Saturday, May 09, 2015

Olympus OMD E-M10

I notice that the Olympus E-M10 is currently only $499 (with kit lens) at Amazon US.

I think this is a fantastic deal. The E-M10 (review) is a slight simplification of the E-M5, which was the camera which brought the Micro Four Thirds camera system into the professional sphere. (I think the only significant differences is that the 10 is not weather sealed, and the Image Stabilization is slightly simpler.)
If you combine this for example with the outstanding, compact portrait- and all-round fast lens 45mm F:1.8, you will have a flexible and powerful system capable of professional results (sharp portraits with blurred backgrounds, and a general zoom) for under $1000. And it is even much lighter and more compact than DSLR cameras. And of course you have what is now one of the widest and best selection of lenses on the market, going from good, compact lenses, reasonably priced, to more expensive lenses which are amongst the best money can buy (no joking).


Ken said...

Most of the camera prices drop over time. Things like the sensor yields improve, so they become cheaper, and they have to compete with other products that are also reducing in price. They've only had a year, so doesn't seem enough for a Mk II version, unless they are making some simple changes.

Last time I looked my Panasonic GX7 was down about 20-30% from initial price.

David Evans said...

In the UK it costs £499, the equivalent of $767. I've stopped being surprised by this sort of thing, but it still annoys me.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Yes, In the past I posted about that more than once.
But fortunately it seems to become rarer. The number now usually is around 80% or so, which is not so bad when we remember that here in UK sales tax is usually included in the price, whereas it isn't in the states.

I think some have said that prices have to be higher in Europe, because it's more costly to do business there. I guess taxes and such. And while taxes often go to silly things, I prefer to think of the good things. Buyers are much better protected against faulty and dangerous products than they are in the states.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Oh, by the way, the price without the kit lens is better in the UK: 400 sterling. In the US there's only a $50 difference.
And while the kit lens is good for the price, many photographers find it falls out of use as they find their favorite lenses.