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Should You Buy an Olympus Digital Camera?

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Updated 24 January 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 £55 for the SP-810UZ which has a weight of 413g, an optical zoom of 36x and is a bridge digital camera and go up to £588 for the E-M5 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 £551.

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%
32,095 reviews
#2
Japan
92%
92%
4,509 reviews
#3
Japan
91%
91%
11,750 reviews
#4
Japan
91%
91%
25,283 reviews
#5
Japan
88%
88%
6,650 reviews
#6
86%
86%
1,097 reviews
#7
82%
82%
1,658 reviews
#8
Japan
81%
81%
3,057 reviews
#9
80%
80%
827 reviews
#10
South Korea
80%
80%
4,355 reviews
#11
Polaroid
80%
80%
2,226 reviews
#12
Sigma
78%
78%
396 reviews
#13
Praktica
78%
78%
94 reviews
#14
Ricoh
77%
77%
122 reviews
#15
Fuji
74%
74%
362 reviews
#16
SeaLife
72%
72%
4 reviews
#17
71%
71%
58 reviews
#18
easypix
70%
70%
102 reviews
#19
Hasselblad
63%
63%
90 reviews
#20
Mamiya
63%
63%
2 reviews
#21
Lytro
62%
62%
207 reviews
#22
GE
United States
62%
62%
209 reviews
#23
Vivitar
60%
60%
244 reviews
#24
Konica Minolta
60%
60%
8 reviews
#25
VTech
57%
57%
1 review
#26
LG
South Korea
56%
56%
2 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

At an average purchase price of £551, Olympus digital cameras tend to be cheaper than most other digital camera brands which makes them a popular choice with consumers. Olympus also have better reviews than the typical digital camera brand, with the average rating of a Olympus digital camera being 75%.

The average review score for a Olympus digital camera is 75%.

Olympus have a number of great features including rechargeable battery which sets them apart from the competition.

There's a smaller selection of Olympus digital cameras available compared to other digital camera brands, with only 13 Olympus digital cameras currently on the market in the UK.

No. Of Digital Cameras
Average Price
£568
£0 £100 £200 £300 £400 £500 £600 £700 £800 £900 £6,399
Price Distribution of All Digital Cameras
No. Of Digital Cameras
Average Price
£551
£0 £100 £200 £300 £400 £500 £600 £700 £800 £900 £6,399
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
490
4 stars
527
3 stars
69
2 stars
6
1 star
1
Olympus logo

User Reviews

5 stars
630
4 stars
149
3 stars
51
2 stars
30
1 star
32
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
74%
417 reviews
73%
337 reviews
75%
209 reviews
74%
125 reviews
80%
83 reviews
78%
76 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
79%
123 reviews
83%
135 reviews
81%
96 reviews
77%
41 reviews
84%
91 reviews
83%
52 reviews
Techradar logo
79%
127 reviews
74%
138 reviews
81%
62 reviews
70%
42 reviews
82%
44 reviews
81%
31 reviews
PhotographyBlog.com logo
82%
124 reviews
82%
137 reviews
87%
58 reviews
82%
49 reviews
87%
43 reviews
88%
28 reviews
Ephotozine logo
79%
106 reviews
77%
131 reviews
85%
50 reviews
79%
44 reviews
88%
43 reviews
88%
24 reviews
Chip.de logo
75%
113 reviews
75%
93 reviews
83%
70 reviews
71%
42 reviews
84%
32 reviews
80%
23 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
75%
104 reviews
70%
77 reviews
79%
58 reviews
67%
30 reviews
87%
39 reviews
78%
25 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
77%
79 reviews
74%
74 reviews
75%
41 reviews
72%
30 reviews
84%
33 reviews
70%
12 reviews
Pocket Lint logo
81%
77 reviews
81%
70 reviews
81%
37 reviews
77%
29 reviews
86%
34 reviews
83%
20 reviews
PC Mag logo
72%
92 reviews
74%
63 reviews
78%
47 reviews
69%
23 reviews
75%
19 reviews
77%
19 reviews
Digital Versus logo
77%
74 reviews
70%
63 reviews
81%
44 reviews
70%
31 reviews
87%
29 reviews
77%
22 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
80%
74 reviews
81%
64 reviews
82%
41 reviews
79%
31 reviews
83%
26 reviews
83%
14 reviews
dkamera.de logo
84%
78 reviews
87%
68 reviews
89%
40 reviews
85%
19 reviews
90%
22 reviews
87%
17 reviews
What Digital Camera logo
88%
62 reviews
87%
50 reviews
88%
41 reviews
85%
31 reviews
88%
26 reviews
87%
21 reviews
Good Gear Guide.com.au logo
80%
58 reviews
76%
42 reviews
75%
31 reviews
73%
23 reviews
79%
18 reviews
82%
13 reviews
photoreview.com.au logo
87%
57 reviews
87%
36 reviews
87%
34 reviews
86%
8 reviews
88%
29 reviews
87%
17 reviews
01net.com logo
76%
38 reviews
80%
35 reviews
87%
34 reviews
70%
26 reviews
91%
27 reviews
85%
18 reviews
Camera Labs logo
84%
79 reviews
84%
37 reviews
85%
28 reviews
83%
2 reviews
86%
16 reviews
84%
13 reviews
tecnozoom.it logo
73%
63 reviews
74%
50 reviews
76%
23 reviews
76%
22 reviews
78%
5 reviews
80%
1 review
Digitaltrends.com logo
76%
57 reviews
77%
37 reviews
81%
33 reviews
77%
13 reviews
80%
6 reviews
79%
14 reviews
Other Expert Sites
75%
2,449 reviews
75%
1,987 reviews
73%
1,411 reviews
70%
904 reviews
76%
768 reviews
74%
583 reviews
Average
79%
4,451 reviews
78%
3,724 reviews
81%
2,488 reviews
76%
1,565 reviews
84%
1,433 reviews
82%
1,043 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Olympus Digital Cameras Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 292 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 292 awards for its digital cameras.

