After four years, one of the most popular micro four thirds cameras among travel and adventure photographers is finally getting a much-needed reboot. That’s right, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III is here, ready to give compact mirrorless camera fans a potentially compelling new option.
Representing a big step up from the Mark II, the new camera updates the tech of its predecessor, bringing it in line with other shooters in the market, all while coming in an even more compact frame than before. If you’re looking for the best balance of size and performance in a mirrorless camera, this model is definitely worthy of consideration.
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III combines a 20.4-megapixel sensor and a TruePic VIII image processor, allowing it to shoot up to 6 fps with continuous autofocus and the mechanical shutter, 10 fps with the electronic shutter, and 30 fps with no autofocus, all of which nearly double the speed on the previous model. It has 121 points of phase-detect autofocus, complete with face and eye detection, as well as an ISO sensitivity range of 200 to 25600, making it a pretty complete technical upgrade from its predecessor. We know, it’s not a massive upgrade compared to most modern mirrorless cameras, but it does bring it up to par with the current crop of equipment in the market.
It has in-body, sensor-shift image stabilization that can minimize the camera shake by up to 5.5 stops, regardless of what lens you use, all while radically compensating for camera movements in telephoto shots, macro imagery, and long exposures. This optical stabilization works across five axes, by the way, allowing it to eliminate much of any vertical angle rotation, horizontal angle rotation, horizontal shift, vertical shift, and rolling camera shake.
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III has a 3-inch touchscreen monitor that can be positioned at a variety of angles, making it viable for everything from shooting awkward angles to endless selfie shots, as well as a 2.36m electronic viewfinder that you can use for monitoring your shots at eye level, in case you prefer this older way of framing. For video, it can shoot in 4K resolution at 30 fps, as well as 1080p up to 120 fps, so you can use it to capture slo-mo action footage. For stills, it offers a high res shot mode that can shoot 80-megapixel RAW images by combining eight sequentially recorded frames, along with interval shooting up to 999 frames with one-second to 24-hour exposure intervals.
The camera, by the way, has a splash-proof, dust-proof, and freeze-proof construction, making it ideal for shooting in the outdoors, all while accommodating plenty of accessories with a mic port, a top hot shoe, a 2.5mm port for optional remotes, a micro-USB slot, and an micro-HDMI ports. Other features include a rechargeable battery rated at up to 310 shots between charges, wireless connectivity (both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth), and a UHS-II-compatible memory card slot.
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III is slated to come late November, priced at $1,199.