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Should You Buy an Olympus Digital Camera?

Updated 09 January 2020 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 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 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 $2,499 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 $459.

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. 8 best digital camera brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Olympus is the 8th best digital camera brand out there.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
32,141 reviews
#2
Japan
91%
91%
25,247 reviews
#3
Japan
88%
88%
11,958 reviews
#4
Japan
86%
86%
6,613 reviews
#5
Japan
85%
85%
4,492 reviews
#6
Polaroid
85%
85%
2,183 reviews
#7
South Korea
84%
84%
4,343 reviews
#8
Japan
82%
82%
3,019 reviews
#9
82%
82%
825 reviews
#10
82%
82%
1,658 reviews
#11
81%
81%
1,084 reviews
#12
Ricoh
75%
75%
122 reviews
#13
Sigma
75%
75%
396 reviews
#14
SeaLife
72%
72%
4 reviews
#15
GE
United States
69%
69%
207 reviews
#16
Praktica
69%
69%
94 reviews
#17
Hasselblad
65%
65%
90 reviews
#18
Mamiya
64%
64%
2 reviews
#19
Bell+Howell
62%
62%
19 reviews
#20
Fuji
61%
61%
399 reviews
#21
HP
United States
61%
61%
14 reviews
#22
Lytro
61%
61%
207 reviews
#23
60%
60%
58 reviews
#24
Vivitar
60%
60%
244 reviews
#25
easypix
59%
59%
102 reviews
#26
Philips
Netherlands
58%
58%
4 reviews
#27
Coleman
57%
57%
1 review
#28
SVP
56%
56%
0 reviews
#29
VTech
51%
51%
1 review

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 27 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
$445
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $12,699
Price Distribution of All Digital Cameras
No. Of Digital Cameras
Average Price
$459
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $5,599
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
491
4 stars
529
3 stars
69
2 stars
6
1 star
1
Olympus logo

User Reviews

5 stars
645
4 stars
144
3 stars
51
2 stars
33
1 star
32
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%
417 reviews
73%
336 reviews
75%
211 reviews
74%
125 reviews
80%
83 reviews
78%
78 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
79%
124 reviews
83%
134 reviews
81%
96 reviews
77%
41 reviews
84%
91 reviews
83%
52 reviews
Techradar logo
79%
126 reviews
74%
136 reviews
80%
60 reviews
70%
42 reviews
82%
44 reviews
81%
31 reviews
PhotographyBlog.com logo
82%
125 reviews
81%
136 reviews
87%
58 reviews
82%
49 reviews
87%
43 reviews
88%
28 reviews
Ephotozine logo
79%
108 reviews
77%
134 reviews
85%
51 reviews
79%
44 reviews
88%
43 reviews
88%
24 reviews
Chip.de logo
75%
113 reviews
75%
92 reviews
83%
68 reviews
71%
42 reviews
84%
32 reviews
80%
23 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
75%
105 reviews
70%
79 reviews
77%
54 reviews
67%
30 reviews
87%
39 reviews
78%
25 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
77%
78 reviews
74%
74 reviews
75%
40 reviews
72%
30 reviews
84%
33 reviews
70%
12 reviews
Digital Versus logo
77%
74 reviews
70%
65 reviews
81%
43 reviews
70%
31 reviews
87%
29 reviews
77%
22 reviews
Pocket Lint logo
81%
73 reviews
81%
71 reviews
81%
35 reviews
77%
29 reviews
86%
34 reviews
83%
20 reviews
PC Mag logo
72%
90 reviews
74%
64 reviews
78%
47 reviews
69%
23 reviews
75%
19 reviews
77%
19 reviews
dkamera.de logo
84%
81 reviews
87%
68 reviews
88%
40 reviews
85%
19 reviews
90%
22 reviews
87%
17 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
80%
73 reviews
81%
62 reviews
82%
40 reviews
79%
31 reviews
83%
26 reviews
83%
14 reviews
What Digital Camera logo
88%
64 reviews
88%
51 reviews
88%
40 reviews
85%
32 reviews
88%
26 reviews
87%
21 reviews
Good Gear Guide.com.au logo
80%
59 reviews
76%
42 reviews
74%
30 reviews
73%
23 reviews
79%
18 reviews
83%
14 reviews
photoreview.com.au logo
87%
57 reviews
87%
34 reviews
87%
35 reviews
86%
8 reviews
88%
29 reviews
87%
17 reviews
Camera Labs logo
83%
82 reviews
84%
36 reviews
85%
27 reviews
83%
2 reviews
86%
16 reviews
84%
13 reviews
01net.com logo
76%
37 reviews
80%
35 reviews
87%
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%
39 reviews
80%
31 reviews
78%
12 reviews
80%
6 reviews
79%
14 reviews
Other Expert Sites
75%
2,435 reviews
75%
1,984 reviews
74%
1,422 reviews
70%
904 reviews
76%
768 reviews
74%
583 reviews
Average
79%
4,439 reviews
78%
3,722 reviews
81%
2,484 reviews
76%
1,565 reviews
84%
1,433 reviews
82%
1,046 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Olympus Digital Cameras Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 293 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 293 awards for its digital cameras.

