Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III Overview

Announced Feb 12, 2020 •
20 megapixels | 3 screen | Four Thirds sensor
Product description
Announced Feb 12, 2020

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III is a high-end Micro Four Thirds camera with a 20MP sensor , in-body image stabilization with up to 7.5 stops of shake reduction and the same processor as the E-M1X. By shifting its sensor slightly, the E-M1 III can create 50MP stills, even while the camera is hand-held. Another trick the camera has is a Live ND function, while has the simulates the effects of a neutral density filter without actually needing a phsyical filter. The E-M1 III capable of shooting bursts of up to 18 fps with continuous AF and even faster with single AF. It uses the same hybrid autofocus system as the E-M1X, minus the train, car and airplane detection.

The camera's magnesium alloy body is weather-sealed to IPX1 standards and has an updated dust reduction system and a shutter rated at 400k cycles. It sports a fully articulating touch LCD as well as an electronic viewfinder with a 120 fps refresh rate. The camera has two SD card slots, one of which supports UHS-II speeds. USB Power Delivery is supported, for powering the camera or charging on the go.

The E-M1 III can capture DCI and UHD 4K video with support for OM-Log and 4:2:2 output over HDMI. It has both mic and headphone sockets, with the former now offering higher quality audio capture (with Olympus's LS-P4 recorder) and less white noise.

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 1,037,000
Max shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Storage types Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II on first slot)
USB USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
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)
GPS None

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Our review

The Olympus E-M1 III is our favorite Micro Four Thirds cameras for stills shooters, as of publication. It's capable of very good image quality and jam-packed with fun and useful features. It's also no slouch when it comes to 4K video capture and offers some of the best image stabilization around. All this in a supremely well-built, comfortable, customizable and attractive body. That said being said, there are more capable, large sensor cameras available for the money.

Good for: Action, wildlife, nature and landscape shooters (with high-res mode). Micro Four Thirds shooters seeking the best image quality. General and travel photographers desiring a small kit.

Not so good for: Those requiring the best dynamic range and/or resolution. Those needing reliable subject tracking.

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