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Should You Buy an Olympus Digital Camera?

Updated 26 July 2019 by Matthew
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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 it's .

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 130,000 user and expert reviews and over 4,300 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 $30 for the VG-140 which has a weight of 125g, an optical zoom of 5x and is a compact digital camera and go up to $1,699 for the E-M1 which has a weight of 443g, an optical zoom of §x and is a mirrorless digital camera. The average price of a new Olympus digital camera is $543.

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%
31,671 reviews
#2
Japan
90%
90%
25,400 reviews
#3
Japan
88%
88%
12,191 reviews
#4
Japan
86%
86%
4,510 reviews
#5
Japan
86%
86%
6,743 reviews
#6
South Korea
84%
84%
4,364 reviews
#7
Polaroid
84%
84%
2,207 reviews
#8
82%
82%
1,744 reviews
#9
82%
82%
828 reviews
#10
Japan
82%
82%
3,135 reviews
#11
81%
81%
1,122 reviews
#12
Sigma
76%
76%
395 reviews
#13
Ricoh
76%
76%
122 reviews
#14
SeaLife
75%
75%
4 reviews
#15
GE
United States
72%
72%
212 reviews
#16
Praktica
69%
69%
94 reviews
#17
Fuji
69%
69%
362 reviews
#18
Lytro
67%
67%
207 reviews
#19
Hasselblad
66%
66%
90 reviews
#20
Vivitar
65%
65%
244 reviews
#21
Mamiya
65%
65%
2 reviews
#22
easypix
63%
63%
102 reviews
#23
HP
United States
61%
61%
14 reviews
#24
60%
60%
58 reviews
#25
Philips
Netherlands
58%
58%
4 reviews
#26
Coleman
57%
57%
1 review
#27
SVP
56%
56%
0 reviews
#28
VTech
53%
53%
0 reviews
#29
Phase One
51%
51%
3 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 75%. 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 75%.

There's a smaller selection of Olympus digital cameras available compared to other digital camera brands, with only 24 Olympus digital cameras currently on the market in the United States. Olympus digital cameras also tend to be more expensive than most other digital camera brands making them a less popular choice with consumers.

No. Of Digital Cameras
Average Price
$526
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $12,699
Price Distribution of All Digital Cameras
No. Of Digital Cameras
Average Price
$543
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $13,699
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
513
4 stars
547
3 stars
69
2 stars
6
1 star
1
Olympus logo

User Reviews

5 stars
658
4 stars
150
3 stars
55
2 stars
35
1 star
34
Olympus has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert reviews for its digital cameras than most other digital camera brands. However the proportion of 4 and 5 star user reviews are actually lower.

Over 93% of expert reviews and 87% of user reviews for Olympus digital cameras are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 89% and 88% respectively across all Digital Camera brands.

