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Should You Buy an Olympus Digital Camera?

Matthew
Updated 02 September 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 $39 for the FE-4020 which has a weight of 128g, an optical zoom of 4x and is a bridge digital camera and go up to $999 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 $352.

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. 11 best digital camera brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Olympus is the 11th best digital camera brand out there.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
32,050 reviews
#2
Japan
90%
90%
25,178 reviews
#3
Japan
89%
89%
13,023 reviews
#4
Japan
86%
86%
6,533 reviews
#5
Japan
86%
86%
4,474 reviews
#6
Polaroid
84%
84%
2,235 reviews
#7
South Korea
83%
83%
4,344 reviews
#8
82%
82%
832 reviews
#9
82%
82%
1,745 reviews
#10
81%
81%
1,098 reviews
#11
Japan
80%
80%
3,002 reviews
#12
Sigma
75%
75%
396 reviews
#13
Ricoh
73%
73%
122 reviews
#14
Fuji
71%
71%
322 reviews
#15
GE
United States
71%
71%
210 reviews
#16
SeaLife
70%
70%
4 reviews
#17
Praktica
69%
69%
94 reviews
#18
Vivitar
69%
69%
244 reviews
#19
easypix
66%
66%
102 reviews
#20
Mamiya
63%
63%
2 reviews
#21
Aquapix
62%
62%
62 reviews
#22
Bell+Howell
62%
62%
19 reviews
#23
Hasselblad
61%
61%
98 reviews
#24
60%
60%
58 reviews
#25
Philips
Netherlands
58%
58%
4 reviews
#26
Coleman
58%
58%
1 review
#27
HP
United States
57%
57%
14 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 16 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 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $7,499
Price Distribution of All Digital Cameras
No. Of Digital Cameras
Average Price
$352
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $5,899
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
487
4 stars
528
3 stars
69
2 stars
6
1 star
1
Olympus logo

User Reviews

5 stars
621
4 stars
144
3 stars
50
2 stars
32
1 star
30
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%
419 reviews
73%
339 reviews
75%
214 reviews
74%
125 reviews
80%
83 reviews
78%
77 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
79%
122 reviews
83%
138 reviews
82%
103 reviews
77%
41 reviews
84%
91 reviews
83%
51 reviews
PhotographyBlog.com logo
82%
124 reviews
82%
139 reviews
87%
64 reviews
82%
49 reviews
87%
43 reviews
88%
27 reviews
Techradar logo
79%
126 reviews
74%
136 reviews
80%
64 reviews
70%
42 reviews
82%
44 reviews
80%
30 reviews
Ephotozine logo
78%
105 reviews
77%
132 reviews
86%
51 reviews
79%
44 reviews
88%
43 reviews
88%
24 reviews
Chip.de logo
75%
110 reviews
75%
91 reviews
83%
70 reviews
71%
42 reviews
84%
32 reviews
80%
22 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
75%
103 reviews
70%
81 reviews
79%
57 reviews
67%
30 reviews
87%
39 reviews
78%
25 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
77%
81 reviews
74%
76 reviews
77%
42 reviews
72%
30 reviews
84%
33 reviews
70%
12 reviews
Pocket Lint logo
81%
75 reviews
81%
71 reviews
82%
39 reviews
77%
29 reviews
86%
34 reviews
83%
19 reviews
Digital Versus logo
77%
74 reviews
70%
63 reviews
82%
44 reviews
70%
31 reviews
87%
29 reviews
77%
22 reviews
PC Mag logo
72%
93 reviews
74%
62 reviews
78%
46 reviews
69%
23 reviews
75%
19 reviews
78%
20 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
79%
71 reviews
81%
61 reviews
82%
42 reviews
79%
31 reviews
83%
26 reviews
83%
14 reviews
dkamera.de logo
84%
79 reviews
87%
66 reviews
89%
39 reviews
85%
19 reviews
90%
22 reviews
87%
16 reviews
What Digital Camera logo
88%
61 reviews
87%
50 reviews
88%
41 reviews
85%
31 reviews
88%
26 reviews
87%
20 reviews
photoreview.com.au logo
87%
58 reviews
87%
36 reviews
87%
38 reviews
86%
8 reviews
88%
29 reviews
87%
17 reviews
Good Gear Guide.com.au logo
80%
57 reviews
76%
44 reviews
74%
30 reviews
73%
23 reviews
79%
18 reviews
83%
14 reviews
Camera Labs logo
83%
80 reviews
84%
37 reviews
85%
30 reviews
83%
2 reviews
86%
16 reviews
84%
13 reviews
01net.com logo
76%
37 reviews
80%
33 reviews
87%
37 reviews
70%
26 reviews
91%
27 reviews
85%
18 reviews
tecnozoom.it logo
73%
62 reviews
74%
50 reviews
77%
24 reviews
76%
22 reviews
78%
5 reviews
80%
1 review
Digitaltrends.com logo
76%
56 reviews
78%
38 reviews
80%
33 reviews
78%
12 reviews
80%
6 reviews
79%
14 reviews
Other Expert Sites
75%
2,431 reviews
75%
1,998 reviews
73%
1,449 reviews
70%
903 reviews
76%
768 reviews
74%
585 reviews
Average
79%
4,424 reviews
78%
3,741 reviews
81%
2,557 reviews
76%
1,563 reviews
84%
1,433 reviews
81%
1,041 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Olympus Digital Cameras Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 288 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 288 awards for its digital cameras.

