Olympus E-M10 IV

Olympus OM-D E-M10 IV front
  • 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
  • Superseded the Olympus E-M10 III
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Olympus E-M10 IV summary

Olympus E-M10 IV is Olympus's Entry-Level Mirrorless camera initially announced on August of 2020. It houses a 20 MegaPixel, CMOS Four Thirds sized sensor and has a max resolution of 5184 x 3888.

Olympus introduced this camera in order to update the previous Olympus E-M10 III (Read Full Comparison)

The E-M10 IV is positioned #23 out of 117 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and over-all #150 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. You should try out our Advanced camera filter to find camera ratings based on your personal criteria.

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Below is a chart of various factors used in the rating system.

Olympus E-M10 IV family

The Olympus E-M10 IV is part of a family of digital cameras. You can view the detailed range underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Olympus-PEN-E-P7 front thumbnailOlympus E-P7
E-M10 IV vs E-P7
20MPFour Thirds8.7 fps2021
Olympus-OM-D-E-M10-IV front thumbnailOlympus E-M10 IV20MPFour Thirds8.7 fps2020
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Olympus-OM-D-E-M1-Mark-III front thumbnailOlympus E-M1 III
E-M10 IV vs E-M1 III
20MPFour Thirds60.0 fps2020
Olympus-OM-D-E-M5-III front thumbnailOlympus E-M5 III
E-M10 IV vs E-M5 III
20MPFour Thirds30.0 fps2019
Olympus-OM-D-E-M1X front thumbnailOlympus E-M1X
E-M10 IV vs E-M1X
20MPFour Thirds60.0 fps2019
Olympus-PEN-E-PL9 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL9
E-M10 IV vs E-PL9
16MPFour Thirds8.6 fps2018
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Olympus-OM-D-E-M10-Mark-III front thumbnailOlympus E-M10 III
E-M10 IV vs E-M10 III
16MPFour Thirds8.6 fps2017
Olympus-OM-D-E-M1-Mark-II front thumbnailOlympus E-M1 II
E-M10 IV vs E-M1 II
20MPFour Thirds60.0 fps2016
Olympus-PEN-E-PL8 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL8
E-M10 IV vs E-PL8
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2016
Olympus-OM-D-E-M10-II front thumbnailOlympus E-M10 II
E-M10 IV vs E-M10 II
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2015
Olympus-OM-D-E-M5-II front thumbnailOlympus E-M5 II
E-M10 IV vs E-M5 II
16MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2015
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Olympus-PEN-E-PL7 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL7
E-M10 IV vs E-PL7
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2014
Olympus-PEN-E-PL6 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL6
E-M10 IV vs E-PL6
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2014
Olympus-OM-D-E-M10 front thumbnailOlympus E-M10
E-M10 IV vs E-M10
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2014
Olympus-OM-D-E-M1 front thumbnailOlympus E-M1
E-M10 IV vs E-M1
16MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2013
Olympus-PEN-E-P5 front thumbnailOlympus E-P5
E-M10 IV vs E-P5
16MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2013
Olympus-PEN-E-PM2 front thumbnailOlympus E-PM2
E-M10 IV vs E-PM2
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2013
Olympus-PEN-E-PL5 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL5
E-M10 IV vs E-PL5
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2012
Olympus-OM-D-E-M5 front thumbnailOlympus E-M5
E-M10 IV vs E-M5
16MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2012
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Olympus-PEN-E-PM1 front thumbnailOlympus E-PM1
E-M10 IV vs E-PM1
12MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2011
Olympus-PEN-E-PL3 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL3
E-M10 IV vs E-PL3
12MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2011
Olympus-PEN-E-P3 front thumbnailOlympus E-P3
E-M10 IV vs E-P3
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Olympus-PEN-E-PL2 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL2
E-M10 IV vs E-PL2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Olympus-PEN-E-PL1s front thumbnailOlympus E-PL1s
E-M10 IV vs E-PL1s
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Olympus-PEN-E-PL1 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL1
E-M10 IV vs E-PL1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Olympus-PEN-E-P2 front thumbnailOlympus E-P2
E-M10 IV vs E-P2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Olympus-PEN-E-P1 front thumbnailOlympus E-P1
E-M10 IV vs E-P1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009

Olympus E-M10 IV Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of upsides and downsides of the Olympus E-M10 IV based on features which are normally considered important in a camera.

