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Should You Buy an Olympus Digital Camera?

Updated 04 November 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 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 $2,999 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 $529.

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%
31,663 reviews
#2
Japan
90%
90%
25,186 reviews
#3
Japan
88%
88%
12,542 reviews
#4
Japan
86%
86%
6,722 reviews
#5
Japan
86%
86%
4,500 reviews
#6
South Korea
85%
85%
4,351 reviews
#7
Polaroid
85%
85%
2,202 reviews
#8
Japan
83%
83%
3,098 reviews
#9
83%
83%
1,703 reviews
#10
82%
82%
825 reviews
#11
81%
81%
1,111 reviews
#12
Ricoh
76%
76%
122 reviews
#13
Sigma
75%
75%
396 reviews
#14
SeaLife
75%
75%
4 reviews
#15
GE
United States
70%
70%
206 reviews
#16
Vivitar
67%
67%
244 reviews
#17
Praktica
66%
66%
94 reviews
#18
Hasselblad
66%
66%
90 reviews
#19
Fuji
66%
66%
362 reviews
#20
Mamiya
64%
64%
2 reviews
#21
Lytro
62%
62%
207 reviews
#22
Bell+Howell
62%
62%
19 reviews
#23
HP
United States
61%
61%
14 reviews
#24
60%
60%
58 reviews
#25
easypix
59%
59%
102 reviews
#26
Coleman
59%
59%
1 review
#27
Philips
Netherlands
58%
58%
4 reviews
#28
SVP
56%
56%
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 30 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
$539
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $8,599
Price Distribution of All Digital Cameras
No. Of Digital Cameras
Average Price
$529
$0 $5,000 $10,000 $15,000 $20,000 $25,000 $30,000 $35,000 $40,000 $45,000 $504,999
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
497
4 stars
536
3 stars
69
2 stars
6
1 star
1
Olympus logo

User Reviews

5 stars
661
4 stars
151
3 stars
51
2 stars
34
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%
423 reviews
73%
335 reviews
75%
212 reviews
74%
125 reviews
80%
83 reviews
78%
77 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
80%
121 reviews
83%
140 reviews
81%
91 reviews
77%
41 reviews
84%
91 reviews
83%
51 reviews
PhotographyBlog.com logo
82%
123 reviews
82%
139 reviews
87%
60 reviews
82%
49 reviews
87%
43 reviews
88%
28 reviews
Techradar logo
79%
124 reviews
74%
136 reviews
81%
61 reviews
70%
42 reviews
82%
44 reviews
80%
30 reviews
Ephotozine logo
79%
107 reviews
77%
133 reviews
85%
51 reviews
79%
44 reviews
88%
43 reviews
88%
24 reviews
Chip.de logo
75%
112 reviews
76%
89 reviews
83%
70 reviews
71%
42 reviews
84%
32 reviews
80%
23 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
75%
102 reviews
70%
81 reviews
78%
55 reviews
67%
30 reviews
87%
39 reviews
78%
25 reviews
Digital Versus logo
77%
78 reviews
70%
64 reviews
81%
46 reviews
70%
31 reviews
87%
29 reviews
77%
22 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
77%
80 reviews
74%
75 reviews
75%
39 reviews
72%
30 reviews
84%
33 reviews
70%
12 reviews
PC Mag logo
72%
94 reviews
74%
62 reviews
77%
44 reviews
69%
23 reviews
75%
19 reviews
77%
19 reviews
Pocket Lint logo
80%
73 reviews
81%
69 reviews
80%
35 reviews
77%
29 reviews
86%
34 reviews
83%
20 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
80%
70 reviews
81%
62 reviews
81%
40 reviews
79%
31 reviews
83%
26 reviews
83%
14 reviews
dkamera.de logo
84%
79 reviews
87%
66 reviews
88%
37 reviews
85%
19 reviews
90%
22 reviews
86%
17 reviews
What Digital Camera logo
88%
61 reviews
88%
52 reviews
88%
42 reviews
85%
32 reviews
88%
26 reviews
87%
20 reviews
Good Gear Guide.com.au logo
80%
58 reviews
76%
44 reviews
74%
30 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
Camera Labs logo
84%
81 reviews
84%
37 reviews
85%
28 reviews
83%
2 reviews
86%
16 reviews
84%
13 reviews
01net.com logo
76%
38 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
76%
23 reviews
76%
22 reviews
78%
5 reviews
80%
1 review
Digitaltrends.com logo
76%
58 reviews
78%
39 reviews
80%
31 reviews
78%
12 reviews
80%
6 reviews
79%
14 reviews
Other Expert Sites
76%
2,457 reviews
75%
1,987 reviews
73%
1,429 reviews
70%
902 reviews
76%
768 reviews
74%
590 reviews
Average
79%
4,456 reviews
78%
3,731 reviews
81%
2,492 reviews
76%
1,563 reviews
84%
1,433 reviews
81%
1,049 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Olympus Digital Cameras Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 298 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 298 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
53
40
38
28
Ephotozine logo
69
75
40
25
40
21
Lydogbilde.no logo
32
59
32
13
56
37
Camera Labs logo
91
43
32
26
15
CNET.com logo
33
33
17
9
11
5
Trusted Reviews logo
27
27
18
13
16
6
photoreview.com.au logo
27
20
24
4
23
8
DP Review logo
29
28
21
5
13
9
01net.com logo
16
20
21
8
20
13
Pocket Lint logo
21
21
15
7
23
11
What Digital Camera logo
25
18
18
9
15
6
Digitaltrends.com logo
25
20
22
7
5
8
Expert Reviews logo
19
19
8
5
16
1
reviewed.com logo
16
14
18
5
9
4
buy-n-shoot.com logo
21
9
14
8
3
7
M3.idg.se logo
12
16
8
6
6
4
Digital Versus logo
9
9
13
3
12
3
letsgodigital.org/nl/ logo
19
14
7
3
2
4
PC Mag logo
13
15
12
2
2
5
Akam.no logo
17
9
7
1
8
4
Other Expert Sites
341
287
232
115
159
99
Total
965
867
632
288
503
298

