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Should You Buy an Olympus Digital Camera?

Matthew
Updated 24 May 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 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 $75 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 $909 for the Stylus 1S which has a weight of 402g, an optical zoom of 10.7x and is a compact digital camera. The average price of a new Olympus digital camera is $386.

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%
32,047 reviews
#2
Japan
91%
91%
25,146 reviews
#3
Japan
88%
88%
12,337 reviews
#4
Japan
86%
86%
4,486 reviews
#5
Japan
85%
85%
6,672 reviews
#6
83%
83%
829 reviews
#7
South Korea
83%
83%
4,344 reviews
#8
Polaroid
83%
83%
2,227 reviews
#9
Japan
82%
82%
3,015 reviews
#10
82%
82%
1,701 reviews
#11
79%
79%
1,096 reviews
#12
Sigma
75%
75%
396 reviews
#13
Ricoh
74%
74%
122 reviews
#14
SeaLife
71%
71%
4 reviews
#15
GE
United States
71%
71%
207 reviews
#16
Mamiya
67%
67%
2 reviews
#17
Fuji
67%
67%
322 reviews
#18
Vivitar
67%
67%
244 reviews
#19
easypix
65%
65%
102 reviews
#20
Praktica
65%
65%
94 reviews
#21
Lytro
64%
64%
207 reviews
#22
Hasselblad
64%
64%
98 reviews
#23
Bell+Howell
62%
62%
19 reviews
#24
HP
United States
61%
61%
14 reviews
#25
60%
60%
58 reviews
#26
Coleman
58%
58%
1 review
#27
Philips
Netherlands
58%
58%
4 reviews
#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 24 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
$543
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $12,799
Price Distribution of All Digital Cameras
No. Of Digital Cameras
Average Price
$386
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $5,399
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
494
4 stars
530
3 stars
69
2 stars
6
1 star
1
Olympus logo

User Reviews

5 stars
623
4 stars
148
3 stars
51
2 stars
32
1 star
31
Olympus has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert reviews for its digital cameras than most other 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.

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%
422 reviews
73%
336 reviews
75%
209 reviews
74%
125 reviews
80%
83 reviews
78%
79 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
80%
121 reviews
83%
137 reviews
82%
97 reviews
77%
41 reviews
84%
91 reviews
83%
52 reviews
PhotographyBlog.com logo
82%
126 reviews
82%
139 reviews
87%
60 reviews
82%
49 reviews
87%
43 reviews
88%
28 reviews
Techradar logo
79%
126 reviews
74%
135 reviews
80%
61 reviews
70%
42 reviews
82%
44 reviews
80%
30 reviews
Ephotozine logo
79%
107 reviews
77%
132 reviews
85%
52 reviews
79%
44 reviews
88%
43 reviews
88%
24 reviews
Chip.de logo
75%
112 reviews
75%
90 reviews
83%
69 reviews
71%
42 reviews
84%
32 reviews
80%
23 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
75%
105 reviews
71%
79 reviews
79%
57 reviews
67%
30 reviews
87%
39 reviews
78%
25 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
77%
82 reviews
74%
75 reviews
76%
42 reviews
72%
30 reviews
84%
33 reviews
70%
12 reviews
Digital Versus logo
77%
76 reviews
70%
64 reviews
82%
46 reviews
70%
31 reviews
87%
29 reviews
77%
22 reviews
Pocket Lint logo
80%
74 reviews
81%
73 reviews
81%
38 reviews
77%
29 reviews
86%
34 reviews
83%
20 reviews
PC Mag logo
72%
94 reviews
74%
63 reviews
77%
46 reviews
69%
23 reviews
75%
19 reviews
78%
20 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
80%
76 reviews
82%
62 reviews
82%
40 reviews
79%
31 reviews
83%
26 reviews
83%
14 reviews
dkamera.de logo
84%
79 reviews
87%
67 reviews
88%
41 reviews
85%
19 reviews
90%
22 reviews
87%
17 reviews
What Digital Camera logo
88%
63 reviews
88%
51 reviews
88%
41 reviews
85%
31 reviews
88%
26 reviews
87%
21 reviews
Good Gear Guide.com.au logo
80%
59 reviews
76%
44 reviews
73%
28 reviews
73%
23 reviews
79%
18 reviews
83%
14 reviews
photoreview.com.au logo
87%
56 reviews
87%
36 reviews
87%
36 reviews
86%
8 reviews
88%
29 reviews
87%
17 reviews
01net.com logo
76%
37 reviews
80%
35 reviews
86%
35 reviews
70%
26 reviews
91%
27 reviews
85%
18 reviews
Camera Labs logo
84%
81 reviews
84%
37 reviews
85%
27 reviews
83%
2 reviews
86%
16 reviews
84%
13 reviews
tecnozoom.it logo
73%
62 reviews
74%
50 reviews
76%
24 reviews
76%
22 reviews
78%
5 reviews
80%
1 review
Digitaltrends.com logo
75%
58 reviews
77%
39 reviews
80%
34 reviews
78%
12 reviews
80%
6 reviews
79%
14 reviews
Other Expert Sites
75%
2,418 reviews
75%
1,998 reviews
73%
1,425 reviews
70%
901 reviews
76%
768 reviews
74%
586 reviews
Average
79%
4,434 reviews
78%
3,742 reviews
81%
2,508 reviews
76%
1,561 reviews
84%
1,433 reviews
82%
1,050 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Olympus Digital Cameras Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 294 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 294 awards for its digital cameras.

