The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III is a model new skilled mannequin in Olympus’ well-established mirrorless digicam line-up, solely sitting beneath the far more costly, a lot bigger flagship E-M1X.

The totally weather-proof E-M1 Mark III has a 20.Four megapixel Micro 4 Thirds Dwell MOS sensor, new TruePic IX processor, and a tremendous 5-axis in-body picture stabilisation system that gives as much as an unimaginable 7.5 steps of compensation.

Different standout options embrace 18fps burst taking pictures with steady AF/AE or 60fps with out, Cinema 4K video recording at 30p and 1080p at 120fps, 121-point all-cross-type Twin Section and Distinction Detection AF system with improved face/eye detection, 2.36m-dot digital viewfinder, vari-angle LCD touchscreen, twin SD-card slots, and 50 megapixel Handheld Excessive-Res Shot and 80 megapixel Tripod Excessive-Res Shot modes.

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III is accessible in black priced at £1599 / $1799 body-only within the UK and US, respectively, which is £250 / $200 cheaper than the earlier Mark II mannequin was at launch.

Ease of Use

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Entrance of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III

The E-M1 Mark III seems an awfully lot like its 3-year-old predecessor, the Mark II, with a lot of the enhancements being made to the within of the digicam somewhat than to the surface. The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III weighs in at 504g physique solely and measures 134.1 x 90.9 x 68.9mm, an entire 4g heavier and precisely the identical measurement. You may even use the identical vertical grip on each fashions.

The E-M1 III sports activities a barely larger hand-grip, although, which makes it barely simpler to get a agency maintain on the digicam with three fingers while working the shutter button together with your proper forefinger.

There’s additionally a model new ISO button on the rear and a multi-selector joystick that makes it a lot simpler to rapidly transfer the AF level utilizing your right-hand thumb while holding the digicam as much as your eye.

The one different notable adjustments are the menu button being relocated over to the far-left of the viewfinder and a brand new Publicity Compensation on high instead of the earlier Function2 button. In any other case, the 2 cameras are nigh-on similar when it comes to their management format.

Similar to the unique E-M1, which was launched means again in 2103, this new model additionally boasts a tricky dust-, drip- and freeze-proof magnesium alloy physique, which along with a equally weatherproof lens fitted will face up to most issues that you just care to throw at it.

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Rear of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III

The OM-D E-M1 III is supplied with precisely the identical 20-megapixel 4 Thirds sensor as utilized by the Mark II, which is able to disappoint these on the lookout for a rise in decision. On condition that the flagship E-M1X makes use of the identical sensor too, and that Panasonic additionally make use of an analogous 20 megapixel sensor of their top-of-the-range Lumix-branded Micro 4 Thirds cameras, it maybe should not come as a large shock although.

Extra disappointing is the E-M1 III’s digital viewfinder and vari-angle LCD display screen mixture, disappointing within the sense that also they are precisely the identical as on the Mark II. We might have actually anticipated a major bump within the specification of each key parts, if solely to match the flagship E-M1X, which gives the identical decision however higher magnification (0.74x on the E-M1 III and 0.83x on the E-M1X). They don’t seem to be notably unhealthy, simply inferior to on among the E-M1 III’s fundamental rivals, most notably the Lumix G9 which has a significantly better EVF.

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III’s additional improved 5-axis in-body picture stabiliser works in tandem with the in-lens stabilisation system included into sure lenses – such because the the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.Zero IS PRO and M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4.Zero IS PRO – to offer a claimed 7.5-stop benefit when taking pictures hand-held, surpassing every other digicam that we have ever examined, together with the earlier Mark II mannequin. Nearly all of 4 Thirds lenses do not function sync IS, however the E-M1 III nonetheless makes use of its in-body stabiliation to supply a whopping 7.Zero stops of compensation, nonetheless surpassing most different cameras.