Compare all award winning digital cameras

Number of Awards Canon Nikon Sony Samsung Panasonic Olympus
PhotographyBlog.com logo
103
111
57
40
38
27
Ephotozine logo
67
73
42
25
40
21
Lydogbilde.no logo
31
56
31
13
56
37
Camera Labs logo
90
44
36
26
13
DP Review logo
29
29
24
5
13
9
Trusted Reviews logo
26
27
19
13
16
6
CNET.com logo
32
34
17
9
11
4
photoreview.com.au logo
27
19
23
4
23
8
Pocket Lint logo
21
22
18
7
23
10
01net.com logo
15
18
25
8
20
13
What Digital Camera logo
25
17
18
9
15
6
Digitaltrends.com logo
23
19
24
7
5
8
Expert Reviews logo
20
20
11
5
16
1
reviewed.com logo
14
14
17
5
9
4
buy-n-shoot.com logo
20
9
14
8
3
7
M3.idg.se logo
12
16
8
6
6
4
PC Mag logo
13
16
13
2
2
5
Digital Versus logo
7
9
14
3
12
3
letsgodigital.org/nl/ logo
19
14
5
3
2
4
Les Numeriques.com logo
10
8
11
1
13
4
Other Expert Sites
350
289
239
115
154
94
Total
954
864
666
288
503
288

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

a rugged body
popphoto.com
built in i
Ephotozine
rugged body are all high points
Pocket Lint
I like the build quality
ubergizmo.com
the mechanism is a little better built
Imaging Resource.com
a sturdy
CNET.co.uk
incredibly well made
gadgetshow.channel5.com
metering systems are very reliable
Neocamera.com
fast performance in a rugged point-and-shoot – or any point-and-shoot
Digitaltrends.com
capable of reliably generating first-rate images
digitalcamerareview.com
even if this waterproof compact still isn't without its faults
Digital Versus
Karl Tennant 3.0 5.0 Since it's very durable
gadgetreview.com
rugged cameras
DP Review
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
the Mju Tough 6000 has to carefully balance a small lens
What Digital Camera

NOT RELIABLE

The PEN-F is a deliberately beautiful camera that's not just built for show
Techradar
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
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

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 ($280), the Olympus TG6 ($342) and the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III ($369).

What is the Best High End Olympus Digital Camera?

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

$1,099.00
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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 75, but is a bit more expensive at $1,099.

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 digital camera. It has an image stabiliser and a touchscreen, supports Wi-Fi and features bluetooth. Multiple reviews mentioned that this digital camera has good features, it's very good-looking and a good body shape.

80
Features
Fully-Featured
68
Popularity
A Less Popular Choice
68
Value for Money
Good
75
Kagoo Score
Very Good

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What is the Best Budget Choice Olympus Digital Camera?

Olympus Tough TG-6

$280.00
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Olympus Tough TG-6
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12MP
4000 X 3000
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
4x
OPTICAL ZOOM
4K
VIDEO RESOLUTION
2
MINIMUM
1s
CAMERA
12,800
MAXIMUM ISO
SPEED
190g
3"
SCREEN
15m
WATERPROOF

At only $280 and with a Kagoo Score of 86 the Olympus Tough TG-6 makes a great budget choice.

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

A fully featured and good value for money 4x optical zoom digital camera. It has an image stabiliser and a GPS, is waterproof and supports Wi-Fi.

86
Features
Fully-Featured
91
Popularity
Widely Available
83
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent

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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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