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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV Camera

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Olympus has just announced its latest entry level camera in the OM-D lineup – or should I say entry level interchangeable lens camera with Intermediate level features and even some pro camera capabilities – the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV.

As promised, the Olympus imaging division is moving full steam ahead with it’s product development roadmap and they have just announced this latest update to the OM-D line-up- the OM-D E-M10 Mark IV which replaces the OM-D E-M10 Mark III which is the camera that DP Review named as the Intermediate Mirrorless Camera of the year in 2017. And I have to tell you that I predict that this camera could take that title for 2020 because many of its upgrades come from the pro-level OM-D cameras like the E-M1 Mark III and the E-M1X.

Who is this camera designed for?

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV

Olympus is using the phrase Urban Explorer, but I would suggest that this is a camera for people who like to take a camera with them everywhere, everyday – but they want better quality and certainly a greater range of optics and controls than they can get with their smartphones.

Let’s face it – smartphones are capable of making great pictures – but they are very limited especially when it comes to the optics.The biggest feature for me is that this camera is small enough to take anywhere – anytime and I can fit it comfortably in a jacket pocket.

The camera is also designed to make photography easy for smartphone users who are making their first steps into the world of mirrorless cameras and interchangeable lenses. Predefined scene settings for People, Motion, Indoors, Nightscapes, Scenery and Close-ups help beginners get the settings to prioritize what’s important in their shot. Or beginners can use the Auto mode which takes out the guesswork and detects the scene, the lighting, movement of you or your subject and will even find your subjects eyes – all to get you results that will far surpass a smartphone.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV

Key specifications

  • 20 Megapixel Live MOS sensor (Four Thirds)
  • TruePic VIII processor
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilization (up to 4.5 stops)
  • 121-point contrast-detect AF system
  • Flip-down touchscreen display
  • Electronic viewfinder
  • 4.5 fps burst shooting w/AF
  • USB charging
  • Wi-Fi + Bluetooth
  • 360 shots per charge (with LCD)
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV

The new OM-D E-M10 Mark IV has a lot going on in this little camera body. I should also mention the the new E-M10 Mark IV is lighter than it’s predecessor – the Mark III. When’s the last time that you heard of a camera being upgraded with a more powerful processor and more features with less weight?

The camera features a flip up and flip down LCD screen which of course is great for selfies. It has the same continuous autofocus system as the E-M1X and the same face and eye detection capabilities as the -M1 Mark III and it features 4.5 stops of in body image stabilization which is an added benefit to the video capabilities of 4K video at 30frames per second and 120fps per second at 720p.

It is also worth noting that the E-M10 Mark IV has some of my favorite unique Olympus features like the Art Filters and Live Composite. It also features Live Time and Live Bulb, Multiple exposure.. and well the list goes on and my list has just scratched the surface.For those of you who are into all the specs – the FULL specs list is below.

Thoughts and Images

When asked about Olympus cameras in general, I have said many times that Olympus really put the fun back into photography for me and this camera is no exception. If fact it pretty much insures that I will only use my smartphone to take a picture if I am desperate.

I shot most of these images with the M. Zuiko 12-45mm F4.0 PRO lens – that is a 24 to 90mm full frame comparison that is small and lightweight and also has the ability to do near macro shots with a 12cm minimum focusing distance.

View the full-res files on my Flickr profile

For a beginner making their first step in to mirrorless and interchangeable lenses, this camera is simply easy to use.It has pro level features at an affordable price and works with an incredible array of M.Zuiko lenses. For intermediate and advanced shooters this is the camera that will never leave your side.Small, lightweight and capable of performing like your pro level camera or being used like a point and shoot, this camera can hold it’s own as a feature loaded adventure camera or a great back-up camera to an E-M1 Mark III or E-M1X. Pair it with the Olympus I.O. Share app and you can edit and share your images on the go.

All of my images were shot as RAW and developed in Luminar version 4.3.