The Mark III has a model new picture processor, dubbed TruePic IX, which in addition to enabling vital enhancements to the digicam’s face and eye monitoring algorithm, now having the ability to observe smaller faces and smaller eyes extra rapidly, additionally introduces the brand new Starry Sky AF mode.

As its identify suggests, this new mode ought to hopefully keep away from errors which are generally made when manually specializing in the evening sky, with the E-M1 III utilizing luminance info gathered by the sensor as an alternative of counting on its section detection or distinction AF systemsto obtain correct focus. Utilizing this mode, you possibly can even dispense with a tripod altogether if you want, with focusing sensitivity all the way down to -3.5 EV.

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High of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III

Different auto-focusing enhancements embrace the addition of 9-point and 25-point AF modes, and the power to select from all 121 factors to setup your individual customized AF layouts. In any other case, the E-M1 III’s twin phase- and contrast-based auto-focus system is precisely the identical as used on the flagship E-M1X digicam.

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 III can shoot 18 full-resolution frames per second with steady autofocus when utilizing the digital shutter, the identical because the E-M1 II, whereas the pace when utilizing the mechanical shutter can be the identical at 15fps. What has been improved is the shutter life, now doubled to 400,000 actuations from the earlier mannequin’s 200,000.

Moreover, the digicam has a Silent mode, during which it makes use of an digital shutter able to high-speed steady taking pictures at as much as 60fps, though the publicity and the main focus are fastened on the first body.

The OM-D E-M1 Mark III is not actually that completely different to its predecessor when it comes to video efficiency. It could file cine-standard 4K movies at 24fps with a bit fee of as much as 237Mbps within the DCI 4K mode (4096 x 2160 pixels) or UHD 4K footage at 30fps and a 102Mbps bit-rate. The digicam may file as much as 120fps slow-motion video in Full HD 1080p and HD 720p recording can be supported.

It could use its wonderful 5-axis sensor-shift picture stabiliser which interprets into surprisingly clean hand-held footage, even when utilizing a medium telephoto lens.

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The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III In-hand

Handbook publicity may be enabled for movies, though you do must rotate the mode dial to the Film place to take benefit of this. You can begin filming in virtually every other taking pictures mode too, however in that case, movies will at all times be recorded with auto publicity.

New to the E-M1 III is the inclusion of the flat OM-Log 400 profile for for extra versatile color grading in post-production and enhancing. It additionally has a devoted 3.5mm mic jack on the physique for higher sound recording in addition to a headphone jack for monitoring the audio.

The intelligent Excessive Res Shot taking pictures mode has been additional improved, with the E-M1 III now able to taking pictures 50 megapixel pictures within the Handheld Excessive-Res Shot mode, and 80 megapixels within the Tripod Excessive Res Shot mode. The earlier mannequin at all times required a tripod for use, which makes the Mark III much more versatile on this regard.

One other intelligent function that can be employed handhled is Dwell ND, which makes use of an analogous methodology of merging a number of exposures collectively, however this time to seize pictures utilizing a slower shutter pace in daylight.

Historically you’d want to suit a glass ND filter in entrance of the lens to realize this impact, however now it is so simple as choosing the Dwell ND choice and selecting from the 5 ranges on provide, working from ND2 (1 step) to ND32 (5 steps).

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Tilting LCD Display

It isn’t fairly as highly effective as becoming one thing like a Lee Huge Stopper 10-step filter, however having the ability to obtain for much longer exposures just by selecting a menu choice while hand-holding the digicam and even previewing the impact within the viewfinder or LCD display screen earlier than seize is extraordinarily liberating.

Observe that it would not work with flash, although, so you may nonetheless want a glass ND filter to overpower the solar when taking pictures outside.

The supersonic wave filter for mud discount on the E-M1 III has apparently been upgraded with a model new coating, making it simpler than the one on the E-M1X, though you would be hard-pressed to note any distinction as Olympus’ system has at all times labored rather well.

