Olympus Pen E-PL10 

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Every new Pen camera from Olympus is a pleasure to review. For such a small overall unit to give brilliant quality images and video without you having to be a semi-professional user is great. This latest offering camera only was sent with the new 14-42mm lens so I could review it.

Olympus PEN E PL10
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The Olympus  Pen E-PL10 measures 12.5x6x6cm and weights 471 grams. There is about 3cm of extension with the lens.

Let’s start with the top of the camera, pop up flash, flash shoe, nine position wheel, and finally on/off button. On either side of the top are neck strap anchor points. The left side is clear, while the right side has a door covering HDMI and USB sockets.

The base has tripod screw and the solid battery bay as well as SD slot. The face has the motorised lens. This leaves the back that is dominated by the 7.5x5.4cm TFT screen that can be flipped down or angled up away from the rear of the camera. To the right of this is the thumb anchor point with two well marked buttons just above on the shoulder of the camera. Beside the thumb anchor point is the quick video button. Below this two pairs of well-marked buttons with the five position joystick control splitting them.

Nothing is perfect otherwise you would not need a new version. Here I struggle to find any problems apart from the fact that the USB socket does not charge the battery and you still have to take it out and place it in the dock provided to charge.

I take a lot of photos at a number of gigs, one Sunday lunchtime venue has a problem with external bright light shining in from one side which means with most cameras that images of the drummer are poor as he is near this window, not so with the Pen as it manages to filter any shine from that source without darkening the rest of the image.

This venue has poor room lighting but does have some spots to highlight parts of the stage with a lot of cameras you would need to use flash to get an even image. I never used the built in flash here and was happy with all images taken.

The only flash images I took were on unlit or very poorly lit night scenes.

Talking of scenes some cameras give you whole gamut of scenes here there are six People, Nightscapes, Motion, Scenery, Indoors and Close Up, once selected there are further choices.

Olympus no longer supply manuals but a .PDF version is available from the Olympus website. If you are better than a novice user you will probably be OK without the manual as the images on the cameras buttons are informative.

Currently I am told this is only available to purchase either body only or with lens as I was sent from the Olympus Shop link below. It is available in black, white or brown.

The Olympus Pen E-PL10 is available body only for £549.99 or with the 14-42mm lens for £649.99, both prices include VAT and come with free shipping.

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