Compare all award winning digital cameras

Number of Awards Canon Nikon Sony Samsung Panasonic Olympus
PhotographyBlog.com logo
105
111
53
40
38
28
Ephotozine logo
70
75
41
25
40
21
Lydogbilde.no logo
33
58
33
13
56
37
Camera Labs logo
91
43
31
26
14
Trusted Reviews logo
28
28
18
13
16
6
DP Review logo
29
28
22
5
13
9
photoreview.com.au logo
26
18
24
4
23
8
CNET.com logo
31
32
15
9
11
5
Pocket Lint logo
22
21
17
7
23
11
01net.com logo
15
20
23
8
20
13
What Digital Camera logo
26
17
18
9
15
7
Digitaltrends.com logo
25
19
25
7
5
8
Expert Reviews logo
20
19
10
5
16
1
reviewed.com logo
14
14
17
5
9
4
buy-n-shoot.com logo
20
9
13
8
3
7
PC Mag logo
14
15
13
2
2
5
Digital Versus logo
9
9
14
3
12
3
M3.idg.se logo
12
15
6
6
6
4
letsgodigital.org/nl/ logo
19
14
6
3
2
4
Les Numeriques.com logo
9
8
11
1
13
4
Other Expert Sites
340
291
231
115
154
95
Total
958
864
641
288
503
294

How Reliable Are Olympus Digital Cameras?

We checked over 130,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Olympus digital cameras. over 510 of these reviews 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
The Olympus TG-860 is a 16-megapixel compact camera that is waterproof to a depth of 15m
PhotographyBlog.com
The Olympus Tough TG-3 is a worthy successor to the TG-2
PC Mag
sturdy body
tomsguide.com
The Olympus TG-3 is a rugged camera that can keep up with an active lifestyle
toptenreviews.com
its combination of superb toughness
Techradar
built in Wi-Fi
Ephotozine
the Olympus Tough TG-3 will make a great pocket companion for outdoor adventures on land or at sea
Digital Versus
waterproof outdoor cameras—continues its impressive
digicamera.com
the feature set is robust enough to satisfy all
Good Gear Guide.com.au
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 is the flagship rugged camera from Olympus
Neocamera.com
the Olympus Stylus Tough 8000 is a good choice
CNET.com
its rugged
Imaging Resource.com
robustly constructed imaging tool that is dependably responsive
digitalcamerareview.com
Rugged devices
gcn.com

NOT RELIABLE

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
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

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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 EM10 ($649), the Olympus TG6 ($349) and the Olympus PEN E-PL8 ($280).

What is the Best High End Olympus Digital Camera?

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

$599.00
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20.4MP
5184 X 3888
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
4096 X 2160
PIXELS VIDEO
RESOLUTION
1s
CAMERA
2.8
MINIMUM
25,600
MAXIMUM ISO
SPEED
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 74, but is a bit more expensive at $599.

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 but only moderate value for money 498g camera, with the latest technology. It has an image stabiliser and a touchscreen, supports Wi-Fi and features bluetooth. Our review analysis indicates that this camera has good features, it's very good-looking and a good body shape.

80
Features
Fully-Featured
67
Popularity
A Less Popular Choice
64
Value for Money
Good
74
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: 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
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 $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 E-PL8

$279.99
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Olympus PEN E-PL8
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Olympus PEN E-PL8
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
3x
DIGITAL ZOOM

At only $279.99 and with a Kagoo Score of 79 the Olympus PEN E-PL8 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)
Image stabiliser
Very short camera shutter speed (1/4000s)

An award winning and fully featured 3x optical zoom camera, with a good price. It has an image stabiliser and a touchscreen, is 3D and supports Wi-Fi. Our review analysis indicates that this camera isable to produce good images, good-looking and compact.

91
Reviews
23 Reviews + 2 Awards
82
Features
Fully-Featured
78
Value for Money
Very Good
79
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Multiple reviews mentioned that Olympus PEN E-PL8 has good expert reviews with an average expert rating of 79%, based on 23 reviews.

PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended
Ephotozine Highly Recommended
Olympus 30mm f3.5 macro  autofocus speed test  with EPL8
Olympus 30mm f3.5 macro autofocus speed test with EPL8
Unboxing & Hands On OLYMPUS Pen E-PL8 | First Impression Olympus EPL8
Unboxing & Hands On OLYMPUS Pen E-PL8 | First Impression Olympus EPL8
Test Camera video and Photograph olympus epl8 + olympus 45mm f1.8 (By Tanadet)
Test Camera video and Photograph olympus epl8 + olympus 45mm f1.8 (By Tanadet)
Unboxing & Hands On OLYMPUS Pen E-PL8 | First Impression Olympus EPL8
Unboxing & Hands On OLYMPUS Pen E-PL8 | First Impression Olympus EPL8

The cheapest price that we could find for the PEN E-PL8 in the US is $279.99 but in total we found only 1 price 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 High End Olympus Digital Camera?
What is the Best Budget Choice Olympus Digital Camera?

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