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III continues to make use of the identical BLH-1 battery as on the earlier E-M1 II digicam, so you possibly can keep it up utilizing all your outdated batteries in case you improve. New to the E-M1 III is the power to cost it on the go through the USB port and likewise energy it utilizing an exterior energy financial institution, two options that we’re seeing increasingly of on latest cameras. It’s suitable with the USB PD normal for a most energy provide of 100W, which might totally cost the battery in two hours, though you possibly can’t cost and shoot concurrently.

There’s sufficient room for twin reminiscence card slots on the E-M1 III, however disappointingly solely the highest one helps the sooner UHS-II normal, which ought to assist the digicam sustain with all these high-speed bursts, whereas the underside one helps the slower UHS-I normal.

The hand grip and certainly a lot of the entrance of the digicam is roofed in a leatherette-like textured materials. As soon as once more there are two buttons subsequent to the lens mount. By default these controls are assigned to one-touch white stability and depth-of-field preview however, like virtually all the pieces else on the OM-D E-M1 Mark III, they are often reprogrammed to carry out completely different duties in case you so want.

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Reminiscence Card Slots

On the highest of the digicam, to the left of the viewfinder housing (when considered from above and behind) there’s a cluster of controls comprised of two raised buttons and an influence swap. Every of the 2 buttons supplies entry to 2 units of settings.

Press the primary one and you’ll regulate the digicam’s drive modes and HDR settings with the rear and entrance management dials, respectively. Hit the second and you’ll cycle by the varied focus and metering modes provided by the digicam. The location of the on/off swap would possibly effectively elevate a couple of eyebrows because it means that you must use your left hand to activate the digicam.

Shifting over to the opposite aspect of the viewfinder hump, we discover a conventional mode dial with a not-so-traditional locking pin within the center. On the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III, the mode dial locks with one press of the locking pin and unlocks with a second press, which is a intelligent concept.

The dial itself gives the same old P, A, S and M modes, plus a devoted Film mode and separate positions for Four separate Customized modes for fast entry of customized settings banks, or Mysets in Olympus parlance. The Artwork Filters and Clever Auto modes have disappeared altogether from the taking pictures mode dial.

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III inherits the nonetheless revolutionary 2×2 Twin Management system from its predecessors. That is comprised of two top-mounted management wheels and a perform lever that’s fairly simple to achieve together with your proper thumb. 

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Battery Compartment

The perform lever has two settings. Within the first place, transferring the management dial on the entrance of the digicam adjusts the aperture whereas the dial on the again adjusts the shutter pace. On the second setting, the dials change the ISO worth and white stability respectively.

You may additionally configure the swap’s operation too – for instance, you possibly can flip it right into a useful AF/MF toggle if that makes extra sense to you. The remaining controls on the digicam’s high plate embrace the already talked about shutter launch button, plus a devoted Film Report button and an Publicity Compensation button.

The rear of the digicam is dominated by a big, vari-angle rear touchscreen whichcan be tilted to the aspect and rotated to the entrance for simpler selfies. This LCD panel has precisely the identical decision, 1,037,000 dots, as its predecessor, and capacitive touchscreen know-how.

The Data, Menu, Playback and Delete buttons have all been carried over from the unique mannequin, though they’ve been barely rearranged. The Fn1 button which was beforehand on the higher proper a part of the rear plate has been changed by the ISO button.There’s nonetheless an AEL/AFL button encircled by the afore-mentioned perform lever and a Show button situated to the left of the viewfinder, with the relocated Menu button alongside it. And along with the brand new AF joystick, the outdated Menu button beneath the 4-way navigation pad is now the Data button.

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III makes do with no built-in pop-up flash, however as soon as once more comes bundled with the tiny FL-LM3 flash unit which clips into the exterior flash hotshoe. Naturally you too can use extra highly effective system flashes with the E-M1 Mark III – such because the highly effective FL-900R, the FL-36R, the FL-600R or the FL-50R – however these are after all offered individually.

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