above average ISO range (25,600)
built-in flash
built-in touchscreen
connects via bluetooth
display is selfie friendly
good resolution screen (1,040 thousand dots)
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
includes HDMI socket
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
manual focus
offers focus by touch
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
provides face detection focusing
provides tracking autofocus
quiet mode (1/16,000 seconds)
resolution is good (20MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
tilting screen
missing external microphone socket
missing headphone socket
no phase detect AF
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Olympus E-M10 IV Sensor specifications

The Olympus E-M10 IV is run by the TruePic VIII chip. The dimension of the sensor in the Olympus E-M10 IV is 17.4mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 226 mm² sensor is able to capture 5184 x 3888 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). Sensor stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter may produce cropping.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 20MP and delivers a native ISO range of 200 - 25600. This ISO can also be increased digitally to a low of 100. RAW photos are supported so the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath shows the E-M10 IV's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The E-M10 IV sensor comes with a crop factor of 2.1 and is showcased in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus E-M10 IV dimensions

Olympus E-M10 IV weighs around 0.84 lb (383 grams / 13.51 oz) and the volume of the camera is 122mm x 84mm x 49mm (4.8" x 3.3" x 1.9"). The weight of typical Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 329 grams so the Olympus E-M10 IV is more heavy in comparison with various competitors.

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Underneath is a image of the Olympus E-M10 IV beside a soft drink so you can have a sense of its scale.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 IV dimensions scale

The top view just below will provide the button layout on the E-M10 IV.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 IV topview buttons dials

Olympus E-M10 IV Lens specifications

The E-M10 IV works with the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses available for sale. Below is some of the lenses we have in our collection which will work with the E-M10 IV.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Panasonic-Lumix-G-X-Vario-PZ-45-175mm-F4.0-5.6-ASPH-OIS lensPanasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm F4.0-5.6 ASPH OIS45-175mmf/4.0-5.6 210g
Venus-Laowa-Argus-33mm-F0.95-CF-APO-FourThirds-Mount lensVenus Laowa Argus 33mm F0.95 CF APO33mmf/1590g
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Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-ED-30mm-F3.5-Macro lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm F3.5 Macro30mmf/3.5128g
Olympus-Zuiko-Digital-ED-90-250mm-f2.8 lensOlympus Zuiko Digital ED 90-250mm f2.890-250mmf/2.8 3270g
Olympus-Zuiko-Digital-ED-40-150mm-f4.0-5.6 lensOlympus Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.640-150mmf/4.0-5.6 220g
Olympus-Zuiko-Digital-ED-150mm-f2.0 lensOlympus Zuiko Digital ED 150mm f2.0150mmf/2.0 1610g
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Panasonic-Lumix-G-20mm-F1.7-ASPH lensPanasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH20mmf/1.7 100g
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Olympus E-M10 IV Connectivity

The E-M10 IV has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that include NFC and / or Bluetooth support are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to copy pictures and oftentimes adjust settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.

Many applications even stream a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it can easily be connected to an external display. Most cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack with the USB socket.

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Olympus E-M10 IV Video specifications

The max video resolution in the Olympus E-M10 IV is 3840 x 2160 and it can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 2160p will provide an exceptional resolution for video recording. You will be able to crop to 1080p in order to get clearer results. Beware of the large file sizes and make sure you have got high quality SD cards that have fast write speed. The camera does not have a mic and / or headphone socket so you have got little control over your audio. It is perhaps a better idea to purchase another model should you want better audio in your video clips.

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Olympus E-M10 IV Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing for the Olympus E-M10 IV so you need to be careful in wet or dusty situations.

Olympus E-M10 IV Display and Viewfinder

The Olympus E-M10 IV is equipped with a 3 inch tilting screen supporting a resolution of 1,040 thousand dots.

It includes a selfie friendly display to get self portraits and group photos when necessary. Moreover the screen is touch friendly so you will be able to switch focus points and adjust settings with your fingers.

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The View Finder specifications regarding Olympus E-M10 IV are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Resolution 2,360 thousand dots
  • Coverage 100%
  • Magnification 0.62x

Viewfinders are rather handy during sunny outdoor situations which might make the camera display washed out and very difficult to view.

