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Should You Buy an Olympus Digital Camera?

Matthew
Updated 24 October 2020
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should you buy an Olympus Digital Camera?

Olympus is one of the most popular digital camera brands as well as being well known for its .

If you are thinking about buying an Olympus digital camera then our handy guide provides you with all the key info at a glance. Our objective, impartial comparison of digital camera brands is compiled by analysing over 38,000 user and expert reviews and 690+ awards from hundreds of different review sites on over 1,900 digital cameras.

Olympus are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range and award winning digital cameras. Their digital cameras start at $50 for the VG-160 which has a weight of 125g, an optical zoom of 5x and is a compact digital camera and go up to $899 for the PEN-F which has a weight of 373g, an optical zoom of §x and is a mirrorless digital camera. The average price of a new Olympus digital camera is $347.

Olympus are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range and award winning digital cameras.

Is Olympus the Best Digital Camera Brand?

So are Olympus digital cameras any good? We give every digital camera a Kagoo Score by analysing its specs, reviews and prices and comparing this to its competitors. By aggregating this data across all digital cameras we are able to impartially rank all the digital camera brands.

Olympus is ranked the No. 10 best digital camera brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Olympus is the 10th best digital camera brand out there.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
7,658 reviews
#2
Japan
90%
90%
4,498 reviews
#3
Japan
87%
87%
3,659 reviews
#4
Japan
87%
87%
254 reviews
#5
Japan
86%
86%
1,242 reviews
#6
South Korea
83%
83%
1,387 reviews
#7
81%
81%
17 reviews
#8
Polaroid
81%
81%
316 reviews
#9
79%
79%
236 reviews
#10
Japan
79%
79%
567 reviews
#11
GE
United States
70%
70%
28 reviews
#12
68%
68%
56 reviews
#13
Lytro
67%
67%
125 reviews
#14
Vivitar
67%
67%
49 reviews
#15
Sigma
63%
63%
34 reviews
#16
Ricoh
61%
61%
12 reviews
#17
VTech
61%
61%
4 reviews
#18
Aquapix
59%
59%
62 reviews
#19
Fuji
59%
59%
0 reviews
#20
easypix
58%
58%
70 reviews
#21
SeaLife
57%
57%
1 review
#22
Coleman
57%
57%
0 reviews
#23
Philips
Netherlands
57%
57%
3 reviews
#24
SVP
56%
56%
0 reviews
#25
Mamiya
56%
56%
0 reviews
#26
HP
United States
55%
55%
12 reviews
#27
Hasselblad
54%
54%
0 reviews
#28
Praktica
54%
54%
2 reviews
#29
Bell+Howell
52%
52%
0 reviews
#30
51%
51%
5 reviews
#31
Phase One
51%
51%
0 reviews

Let's look at how Olympus digital cameras compare to the other digital camera brands across each of the key facets that make up the Kagoo Score.

Reviews Value for Money Features Popularity Selection
All digital camera Brands
Olympus Digital Cameras

Olympus have better reviews than the typical digital camera brand, with the average rating of a Olympus digital camera being 73%. Olympus also have a number of great features including rechargeable battery which sets them apart from the competition.

The average review score for a Olympus digital camera is 73%.

There's a smaller selection of Olympus digital cameras available compared to other digital camera brands, with only 19 Olympus digital cameras currently on the market in the US. Olympus digital cameras also tend to be cheaper than most other digital camera brands however they are still a less popular choice with consumers.

No. Of Digital Cameras
Average Price
$558
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $24,399
Price Distribution of All Digital Cameras
No. Of Digital Cameras
Average Price
$347
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $5,199
Price Distribution of Olympus Digital Cameras

What Do the Olympus Digital Camera Reviews Say?

We've added up all the reviews for every Olympus digital camera to work out the average distribution of reviews for Olympus and then compared this to the other digital camera brands.

Olympus logo

Expert Reviews

5 stars
105
4 stars
123
3 stars
15
2 stars
2
1 star
0
Olympus logo

User Reviews

5 stars
125
4 stars
20
3 stars
5
2 stars
4
1 star
5
Olympus has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert and user reviews for its digital cameras than most other brands.

Over 93% of expert reviews and 91% of user reviews for Olympus digital cameras are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 89% and 84% respectively across all Digital Camera brands.

In the table below we compare the average review score given to Olympus digital cameras by some of the most popular technology review sites against their reviews for other digital camera brands. The best review score from each review source is highlighted in green.