Compare all award winning digital cameras

Number of Awards Canon Nikon Sony Samsung Panasonic Olympus
PhotographyBlog.com logo
105
108
51
40
38
28
Ephotozine logo
70
76
40
25
40
21
Lydogbilde.no logo
31
56
32
13
56
37
Camera Labs logo
92
43
31
26
14
Trusted Reviews logo
29
27
20
13
16
6
CNET.com logo
31
34
17
9
11
4
DP Review logo
29
28
21
5
13
9
photoreview.com.au logo
27
18
23
4
23
8
Pocket Lint logo
22
22
15
7
23
11
01net.com logo
15
20
21
8
20
13
What Digital Camera logo
27
17
17
9
15
7
Digitaltrends.com logo
24
19
22
7
5
8
Expert Reviews logo
19
19
8
5
16
1
reviewed.com logo
15
14
17
5
9
4
buy-n-shoot.com logo
21
9
13
8
3
7
PC Mag logo
14
16
16
2
2
5
M3.idg.se logo
12
16
7
6
6
4
letsgodigital.org/nl/ logo
19
14
6
3
2
4
Digital Versus logo
8
9
11
3
12
3
Les Numeriques.com logo
12
7
9
1
13
4
Other Expert Sites
351
287
228
116
154
95
Total
973
859
625
289
503
293

How Reliable Are Olympus Digital Cameras?

We checked over 130,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Olympus digital cameras. 510+ 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

Olympus has been bringing us some great compact cameras this year such as the the best waterproof camera of 2014–the Olympus TG-3 –and the Olympus Stylus 1
reviewed.com
slightly plastic construction didn't win a great deal of fans
Photo Radar
build quality should ensure years of service
Digicam Buyer.co.uk
you know immediately it was built for professional level use
digitalcamerareview.com
it delivers the same solid build quality
PC Mag
Sturdy weatherproof buil
pdnonline.com
It's well built
What Digital Camera
robust brushed steel finish
T3.com
rugged body are all high points
Pocket Lint
more dependable than before
hardwarezone.com.sg
a sturdy
CNET.co.uk
is stunningly well made
gadgetshow.channel5.com
Its even more remarkable rugged credentials – waterproof to 15m
PhotographyBlog.com
the feature set is robust enough to satisfy all
Good Gear Guide.com.au
the popular TOUGH series was launched in 2009
Camera Labs
The Olympus TG-3 is a rugged camera that can keep up with an active lifestyle
toptenreviews.com

NOT RELIABLE

more plasticky than the Pen E-P1
CNET.co.uk
The PEN-F is a deliberately beautiful camera that's not just built for show
Techradar
the lack of a built
theregister.co.uk
even if its lens wasn't quite up to scratch
Digital Versus
which for action shots is a horrible thing to deal with - this new Olympus Tough this delay is minimal
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 ($229), the Olympus PEN E-PL8 ($280) and the Olympus TG6 ($379).

What is the Best Mid-Range Olympus Digital Camera?

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

$699.00
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16.1MP
4608 X 3456
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
FULL HD VIDEO
RESOLUTION
1s
CAMERA
3.5
MINIMUM
25,600
MAXIMUM ISO
SPEED
417g
3"
SCREEN

A great mid range choice, priced at $699 is the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, which has a Kagoo Score of 80.

Features We Love:
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels video resolution (1920x1080 pixels)
Very short camera shutter speed (1/8000s)
Image stabiliser
High maximum ISO sensitivity (25,600)
ok minimum aperture number (3.5)

Purchasers report that this digital camera has good features and it's very easy to use, and good-looking. It's a fully featured and award winning 417g digital camera, with a fair price. It has an image stabiliser and a touchscreen, is 3D and supports Wi-Fi.