I have to tell you that this camera is simply a lot of fun to shoot with. Small, lightweight and full featured it looks, handles and works like my pro level Olympus cameras. It honestly hasn’t left my side in the two weeks that I’ve had it.

I hope you find this information helpful. Regardless of what camera brand you use – have fun and until next time, remember that photography is not a competition – its a passion to be shared.

Now go pick up that camera and shoot something because your BEST shot – it’s your NEXT shot.



Sensor / Dust
Sensor Type4/3″ Live MOS Sensor
Effective Pixels20.3 million
Total Pixels21.8 million
Aspect Ratio & Area4:3 / 17.4 x 13.0mm
Dust ReductionSuper Sonic Wave Filter
Processor TypeTruePicTM VIII
Focusing System
AF System TypeHigh-speed imager AF
Focus ModesSingle AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF
(C-AF)*1 / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / AF tracking (C-AF + TR)*1
*1 While Four-Thirds lens is attached, only S-AF (single target) or MF for
video are available.
Magnified Frame3x , 5x , 7x , 10x , 14x
*Autofocusing is possible in the magnified frame; can be assigned to button
to turn magnify frame AF on and to activate magnification; touch icon on
monitor to turn off; enables selection of AF point from over 800.
Super Spot AFAvailable*(Contrast AF in center
of the monitor when magnified)
*Available only when a Micro Four Thirds lens is attached.
Face priority AF / Eye
priority AF
Eye priority AF mode : off / nearer-eye priority
Focusing Points / Focusing
Points Selection Mode
121-point contrast AF
 All target, group target (9-area),
single target
AF IlluminatorAvailable
AF Targeting PadAvailable (activate / deactivate
with double tap on rear monitor)
Manual Focus AssistFocus ring rotation activates
Live View image magnification and/or focus peaking when in S-AF+MF or MF mode
Peaking FunctionActivate with Fn button or focus
Change peaking settings using the Info button
Color selection: white, black, red, yellow
Image Stabilization
System TypeBuilt-in 5-axis sensor-shift
image stabilization for video and still photos
(compensates for yaw, pitch, roll, vertical shift, horizontal shift)
Live View Image StabilizationActivation by half-pressing shutter button or enlarging view
Focal Length Setting1 setting
*Lenses without communication function can be registered
Stabilization PerformanceCompensation steps (Body only):
*When using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ
Focal length: 42mm (35mm equivalent: 84mm)
Available manual focal length
Input focal length: 0.1 to 1000
mm (0.1 step)
Lens IS PriorityCannot be activated from
Lens IS has priority over camera body IS when the IS switch on the lens is
turned to ON.
When lens IS has priority over camera body IS, camera body IS functions as
 – when Olympus lens is attached:
compensates for camera roll
 – when third party lens is attached:
does not function
Shutter / Sequential
Shutter TypeComputerized focal-plane,
high-speed mechanical shutter
Silent electronic shutter 
Shutter SpeedMechanical Shutter: 1/4000 – 60
sec. (1/3 EV steps selectable)
Live Bulb/Live Time: Max. 30 min. (selectable in menu settings, with 8-min.
default setting)
Live composite: Max. 3 hours
Electronic first curtain shutter (Anti-shock mode) : 1/320 – 60 sec*
*Shutter speed faster than 1/320 sec will be automatically switched to
mechanical shutter.
Electronic shutter (Silent mode): 1/16000 – 60 sec
*Settings for sound, AF illuminator, and flash can be set to ON/OFF separately,
default setting is Off for all three
Silent ModeAvailable as “Silent”
in Scene mode and Advanced photo mode. (sound, AF illuminator and flash are
set to OFF as default settings.)
Sequential Shooting Maximum
[Sequential shooting H
mode] approx 8.7 fps (IS ON/OFF)

 *When using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED
14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ

[Sequential shooting L mode] approx 5 fps (IS ON/OFF)

