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Overview of Olympus MFT Cameras

Olympus and Panasonic were the pioneers of mirrorless camera systems when they jointly designed the Micro Four Thirds standard. Since 2009, Olympus has launched more than 20 MFT camera models that address different photographic needs and markets. In parallel, a comprehensive lens catalog and a sizeable portfolio of accessories has emerged. So while the transition from Four Thirds to Micro Four Thirds was a difficult period for the company and the users of its products, Olympus MFT has over time developped into a solid photographic system with a variety of cameras, lenses, and accessories (see also the Olympus website for detailed information on current gear).

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

In particular, Olympus has developed and maintained four lines of cameras that differ across feature sets and target users:

  • OMD-line - DSLR style, integrated viewfinder;
  • PEN-line - Rangefinder style, enthusiast-oriented;
  • PL-line - Rangefinder style, no viewfinder;
  • PM-line - Rangefinder style, no viewfinder, very compact;

The following tables list the different models in each line with some of their key characteristics. In order to see further specifications, just click on the camera name. Alternatively, you can also move across to the CAM-parator app to compare two cameras side-by-side.

OMD-line

  Camera
Model
Resolution
(Megapixel)
Video
Format
Viewfinder
(Type or
'000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Shutter
flaps
(1/sec))
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
Olympus E-M5 15.91080/60i1440 tilting 9.0 Y Feb 2012 1,299- i Olympus E-M5
Olympus E-M1 15.91080/30p2360 tilting 10.0 Y Sep 2013 1,399- i Olympus E-M1
Olympus E-M10 15.91080/30p1440 tilting 8.0 n Jan 2014 699- i Olympus E-M10
Olympus E-M5 II 15.91080/60p2360 swivel 10.0 Y Feb 2015 1,099 i i Olympus E-M5 II
Olympus E-M10 II 15.91080/60p2360 tilting 8.0 n Aug 2015 799- i Olympus E-M10 II
Olympus E-M1 II 20.24K/30p2360 swivel 18.0 Y Sep 2016 1,999 i i Olympus E-M1 II
Olympus E-M10 III 15.94K/30p2360 tilting 8.6 n Aug 2017 649 i i Olympus E-M10 III

PEN-line

  Camera
Model
Resolution
(Megapixel)
Video
Format
Viewfinder
(Type or
'000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Shutter
flaps
(1/sec))
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
Olympus E-P1 12.2720/30p- fixed 3.0 n Jun 2009 799- i Olympus E-P1
Olympus E-P2 12.2720/30p- fixed 3.0 n Nov 2009 799- i Olympus E-P2
Olympus E-P3 12.21080/60i- fixed 3.0 n Jun 2011 799- i Olympus E-P3
Olympus E-P5 15.91080/30p- tilting 9.0 n May 2013 999- i Olympus E-P5
Olympus PEN-F 20.21080/60p2360 swivel 10.0 n Jan 2016 1,199 i i Olympus PEN-F

PL-line

  Camera
Model
Resolution
(Megapixel)
Video
Format
Viewfinder
(Type or
'000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Shutter
flaps
(1/sec))
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
Olympus E-PL1 12.2720/30p- fixed 3.0 n Feb 2010 599- i Olympus E-PL1
Olympus E-PL2 12.2720/30p- fixed 3.0 n Jan 2011 599- i Olympus E-PL2
Olympus E-PL3 12.21080/60i- tilting 5.5 n Jun 2011 599- i Olympus E-PL3
Olympus E-PL5 15.91080/30p- tilting 8.0 n Sep 2012 599- i Olympus E-PL5
Olympus E-PL6 15.91080/30p- tilting 8.0 n May 2013 599- i Olympus E-PL6
Olympus E-PL7 15.91080/30p- tilting 8.0 n Aug 2014 599- i Olympus E-PL7
Olympus E-PL8 15.91080/30p- tilting 8.0 n Sep 2016 549- i Olympus E-PL8
Olympus E-PL9 15.94K/30p- tilting 8.6 n Feb 2018 549 i i Olympus E-PL9

PM-line

  Camera
Model
Resolution
(Megapixel)
Video
Format
Viewfinder
(Type or
'000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Shutter
flaps
(1/sec))
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
Olympus E-PM1 12.21080/60i- fixed 5.5 n Jun 2011 499- i Olympus E-PM1
Olympus E-PM2 15.91080/30p- fixed 8.0 n Sep 2012 499- i Olympus E-PM2

Further Reading

You can explore a compendium of all Olympus MFT lenses on a separate page, and explanations of many four-thirds terms can be found in the MFT glossary. Also, if you would like to directly compare two cameras, just enter your choice of models in the search boxes below and you will be taken to a side-by-side analysis of their relative size and features.

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