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Olympus E-M10 IV vs Olympus E-PL2

Portability
81
Imaging
63
Features
83
Overall
71
Olympus OM-D E-M10 IV front
 
Olympus PEN E-PL2 front
Portability
85
Imaging
48
Features
47
Overall
47

Olympus E-M10 IV vs Olympus E-PL2 Key Specs

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
  • Revealed August 2020
  • Superseded the Olympus E-M10 III
Olympus E-PL2
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 362g - 114 x 72 x 42mm
  • Released February 2011
  • Superseded the Olympus E-PL1s
  • Refreshed by Olympus E-PL3
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Olympus E-M10 IV vs Olympus E-PL2 Overview

Here, we are matching up the Olympus E-M10 IV and Olympus E-PL2, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras and both of them are built by Olympus. There is a significant difference between the image resolutions of the E-M10 IV (20MP) and E-PL2 (12MP) but both cameras have the identical sensor measurements (Four Thirds).

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The E-M10 IV was announced 9 years after the E-PL2 which is quite a sizable gap as far as tech is concerned. Both of these cameras feature different body design with the Olympus E-M10 IV being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Olympus E-PL2 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before going straight to a step-by-step comparison, here is a short synopsis of how the E-M10 IV matches up vs the E-PL2 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-M10 IV over the Olympus E-PL2

 E-M10 IV E-PL2 
ReleasedAugust 2020February 2011More modern by 116 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution1040k460kClearer display (+580k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL2 over the Olympus E-M10 IV

 E-PL2 E-M10 IV 

Common features in the Olympus E-M10 IV and Olympus E-PL2

 E-M10 IV E-PL2 
Focus manually More accurate focus
Display size3"3"Same display measurements

Olympus E-M10 IV vs Olympus E-PL2 Physical Comparison

In case you're going to carry around your camera regularly, you're going to have to factor in its weight and measurements. The Olympus E-M10 IV comes with exterior measurements of 122mm x 84mm x 49mm (4.8" x 3.3" x 1.9") along with a weight of 383 grams (0.84 lbs) whilst the Olympus E-PL2 has proportions of 114mm x 72mm x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7") along with a weight of 362 grams (0.80 lbs).

Analyze the Olympus E-M10 IV and Olympus E-PL2 in the all new Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you have chosen during that time. Here is a front view dimensions comparison of the E-M10 IV against the E-PL2.

Olympus E-M10 IV vs Olympus E-PL2 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability grade of the E-M10 IV and E-PL2 is 81 and 85 respectively.

Olympus E-M10 IV vs Olympus E-PL2 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-M10 IV vs Olympus E-PL2 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is difficult to visualize the contrast between sensor sizes merely by reading specs. The pic here will provide you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the E-M10 IV and E-PL2.

As you can plainly see, both cameras feature the identical sensor size but different MP. You should expect to see the Olympus E-M10 IV to deliver more detail with its extra 8MP. Greater resolution will also make it easier to crop photos way more aggressively. The newer E-M10 IV provides an edge when it comes to sensor technology.

Olympus E-M10 IV vs Olympus E-PL2 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-M10 IV vs Olympus E-PL2 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-M10 IV vs Olympus E-PL2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-M10 IV Portrait photography highlights
Olympus E-PL2 Portrait photography highlights
77
you can focus manually
MP count good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
includes face detect focusing
exports RAW formats
60
manual focus
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
includes face detection focus
supports RAW formats
low resolution (12MP)
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus E-M10 IV
Street photography with Olympus E-PL2
84
screen tilts
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
supports focus via touch
good ISO range (25,600)
73
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
fixed screen
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus E-M10 IV
Sports photography with Olympus E-PL2
73
quiet mode (1/16,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count good (20MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
includes tracking focus
doesn't have phase detect AF
45
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
includes tracking autofocus
slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
low battery pack (280 shots)
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-M10 IV Travel photography highlights
Olympus E-PL2 Travel photography highlights
85
has bluetooth
supports focus via touch
MP count good (20 megapixels)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
51
built-in flash
does not have Time Lapse recording
low battery pack (280 per charge)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-M10 IV as a Landscape photography camera
Olympus E-PL2 as a Landscape photography camera
83
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
good ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW formats
61
manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
low resolution (12MP)
low battery pack (280 shots)
does not have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus E-M10 IV
Vlogging with Olympus E-PL2
78
display is selfie friendly
touch screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
includes face detect focusing
high quality video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
doesn't have microphone jack
29
image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes face detection focus
display is not selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have external mic socket
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Olympus E-M10 IV vs Olympus E-PL2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-M10 IV and Olympus E-PL2
 Olympus OM-D E-M10 IVOlympus PEN E-PL2
General Information
Make Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus OM-D E-M10 IV Olympus PEN E-PL2
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Revealed 2020-08-04 2011-02-11
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic VIII Truepic V
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 17.4 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 226.2mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 20MP 12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3
Highest Possible resolution 5184 x 3888 4032 x 3024
Maximum native ISO 25600 6400
Minimum native ISO 200 100
RAW support
Minimum enhanced ISO 100 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 121 11
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Number of lenses 107 107
Focal length multiplier 2.1 2.1
Screen
Display type Tilting Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 1,040k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display technology - HyperCrystal LCD AR(Anti-Reflective) coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic (optional)
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.62x -
Features
Min shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Max quiet shutter speed 1/16000 seconds -
Continuous shutter rate 8.7 frames/s 3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 7.20 m (at ISO 200) 10.00 m
Flash settings Redeye, fill-in, off, redeye slow-sync (1st-curtain), slow sync (1st-curtain), slow sync (2nd-curtain), manual Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels)
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/250 seconds 1/160 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 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 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
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 383 grams (0.84 pounds) 362 grams (0.80 pounds)
Physical dimensions 122 x 84 x 49mm (4.8" x 3.3" x 1.9") 114 x 72 x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 55
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 21.4
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 10.2
DXO Low light rating not tested 573
Other
Battery life 360 images 280 images
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BLS-50 BLS-5
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II supported) SD/SDHC
Card slots Single Single
Retail price $699 $0