2019 Buying Guide: Best cameras for beginners
Published Nov 2, 2018 | dpreview staff
Olympus OM-D E-M10 III
16MP Four Thirds sensor | 2.36M-dot OLED viewfinder | 5-axis image stabilization
What we like:
- Good ergonomics, twin controls dials
- 5-axis image stabilization
- Good 4K video quality
What we don't:
- Menu system can be overwhelming
- Continuous AF lags behind competition
The Olympus OM-D E-M10 III is a 16MP Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera specifically designed for novice shooters looking to develop their photography skills. It features in-body image stabilization, which can be used while shooting 4K video.
For its class the E-M10 III offers an unusual level of direct control with twin control dials, a couple of customizable buttons and one of the better touchscreen implementations. This latest model features a simplified, stripped-down menu system and an 'Advanced Photography' mode to give easier access to some of the camera's cleverer features.
The E-M10 III is a capable camera for both stills and video which offers an unusually large amount of room to grow into.
The camera's autofocus is great for single shots, focusing quickly and silently. However, while it can identify and track subjects pretty well, it can begin to struggle if you try to shoot bursts of images. Overall the camera is very responsive, though, especially in terms of responding to its touchscreen. Battery life is rated at 330 shots per charge: average for this class.
The E-M10 III's image quality is generally rather good, especially in JPEG. You'll want to avoid Auto mode which will use an oversaturated i-Enhance color profile, which cannot be turned off. The camera's sharpening is a little heavy-handed, as is noise reduction. Raw image quality isn't class-leading by any measure but it offers the ability to boost shadows without a huge increase in noise.
The camera shoots rather good 4K footage with the same great color response as in stills. Autofocus is too indecisive to depend on and there's no mic socket for capturing better audio, but the image stabilization makes it easy to get good-looking results.
The E-M10 III is a capable camera for both stills and video which offers an unusually large amount of room to grow into. While the E-M10 III isn't class-leading in any particular respect when it comes to performance, it's a very solid choice for a first-time ILC buyer looking to develop their photography.
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