the camera you plan to buy. This website has tested dozens digital cameras, including Olympus mirrorless cameras, and released the results publicly in the form of score.

Following are 10 Olympus mirrorless cameras that earn the highest scores on DxOMark (sorted from lower to higher).

1. Olympus OM-D E-M5

DxOMark score: 72

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 is a low-end mirrorless camera that has a retro enough design like the majority of other Olympus mirrorrless cameras. This camera was aimed at lower price point in the market than the preceding OM-D E-M5 and OM-D E-M1 models. Olympus has made some reductions in order to make this camera could be released with a lower price. One of which is the image stabilizer. While models like OM-D E-M5 and OM-D E-M1 have 5-axis image stabilization, Olympus OM-D E-M5 has only 3-axis. Olympus had to also remove some features, including weather sealing. Olympus OM-D E-M5 itself features a 16-megapixel sensor and was announced by Olympus in January 2014.

2. Olympus PEN E-PM2

DxOMark score: 72

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Olympus PEN E-PM2 is mirrorless camera that has a very compact design. More compact than Olympus OM-D E-M10. There is no space for Olympus to add a viewfinder on the body of this camera so you have to rely on the screen to aiming at the target. Thankfully, this camera has a live autofocus feature so specifying a focus point of an object is not a big problem. Olympus PEN E-PM2 comes with a 3-inch touch screen display with only 460,000 dots. The sensor of this camera has the size of 16-megapixel while the ISO range is 100 – 25600. Olympus PEN E-PM2 is successor of Olympus PEN E-PM1 and was announced by Olympus in September 2012. This camera is available in four different variants: black, red, white and silver.

3. Olympus PEN E-PL7

DxOMark score: 72

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Olympus PEN E-PL7 is rangefinder-styled mirrorless camera. This camera is better than two first models above in terms of display since it offers tighter resolution. The screen of Olympus PEN E-PL7 has the resolution of 1.03m dots that supports touch operation, also articulated. The touch user interface offered by Olympus PEN E-PL7 features a focus point selection and focus magnification. As a rangefinder camera that has a very compact design, Olympus PEN E-PL7 doesn’t have a large sensor. The sensor of this camera is only 16-megapixel with the maximum image resolution it can generates is 4640×3472. Olympus PEN E-PL7 has the ISO range of 100 – 25600 and the 1/4000 – 60 of fastest-slowest shutter speed. Olympus PEN E-PL7 itself is the successor of Olympus PEN E-PL6 and was announced in August 2014.

4. Olympus PEN E-PL5

DxOMark score: 72

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Olympus PEN E-PL5 is an old mirrorless model. It is the successor of Olympus PEN E-PL3 and now has been replaced by newer models, including Olympus PEN E-PL7 above. Olympus announced this camera in September 2012. The biggest downside of Olympus PEN E-PL5 is that it has only 460.000 dots of pixels on its screen. There is not much difference on the sensor section between Olympus PEN E-PL5 and its successors. DxOMark gave the score of 72 during the test of Olympus PEN E-PL5.

5. Olympus PEN E-P5

DxOMark score: 72

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Olympus PEN E-P5 is another  mirrorless camera that has a compact, retro enough design. It is the fourth model of Olympus’s PEN E-P series and the successor of the Olympus PEN E-P3. Compared to its predecessor, PEN E-P5 has some improvements, including enhanced in-camera RAW conversion and a HDR bracketing mode. In addition, Olympus PEN E-P5 also has the capability of specifying whether to use in-lens or in-body image stabilization with Panasonic lenses. The Wi-Fi features offered by this camera allows you to transfer photos from camera to smartphone or tablet more easily.

This camera itself still adopts the same sensor as its predecessor, 16-megapixel, with the maximum image resolution it can generates is 4640×3472. The 35 autofocus points offered by this camera might can help you in taking pictures of moving objects. Olympus announced PEN E-P5 in May 2013.

6. Olympus OM-D E-M1

DxOMark score: 73

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OM-D E-M1 is a high-end mirrorless camera from Olympus. This camera once became the Olympus mirrorless camera with the highest score on DxOMark. The score itself was 73 and it happened in October 2014. Today, there have been other Olympus mirrorless cameras to have a higher score. Olympus OM-D E-M1 itself was announced in September 2013. The standout specs of Olympus OM-D E-M1 is the autofocus points which reach the number of 800. With 9 frame rates and 1/8000 maximum shutter speed, OM-D E-M1 is great camera for taking pictures of moving objects.

7. Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

DxOMark score: 73

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OM-D E-M5 Mark II is one of the Olympus mirrorless cameras that has a viewfinder in case you can’t live without this feature. Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II the updated version Olympus OM-D E-M5 and comes with some improvements, including image stabilizer which is now 5-axis which can compensate shaking in handheld shot by 5 stops. In addition, this camera is also capable of recording full HD videos at 24p, 25p, 30p, 50p, and 60p with up to 77-Mbit/s bitrates. Olympus announced this camera in February 2015.

8. Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

DxOMark score: 73

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II is one the best mirrorless cameras with a touch screen display. It is the updated version of Olympus OM-D E-M10 and was announced by Olympus in August 2015. Not much changes made by Olympus. It retained the same sensor, but there is an improvement in terms of image stabilization system. Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II has now 5-axis image stabilization from previously 3-axis.

9. Olympus PEN-F

DxOMark score: 74

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Olympus announced a new PEN line up in January 2016. It was Olympus PEN-F. This camera is the PEN line up that has the most advanced specs and features. It boasts a new 20-megapixel sensor, an improved 5-axis in-body image stabilisation and 10 frames per second continuous shooting. Compared to all models mentioned earlier above, Olympus PEN-F is the Olympus mirrorless that has the largest sensor (20-megapixel). Thus, this camera is capable of generating image with the larger maximum resolution, 5200×3904. Despite its very compact design, Olympus PEN-F features an electronic viewfinder, which is located on the left side of the rear body.

10. Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

DxOMark score: 80

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And the best Olympus mirrorless camera according to DxOMark is OM-D E-M1 Mark II. Olympus announced OM-D E-M1 Mark II in September 2016 as the successor of OM-D E-M1. This updated version comes with some new improvements. The sensor is now 20-megapixel from previously 16-megapixel. Another improvement is on the autofocus, which six times faster than its predecessor. In addition, OM-D E-M1 Mark II also has 60 fps max shooting rate in Pro Capture mode using the electronic shutter, and VR (vibrate reduction) feature in lenses as well as in camera. Wi-Fi is available for wireless photo transfer.

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