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Olympus E-M10 IV vs Panasonic FS12

Portability
81
Imaging
63
Features
83
Overall
71
Olympus OM-D E-M10 IV front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS12 front
Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
14
Overall
26

Olympus E-M10 IV vs Panasonic FS12 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
  • Introduced August 2020
  • Old Model is Olympus E-M10 III
Panasonic FS12
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Expand to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 31-124mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 129g - 97 x 55 x 22mm
  • Released April 2009
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Olympus E-M10 IV vs Panasonic FS12 Overview

Here, we will be comparing the Olympus E-M10 IV and Panasonic FS12, former being a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the latter is a Ultracompact by manufacturers Olympus and Panasonic. There exists a sizable gap between the image resolutions of the E-M10 IV (20MP) and FS12 (12MP) and the E-M10 IV (Four Thirds) and FS12 (1/2.3") offer totally different sensor sizes.

Photography Glossary

The E-M10 IV was released 11 years later than the FS12 and that is quite a significant difference as far as technology is concerned. Each of these cameras feature different body design with the Olympus E-M10 IV being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic FS12 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before getting into a complete comparison, here is a quick highlight of how the E-M10 IV grades versus the FS12 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-M10 IV over the Panasonic FS12

 E-M10 IV FS12 
ReleasedAugust 2020April 2009More recent by 138 months
Manually focus More exact focusing
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution1040k230kClearer screen (+810k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic FS12 over the Olympus E-M10 IV

 FS12 E-M10 IV 

Common features in the Olympus E-M10 IV and Panasonic FS12

 E-M10 IV FS12 

Olympus E-M10 IV vs Panasonic FS12 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to lug around your camera often, you have to think about its weight and dimensions. The Olympus E-M10 IV enjoys outer dimensions of 122mm x 84mm x 49mm (4.8" x 3.3" x 1.9") accompanied by a weight of 383 grams (0.84 lbs) while the Panasonic FS12 has dimensions of 97mm x 55mm x 22mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.9") and a weight of 129 grams (0.28 lbs).

Compare the Olympus E-M10 IV and Panasonic FS12 in our newest Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you are employing at that time. Underneath is a front view measurement comparison of the E-M10 IV and the FS12.

Olympus E-M10 IV vs Panasonic FS12 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the E-M10 IV and FS12 is 81 and 95 respectively.

Olympus E-M10 IV vs Panasonic FS12 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-M10 IV vs Panasonic FS12 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is very difficult to envision the difference between sensor measurements simply by reviewing specs. The graphic here will provide you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the E-M10 IV and FS12.

All in all, both cameras feature different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The E-M10 IV featuring a bigger sensor will make achieving bokeh less difficult and the Olympus E-M10 IV will offer more detail as a result of its extra 8MP. Higher resolution can also help you crop shots way more aggressively. The more modern E-M10 IV will have an advantage with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus E-M10 IV vs Panasonic FS12 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-M10 IV vs Panasonic FS12 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-M10 IV vs Panasonic FS12 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus E-M10 IV
Portrait photography with Panasonic FS12
77
has manual focus
good MP (20 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
supports face detection focus
supports RAW files
21
manual focus not available
manual mode not available
can't use external flash
megapixel count low (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus E-M10 IV
Street photography with Panasonic FS12
84
tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
features focus by touch
good ISO range (25,600)
57
has image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-M10 IV Sports photography information
Panasonic FS12 Sports photography information
73
quiet shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good MP (20 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
supports tracking autofocus
lack of phase detect auto focus
25
has image stabilization (Optical)
low fps (2.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-M10 IV Travel photography features
Panasonic FS12 Travel photography features
85
supports bluetooth
features focus by touch
good MP (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
screen is selfie friendly
51
built-in flash
no Time Lapse recording
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (31mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-M10 IV Landscape photography factors
Panasonic FS12 Landscape photography factors
83
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good sized screen (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good MP (20MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
good ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW files
28
has image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (31mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
manual mode not available
megapixel count low (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
no Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-M10 IV Vlogging highlights
Panasonic FS12 Vlogging highlights
78
screen is selfie friendly
touchscreen enabled
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
supports face detection focus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
does not have external mic jack
25
has image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not good (31mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
display isn't selfie friendly
video resolution low (640 x 480 pxls)
no mic socket
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Olympus E-M10 IV vs Panasonic FS12 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-M10 IV and Panasonic FS12
 Olympus OM-D E-M10 IVPanasonic Lumix DMC-FS12
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus OM-D E-M10 IV Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS12
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Ultracompact
Introduced 2020-08-04 2009-04-17
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic VIII -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 17.4 x 13mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 226.2mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 5184 x 3888 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 25600 1600
Max boosted ISO - 6400
Lowest native ISO 200 80
RAW files
Lowest boosted ISO 100 -
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 121 -
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 31-124mm (4.0x)
Highest aperture - f/2.8-5.9
Macro focus range - 5cm
Total lenses 107 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.9
Screen
Type of display Tilting Fixed Type
Display size 3 inches 2.7 inches
Resolution of display 1,040k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.62x -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/2000 secs
Maximum quiet shutter speed 1/16000 secs -
Continuous shooting rate 8.7fps 2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 7.20 m (at ISO 200) 6.30 m
Flash options Redeye, fill-in, off, redeye slow-sync (1st-curtain), slow sync (1st-curtain), slow sync (2nd-curtain), manual Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/250 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported 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 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 3840x2160 640x480
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 proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 383 grams (0.84 lb) 129 grams (0.28 lb)
Physical dimensions 122 x 84 x 49mm (4.8" x 3.3" x 1.9") 97 x 55 x 22mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 360 shots -
Style of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model BLS-50 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II supported) SD/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots One One
Retail cost $699 $228