The Olympus OMD EM5 Mark III is a mid-range mirrorless digicam geared toward picture and video shooters who worth portability and handheld use with out compromising options and high quality. Introduced in October 2019, it’s the long-awaited successor to the EM5 Mark II launched 4 and a half years beforehand. It inherits the 20 Megapixel 4 Thirds sensor from the EM1 II which lastly brings assured phase-detect autofocus and 4k video to the EM5 sequence, whereas additionally boasting improved built-in stabilisation in a barely lighter however nonetheless weather-sealed physique. It’ll value 1099 kilos for the physique alone, though rebates ought to see it out there for 999, and there’s quite a lot of lens kits too, similar to with the 12-40mm f2.eight Professional. I had a short likelihood to check out a pre-production mannequin and within the following video will share the highlights. As at all times I’ll submit my in-depth overview as soon as I’ve absolutely examined a ultimate manufacturing mannequin. Should you favor to learn my first impressions, I’ve supplied the written model under the video!
If it’s been some time because you’ve seen the EM5 Mark II, you’ll assume the Mark III model merely swaps the sensor and processor for these within the EM1 Mark II, however Olympus has truly taken the chance to revamp the physique and management format. As earlier than it stays surprisingly snug in its compact type with a small however efficient grip and a now extra pronounced thumb relaxation. Switching to a poly-carbonite physique, together with a smaller stabilisation unit and lighter battery has allowed a weight-saving from 469g to 414g together with battery. It positively feels lighter and inevitably much less dense than the Mark II, certainly extra just like the EM10 Mark III, but it surely stays extra weatherproofed than rivals and Olympus assures me it’s as strong as earlier than.
I discovered the physique alone felt high-quality in my arms, however when you fancy extra to carry onto, an elective grip screws into the bottom, growing the peak and depth, whereas providing a repositioned shutter launch and finger dial. Not like the same grip for the sooner Mark II although, there’s sadly no headphone jack on the brand new one, and the previous grip just isn’t appropriate.
The highest of the digicam reveals plenty of management tweaks. On the higher left facet, the Mark II’s mode dial has been switched for the facility, drive and show management much like the EM1 II that’s impressed by the movie rewind lever on previous 35mm SLRs. The lockable mode dial has now been relocated to the appropriate of the viewfinder head and now gives a devoted Bulb place for simpler entry to the distinctive Olympus stay time and composite choices. In the meantime Olympus has nonetheless squeezed in generously-sized and really tactile finger and thumb wheels alongside publicity compensation and film report buttons; the ISO button is positioned within the higher proper nook of the rear.
I wish to give a really respectful nod to the Olympus designers for the finger and thumb dials on all of its OMD our bodies which show you don’t have to compromise on consolation and suggestions on a small physique. To me, cameras just like the EM1 and EM5 really feel and function like among the finest cameras of any dimension and corporations like Fujifilm and Sony would do effectively to make use of them as inspiration. I must also add the Mark III retains a quickest mechanical shutter of 1/8000 when most rivals cease at 1/4000.
I’m additionally glad to see the EM5 III inherit focus bracketing in addition to in-camera focus stacking for smaller bursts, together with Professional Seize for buffering the moments earlier than you absolutely push the shutter, whereas the Tripod Excessive Res shot now generates 50 Megapixel pictures.
Just like the EM5 Mark II, the display screen stays side-hinged and fully-articulated, making it one of many few cameras round now with this functionality. I realise side-hinged screens sometimes require two motions to angle out in contrast to the faster mechanism of a vertically-tilting display screen, however they provide a lot extra flexibility whereas additionally avoiding any hotshoe equipment when going through ahead. As a vlogger and somebody who shoots portrait pictures at excessive and low angles, I favor this method.
The built-in viewfinder sticks with an OLED panel with 2.36 million dots and a barely decrease 0.69x magnification – all par for the course at this worth, however Olympus has supplied a beneficiant 27mm eyepoint making it extra sensible for wearers of glasses.
