Best Olympus Cameras iMore 2020

Olympus has been making cameras since the 1930s, and even though it doesn't quite have the name recognition of Nikon and Canon, its lineup of cameras are great for a wide range of people. They pretty much lead the industry in quality mirrorless cameras. If you're looking to step up your photography game and make the jump to a dedicated camera, rather than just using your smartphone, Olympus cameras are worth a look. Whether you're a beginner or professional, these are the best cameras from the Olympus lineup right now.

Beginner mirrorless camera: Olympus E-PL9

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The Olympus E-PL9 comes packed with 3-axis image stabilization and wireless capabilities so that you can transfer your photos to your phone in a snap.

$450 at Amazon

Save money with an older model: Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II's 5-axis stabilization makes photos sharp, and its access to all the micro four-thirds lenses makes it extremely versatile.

$499 at Amazon

Newer model with few changes: Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

The E-M10 Mark III has a larger body (which makes it a little more comfortable to hold), 4K video, improved autofocus, and an upgraded image processor.

$599 at Amazon

For the pros: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

With 4K video, a 64- 25,600 ISO range, built-in Wi-Fi, and eight customizable buttons, the E-M1 Mark II is a top-of-the-line mirrorless camera for pros!

$1,499 at Amazon

Take pictures underwater: Olympus Tough

The Olympus Tough is not only weatherproof, but it's also waterproof to a depth of 50 feet and has shooting modes that make underwater pictures pop.

$399 at Amazon

A camera for anyone

Olympus cameras are some of the best mirrorless cameras on the market, and their M.Zuiko lenses are the real deal. Whether you're looking for something to take on your next vacation, you want to upgrade from a point-and-shoot to something more substantial, or you are looking for some pro gear, Olympus has a camera for you.

I own the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II, and it's an absolute joy to shoot with. I went for the older model because I don't shoot enough video to make the 4K worth it. That being said, if the video is essential to you the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III is worth the upgrade.

If you are ready to go pro and want a mirrorless camera along for the ride, the outstanding features and customizable options of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is ready to go along with you. It has a ton of manual control, meaning you can tweak your image in-camera way before you press the shutter button, allowing you to develop a shooting style and aesthetic that you enjoy.

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