 *When using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED
12-40mm f/2.8 PRO

[Anti-shock sequential shooting L] approx 4.8 fps

*When using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO

[Silent sequential shooting H] approx 15 fps

*When using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ

[Silent sequential shooting L] approx 6.3 fps

*When using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO

Max. Recordable Pictures in
Sequential Shooting
Sequential shooting H at max.
fps [RAW]: until card is full
*According to Olympus test, using M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO and
Toshiba SDHC UHS-II card R260/W240 EXCERIA™ PRO

Sequential shooting H [JPEG LF]: Until card is full
Sequential shooting H at max. fps [JPEG default]: until card is full
*According to Olympus test, using M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO and
Toshiba SDHC UHS-II card R260/W240 EXCERIA™ PRO

Sequential shooting L at max. fps [RAW]: until card is full
*According to Olympus test, using M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO and
Toshiba SDHC UHS-II card R260/W240 EXCERIA™ PRO

Sequential shooting L at max. fps
[JPEG default]: until card is full
*According to Olympus test, using M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO and
Toshiba SDHC UHS-II card R260/W240 EXCERIA™ PRO

Silent sequential shooting H at max. fps [RAW]: approx. 42
*According to Olympus test conditions, using M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm
F2.8 PRO and Toshiba SDHC UHS-II card SDXU-D032G

Silent sequential shooting H at max. fps [JPEG LF]: approx. 49
*According to Olympus test conditions, using M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm
F2.8 PRO and Toshiba SDHC UHS-II card SDXU-D032G

Silent sequential shooting L at max. fps [RAW]: approx. 945
*According to Olympus test conditions, using M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm
F2.8 PRO and Toshiba SDHC UHS-II card SDXU-D032G

Silent sequential shooting L at max. fps [JPEG LF]: until card is
*According to Olympus test conditions, using M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm
F2.8 PRO and Toshiba SDHC UHS-II card SDXU-D032G

Self TimerOperation time: 12 sec., 2 sec.,
custom (Wait time: 1-30sec., Shot interval: 0.5/1/2/3sec., Number of shots:
Viewfinder / Monitor
Finder TypeEye-level electronic viewfinder, approx. 2.36M dots
Field of View / Viewfinder
Approx. 100%  /
Approx.1.23x (50mm lens, Infinity, -1m-1)
Eye Point / Diopter Adjustment
Approx. 19.2mm (-1m-1, Distance from rear lens surface) / -4 ~
PreviewLive View preview (without depth of field preview lock)
Live View BoostAvailable
*Exposure compensation will not be applied
Display GridOff / normal grid / trichotomy
/golden grid / scale / diagonal / movie grid
Level Gauge2-axis (horizontal / vertical) level gauge
Finder Style1 style
Brightness / Color Temp
Adaptive brightness
technology,  ±2 level manual control
/±3 level manual control 
EyecupEP-16 eyecup is separately available
Rear Monitor Size3.0-inch tilting monitor*
  *Approx.1040k dots (3:2),
electrostatic capacitance touch panel 
Touch ControlShutter release, AF area
selection, AF area size adjustment, AF touch pad, frame forward/backward,
magnified playback, Live Guide, Super Control Panel, Art Filter, Scene, Wi-Fi
connection,  video controls, video effects)
Tilting CapabilityTilt type: Upward tilting: Up to
approx. 80 degrees
Downward tilting: Up to approx. 180 degrees (Selfie compatible)
Brightness / Color Temp
Control (Rear Monitor)
±7 levels / ±7 levels
Color Tone SelectVivid / Natural
Live ViewApprox. 100% field of view,

exposure compensation preview, WB adjustment preview,
gradation preview, face detection preview (up to 8 faces),
grid line, magnification display (x3/x5/x7/x10/x14),