Compare all award winning digital cameras

Number of Awards Canon Nikon Sony Samsung Panasonic Olympus
PhotographyBlog.com logo
103
110
51
40
38
28
Ephotozine logo
70
74
39
25
40
21
Lydogbilde.no logo
32
58
32
13
56
37
Camera Labs logo
89
43
32
26
14
Trusted Reviews logo
28
29
20
13
16
6
DP Review logo
30
28
20
5
13
9
CNET.com logo
31
33
17
9
11
4
photoreview.com.au logo
27
18
22
4
23
8
Pocket Lint logo
24
21
16
7
23
11
01net.com logo
16
20
22
8
20
13
What Digital Camera logo
25
17
19
9
15
7
Digitaltrends.com logo
24
18
25
8
5
8
Expert Reviews logo
19
19
9
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
13
16
13
2
2
5
M3.idg.se logo
12
16
6
6
6
4
Digital Versus logo
8
9
13
3
12
3
letsgodigital.org/nl/ logo
19
14
6
3
2
4
Techradar logo
8
15
5
4
11
4
Other Expert Sites
351
281
230
112
156
94
Total
965
862
627
289
503
292

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

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
capable of reliably generating first-rate images
digitalcamerareview.com
the Olympus Stylus Tough 8000 is a good choice
CNET.com
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 is the flagship rugged camera from Olympus
Neocamera.com
Rugged devices
gcn.com
its rugged
Imaging Resource.com
durable camera is capable of
reviewed.com
the Olympus mju TOUGH 6000 is designed to be rugged out in the field
What Digital Camera
does include a built in HDR bracketing mode
Ephotozine

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
even if its lens wasn't quite up to scratch
Digital Versus
I am always worried about the waterproof claims that camera manufacturers make
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 Mark III (£440), the Olympus PEN EPL9 (£337) and the Olympus OM-D EM10 (£399).

What is the Best Mid-Range Olympus Digital Camera?

Olympus PEN EPL9

£337.00
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Olympus PEN EPL9
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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

A great mid range choice, priced at £337 is the Olympus PEN EPL9, which has a Kagoo Score of 83.

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 very popular 3x optical zoom digital camera, good for landscape photography. It has an image stabiliser and a touchscreen, supports Wi-Fi and features bluetooth.

86
Features
Fully-Featured
89
Popularity
Amazon Bestseller
72
Value for Money
Good
85
Age
2 Years Old
83
Kagoo Score
Excellent
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What is the Best High End Olympus Digital Camera?

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

£439.97
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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III
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16.1MP
4608 X 3456
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
10.7x
OPTICAL ZOOM
4K
VIDEO RESOLUTION
3.5
MINIMUM
25,600
MAXIMUM ISO
SPEED
1s
CAMERA
410g
3"
SCREEN

If you're looking for a high end Olympus digital camera then the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 85, but is a bit more expensive at £439.97.

Features We Love:
High megapixels (16.1MP)
Big optical zoom (10.7x)
3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels video resolution (3840x2160 pixels)
High maximum ISO sensitivity (25,600)
ok minimum aperture number (3.5)

A fairly new and best selling 10.7x optical zoom camera, good for portrait photography. It has an image stabiliser, a touchscreen and a GPS and supports Wi-Fi.

89
Features
Fully-Featured
90
Popularity
Amazon Bestseller
71
Value for Money
Good
89
Age
16 Months Old
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent
Olympus OMD EM10 Mark III review
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Olympus em10 mark III   4K + IS Test
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Olympus OMD EM10 Mark III Camera Review
Olympus OMD EM10 Mark III Camera Review

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What is the Best Budget Choice Olympus Digital Camera?

Olympus PEN EPL8

£339.00
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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

At only £339 and with a Kagoo Score of 82 the Olympus PEN EPL8 makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
High megapixels (16.1MP)
Tiny optical zoom (3x)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels video resolution (1920x1080 pixels)
ok minimum aperture number (3.5)
Image stabiliser

An award winning and fully featured 3x optical zoom digital camera, good for landscape photography. It has an image stabiliser and a touchscreen, is 3D and supports Wi-Fi. Multiple reviews mentioned that it produces good images, good-looking and compact.

92
Reviews
23 Reviews + 2 Awards
85
Features
Fully-Featured
76
Popularity
Quite Popular
75
Value for Money
Very Good
77
Age
3 Years Old
82
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Olympus PEN EPL8 has good expert reviews with an average expert rating of 79%, based on 23 reviews. Olympus PEN EPL8 has received two awards including a "Highly Recommended" award from Ephotozine plus one other site.

PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended
Ephotozine Highly Recommended
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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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