Average Review Score Canon Nikon Sony Samsung Olympus
CNET.com logo
75%
152 reviews
73%
110 reviews
75%
93 reviews
75%
46 reviews
78%
21 reviews
PhotographyBlog.com logo
83%
27 reviews
84%
13 reviews
83%
19 reviews
82%
13 reviews
90%
3 reviews
Good Gear Guide.com.au logo
80%
26 reviews
75%
16 reviews
73%
13 reviews
70%
14 reviews
81%
5 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
74%
19 reviews
72%
19 reviews
68%
13 reviews
74%
13 reviews
64%
5 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
75%
28 reviews
62%
9 reviews
73%
14 reviews
67%
11 reviews
75%
4 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
83%
19 reviews
87%
12 reviews
80%
12 reviews
83%
16 reviews
83%
4 reviews
Pocket Lint logo
82%
18 reviews
82%
20 reviews
75%
8 reviews
78%
10 reviews
86%
5 reviews
tecnozoom.it logo
73%
22 reviews
71%
14 reviews
76%
11 reviews
76%
13 reviews
80%
1 review
Digicam Buyer.co.uk logo
79%
23 reviews
80%
11 reviews
82%
13 reviews
71%
13 reviews
80%
1 review
Chip.de logo
76%
22 reviews
86%
4 reviews
79%
17 reviews
69%
14 reviews
83%
3 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
85%
16 reviews
80%
16 reviews
80%
7 reviews
70%
12 reviews
81%
7 reviews
What Digital Camera logo
87%
22 reviews
89%
8 reviews
86%
15 reviews
84%
9 reviews
86%
4 reviews
Techradar logo
87%
20 reviews
84%
13 reviews
74%
10 reviews
66%
7 reviews
85%
4 reviews
Cameras.co.uk logo
85%
25 reviews
80%
10 reviews
83%
12 reviews
82%
5 reviews
81%
1 review
Digital Versus logo
77%
22 reviews
75%
4 reviews
80%
10 reviews
68%
10 reviews
75%
4 reviews
betabuzz.de logo
74%
18 reviews
80%
7 reviews
76%
7 reviews
71%
12 reviews
75%
4 reviews
PC Mag logo
78%
14 reviews
69%
14 reviews
75%
11 reviews
65%
4 reviews
68%
4 reviews
techadvisor.co.uk logo
77%
21 reviews
79%
11 reviews
72%
5 reviews
71%
9 reviews
Neocamera.com logo
66%
18 reviews
46%
18 reviews
37%
6 reviews
60%
3 reviews
Photo Radar logo
80%
18 reviews
84%
14 reviews
75%
8 reviews
80%
1 review
87%
3 reviews
Other Expert Sites
76%
640 reviews
77%
370 reviews
71%
377 reviews
72%
296 reviews
75%
149 reviews
Average
79%
1,190 reviews
77%
713 reviews
75%
681 reviews
74%
528 reviews
79%
235 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Olympus Digital Cameras Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 54 industry awards for Olympus digital cameras. The table below compares the number of awards received by Olympus to other popular digital camera brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

Olympus has won 54 awards for its digital cameras.

Compare all award winning digital cameras

Number of Awards Canon Nikon Sony Samsung Olympus
PhotographyBlog.com logo
22
9
16
12
3
Camera Labs logo
23
7
8
3
CNET.com logo
14
11
4
3
2
letsgodigital.org/nl/ logo
13
7
4
1
3
Trusted Reviews logo
8
7
3
8
2
DP Review logo
12
8
4
1
3
Ephotozine logo
10
5
1
6
1
buy-n-shoot.com logo
8
3
5
5
2
Lydogbilde.no logo
5
5
3
6
Pocket Lint logo
6
6
1
1
3
Digicam Buyer.co.uk logo
4
3
5
1
2
01net.com logo
5
4
2
1
2
M3.idg.se logo
4
3
2
3
2
What Digital Camera logo
4
2
4
3
1
tipa.com logo
6
4
1
2
stuff.tv logo
7
4
2
EISA.eu logo
4
3
1
2
2
Akam.no logo
6
3
1
1
digicamreview.co.uk logo
4
1
3
2
letsgodigital.org/es/ logo
4
5
1
Other Expert Sites
85
56
29
33
11
Total
254
155
97
83
54

How Reliable Are Olympus Digital Cameras?

We checked over 38,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Olympus digital cameras. over 60 of these reviews mention reliability of which 73% were positive. Therefore the majority of Olympus digital camera owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

73% of reviewers think Olympus digital cameras are reliable.