Display ModeDisplay modes: Standard,
Histogram, Highlight & Shadow, Level Gauge, Off (Image Only)
Exposure Control /
Metering SystemDigital ESP metering (324-area
multi pattern metering), center-weighted average metering, spot metering,
spot metering with highlight control, spot metering with shadow control
Metering RangeEV -2 – 20 (using f2.8 lens, ISO
Exposure Mode / Shooting ModeAuto (Live Guide can be used) ,
P: Program AE (program shift can be performed), A: Aperture Priority AE, S:
Shutter Priority AE, M: Manual (Live Bulb, Live Time and Live Composite are
available), Scene Select AE, Advanced Photo AE, Art Filter
Scene Select AE[Advanced Photo]Live Composite, Live Bulb, Multiple Exposure, HDR Backlight*1, Silent,
Panorama, Keystone Compensation, AE Bracketing, Focus Bracketing
[Scene](Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape + Portrait, Night + Portrait, Children,
Night scene, Sport, Hand-held Starlight*2, Fireworks, Light trails, Sports,
Panning, Landscape, Sunset, Beach & Snow, Backlight HDR*1, Candlelight,
Silent, Macro, Nature Macro, Documents, Multi Focus Shot)
*1 4 images automatically shot and combined into a single image composite

*1 8 images automatically shot and combined into a single image

ISO SensitivityAUTO ISO (default) : LOW
(approx.100) ‐ 6400
Manual ISO : LOW (approx.100), 200 – 25600 
Exposure Compensation±5 EV, adjustable by 1/3 EV
Live View only reflects up to ±3 EV steps
AE LockLocks with a half-press of the
shutter button , AEL/AFL button(can be set to Fn button as well)
Flash Intensity Control ModeTTL Auto, Auto*, Manual, Super
  * Available on the external flash
Built-in FlashTTL Flash, GN=5.1 (ISO100・m) /
GN= 7.2 (ISO200・m)
Flash ModeRedeye, Fill-in, Flash Off,
Red-eye Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(2nd
curtain), Manual(1/1(FULL) – 1/64)
Synchronization Speed1/250 sec.* or slower
 *When using Super FP: 1/125 – 1/4000
 *When using electronic shutter: 1/50
sec. for up to ISO6400, 1/20 sec. for ISO 8000 or higher
Flash Intensity ControlUp to ±3 EV in 0.3EV steps
Compatible External FlashFL-50R, FL-36R, FL-20, FL-14,
FL-300R, FL-600R, FL-900R, STF-8, FL-700WR
Wireless Flash Control MethodTriggered and controlled by the
built-in flash
(Olympus Wireless RC Flash system compatible)
Radio Wireless Flash ControlAvailable
Flash Units
(Triggered and controlled by compatible Commander
FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-300R,
FL-600R, FL-900R, FL-700WR
Compatible Commander Flash
FL-600R, FL-900R, STF-8,
Channels4 Channels
Groups4 Groups (External flash 3
groups + commander flash)
Memory / Image
Recording (File Format)
Compatible MemorySD (SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I, UHS-II)
Recording FormatDCF2.0, Exif2.31
File FormatRAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, JPEG + RAW
Recording Image Size[RAW] 4608 x 3456 pixels
[JPEG] 4608 x 3456 pixels – 1280 x 960 pixels
White Balance /
Color Mode
White Balance ModeAuto WB, 6 Preset WBs, 4 Capture WBs, Custom WB(Kelvin setting)
White Balance Compensation*±7 steps in each A-B/G-M axis
* Except for Custom WB
Color ModesRGB, Adobe RGB
Bracketing / HDR
Exposure Bracketing3 frames (1.0EV steps), 5 frames
(0.7EV steps)
*Available as AE Bracketing in Advanced Photo mode.
Focus Bracketing8 frames (Available in Advanced
Photo mode, focus step is selectalbe from 5 or 10)
*Available as Multi Focus Shot in Scene mode and Focus Bracketing in
Advanced Photo mode.
HDR (Auto Composite)HDR1, HDR2 (painting-like)
*ISO sensitivity is fixed at 200, and maximum shutter speed setting is 4
Available as Backlight HDR in Scene mode and HDR in Advanced Photo mode.
Creative Features
Picture Modei-Finish, Vivid, Natural, Flat,
Portrait, Monotone, Custom, e-Portrait, color creater, Art Filters
Gradation4 types (Auto, Normal, High Key,
Low Key)
*Except when using e-Portrait, Art Filters, Color Creator
Highlight & Shadow Control±7 steps each for highlight,
shadow, midtone 
Picture ToneNeutral, Sepia, Blue, Purple, Green for Monotone
Pop Art
Soft Focus
Pale & Light Color
Light Tone
Grainy Film
Pin Hole
Cross Process
Gentle Sepia
Dramatic Tone
Key Line
Partial Color (18 Color)
Bleech Bypass
Instant Film
Art Filter Fine TunePop Art: Available (Pop Art I
Soft Focus: Available
Color CreatorAvailable
Multiple Exposure2 frames
Auto Gain: Yes
Overlay: Yes
Live Bulb / Live TimeUpdate Interval time 0.5 sec –
60 sec
Live CompositeUpdate Interval time 0.5 sec –
60 sec
Interval ShootingCreating Time-lapse movie
automatically is available for interval shooting up to 999 frames
Keystone CompensationAvailable as Keystone
Compensation in Advanced Photo mode.
Video / Audio
Video Recording FormatMOV(MPEG-4AVC/H.264) 
Movie Mode / Frame Rate /
Compression Method
    3840 × 2160 (4K) / 30p, 25p, 24p
/ IPB (approx. 102 Mbps)
    1920 x 1080 (FHD) / 30p, 25p, 24p
/ IPB (SF, F, N)
    1920 x 1080 (FHD) / 60p, 50p /
IPB (SF, F, N)
    1280 x 720 (HD) / 60p,50p, 30p,
25p, 24p / IPB (SF, F, N)

