The third edition of the company’s Micro Four Thirds model that is geared for sports and action photography is called the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III. It utilizes a sensor based on the Four Thirds format with a resolution of 20 megapixels and inherits many of the characteristics of the bigger E-M1X, including the ability to take several handheld high-resolution shots.
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III Price in USA
According to Olympus, the Mark III was built with portability and nimble shooting as the primary design priorities, as opposed to the bigger ‘X’ model’s improved handling and operability. And although it does not have the E-aircraft, M1X’s train, or motor vehicle-recognition AF modes, the E-M1 III does have the most recent version of the TruePic IX processor, which brings with it a few of functions of its own. The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III is now available for a suggested retail price of $1800 (or $2400 CAD) for the body only. Additionally, it may be purchased together with either the 12-40mm F2.8 Pro lens or the 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro lens for the price of $2500 (or $3300 CAD).
In addition to the possible advantages that Micro Four Thirds can bring in terms of size and weight, the smaller and lighter sensor should be easier to steady. The E-M1 III really shows off Olympus’ many years of experience with in-body stabilization, and in accordance with CIPA standards, it promises an exceptional 7EV correction rating.
This may increase to a maximum of 7.5EV when used in conjunction with either the 12-100mm F4 Pro or the 300mm F4 Pro lens, both of which have integrated in-body and in-lens technologies that operate together. This is able to deliver a greater degree of correction than other systems, which only pass some of the correction off to the lens’s internal focusing mechanism (IS). The utilization of the gyroscopic sensor that was designed for the E-M1X is responsible, in part, for the increased performance.
In addition to still photography, where Olympus claims that handheld shots can be taken in just 4 seconds, the in-body image stabilization makes the E-M1 III one of the most stable handheld video platforms without the need for additional hardware. This is true both for still photography and for handheld video.
Olympus was the first camera manufacturer to offer eye-detection AF, but other manufacturers have significantly raised the performance and usefulness bar in the meantime. As a result, eye-detection AF has transitioned from being an interesting idea to a feature that you really miss if you are forced to shoot without it.
When paired with the camera’s on-sensor phase detection, the revolutionary face and eye AF algorithm found in the E-M1 III produces superb focus acquisition speed and persistence. According to our tests, the camera is far quicker than prior Olympus cameras in finding eyeballs and focusing on them, which makes it a significantly more useful device.
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III Specifications
|MSRP||$1799 (body only), $2499 (w/12-40mm lens), $2899 (w/12-100mm lens)|
|Body type||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Body material||Magnesium alloy|
|Max resolution||5184 x 3888|
|Image ratio w:h||4:3|
|Effective pixels||20 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||22 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Four Thirds (17.4 x 13 mm)|
|Color space||sRGB, Adobe RGB|
|Color filter array||Primary color filter|
|ISO||Auto, 200-25600 (expands to 64-25600)|
|Boosted ISO (minimum)||64|
|White balance presets||7|
|Custom white balance||Yes (4 slots)|
|Image stabilization notes||7 stops body-only (7.5 stops with 12-100mm F4 lens)|
|CIPA image stabilization rating||7 stop(s)|
|JPEG quality levels||Super fine, fine, normal|
|File format||JPEG (Exif v2.31)Raw (12-bit ORF)|
|Optics & Focus|
|Autofocus||Contrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View|
|Autofocus assist lamp||Yes|
|Number of focus points||121|
|Lens mount||Micro Four Thirds|
|Focal length multiplier||2×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Articulated LCD||Fully articulated|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Viewfinder magnification||1.48× (0.74× 35mm equiv.)|
|Minimum shutter speed||60 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/8000 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed (electronic)||1/32000 sec|
|Exposure modes||ProgramAperture priorityShutter priorityManual|
|External flash||Yes (via hot shoe)|
|Flash modes||Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(2nd curtain), Manual|
|Flash X sync speed||1/250 sec|
|Drive modes||SingleSingle (silent)Sequential highSequential high (silent)Pro Capture HighSequential lowSequential low (silent)Pro Capture lowSelf-timerHigh Res Shot|
|Continuous drive||60.0 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom)|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||(2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)|
|Modes||4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 237 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM|
|Storage types||Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II on first slot)|
|USB||USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (micro HDMI)|
|Wireless notes||802.11ac + Bluetooth|
|Remote control||Yes (wired or smartphone)|
|Battery description||BLH-1 lithium-ion battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||420|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||580 g (1.28 lb / 20.46 oz)|
|Dimensions||134 x 91 x 69 mm (5.28 x 3.58 x 2.72″)|
As at the time of this writing, the Olympus E-M1 III is our pick for the best Micro Four Thirds camera for still photographers. It is capable of extremely excellent image quality and is filled to the brim with features that are both entertaining and helpful. In addition, it performs admirably when it comes to recording 4K video and provides image stabilization that is among the best available. All of this within a shell that is of the highest quality construction, extremely comfortable, highly modifiable, and aesthetically pleasing. Having said that, there are other cameras available for the same price that have larger sensors and more competent features.
- 4K video
- Strong stability inside the body
- Raw capture using a mechanical shutter at 15 frames per second
- Electronic shutter with a maximum of 60 frames per second
- IP1X protection against the elements
- LCD screen that opens and closes like a book.
- Massive lens system for the Micro Four Thirds format
- The menu system may need some updating.
- Not the most cutting-edge or modern EVF
- Autofocus subject tracking is not as effective as that offered by rivals.