Olympus’s new OM-D E-M5 Mark III is Olympus’ long-awaited replace to the E-M5 II, which was launched all the way in which again in 2015. 4 years later, what’s Olympus providing with the brand new replace?

The E-M5 III contains a 20mp 4 Thirds sensor (CMOS), with 121 phase-detection AF factors, the identical because the flagship E-M1 Mark II / E-M1X, plus a lot of design adjustments that make the digital camera simpler to make use of.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III Options


The 20mp sensor is similar as that discovered within the costlier E-M1 Mark II, and E-M1X. This could give the identical excessive picture high quality, and with built-in part detection pixels (121 AF factors), all cross-type, the main focus speeds must be simply as fast as these cameras (or close to). The sensor additionally options an anti-reflective coating.

Some could also be questioning why Olympus hasn’t launched the next decision sensor, nevertheless, with Nikon releasing the 20mp Nikon Z50, 20mp is probably going sufficient decision for lots of people. Olympus additionally has the built-in multi-shot high-res mode that may produce 50mp photographs (of nonetheless topics), in-camera.

The digital camera has an up to date AF system, for sooner and extra exact specializing in transferring topics, utilizing the Auto-focus system from EM-1 II. There’s additionally improved low-light efficiency, because of improved AF sensitivity. You possibly can set the main focus monitoring to the centre (begin), or centre precedence focus, in addition to select between 5 level, 9 level, 25 level, and 121 level AF choices. Nonetheless, it doesn’t function the identical clever monitoring because the E-M1X, so it doesn’t function airplane, prepare and car monitoring choices. It nonetheless options AF monitoring, however with out the devoted topic choice modes.



5-axis Picture Stabilisation

The digital camera’s 5-axis picture stabilisation system strikes the sensor to compensate for motion, and this has additionally been improved because the E-M5 Mark II, with 5.5EV steps physique solely (vs 5 stops on the E-M5 II), and as much as 6.5EV steps with sync-IS on the 12-100mm f/four lens. The IS system is now smaller than the earlier model. The system permits for hand-held night time pictures.

The in-camera picture stabilisation works with any lens, so will even work with guide focus lenses and legacy lenses, and you’ll program in your lens settings in order that the picture stabilisation is at it’s simplest.

The digital viewfinder (EVF) has been up to date, with the digital camera utilizing an OLED digital viewfinder (EVF), with 2.36m pixels, 0.69x magnification, 100% view, and a 27.5mm eyepoint which is elevated, making it higher for glasses wearers. 



Professional Seize, from the E-M1 II, E-M1X is now included, and the digital camera additionally options a lot of completely different superior taking pictures modes, together with:

  • PRO Seize (30, 20, 15fps)
  • Dwell Bulb (now on mode dial)
  • Dwell bulb / time / composite
  • Focus bracketing and stacking
  • Tripod Excessive-res Multi-Shot (50mp)
  • In-camera fisheye compensation (For instance for the Fisheye 8mm lens – changing a fisheye picture right into a flat/sq. picture)

As you’d count on, the digital camera nonetheless has P, A, S, M taking pictures modes, together with SCN (Scene), ART, Auto, and Video modes obtainable on the mode dial. When it comes to different options you get as commonplace with the digital camera, there’s built-in mud discount, with the Olympus SSWF Mud discount system, designed to maintain mud off the sensor.

The digital camera has a brand new plastic building, in comparison with the steel on the E-M5 II.  This has allowed the digital camera to be lighter than the E-M5 Mark II, by 51grams, with the E-M5 III being 366g. (with out battery/reminiscence card). Nonetheless, the digital camera nonetheless stays weather-sealed and has improved dealing with, with a bigger grip in addition to further controls, giving direct entry to ISO/publicity compensation and extra modes on the mode dial.

The digital camera makes use of the BLS-50 battery, the identical battery that’s discovered within the Olympus PEN-F, and E-M10 sequence, which supplies the digital camera a barely smaller battery, serving to scale back the load. The digital camera nonetheless gives an identical battery life, of 310 pictures (110minutes of film recording), however provides in USB charging help, and with energy saving mode lively is claimed to supply as much as double the battery life. The E-M5 and E-M5 II use the BLN-1.


The digital camera data 4K CINE video at 24fps (at 237mbps), or 4K UHD at 30/25/24fps (102mbps), and there’s a mic jack on the facet in addition to a “Flat” color profile. There’s additionally improved AF for video. You possibly can file high-speed FullHD video recording, with as much as 120fps doable.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III New Options:

  • Bigger thumb grip
  • LED indicator (exhibiting writing to SD card)
  • Devoted ISO button
  • Customized features (C mode on mode dial, as an alternative of “Story” mode)
  • Bulb mode now on the mode dial
  • Devoted publicity compensation button
  • Focus bracketing / Focus stacking
  • Hello-Res mode upgraded to 50mp (80mp uncooked)

To see extra variations, take a look at our Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Vs Mark III Comparability.

Wi-Fi (b/g/n) and Bluetooth is built-in, giving computerized JPEG switch, JPEG and uncooked switch, and distant management.



