Olympus OM-D E-M5 III Overview

Announced Oct 17, 2019 •
20 megapixels | 3 screen | Four Thirds sensor
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Announced Oct 17, 2019

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III is a midrange Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera. Olympus redesigned many of its internal components, allowing the Mark III to be considerably smaller than its predecessor. It features a 20MP Four Thirds sensor (borrowed from the higher-end E-M1 II), a 5-axis in-body IS system (which can reduce shake by up to 6.5 stops) and a 121-point hybrid autofocus system. The camera can shoot bursts at 10 fps with continuous autofocus, and can fire away at 30 fps with focus and exposure locked on the first shot. It also has the ability to shoot ultra-high-res 50MP images by shifting its sensor, though a tripod is required.

The body of the E-M5 III is weather-sealed and has a 2.36M-dot EVF and tilting touchscreen display. It can capture 4K 30p and 24p video, and also has a high speed 1080/120p option. As with all Olympus cameras, it has an extensive amounts of 'Art Filters', allowing users to stylize their photos without a computer. When it's time to share photos, the E-M5 III offers both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Quick specs
Body type SLR-style mirrorless
Max resolution 5184 x 3888
Effective pixels 20 megapixels
Sensor size Four Thirds (17.4 x 13 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 200-25600, expands to 64-25600
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Focal length mult. 2×
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,040,000
Max shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II supported)
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 414 g (0.91 lb / 14.60 oz)
Dimensions 125 x 85 x 50 mm (4.92 x 3.35 x 1.97)
GPS None

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Our review

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III gets a lot of things right. It produces great images, is packed with fun and genuinely useful features, is well-built and beautifully designed, and above all, fun to use and take control over. Unfortunately, its autofocus just can't keep up with the competition and the overly complex user interface could use updating. But for many types of photography, the E-M5 Mark III will be a rewarding and capable choice.

Good for: General and travel photography, landscape shooters wanting a compact kit and existing Micro Four Thirds users looking for some of the best image quality they can get.

Not so good for: Those that photograph demanding sports and peak action and those that need a more full-featured video experience.

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