96
Reviews
35 Reviews + 1 Award
82
Features
Fully-Featured
71
Popularity
Quite Popular
71
Value for Money
Good
80
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Owners report that Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II has exceptional user reviews with an average user rating of 95%, based on 33 reviews.

Olympus OMD-EM5 Mark II Review
Olympus OMD-EM5 Mark II Review
Olympus OMD EM5 Mark II - Full Review | Filmmaking Today
Olympus OMD EM5 Mark II - Full Review | Filmmaking Today
Olympus OMD-EM5 Mark II Hands On Review
Olympus OMD-EM5 Mark II Hands On Review
NOWY APARAT: ODCINEK #12 - TEST OLYMPUS OMD EM5 MARK II
NOWY APARAT: ODCINEK #12 - TEST OLYMPUS OMD EM5 MARK II
Olympus OMD EM5 Mark II - Unboxing/First Impressions | Filmmaking Today
Olympus OMD EM5 Mark II - Unboxing/First Impressions | Filmmaking Today

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What is the Best High End Olympus Digital Camera?

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

$1,299.00
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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
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

If you're looking for a high end Olympus digital camera then the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 76, but is a bit more expensive at $1,299.

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)
Image stabiliser

A fully featured and classic 498g camera. It has an image stabiliser and a touchscreen and supports Wi-Fi and Full HD video. Customers report that it has good features, it's very good-looking and a good body shape.

95
Reviews
21 Reviews
80
Features
Fully-Featured
65
Value for Money
Good
76
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Multiple reviews mentioned that Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II has brilliant user reviews with an average user rating of 100%, based on 21 reviews.

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: 4k video compilation (handheld)
Olympus OMD EM1 Mark II review: 4k video compilation (handheld)
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 could find for the OM-D E-M1 Mark II in the US is $1,299.00 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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What is the Best Budget Choice Olympus Digital Camera?

Olympus PEN EPL9

$449.00
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16.1MP
4608 X 3456
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
3x
OPTICAL ZOOM
4K
VIDEO RESOLUTION
22
MINIMUM
25,600
MAXIMUM ISO
SPEED
1s
CAMERA
332g
3"
SCREEN

At only $449 and with a Kagoo Score of 73 the Olympus PEN EPL9 makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
Tiny optical zoom (3x)
3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels video resolution (3840x2160 pixels)
Shorter than average camera shutter speed (1/16000s)
High maximum ISO sensitivity (25,600)
Image stabiliser

A good spec but only average value for money 3x optical zoom digital camera. It has an image stabiliser and a touchscreen, supports Wi-Fi and features bluetooth.

79
Features
Good Features
67
Value for Money
Good
73
Kagoo Score
Very Good
Olympus EPL-5 One Month Review (Olympus EPL5)
Olympus EPL-5 One Month Review (Olympus EPL5)
Olympus PEN EPL-8 Unboxing and First Impressions Review
Olympus PEN EPL-8 Unboxing and First Impressions Review
Olympus PEN EPL-9 (SEXY DENIM BLUE Edition) - RED35 Review
Olympus PEN EPL-9 (SEXY DENIM BLUE Edition) - RED35 Review
Olympus Pen EPL 5 initial review by GRVO TV
Olympus Pen EPL 5 initial review by GRVO TV
Video test olympus pen epl 6 video sampel olympus pen e pl 6 vlog e-pl 6 indo
Video test olympus pen epl 6 video sampel olympus pen e pl 6 vlog e-pl 6 indo
UNBOXING MIRRORLESS OLYMPUS EPL-6(AKHIRNYA PUNYA KAMERA)
UNBOXING MIRRORLESS OLYMPUS EPL-6(AKHIRNYA PUNYA KAMERA)
OLYMPUS PEN E-PL-9 - Unboxing e primeiras impressões. EPL 9
OLYMPUS PEN E-PL-9 - Unboxing e primeiras impressões. EPL 9
Go Food Festifal Jakarta | CINEMATIC VIDEO TEST | 1920 1080 30fps | Olympus EPL 8 KIT
Go Food Festifal Jakarta | CINEMATIC VIDEO TEST | 1920 1080 30fps | Olympus EPL 8 KIT

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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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