I wanted a mirrorless that is compact, durable, and ergonomic on my hand which doesn’t need those bells and whistles (like hand grips, thumb rest) to get a steady shot. Some of my previous mirrorless compacts were plasticky, flimsy and they easily wear. After researching on brands and comparing cameras, I decided to purchase the black OMD EM10 and had it imported from Japan. It's brother, the PEN F is considered one of the best street photography cameras.
I have The 14-42 3.5-5.6 pancake zoom lens which comes with the camera is just right for my street photography work. The profile of the lens is relatively small and hardly noticeable. It gets the job done when you don’t want to be obvious doing street photography.
I’m fine with the camera as is. As for the 14-42 lens, since it’s an electronic zoom, there is a certain delay when you change focal ranges. However, this delay made me realize that I should stick with a particular focal range when doing multiple frames when on the streets.
This means, when my lens is at 28mm, I’ve learned to discipline myself not to switch to 35 or 50 when I’m already doing multiple frames. This way, I don’t have to fiddle with my lens’ focal range and risk not capturing dramatic moments in the street.
The camera has a solid feel when I grip it even if it’s small. Aesthetically it looks really stylish with its retro look. On the technical side, the photo transfer using wifi is really fast and doesn’t easily get disconnected in the middle of the transfer like other brands.
Since I shift from photographing silhouettes and shadows to regular well-lit street scenes, I always needed to switch from center-weighted metering to spot metering. Although it’s just a minor inconvenience, the camera doesn’t have a function to program the metering modes to its short cut buttons for easy switching. Good think I’ve learned to navigate quickly in the menus!
Its solid body in a compact case fitted with a small unassuming zoom lens makes the OMD EM10 my current default camera when doing street photography work.
With it's small profile, I can easily get in and out of a street scene without inviting attention. I’ve never regretted buying this camera and will make it part of my personal collection.