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The best Olympus cameras

Olympus used to be one of the main manufacturers of manual focus cameras and lenses for film photography, and the company entered the digital camera market as the main sponsor of the Four Thirds standard, which provided an imaging system custom-designed for digital. Since then, Olympus has developed a comprehensive range of models, both interchangeable lens cameras and compact digicams that come with a built-in lens. It also uses a variety of imaging sensors in its models, ranging from Four Thirds to small 1/2.3-inch sensors.

E-M1 II
Olympus OMD E-M1 II with 12-40mm

The choice of a particular type of camera depends very much on the intended use. A professional wedding photographer has different requirements than a casual family holiday shooter, and a sports reporter has different needs than a landscape artist. The importance of individual preferences and selection criteria means that the question which camera is best is not easy to answer. That said, general camera rankings can give a useful overview of the overall capabilities of various camera models and thereby provide the basis for more use-specific model comparisons and assessments.

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The highest rated Olympus cameras

Top Elo
Camera with highest Elo: Olympus E-M1 III

The Camera Elo represents a comprehensive rating that takes the body, sensor and feature characteristics of digital cameras into account. It is based on the outcomes of thousands of pair-wise comparisons undertaken via the CAM-parator app.

The Olympus E-M1 III is currently the top-ranked Olympus camera with a Camera Elo of 2960, followed in second place by the Olympus E-M1X with a rating of 2926. The table below lists the 20 highest ranked Olympus cameras in descending order of their Elo. It also reports the cameras' DXO Mark sensor quality score (as far as these are available), which can be taken as indicators of pure image quality. For both the Camera Elo and the DXO score, higher values represent better performance.

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The Cameras with the Highest Elo
    Camera
Model
Lens
Type
Camera
Elo
DXO
Score
Camera
Type
Resolution
(MP)
Video
Format
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Olympus E-M1 IIIMicro FT 2960- Mirrorless 20.24K/30p Feb 2020 1,799 i
2.
 
Olympus E-M1XMicro FT 2926- Mirrorless 20.24K/30p Jan 2019 2,999 i
3.
 
Olympus E-M5 IIIMicro FT 2742- Mirrorless 20.24K/30p Oct 2019 1,199 i
4.
 
Olympus E-M1 IIMicro FT 272680 Mirrorless 20.24K/30p Sep 2016 1,999 i
5.
 
Olympus E-M10 IVMicro FT 2690- Mirrorless 20.24K/30p Aug 2020 699 i
6.
 
Olympus E-PL10Micro FT 2588- Mirrorless 15.94K/30p Oct 2019 599 i
7.
 
Olympus E-PL9Micro FT 2513- Mirrorless 15.94K/30p Feb 2018 599i
8.
 
Olympus E-M10 IIIMicro FT 2466- Mirrorless 15.94K/30p Aug 2017 649i
9.
 
Olympus E-M5 IIMicro FT 235573 Mirrorless 15.91080/60p Feb 2015 1,099i
10.
 
Olympus PEN-FMicro FT 234174 Mirrorless 20.21080/60p Jan 2016 1,199i
11.
 
Olympus E-PL8Micro FT 2268- Mirrorless 15.91080/30p Sep 2016 549i
12.
 
Olympus TG-6 25-100 mm f/2.0-4.9 2244- Compact 12.04K/30p May 2019 449 i
13.
 
Olympus E-M10 IIMicro FT 221273 Mirrorless 15.91080/60p Aug 2015 649i
14.
 
Olympus E-M1Micro FT 208973 Mirrorless 15.91080/30p Sep 2013 1,399i
15.
 
Olympus TG-5 25-100 mm f/2.0-4.9 2085- Compact 12.04K/30p May 2017 449i
16.
 
Olympus E-PL7Micro FT 205972 Mirrorless 15.91080/30p Aug 2014 599i
17.
 
Olympus E-M10Micro FT 201072 Mirrorless 15.91080/30p Jan 2014 699i
18.
 
Olympus E-P5Micro FT 194172 Mirrorless 15.91080/30p May 2013 999i
19.
 
Olympus Stylus 1s 28-300 mm f/2.8-2.8 1924- Compact 11.81080/30p Apr 2015 699 i
20.
 
Olympus TG-4 25-100 mm f/2.0-4.9 1910- Compact 15.91080/30p Apr 2015 379i

You can access more detail on the listed cameras by clicking on the camera's name. Alternatively, you can compare two Olympus cameras using the search boxes below. Just enter two model names into the input fields and you will promptly be taken to a respective comparison.

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    Further Reading

    Additional information on the calculation of the Camera Elo can be found on a respective Elo methodology page. Moreover, there are other rankings of cameras by category that might be of interest:

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