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The best Olympus cameras for wildlife photography are mostly the compact system cameras and DSLR cameras which support one the most important focus modes:continuous autofocus. This feature will be extremely helpful when you need preset controls and when you are not sure what you are capturing. These cameras are also best suitable for capturing action shots and the below listed top-rated cameras mostly are mid-range DSLRs. With the ability to capture Full HD videos and images of over 16 Megapixel resolution, these cameras are available at a price range of at least $1500.

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II


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Olympus OM-D E-M10 II
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II
Olympus E-PL7
Olympus SH-2
Olympus Tough TG-3
Olympus OM-D E-M10 II
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II
Olympus E-PL7
Olympus SH-2
Olympus Tough TG-3
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Release Date
Sep 2015
Mar 2015
Oct 2014
May 2015
Jun 2014
Focus Type
Contrast Detect (sensor), Multi-area, Center, Selective single-point, Tracking, Single, Continuous AF, Touch, Face Detection, Live View, Manual focus
Contrast Detect (sensor), Multi-area, Center, Selective single-point, Tracking, Single, Continuous AF, Touch, Face Detection, Live View, Manual focus
Contrast Detect (sensor), Multi-area, Center, Selective single-point, Tracking, Single, Continuous AF, Touch, Face Detection, Live View, Manual focus
Contrast Detect (sensor), Multi-area, Center, Selective single-point, Tracking, Single, Continuous AF, Touch, Face Detection, Live View
Contrast Detect (sensor), Multi-area, Center, Tracking, Single, Continuous AF, Face Detection, Live View
Frames Per Second
8.0 Frames
10.0 Frames
8.0 Frames
11.5 Frames
5.0 Frames
Camera Type
SLR-style mirrorless
SLR-style mirrorless
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Compact
Compact
Resolution
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
21.64 mm
21.64 mm
21.64 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm

  • The Olympus OM-D E-M10 II is an evolutionary upgrade of 2014's E-M10 camera, principally adding an even better electronic viewfinder, 5-axis image stabilisation system, very useful fully electronic shutter, and AF targeting pad and focus stacking features, along with a better control layout.


  • The OM-D E-M10 II embodies what the Olympus OM-D series is all about; it's a high quality camera that feels great, offers an extensive feature set with bags of control and produces superb quality images yet doesn't take up much space in your bag.


  • The OM-D E-M10 Mark II is a great camera that's packed with the very best Olympus design and technology. Like its stablemates, it has a sleek retro look, a 16-Megapixel CMOS sensor and a speedy autofocus, but new technology like Focus Bracketing and five-axis stabilisation take it even further. It's straight-forward, effective and attractive. We just wish Olympus would update its over-complex menus!.


  • The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II has a unique high-resolution capture mode, but it's not the best camera for shooting fast-moving subjects.


  • It may look similar to the 3-year-old EM-5, but with a plethora of "under-the-hood" improvements, the new Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II far surpasses that camera, and in some ways the flagship OM-D E-M1 too.
    Although not quite as easy to use as the slightly larger Olympus OM-D E-M1, the E-M5 Mark II's revised control layout is well thought-out and the level of customisability is extremely high. The camera is robust – more so than the E-M5 –, and highly responsive. The EVF is among the best we have ever used, with great resolution, good colour rendition, fast refresh rates, a large apparent size and adaptive brightness control.

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    The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is a high-quality, compact ILC made to be easy enough for anyone to use. High-quality still images combined with the easy-to-use video features mean this is the only camera you will need. .


  • The Olympus PEN E-PL7 is a compact Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera that hits a lot of the right notes, but it isn't quite an Editors' Choice.


  • Olympus’ current marketing campaign for its junior Pen series may be devised with females in mind, but neither sex should be at all embarrassed to be seen with the cool white iteration of the E-PL7; there are enough classic stylings here and plentiful creative options for the amateur photography enthusiast to engage both sexes equally.

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    The Olympus E-PL7 is a compact and very portable ILC that provides very good image quality and performance. A great collection of lenses and creative shooting modes makes this camera a must see for the photography enthusiast.


  • The Olympus Stylus SH-2 is a stylish compact camera with a 24x zoom. It's a solid performer when shooting Raw, but its JPG output is disappointing.


  • Back in 2014 when we reviewed the Olympus Stylus SH-1, we really wanted to like that camera. After all, it was a beautifully crafted product with a great feature set, responsive operation and a versatile lens. However, we were somewhat let down by its image quality, specifically its sub-par JPEG engine and lack of raw image capture.
    Thankfully, Olympus addressed both of these issues in the new SH-2 model.

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    The Olympus Stylus SH-2 is a powerful compact digicam that offers tremendous versatility with its 24x optical zoom lens and 5-axis image stabilization. Easy and creative shooting modes get the most out of the 16-Megapixel CMOS imaging sensor, letting you just snap away.


  • The Olympus Tough TG-3 is a worthy successor to the TG-2. Despite some image noise, it's still the best rugged camera we've tested.


  • As long as you have some patience, then using the Olympus Tough TG-3 is a delight. We took it to many events from gigs to days out at the beach and it coped with all of them. The patience comes with the frustrations we discovered. For example, putting a memory card in will frequently knock the protective catch down the card making it write protected. You have to take it out to slide it back up again. That's not too much of an issue until you've done it a couple of times a week.


  • Pricey, but if you need a camera that's built and equipped for life well off the beaten track, the Olympus TG-3 is worth the money.


Top 5 olympus camera for wildlife photography:

  1. Olympus OM-D E-M10 II
  2. Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II
  3. Olympus E-PL7
  4. Olympus SH-2
  5. Olympus Tough TG-3