So, most people think that Olympus digital cameras are good quality. Now let's take a look at some of the reviews for Olympus digital cameras that mention reliability:

RELIABLE

the Mju Tough 6000 has to carefully balance a small lens
What Digital Camera
This is not the most expensive waterproof
hardwaresecrets.com
Olympus has gone through a bit of a re-branding of late — its new series of rugged cameras
CNET.com.au
The Olympus MJU Tough 6000 is a rugged digital camera
Cameras.co.uk
The Olympus Stylus Tough 6000 competes well in many areas against other rugged/waterproof camera models
Imaging Resource.com
slightly plastic construction didn't win a great deal of fans
Photo Radar
the feature set is robust enough to satisfy all
Good Gear Guide.com.au
The Olympus Stylus Tough 8000 is one of the most durable pocket cameras youre going to find
CNET.com
The Olympus Mju Tough 8000 packs a lot of features into a very small package
digicamreview.co.uk
it feels robust enough
dpexpert.com.au
Rugged devices
gcn.com
I like the built in viewfinder (though miss a little the 90 degree tilt of the VF-4 viewfinder
Amazon

NOT RELIABLE

more plasticky than the Pen E-P1
CNET.co.uk
the lack of a built
theregister.co.uk
The problem is reliability
Amazon
It was very plasticky
amazon.co.uk

Features to Look Out For On Olympus Digital Cameras

There's a number of great features to look out for on the latest range of Olympus digital cameras that set them apart from the competition. These include rechargeable battery.

Olympus Rechargeable Battery

A rechargable battery means tht the battery pack in the camera can be recharged, meaning no need to constantly replace them with other batteries.

Olympus digital cameras that have a rechargeable battery include the Olympus Tough TG-6 ($279), the Olympus OM-D E-M10 ($549) and the Olympus TG6 ($342).

What is the Best Mid-Range Olympus Digital Camera?

Olympus OM-D E-M10

$549.00
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16.1MP
4608 X 3456
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RESOLUTION
3x
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FULL HD VIDEO
RESOLUTION
3.5
MINIMUM
25,600
MAXIMUM ISO
SPEED
1s
CAMERA
396g
3"
SCREEN

A great mid range choice, priced at $549 is the Olympus OM-D E-M10, which has a Kagoo Score of 83.

Features We Love:
Smaller than average optical zoom (3x)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels video resolution (1920x1080 pixels)
ok minimum aperture number (3.5)
High maximum ISO sensitivity (25,600)
Image stabiliser

A fully featured and classic 3x optical zoom camera, with a fair price. It has an image stabiliser and a touchscreen, supports Wi-Fi and features bluetooth. Purchasers report that it has a good lens and it produces very good images, and good-looking.

96
Reviews
85 Reviews
84
Features
Fully-Featured
82
Value for Money
Very Good
83
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that Olympus OM-D E-M10 has terrific user reviews with an average user rating of 94%, based on 85 reviews.

The cheapest price that we could find for the OM-D E-M10 in the US is $549.00 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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What is the Best High End Olympus Digital Camera?

Olympus EPL10

$449.00
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4608 X 3456
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
17.2MP
3x
OPTICAL ZOOM
4K
VIDEO RESOLUTION
22
MINIMUM
1,600
MAXIMUM ISO
1s
CAMERA
332g
3"
SCREEN

If you're looking for a high end Olympus digital camera then the Olympus EPL10 takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 75, but is a bit more expensive at $449.

Features We Love:
High megapixels (17.2MP)
Tiny optical zoom (3x)
3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels video resolution (3840x2160 pixels)
Image stabiliser
ok minimum aperture number (22)

A cheap and fully featured 3x optical zoom digital camera. It has an image stabiliser, a touchscreen and a GPS and supports Wi-Fi.

80
Features
Fully-Featured
70
Value for Money
Good
75
Kagoo Score
Very Good

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What is the Best Budget Choice Olympus Digital Camera?

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

$449.00
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16.1MP
4608 X 3456
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
10.7x
OPTICAL ZOOM
4K
VIDEO RESOLUTION
3.5
MINIMUM
25,600
MAXIMUM ISO
SPEED
1s
CAMERA
410g
3"
SCREEN

At only $449 and with a Kagoo Score of 77 the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
Big optical zoom (10.7x)
3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels video resolution (3840x2160 pixels)
High maximum ISO sensitivity (25,600)
ok minimum aperture number (3.5)
Image stabiliser

A cheap and fully featured 10.7x optical zoom digital camera. It has an image stabiliser, a touchscreen and a GPS and supports Wi-Fi.

81
Features
Fully-Featured
70
Popularity
Quite Popular
72
Value for Money
Good
77
Kagoo Score
Very Good
Olympus OMD EM10 Mark III Camera Review
Olympus OMD EM10 Mark III Camera Review

The cheapest price that we could find for the OM-D E-M10 Mark III in the US is $449.00 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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In This Guide
Should You Buy an Olympus Digital Camera?
Is Olympus the Best Digital Camera Brand?
What Do the Olympus Digital Camera Reviews Say?
How Many Industry Awards Have Olympus Digital Cameras Received?
How Reliable Are Olympus Digital Cameras?
Features to Look Out For On Olympus Digital Cameras
Olympus Rechargeable Battery
What is the Best Mid-Range Olympus Digital Camera?
What is the Best High End Olympus Digital Camera?
What is the Best Budget Choice Olympus Digital Camera?

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