Olympus has just received a new mirrorless entry-level model, and it is the lightest in the series to date. The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV weighs a bottle of water and shrinks in size while updating the sensor and adding features that were previously only found on more advanced models.
With a 20 megapixel micro four thirds sensor, the Mark IV adds 4 megapixels over the previous generation and increases 5-axis image stabilization from 4 stops to 4.5. The camera’s processor remains unchanged, but the TruPic VIII is suitable for 15 frames per second with the electronic shutter and 8.7 fps with the mechanical shutter.
Olympus has also integrated auto focus with face priority and eye priority, which was originally introduced for the more advanced E-M1 Mark III. Auto focus tracking has also been improved with the same algorithms used in the E-M1X. This is a huge advantage when you consider that the E-M10 Mark IV is a price-conscious camera that was developed for non-photographers and beginners.
Newcomers to photography will also find a number of scene modes, including live composites and a new option for the pan panorama. Art filters (think Instagram filters in the camera) can now also be adjusted in intensity with a simple slider, including a new instant film effect.
The improved features are designed in a case that is the same size as its predecessor but is even lighter. With the compact M.Zuikio Digital ED 14-42mm f / 3.5-5.6 EZ lens, the E-M10 weighs about 0.85 pounds and just a touch more than a pound. The E-M1 Mark IV feels closer to a point-and-shoot than a DSLR.
The silver and black exterior of the camera also includes a high-resolution viewfinder and a tiltable touchscreen that can be rotated by almost 180 degrees for selfies – albeit upside down. Olympus says the ergonomics of the camera, including a small grip, have improved over the Mark III.
In our early practical shots, the E-M10 Mark IV gives a positive first impression as a camera that is easy to use and still takes some solid pictures. The stabilization, auto focus and art filters are ideal for newbies. The small size makes the E-M10 Mark IV a solid point-and-shoot alternative – considering that the best point-and-shoots like the Sony RX100 VII cost $ 1,200. However, the Mark IV is unlikely to quite impress advanced photographers. The smaller sensor and the questionable future in which the Olympus Imaging division sells its assets make it difficult to recommend the camera to photographers who want to develop into a more serious system.
Also announced today was the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm f / 5.0-6.3 IS lens, a stabilized telephoto lens that also works with the company’s 2x and 1.4x tele-converters for a range of is compatible up to 1600 mm in full screen mode. The lens also allows close-up photography with a minimum focus distance of 4.2 feet across the entire zoom range, which is not affected when using a tele-converter.
The 2.4-pound lens is equipped with four ED lenses, two Super HR lenses and two HR lenses, as well as a coating to reduce ghosting and stray light, and a rear focus system. The lens is also weatherproof.
The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV will be available from September 25th. Pre-orders start on Tuesday, August 4th. The body costs only about $ 700, the kit about $ 800. The 100-400mm lens will retail on September 8 for around $ 1,500.