Looking at just the expert reviews, 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 Panasonic Olympus
CNET.com logo
75%
420 reviews
73%
339 reviews
75%
212 reviews
74%
123 reviews
80%
83 reviews
79%
78 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
79%
120 reviews
83%
135 reviews
82%
91 reviews
77%
41 reviews
84%
91 reviews
83%
52 reviews
PhotographyBlog.com logo
83%
127 reviews
82%
139 reviews
87%
60 reviews
82%
49 reviews
87%
43 reviews
88%
28 reviews
Techradar logo
80%
127 reviews
74%
135 reviews
81%
59 reviews
70%
42 reviews
82%
44 reviews
81%
31 reviews
Ephotozine logo
79%
107 reviews
77%
132 reviews
85%
50 reviews
79%
44 reviews
88%
43 reviews
88%
24 reviews
Chip.de logo
75%
115 reviews
75%
89 reviews
83%
69 reviews
71%
42 reviews
84%
32 reviews
80%
23 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
75%
105 reviews
70%
77 reviews
79%
56 reviews
67%
30 reviews
87%
39 reviews
78%
25 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
77%
82 reviews
74%
73 reviews
76%
40 reviews
72%
30 reviews
84%
33 reviews
70%
12 reviews
Pocket Lint logo
81%
75 reviews
81%
72 reviews
82%
38 reviews
77%
29 reviews
86%
34 reviews
83%
20 reviews
Digital Versus logo
77%
75 reviews
70%
64 reviews
82%
46 reviews
70%
31 reviews
87%
29 reviews
77%
22 reviews
PC Mag logo
72%
92 reviews
74%
62 reviews
78%
47 reviews
69%
22 reviews
75%
19 reviews
78%
20 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
80%
75 reviews
81%
63 reviews
82%
40 reviews
79%
31 reviews
83%
26 reviews
83%
14 reviews
dkamera.de logo
84%
82 reviews
87%
64 reviews
88%
36 reviews
85%
19 reviews
90%
22 reviews
86%
17 reviews
What Digital Camera logo
88%
61 reviews
88%
51 reviews
88%
42 reviews
85%
32 reviews
88%
26 reviews
87%
20 reviews
Good Gear Guide.com.au logo
80%
56 reviews
76%
45 reviews
75%
31 reviews
73%
23 reviews
79%
18 reviews
83%
14 reviews
photoreview.com.au logo
87%
57 reviews
87%
36 reviews
87%
35 reviews
86%
8 reviews
88%
29 reviews
88%
16 reviews
Camera Labs logo
84%
79 reviews
84%
37 reviews
85%
28 reviews
83%
2 reviews
86%
16 reviews
84%
13 reviews
01net.com logo
76%
37 reviews
80%
34 reviews
88%
32 reviews
70%
26 reviews
91%
27 reviews
85%
18 reviews
tecnozoom.it logo
73%
61 reviews
74%
50 reviews
77%
24 reviews
76%
22 reviews
78%
5 reviews
80%
1 review
Digitaltrends.com logo
76%
57 reviews
77%
38 reviews
81%
33 reviews
78%
12 reviews
80%
6 reviews
79%
14 reviews
Other Expert Sites
76%
2,442 reviews
75%
1,995 reviews
73%
1,441 reviews
70%
902 reviews
76%
768 reviews
75%
597 reviews
Average
79%
4,452 reviews
78%
3,730 reviews
81%
2,510 reviews
76%
1,560 reviews
84%
1,433 reviews
82%
1,059 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Olympus Digital Cameras Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 300 industry awards for Olympus digital cameras. The table below compares the number of awards given to Olympus to other popular digital camera brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

Olympus has won 300 awards for its digital cameras.

Compare all award winning digital cameras

Number of Awards Canon Nikon Sony Samsung Panasonic Olympus
PhotographyBlog.com logo
107
112
53
40
38
28
Ephotozine logo
69
74
39
25
40
21
Lydogbilde.no logo
31
57
32
13
56
37
Camera Labs logo
90
45
32
26
15
Trusted Reviews logo
29
28
19
13
16
6
DP Review logo
30
30
21
5
13
9
CNET.com logo
31
33
18
9
11
4
photoreview.com.au logo
27
18
22
4
23
8
Pocket Lint logo
22
22
16
7
23
11
01net.com logo
15
19
21
8
20
13
What Digital Camera logo
25
17
19
9
15
6
Digitaltrends.com logo
25
18
25
7
5
8
Expert Reviews logo
21
17
9
5
16
1
buy-n-shoot.com logo
21
9
15
8
3
7
reviewed.com logo
15
13
16
5
9
4
PC Mag logo
13
15
14
2
2
5
M3.idg.se logo
12
15
7
6
6
4
Digital Versus logo
8
9
15
3
12
3
letsgodigital.org/nl/ logo
19
14
6
3
2
4
Techradar logo
6
16
6
4
11
4
Other Expert Sites
356
286
237
113
156
102
Total
972
867
642
289
503
300

How Reliable Are Olympus Digital Cameras?