Lens mount and dimension – Olympus proceed to advertise the concept of small, compact, light-weight, transportable, and with the E-M5 and E-M1 cameras, weather-proof, in order that the cameras can be utilized in any scenario with out worrying concerning the climate, and with out being weighed down by heavy DSLR sized cameras.

The digital camera measures 85.2×49.7x125mm, and there’s an elective grip (ECG-5), that offers a bigger handgrip, and likewise strikes the shutter launch button and entrance command dial forwards. This will probably be obtainable for £179. Olympus says the weather-sealing is the “finest in school”.

Olympus says that the ISO efficiency has been improved by 2 stops, and ISO6400 is pretty much as good as ISO1600 on the E-M5 II, based on Olympus. We’ll have to check this to seek out out. This additionally signifies that Auto ISO can use increased ISO speeds with out as a lot fear about noise.

The E-M5 Mark III is priced: at £1099 physique solely, £1399 with 14-150mm, £1599 with 12-200mm, and £1699 with the Olympus 12-40mm f/2.eight Professional lens. There’s a pre-order supply of £100 trade-in, with a free battery through sellers within the UK. The digital camera will probably be obtainable from November, and is supplied with a small exterior flash, and comes with an prolonged guarantee within the UK.

Key Options

  • 20mp 4 Thirds CMOS sensor
  • Micro 4 Thirds lens mount
  • TRUEPIC VIII picture processor
  • 5-axis in-body picture stabilisation (sensor-shift, up to date)
  • 3inch vari-angle touch-screen, 1040Ok dots
  • 2.36m dot EVF, 0.69x magnification, OLED
  • Climate-sealed digital camera physique
  • 121 all-cross kind phase-detection af factors
  • 10 / 30fps steady taking pictures (mechanical, digital)
  • 4K CINE/UHD video
  • FullHD video, 120fps
  • Out there in silver/black or black


Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III Dealing with


There may be facet entry to the SD reminiscence card slot, which is all the time preferable to having it in the identical compartment because the battery, as then it’s accessible even when the digital camera is mounted on a tripod – the digital camera now helps UHS-II reminiscence playing cards. The up to date grip is bigger on the entrance, in addition to bigger on the again, and this provides a really snug space to carry on to, giving a safer space, and it is also a noticeable enchancment over the E-M5 Mark II, in dimension. The grip on the back and front has a tricky rubber texture, and there’s additionally rubber grip on the left of the digital camera. 

The mode dial provides direct entry to all the standard taking pictures modes however now makes it simpler to entry the Bulb mode (and provides a Customized mode). On earlier cameras you needed to go in to the guide mode, and set the shutter velocity to the longest obtainable, scroll previous, and then you definately’d discover bulb modes, which embrace the wonderful Dwell Time, Dwell Bulb and Dwell Composite modes, which make lengthy publicity pictures corresponding to mild portray, extraordinarily simple, with spectacular outcomes doable (as you watch the photograph develop in entrance of you, on-screen). In case you haven’t seen this in motion, we’d advocate taking a look at movies exhibiting how this works. 



The devoted ISO and Publicity Compensation buttons are very welcome additions, making it very simple to entry and alter these settings, and this can be a good function to see on a smaller digital camera physique. Often, as a digital camera dimension decreases, there are restricted controls, as a result of easy undeniable fact that it’s harder to suit controls and buttons. On the earlier digital camera, you would wish to customize one of many Perform buttons with a view to have direct entry to this setting. You possibly can customise these buttons on the E-M5 Mark III if you would like to alter these to one thing else. 

The digital viewfinder (EVF), could give a barely smaller view when in comparison with the E-M5 II, nevertheless, the view by way of the brand new OLED digital viewfinder is brighter, with higher dynamic vary proven, and due to this fact provides a extra nice viewing expertise. As you’ll count on, there’s dioptre correction, a rubber eye encompass, and the digital camera will rapidly change between the rear display and EVF when wanted. 

The display stays the identical, as a 3inch touch-screen, with 1040Ok dots. The vari-angle display might be pulled out to the facet, turned to face the entrance (for selfie’s or vlogging), in addition to turned and hidden from view, to guard the display. The color replica is sweet, and the display provides a transparent, sharp and detailed view of the scene.

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EM-5 III (left) Vs E-M5 II (proper) – Tremendous Management Panel

Menus – Ah, the Olympus menus, while the Olympus menus stay, at instances, fairly troublesome to navigate, they do develop into extra acquainted over time, with the extra fundamental settings within the first few screens, adopted by the entire extra superior settings within the “Customized” settings menu part. Sadly, that is now not color coded, and it’s possible you’ll must spend a while learning these earlier than you discover what you’re in search of. Sadly you’ll be able to’t use the touch-screen to undergo the menu gadgets, however you should utilize the touch-screen with the Tremendous Management Panel (proven above).

The digital camera does give a lot of methods to extra rapidly entry settings, both through the use of the exterior buttons, utilizing the “Tremendous Management Panel”, which is like Fujifilm’s Q (Fast) menu, however as an alternative of a ‘Q’ button to entry it, you merely press the center OK button within the centre of the four-way controller. You even have the “MyMenu” part the place you’ll be able to add settings that you simply need to entry rapidly. The Tremendous Management Panel on the Mark III has been up to date to present a barely bigger and clearer view of the settings and choices. 


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