60p: 59.94 fps, 50p: 50.00 fps, 30p: 29.97 fps, 25p: 25.00 fps,
24p: 23.98 fps, C4K 24.00 fps
FHD IPB (SF: SuperFine / approx. 52 Mbps, F: Fine / approx.. 30 Mbps,
N: Normal / approx. 18 Mbps)
HD IPB(SF:SuperFine / approx.26Mbps,
F:Fine / approx.14Mbps、N:Normal / approx.10Mbps)
     *Frame rates may drop when
particular Art Filters and Movie Effects are used.
     *Class 10 or higher SD card is
recommended for shooting movies.
     *UHS-II or UHS-I U3 card is
recommended for 4K shooting.

Maximum Video Recording Time[MOV] Approx.. 29min
Movie Tele-converterNot Available
Art Filter MovieAvailable
(Frame rates may drop when certain Art Filters are used)
Movie EffectOne-shot Echo / Multi-echo / Art
Fade / Old Film
Timelapse Movie[MOV]3840×2160(4K)/ 5fps
1920×1080(FHD)/ 5fps,10fps,15fps
1280×720(HD)/ 5fps、10fps、15fps、30fps
IS for MovieM-IS1*(Image sensor shift and
electronic image stabilizer with multi motion IS),
M-IS2(Image sensor shift with multi motion IS), Off
*While using M-IS1, field of view may be affected. 
AE LockAvailable
Video Exposure ControlProgram AE, aperture priority AE, shutter priority AE, manual
Grid Lines / Focus Peaking4 types of grid lines / 4 colors
for focus peaking
Clips1, 2, 4, 8 sec.
(Further continued shooting possible up to 16 seconds by pressing video
record button again)
High Speed Movie120 fps (1280X720, MOV)
Live View Output via HDMIMonitor Mode (outputs video and
info display to a connected monitor) *1
*1 Camera display is turned off when connected by HDMI.
Audio Recording FormatWave Format (Stereo linear
PCM/16-bit, Sampling frequency 48kHz)
Microphone / SpeakerBuilt-in stereo microphone /
built-in mono speaker
*External stereo microphone can be attached
Microphone FunctionWind noise reduction, recording
     Audio dubbing possible for still
pictures (up to 30 sec.)
    *May affect audio quality.
Wi-FiEasy Connection
QR code setting
Live View, rec view, wireless touch AF shutter, self timer (w/countdown
guidance, sequential shooting, video recording capability), video recording,
power off

