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The new Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV!

Posted on Aug 4, 2020

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 series is all about portability and creativity, and the Mark IV embodies those core values with a feature list that’s sure to attract those committed to the brand, as well as newbies, including those coming from a smartphone background.

The body, which weighs in at 383g including a battery and card, features a five-axis sensor shift image stabiliser with 4.5EV benefit, a new 20-megapixel Live MOS Micro Four Thirds sensor and the ability to whizz through shots at 15fps. A silent mode is available when shooting discretion is needed.

There’s a flip-down touch monitor for selfie shooting – the first Olympus to have this feature – and the-high definition 2360K dot EVF gives a lovely viewing image.

A big step forward with this camera is its autofocusing system, with improved continuous autofocusing thanks to a new contrast algorithm that’s said to give a performance comparable to on-chip phase detect AF, and the face priority/eye priority also works with faces in profile and downturned.

A full range of exposure options is available, while the Advanced Photo mode helps inexperienced users to achieve creative images, for instance shooting multiple exposures and live composites.

The OM-D E-M10 Mark IV is available from mid-August at £699.99 body only and in a range of kits.

Key features: Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV

  • In-body image stabiliser with 4.5EV benefit
  • 20-megapixel Live MOS sensor
  • 15fps continuous shooting
  • New continuous focusing algorithm
  • 4K video
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Shutter range 60secs to 1/16,000sec (electronic shutter), 60secs to 1/4000sec (mechanical shutter)
  • ISO 80-25,600 range
  • Flip-down monitor
  • USB charging
  • Accepts 1 x SD UHS-II
  • 383g body weight

Olympus has also bolstered its lens range with the addition of the M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm f/5-6.3 IS. The lens features 21 elements in a 15-group construction and no fewer than ten elements are advanced glass to help deliver a great optical performance at all focal lengths and across the image frame. But what’s really impressive about the lens’s physical design is its size and weight: it’s just 20.5cm long and weighs 1120g – that’s incredible for a zoom lens that gives the 35mm format equivalent of a 200-800mm focal length range.

Key features include a 3EV image stabiliser (not compatible with Sync IS), a 72mm filter thread and hermetic sealing to ensure the lens is dust, splash and freeze proof. To reduce flare and ghosting, the lens features the Olympus ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating. The lens’s focusing system has a focus clutch and a focus limiter with three distance ranges available. Minimum focus is 1.3m and the lens supports focus stacking.

Finally, the lens is also compatible with the Olympus MC-14 and MC-20 teleconverters for even more pulling power.

The M-Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm f/5-6.3 IS is available from late August with a guide price of £1099.99.

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