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The best Olympus digital cameras are the micro four thirds system based models which are aimed at the semi-pros looking for DSLR like quality.

Olympus is an old workhorse in the imaging industry. Their first innovative camera was the PEN, launched in 1959 which was a half-frame format. This made PEN cameras compact and portable for their time. From that time onwards, Olympus has positioned itself as makers of compact, light-weight and yet rugged cameras. The best Olympus digital cameras have appealed to consumers due to their sturdiness and affordability.

Olympus pioneered the micro Four-thirds system which brought about the new revolution in digital mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras with their PEN-EP1 model in 2009. Due to the absence of the pentaprism, this significantly reduces the weight of the camera making it more portable than a dSLR. They were the first to feature the "live-preview" technique using the electronic viewfinder, and which has pretty much become a common feature with all DSLRs today. The best Olympus digital cameras are the micro four thirds system based models which are aimed at the semi-pros looking for dSLR like quality.

Olympus also offers the E-system, based on the Four Thirds standard, was launched as the only 'fully digital' SLR system (with no need to support legacy film products).

In the point and shoot segment Olympus has the entry-level FE series, megazoom SP series and the sleek Stylus series. The FE series has been creating waves in the market lately.

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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
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

great 'carry-everywhere' camera

If you need better autofocus in a Micro Four Thirds camera, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a better choice thanks to its hybrid phase/contrast system.

Outstanding image quality and performance make this classically designed rangefinder model a must have for anyone looking to upgrade from a point-n-shoot or just someone looking for a compact ILC to travel with.

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fantastic travel camera

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The TG-3 is a worthy successor to its predecessor, and follows it as our Editors' Choice for rugged compact cameras.