Auto / SCN / ART / P / A / S / M (Live Bulb, Live Time, Live Composite) and
drive mode can be selected.*
Aperture, shutter speed, exposure, ISO sensitivity, white balance can be
*When in private connection 

Bluetooth FunctionsEasy Connection
Simple Image Transfer
Wireless Shutter Release
Playback ModeSingle-frame, information
display, index display (4/9/25/100 frames), calendar, enlargement (2x – 14x),
movie (with sound, FF/REW/Pause), Slideshow (with sound and music), picture
rotation (auto), Dubbed audio playback
Dial CustomizationDial function is cutomizable for
both dials
Button CustomizationCan select from 11 functions to
assign to buttons.  
Copyright Settings / Lens Info
With / Without
Image Editing FunctionsRAW data edit, Gradation auto,
Monochrome, Sepia, Red-eye fix, Saturation, Resize (1280×960, 640×480,
320×240), Trimming, Aspect, e-Portrait, Image Overlay, Post recording

RAW data edit based on settings of the camera (including e-Portrait, Color
Creator, Art Filter, ART-BKT).
Preview capability.

Video Editing FunctionsTrimming (begining / end) /
in-video image extraction (4K only)
Menu Languages (34
34 languages selectable :
  – English, French, German, Spanish,
Italian, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian,
Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish,
Croatian, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovakian, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian,
Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Rumanian, Indonesian, Malay, Thai
Connectivity / Power
USB ConnectorUSB Micro-B
Remote ConnectorNot Available
HDMI ConnectorMicro HDMI (type D)
Flash AttachmentHot shoe
Wireless LANBuilt-in(IEEE 802.11b/g/n)
BluetoothBuilt-in (Bluetooth Ver.4.2 Bluetooth Low Energy)
PC InterfaceUSB 2.0 Hi-Speed
TV InterfaceNot Available
BatteryBLS-50 Li-ion battery (included)
Battery Status DisplayRemaining power (4 steps)
AC AdapterBundle F-5AC USB-AC Adapter
USB ChargingBuilt-in (removable) battery can
be charged with USB
* When the camera power is off
* Performance varies depending on different USB devices
Sleep ModeAvailable (1/3/5 min. off)
Number of Recordable PicturesStandard mode: 360
*With Toshiba SDXU-D032G, IS ON, with no flashes attached, based on CIPA
test standards
Battery Life for Movie
Under standard JEITA testing:
*When repeatedly recording at the maximum time of 29

When zoom and other operational functions are not used: 140
*When repeatedly recording at the maximum time
of 29 minutes
Weights &
Dimensions / Operating Environment / Box Contents
WeightApprox. 383 g  (with BLS-50 battery and Memory card, based
on CIPA standards)
Approx. 335 g  (body only)
DimensionsW:121.7mm H:84.4mm D:49mm
    (based on CIPA standards:
excludes protrusions)
Operating Temperature Range-10℃ ~ +40℃ (when in operation) / -20 ~ +60℃ (when stored)
Operating Humidity Range30 – 90% (when in operation) / 10 – 90% (when stored)
Box ContentsBody,  USB cable, shoulder strap, instruction
manual, warranty card, BLS-50 Li-ion battery , F-5AC USB-AC Adapter

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I hope you found this information useful. Now go pick up that camera and shoot something! Because – “Your BEST shot is your NEXT shot!” — Joe Edelman

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