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Should You Buy an Olympus Digital Camera?

Matthew
Updated 05 June 2021
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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 37,000 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 $45 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 $5,000 for the SP-620UZ which has a weight of 435g, an optical zoom of 21x and is a compact digital camera. The average price of a new Olympus digital camera is $744.

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. 9 best digital camera brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Olympus is the 9th best digital camera brand out there.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
7,458 reviews
#2
Japan
91%
91%
4,493 reviews
#3
Japan
89%
89%
3,659 reviews
#4
Japan
88%
88%
254 reviews
#5
Japan
87%
87%
1,242 reviews
#6
South Korea
84%
84%
1,495 reviews
#7
Polaroid
82%
82%
539 reviews
#8
81%
81%
72 reviews
#9
Japan
80%
80%
567 reviews
#10
80%
80%
236 reviews
#11
80%
80%
17 reviews
#12
Ricoh
76%
76%
12 reviews
#13
Sigma
72%
72%
34 reviews
#14
GE
United States
71%
71%
28 reviews
#15
Aquapix
63%
63%
62 reviews
#16
VTech
62%
62%
4 reviews
#17
SeaLife
61%
61%
1 review
#18
HP
United States
61%
61%
12 reviews
#19
61%
61%
5 reviews
#20
Vivitar
60%
60%
49 reviews
#21
easypix
59%
59%
70 reviews
#22
Lytro
58%
58%
167 reviews
#23
Philips
Netherlands
58%
58%
3 reviews
#24
Coleman
57%
57%
0 reviews
#25
Fuji
57%
57%
0 reviews
#26
SVP
56%
56%
0 reviews
#27
Hasselblad
55%
55%
0 reviews
#28
Mamiya
54%
54%
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 21 Olympus digital cameras currently on the market in the US. 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
$558
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $6,999
Price Distribution of All Digital Cameras
No. Of Digital Cameras
Average Price
$744
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $6,999
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 83% 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%
147 reviews
73%
109 reviews
75%
89 reviews
74%
41 reviews
78%
20 reviews
PhotographyBlog.com logo
83%
27 reviews
84%
13 reviews
83%
19 reviews
82%
13 reviews
90%
3 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
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
Pocket Lint logo
82%
18 reviews
82%
20 reviews
75%
8 reviews
78%
10 reviews
86%
5 reviews
Good Gear Guide.com.au logo
80%
19 reviews
76%
15 reviews
74%
11 reviews
69%
11 reviews
84%
4 reviews
Chip.de logo
76%
22 reviews
86%
4 reviews
79%
17 reviews
69%
14 reviews
83%
3 reviews
What Digital Camera logo
87%
22 reviews
89%
8 reviews
86%
15 reviews
84%
9 reviews
86%
4 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
86%
15 reviews
80%
16 reviews
80%
7 reviews
70%
12 reviews
81%
7 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
77%
640 reviews
77%
370 reviews
71%
377 reviews
72%
292 reviews
75%
149 reviews
Average
79%
1,177 reviews
77%
711 reviews
75%
675 reviews
74%
516 reviews
79%
233 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Olympus Digital Cameras Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 53 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 53 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
83
56
29
33
10
Total
252
155
97
83
53

How Reliable Are Olympus Digital Cameras?

We checked over 37,000 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 Olympus Stylus Tough 8000 is a good choice
CNET.com
Rugged devices
gcn.com
Olympus really poured all the good stuff into its Tough 8000
Imaging Resource.com
the Olympus mju TOUGH 6000 is designed to be rugged out in the field
What Digital Camera
we think it’s a lovely ruggedised camera that anyone with an adventurous bone in their body should put on their shopping list
Good Gear Guide.com.au
We like it better than the Tough 8000
CNET.com.au
it feels robust enough
dpexpert.com.au
The Olympus Mju Tough 8000 packs a lot of features into a very small package
digicamreview.co.uk
This is not the most expensive waterproof
hardwaresecrets.com
The Olympus MJU Tough 6000 is a rugged digital camera
Cameras.co.uk
slightly plastic construction didn't win a great deal of fans
Photo Radar
Build quality is good
Amazon

NOT RELIABLE

more plasticky than the Pen E-P1
CNET.co.uk
the lack of a built
theregister.co.uk
whilst the camera is wholly simple to use from scratch at a basic functional level
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 PEN-F ($0), the Olympus TG6 ($379) and the Olympus Tough TG-6 ($339).

What is the Best Mid-Range Olympus Digital Camera?

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

$599.99
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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

A great mid range choice, priced at $599.99 is the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III, which has a Kagoo Score of 82.

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

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.

84
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Popularity
Quite Popular
81
Value for Money
Very Good
82
Kagoo Score
Excellent
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 $599.99 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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What is the Ultimate Olympus Digital Camera?

Olympus OM-D EM1X

$1,499.00
Adorama
Olympus OM-D EM1X
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Olympus OM-D EM1X
16.3MP
4608 X 3456
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
FULL HD VIDEO
RESOLUTION
2.8
MINIMUM
25,600
MAXIMUM ISO
SPEED
1s
CAMERA
443g
3"
SCREEN

For those with an unlimited budget then the Olympus OM-D EM1X is the best Olympus digital camera out there. At $1,499 it's not cheap, but is excellent quality and as such we gave it Kagoo Score of 72.

Features We Love:
High megapixels (16.3MP)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels video resolution (1920x1080 pixels)
High maximum ISO sensitivity (25,600)
ok minimum aperture number (2.8)
Image stabiliser

A fully featured but only ok value for money 443g camera. It has an image stabiliser and a touchscreen, is 3D and supports Wi-Fi.

80
Features
Fully-Featured
63
Value for Money
Good
72
Kagoo Score
Very Good
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Olympus OMD EM1 vs EM5 Size Comparison - Body Only, w/ JB Designs EM5 Grip
Olympus OMD EM1 vs EM5 Size Comparison - Body Only, w/ JB Designs EM5 Grip

The Olympus OM-D EM1X is 130.4mm wide, 93.5mm tall, 63.1mm deep and weighs 443g.

Olympus OM-D EM1X front view

The cheapest price that we could find for the OM-D EM1X in the US is $1,499.00 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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What is the Best Budget Choice Olympus Digital Camera?

Olympus Tough TG-6

$339.00
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Olympus Tough TG-6
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Olympus Tough TG-6
12MP
4000 X 3000
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
4x
OPTICAL ZOOM
4K
VIDEO RESOLUTION
12,800
MAXIMUM ISO
SPEED
1s
CAMERA
2
MINIMUM
190g
3"
SCREEN
15m
WATERPROOF

At only $339 and with a Kagoo Score of 87 the Olympus Tough TG-6 makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels video resolution (3840x2160 pixels)
High maximum ISO sensitivity (12,800)
Image stabiliser
ok minimum aperture number (2)
Waterproof

A fully featured and bargain price 4x optical zoom camera, with the latest technology. It has an image stabiliser and a GPS, is waterproof and supports Wi-Fi.

88
Features
Fully-Featured
91
Popularity
Widely Available
87
Value for Money
Very Good
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent

The cheapest price that we could find for the Tough TG-6 in the US is $339.00 and in total we found 15 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 Ultimate Olympus Digital Camera?
What is the Best Budget Choice Olympus Digital Camera?

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