We checked over 130,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Olympus digital cameras. 520+ of these reviews that mention reliability of which 83% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of Olympus digital camera owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

83% 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

Sturdy weatherproof buil
pdnonline.com
incredibly well made
gadgetshow.channel5.com
a sturdy
CNET.co.uk
metering systems are very reliable
Neocamera.com
Karl Tennant 3.0 5.0 Since it's very durable
gadgetreview.com
Its even more remarkable rugged credentials – waterproof to 15m
PhotographyBlog.com
The Olympus Stylus Tough 8000 is one of the most durable pocket cameras youre going to find
CNET.com
the popular TOUGH series was launched in 2009
Camera Labs
The Olympus Mju Tough 8000 packs a lot of features into a very small package
digicamreview.co.uk
the Mju Tough 6000 has to carefully balance a small lens
What Digital Camera
its rugged
Imaging Resource.com
robustly constructed imaging tool that is dependably responsive
digitalcamerareview.com
This is not the most expensive waterproof
hardwaresecrets.com
durable camera is capable of
reviewed.com
Olympus has gone through a bit of a re-branding of late — its new series of rugged cameras
CNET.com.au
does include a built in HDR bracketing mode
Ephotozine
The Olympus MJU Tough 6000 is a rugged digital camera
Cameras.co.uk
Greater AF reliability with very fast
hereshow.ca

NOT RELIABLE

more plasticky than the Pen E-P1
CNET.co.uk
the lack of a built
theregister.co.uk
The PEN-F is a deliberately beautiful camera that's not just built for show
techradar.com/au/
even if its lens wasn't quite up to scratch
Digital Versus
The seal is not robust enough
Amazon

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

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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 OM-D E-M10 ($748), the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-5 ($397) and the Olympus PEN EPL8 ($600).

What is the Best Mid-Range Olympus Digital Camera?

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

$599.00
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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III
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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III
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

A great mid range choice, priced at $599 is the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III, which has a Kagoo Score of 77.

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)
Has an image stabiliser

An affordable 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
69
Popularity
A Less Popular Choice
76
Value for Money
Very Good
77
Kagoo Score
Very Good
Olympus OMD EM10 Mark III review
Olympus OMD EM10 Mark III review
Olympus em10 mark III   4K + IS Test
Olympus em10 mark III 4K + IS Test
Olympus OMD EM10 Mark III Camera Review
Olympus OMD EM10 Mark III Camera Review

The cheapest price that we found for the OM-D E-M10 Mark III in the United States is $599.00 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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What is the Best High End Olympus Digital Camera?

Olympus PEN-F

$999.00
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Olympus PEN-F
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20.3MP
5184 X 3888
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
FULL HD VIDEO
RESOLUTION
1.8
MINIMUM
25,600
MAXIMUM ISO
SPEED
1s
CAMERA
373g
3"
SCREEN

If you're looking for a high end Olympus digital camera then the Olympus PEN-F takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 78, but is a bit more expensive at $999.

Features We Love:
High megapixels (20.3MP)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels video resolution (1920x1080 pixels)
High maximum ISO sensitivity (25,600)
ok minimum aperture number (1.8)
Has an image stabiliser

A multi award winning and fully featured 373g digital camera. It has an image stabiliser and a touchscreen and supports Wi-Fi and Full HD video. Purchasers report that this digital camera is.

94
Reviews
91 Reviews + 14 Awards
81
Features
Fully-Featured
69
Popularity
A Less Popular Choice
68
Value for Money
Good
78
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Our review analysis indicates that Olympus PEN-F has very good expert reviews and great user reviews with an average overall rating of 89%, based on 91 reviews.

