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Olympus E-M1 vs Olympus E-M10 IV

Portability
71
Imaging
53
Features
85
Overall
65
Olympus OM-D E-M1 front
 
Olympus OM-D E-M10 IV front
Portability
81
Imaging
63
Features
83
Overall
71

Olympus E-M1 vs Olympus E-M10 IV Key Specs

Olympus E-M1
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 497g - 130 x 94 x 63mm
  • Launched October 2013
  • Renewed by Olympus E-M1 II
Olympus E-M10 IV
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 383g - 122 x 84 x 49mm
  • Launched August 2020
  • Earlier Model is Olympus E-M10 III
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Olympus E-M1 vs Olympus E-M10 IV Overview

Its time to look closer at the Olympus E-M1 versus Olympus E-M10 IV, former being a Pro Mirrorless while the other is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and both of them are designed by Olympus. The image resolution of the E-M1 (16MP) and the E-M10 IV (20MP) is fairly comparable and both cameras provide the same sensor sizes (Four Thirds).

Photography Glossary

The E-M1 was brought out 7 years prior to the E-M10 IV and that is a fairly sizable difference as far as camera technology is concerned. The two cameras have the same body design (SLR-style mirrorless).

Before going straight to a in depth comparison, here is a short view of how the E-M1 matches up against the E-M10 IV for portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-M1 over the Olympus E-M10 IV

 E-M1 E-M10 IV 

Reasons to pick Olympus E-M10 IV over the Olympus E-M1

 E-M10 IV E-M1 
LaunchedAugust 2020October 2013More recent by 82 months
Display resolution1040k1037kCrisper display (+3k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Olympus E-M1 and Olympus E-M10 IV

 E-M1 E-M10 IV 
Manually focus Dial accurate focusing
Display typeTiltingTiltingTilting display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display dimensions
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Olympus E-M1 vs Olympus E-M10 IV Physical Comparison

For anybody who is going to lug around your camera regularly, you have to think about its weight and size. The Olympus E-M1 comes with outside measurements of 130mm x 94mm x 63mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.5") having a weight of 497 grams (1.10 lbs) and the Olympus E-M10 IV has specifications of 122mm x 84mm x 49mm (4.8" x 3.3" x 1.9") accompanied by a weight of 383 grams (0.84 lbs).

Check the Olympus E-M1 versus Olympus E-M10 IV in our newest Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are working with at the time. Below is a front view over all size comparison of the E-M1 versus the E-M10 IV.

Olympus E-M1 vs Olympus E-M10 IV size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability score of the E-M1 and E-M10 IV is 71 and 81 respectively.

Olympus E-M1 vs Olympus E-M10 IV top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-M1 vs Olympus E-M10 IV Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is tough to see the contrast in sensor measurements just by seeing specs. The graphic here might give you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the E-M1 and E-M10 IV.

All in all, both cameras have the same sensor dimensions but not the same resolution. You can anticipate the Olympus E-M10 IV to produce more detail having its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will allow you to crop pics a bit more aggressively. The older E-M1 will be disadvantaged in sensor innovation.

Olympus E-M1 vs Olympus E-M10 IV sensor size comparison

Olympus E-M1 vs Olympus E-M10 IV Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-M1 vs Olympus E-M10 IV Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-M1 Portrait photography details
Olympus E-M10 IV Portrait photography details
71
has manual focus
high flash sync (1/320s)
megapixel count good (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
features face detect autofocus
supports RAW formats
77
manual focus
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
supports face detect autofocus
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-M1 Street photography highlights
Olympus E-M10 IV Street photography highlights
78
screen tilts up and down
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
offers touch to focus
environment proof
lighter than competition in class (497g)
very good ISO range (25,600)
84
tilting screen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
has focus by touch
great ISO range (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus E-M1
Sports photography with Olympus E-M10 IV
70
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
features tracking focus
environment proof
sensor has phase detect autofocus
terrible battery pack (350 per charge)
73
silent mode (1/16,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
supports tracking focus
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-M1 as a Travel photography camera
Olympus E-M10 IV as a Travel photography camera
65
lighter than competition in class (497g)
environment proof
offers touch to focus
megapixel count good (16MP)
terrible battery pack (350 shots)
does not feature selfie friendly display
85
has bluetooth
has focus by touch
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
has built in flash
screen is selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-M1 as a Landscape photography camera
Olympus E-M10 IV as a Landscape photography camera
73
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3")
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
very good ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW formats
environment proof
terrible battery pack (350 per charge)
83
manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
great ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW formats
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-M1 Vlogging info
Olympus E-M10 IV Vlogging info
36
touchscreen enabled
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
features face detect autofocus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
includes mic port
lighter than competition in class (497g)
does not feature selfie friendly display
78
screen is selfie friendly
touchscreen capability
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
supports face detect autofocus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
does not have mic support
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Olympus E-M1 vs Olympus E-M10 IV Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-M1 and Olympus E-M10 IV
 Olympus OM-D E-M1Olympus OM-D E-M10 IV
General Information
Brand Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus OM-D E-M1 Olympus OM-D E-M10 IV
Category Pro Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Launched 2013-10-28 2020-08-04
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePIC VII TruePic VIII
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 17.4 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 226.2mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 5184 x 3888
Maximum native ISO 25600 25600
Lowest native ISO 100 200
RAW pictures
Lowest boosted ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 81 121
Lens
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Total lenses 107 107
Focal length multiplier 2.1 2.1
Screen
Screen type Tilting Tilting
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 1,037k dots 1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dots 2,360k dots
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.74x 0.62x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60s 60s
Highest shutter speed 1/8000s 1/4000s
Highest silent shutter speed - 1/16000s
Continuous shooting rate 10.0fps 8.7fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 7.20 m (at ISO 200)
Flash settings Flash Auto, Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync (1st curtain), Slow sync (1st curtain), Slow sync (2nd curtain), Manual Redeye, fill-in, off, redeye slow-sync (1st-curtain), slow sync (1st-curtain), slow sync (2nd-curtain), manual
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/320s 1/250s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video file format H.264, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 497g (1.10 lb) 383g (0.84 lb)
Physical dimensions 130 x 94 x 63mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.5") 122 x 84 x 49mm (4.8" x 3.3" x 1.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 73 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 23.0 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.7 not tested
DXO Low light rating 757 not tested
Other
Battery life 350 photos 360 photos
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BLN-1 BLS-50
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II supported)
Card slots 1 1
Launch cost $799 $699