Behind three flaps on the left hand facet, you’ll discover a 3.5mm microphone enter, a distant jack for the elective RM-CB2, Micro HDMI and Micro USB ports, the latter now fortunately supporting USB charging in-camera, though not energy supply for precise operation. The PC Sync port of the Mark II can be lacking.
Curiously Olympus has switched battery packs to the BLS-50 that powered the EM10 III to avoid wasting dimension and weight, though by way of total quantity it’s truly fairly related. Olympus quotes 310 pictures per cost or round 110 minutes of video recording, all of which I’ll take a look at in my ultimate overview. Once more you possibly can cost the battery internally over USB.
In the meantime the reminiscence card is housed behind a door on the grip facet of the digicam – helpful for simpler entry in comparison with most rivals which home them alongside the battery.
The headline improve over the Mark II is adopting the sensor first launched on the EM1 Mark II three years earlier. This not solely boosts the decision from 16 to 20 Megapixels, however crucially brings embedded phase-detect autofocus to the EM5 sequence for the primary time. It’s lengthy overdue, however the sensor transforms the general dealing with and expertise with 121 cross-type factors unfold throughout the body, bringing assured refocusing for stills and video.
Olympus has additionally improved the built-in stabilisation, claiming as much as 5.5 stops with unstabilised lenses, or as much as 6.5 stops when working alongside optical stabilistion with Sync IS lenses just like the 12-100mm f4 PRO. The Olympus stabilisation stays one of the vital efficient techniques round and has allowed me to handhold exposures of a number of seconds. Right here’s a one second handheld shot taken with the pre-production EM5 III and I stay up for seeing what the physique’s able to in my ultimate checks.
Like all Olympus mirrorless cameras, the EM5 III is predicated on the Micro 4 Third customary which will use a smaller sensor than APSC, however in my checks nonetheless delivers nice outcomes. Olympus claims newer processing permits 6400 ISO pictures to match the standard of 1600 ISO on the older Mark II and keep in mind due to the efficient stabilisation you’ll typically be capable to handhold slower shutters, permitting you to deploy decrease ISOs for static topics or take pleasure in movement results with transferring ones. In the meantime the Micro 4 Thirds lens catalogue is the broadest and most established of all of the native mirrorless techniques with a great deal of nice choices that every one turn into stabilised on the physique.
The film capabilities have been upgraded according to the latest Olympus fashions, supporting 1080 at 24 to 60p, 4k UHD at 24, 25 or 30p, and even Cinema 4k in 24p at a excessive bit price of 237Mbit/s. Sadly there’s no Auto ISO in Handbook publicity mode although.
What’s current and proper although is phase-detect autofocus throughout motion pictures, permitting the EM5 II to refocus with out searching on transferring topics. It additionally makes the EM5 Mark III one of the vital compelling total cameras for vlogging.
The sooner EM5 Mark II was one in every of my favorite all-round cameras: trendy with wonderful controls, compact however snug, sporting a helpful side-hinged display screen, good viewfinder, some progressive modes and wonderful stabilisation. The one actual draw back was its steady autofocus which fell behind rivals adopting extra assured phase-detect techniques.
When the EM1 Mark II lastly introduced phase-detect autofocus to Micro 4 Thirds three years in the past, I instantly thought the way it may rework the EM5 sequence, however because of quite a lot of circumstances, it’s taken till 2019 for it to occur. I feared the replace the EM5 would now be too late, however due to unusual limitations and choices made by its rivals, it truly turns into one of the vital compelling cameras in its class.
Sure, the sensor is smaller than APSC and the value larger than many mid-rangers, however the mixture of options complemented by wonderful stabilisation stays distinctive and really tempting. Some cameras come shut, however don’t fairly ship the entire package deal: Canon’s EOS M50 has the mic enter, side-hinged display screen and nice autofocus for 1080p, however its 4k is compromised and there’s no built-in stabilisation. In the meantime Panasonic’s G90 G95 has the mic enter, side-hinged display screen and built-in stabilisation, however once more the 4k is cropped and the film autofocus not as assured.
That’s all I can say till I take a look at a ultimate manufacturing mannequin, so let me know what you suppose – is the EM5 Mark III late to the celebration or arriving in type?