PhotographyBlog.com Essential
Ephotozine Highly Recommended
mashable.com Mashable Choice
hardwarezone.com.ph Recommended
straitstimes.com Editor's Choice
photoreview.com.au Editor's Choice
reviewed.com Editor's Choice
01net.com 4 Star
Les Numeriques.com 5 Star
lydogbillede.dk Especially Recommended 5 Star
optyczne.pl Editor's Choice
ljudochbild.se Recommended
dkamera.de Recommended
Lydogbilde.no Especially Recommended

The Olympus PEN-F is 124.8mm wide, 72.1mm tall, 37.3mm deep and weighs 373g.

Olympus PEN-F front view

The cheapest price that we found for the PEN-F in the United States is $999.00 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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What is the Ultimate Olympus Digital Camera?

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

$1,599.00
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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
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20.4MP
5184 X 3888
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
4096 X 2160
PIXELS VIDEO
RESOLUTION
2.8
MINIMUM
25,600
MAXIMUM ISO
SPEED
1s
CAMERA
498g
3"
SCREEN

For those with an unlimited budget then the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is the best Olympus digital camera out there. At $1,599 it's not cheap, but is excellent quality and we gave it Kagoo Score of 73.

Features We Love:
High megapixels (20.4MP)
4096 x 2160 pixels video resolution
ok minimum aperture number (2.8)
High maximum ISO sensitivity (25,600)
Has an image stabiliser

A high image quality and good spec 498g camera. It has an image stabiliser and a touchscreen and supports Wi-Fi and Full HD video.

79
Features
Good Features
66
Popularity
A Less Popular Choice
62
Value for Money
Good
73
Kagoo Score
Very Good
Olympus OMD EM-1 Mark II Review | Northern Lights with the EM1 Mark II
Olympus OMD EM-1 Mark II Review | Northern Lights with the EM1 Mark II
Olympus OMD EM1 Mark II review
Olympus OMD EM1 Mark II review
Olympus EM1 mark II  auto focus test  in low light conditions
Olympus EM1 mark II auto focus test in low light conditions
UNBOXING Olympus EM1 Mark II | Antonio Garci
UNBOXING Olympus EM1 Mark II | Antonio Garci
Olympus EM1 Mark II - Caratteristiche & Review
Olympus EM1 Mark II - Caratteristiche & Review
Olympus EM1 Mark II - Caratteristiche & Review
Olympus EM1 Mark II - Caratteristiche & Review

The cheapest price that we found for the OM-D E-M1 Mark II in the United States is $1,599.00 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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What is the Best Budget Choice Olympus Digital Camera?

Olympus PEN EPL8

$599.99
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Olympus PEN EPL8
16.1MP
4608 X 3456
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
3x
OPTICAL ZOOM
FULL HD VIDEO
RESOLUTION
3.5
MINIMUM
25,600
MAXIMUM ISO
SPEED
1s
CAMERA
326g
3"
SCREEN

At only $599.99 and with a Kagoo Score of 74 the Olympus PEN EPL8 makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
Tiny optical zoom (3x)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels video resolution (1920x1080 pixels)
ok minimum aperture number (3.5)
Has an image stabiliser
Very short camera shutter speed (1/4000s)

An award winning and fully featured 3x optical zoom digital camera. It has an image stabiliser and a touchscreen, is 3D and supports Wi-Fi. Purchasers report that this digital camera is.

90
Reviews
23 Reviews + 2 Awards
80
Features
Fully-Featured
63
Value for Money
Good
74
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Customers report that Olympus PEN EPL8 has good expert reviews with an average expert rating of 79%, based on 23 reviews.

PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended
Ephotozine Highly Recommended
Unboxing & Hands On OLYMPUS Pen E-PL8 | First Impression Olympus EPL8
Unboxing & Hands On OLYMPUS Pen E-PL8 | First Impression Olympus EPL8
Camera Review Olympus PEN EPL8
Camera Review Olympus PEN EPL8
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Unboxing & Hands On OLYMPUS Pen E-PL8 | First Impression Olympus EPL8

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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 Ultimate Olympus Digital Camera?
What is the Best Budget Choice Olympus Digital Camera?

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