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

The Olympus Tough TG-3 is a worthy successor to the TG-2
PC Mag
sturdy body
tomsguide.com
then using the Olympus Tough TG-3 is a delight
PhotographyBlog.com
It impressed us with its build quality
DP Review
The Olympus TG-3 is a rugged camera that can keep up with an active lifestyle
toptenreviews.com
its combination of superb toughness
Techradar
the Olympus Tough TG-3 will make a great pocket companion for outdoor adventures on land or at sea
Digital Versus
features built in Wi-Fi
Ephotozine
waterproof outdoor cameras—continues its impressive
digicamera.com
the feature set is robust enough to satisfy all
Good Gear Guide.com.au
the Olympus Stylus Tough 8000 is a good choice
CNET.com
the popular TOUGH series was launched in 2009
Camera Labs
Rugged devices
gcn.com
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 is the flagship rugged camera from Olympus
Neocamera.com
Olympus really poured all the good stuff into its Tough 8000
Imaging Resource.com
capable of reliably generating first-rate images
digitalcamerareview.com
the Olympus mju TOUGH 6000 is designed to be rugged out in the field
What Digital Camera

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
I'm not sure the toughness makes up for the downsides
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 TG6 ($373), the Olympus TG5 ($332) and the Olympus PEN E-PL8 ($290).

What is the Best Mid-Range Olympus Digital Camera?

Olympus PEN E-PL8

$289.99
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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

A great mid range choice, priced at $289.99 is the Olympus PEN E-PL8, which has a Kagoo Score of 79.

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 low price. It has an image stabiliser and a touchscreen, is 3D and supports Wi-Fi. Multiple reviews mentioned 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

Our review analysis indicates 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
Camera Review Olympus PEN EPL8
Camera Review Olympus PEN 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

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What is the Best High End Olympus Digital Camera?

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

$1,499.00
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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 78, but is a bit more expensive at $1,499.

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

95
Reviews
21 Reviews
81
Features
Fully-Featured
70
Popularity
Quite Popular
67
Value for Money
Good
78
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Our review analysis indicates that Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II has exceptional 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

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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 75 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 fully featured and good value for money 3x optical zoom digital camera. It has an image stabiliser and a touchscreen, supports Wi-Fi and features bluetooth.

80
Features
Fully-Featured
71
Value for Money
Good
75
Kagoo Score
Very Good
Olympus EPL-5 One Month Review (Olympus EPL5)
Olympus EPL-5 One Month Review (Olympus EPL5)
Mirrorless Olympus PEN EPL-1 - Unboxing dan Hasil Foto-Video - Kamera murah buat Vlog
Mirrorless Olympus PEN EPL-1 - Unboxing dan Hasil Foto-Video - Kamera murah buat Vlog
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 EPL PEN 7 FOR VLOGGING? | review
OLYMPUS EPL PEN 7 FOR VLOGGING? | review
Olympus Pen EPL 5 initial review by GRVO TV
Olympus Pen EPL 5 initial review by GRVO TV
Olympus EPL-1 Test Video (Lens Whacking)
Olympus EPL-1 Test Video (Lens Whacking)
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
Olympus PEN EPL-8 - Unboxing & First Impressions
Olympus PEN EPL-8 - Unboxing & First Impressions
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Test Mirrorles Olympus EPL-5 kit 14-42mm Short Films Cinematic

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Find the best Olympus digital camera for you by checking our complete list of over 543 digital cameras
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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