Olympus E-M10 IV Shutter specifications

Olympus E-M10 IV continuous shooting rate is 8.7 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds. The camera also features silent electronic shutter of 1/16000 seconds. Keep in mind that the electronic shutter could cause "rolling shutter" in certain conditions.

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Olympus E-M10 IV Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Olympus E-M10 IV boasts both built in flash and external flash support. The highest flash sync is 1/250 seconds.

Olympus E-M10 IV Autofocusing specifications

Olympus E-M10 IV boasts just Contrast Detect Autofocus and does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more faster & accurate in comparison with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera supports Face detect making it useful for portrait photography.

It supports 121 focus points to choose from. Olympus E-M10 IV has touch to focus. You can use your fingers in order to adjust focus. It also features Tracking Autofocus for subjects on the move. Olympus E-M10 IV has got manual focus in case it is required during low light situations or you want more accurate control on focus.

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Olympus E-M10 IV Battery life

The battery pack (BLS-50) for the Olympus E-M10 IV is built to last for 360 pictures based on the CIPA standards making it similar to its competition. The usual Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 343. Fujifilm X-S20 offers the maximum (750) battery life within this range of cameras.

Here is a listing of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras which have the highest battery life:

Olympus E-M10 IV for various forms of photography

The following graph presents a outline of the Olympus E-M10 IV for various forms of photography. To look at more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.

Portrait photography with Olympus E-M10 IV

The Olympus E-M10 IV receives a points total of 77 which is very high, meaning that it is a tremendous option to use for portrait photography. Shooting portraits leans heavily to sensor dimension, RAW support and option to use external lighting.

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you can focus manually
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers face detect focus
saves RAW files

Street photography with Olympus E-M10 IV

With a fantastic points total of 84, the Olympus E-M10 IV is a outstanding fit to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera provides a perfect balance of image quality and portability.

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screen tilts up and down
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
supports touch to focus
very good high ISO (25,600)

Olympus E-M10 IV Sports photography highlights

A nice sports photography points tally of 73 means the Olympus E-M10 IV is a good choice for shooting sports. A camera needs good tracking plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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silent shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports tracking autofocus
lack of phase detect auto focus

Olympus E-M10 IV as a Travel photography camera

Weight is really important in choosing a camera for travel. All things considered, the Olympus E-M10 IV gets a superb 85 for a travelling camera which makes it a fantastic option to purchase for your trips.

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connects via bluetooth
features focus by touch
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
screen is selfie friendly

Olympus E-M10 IV as a Landscape photography camera

For those who are planning to pick a digital camera for landscape photography, the most essential factor is going to be image quality. The Olympus E-M10 IV at it's fantastic rating of 83 for a landscape camera is a wonderful choice in the current marketplace.

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you can focus manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent MP (20MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
good high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW files

Olympus E-M10 IV Vlogging factors

A camera for vlogging should really offer a moving screen, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Considering all the details, the Olympus E-M10 IV is a terrific choice for vlogging as it gets a superb rating of 78.

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screen is selfie friendly
touchscreen functionality
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
has face detection focusing
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
does not have external microphone socket

Olympus E-M10 IV Alternatives

If you are shopping for alternatives to the E-M10 IV, below is a list of the top ranked cameras that fall in to the category of Entry-Level Mirrorless.

The graph underneath will give you a bird's eye view of the E-M10 IV vs it's top rated competitors suggested earlier.

These are various other cameras you may consider as alternative options. To look at a thorough comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Olympus OM-D E-M10 IV
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Physical type
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
TruePic VIII
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor measurements
17.4 x 13mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
5184 x 3888
RAW pictures
Max native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Minimum enhanced ISO
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points
Lens mount
Micro Four Thirds
Amount of lenses
Focal length multiplier
Type of display
Display diagonal
3 inches
Display resolution
1,040 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder resolution
2,360 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Min shutter speed
60 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Max quiet shutter speed
1/16000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
8.7 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
7.20 m (at ISO 200)
Flash modes
Redeye, fill-in, off, redeye slow-sync (1st-curtain), slow sync (1st-curtain), slow sync (2nd-curtain), manual
External flash
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize
1/250 seconds
AF area
Center weighted
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
Max video resolution
Video format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
383 gr (0.84 lb)
122 x 84 x 49mm (4.8" x 3.3" x 1.9")
Battery life
360 photographs
Battery type
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom)
Time lapse feature
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II supported)
Card slots
Retail cost