Video

The Olympus E-M5 Mark III is, in many ways, a mini E-M1 Mark II when it comes to video capture - but there are a few feature exceptions that could make a difference to you.

Key takeaways:

  • High-quality DCI 4K/24p footage, pretty good UHD 4K/30p footage
  • Decent Full HD 1080p footage
  • Excellent digital + sensor shift image stabilization
  • Microphone socket, but no headphone socket
  • No log capture (only flat profile)
  • Autofocus for single subjects generally works well
  • No separate exposure settings for stills / video

In-depth

The E-M5 III comes with a pretty robust video feature set. You can capture video in the wider DCI / Cinema 4K standard at 24p and up to 237mbps (though we haven't seen the camera actually reach 237mbps in real-world use). The resulting footage is plenty detailed, and the flat profile gets you a bit of gradability in post, but many competitors are offering even more detailed footage with Log profiles for more file flexibility.

Combining digital and sensor-shift stabilization gets you incredibly smooth footage

What the E-M5 III really has going for it is stabilization. When you combine a digital stabilizer with the E-M5 III's sensor-shift stabilizer, you get incredibly smooth footage, even while walking with the camera out in front of you. The camera also tends to track and smoothly focus on faces pretty well in scenes without too many distractions, so this could be a good option for a casual vlogging setup.

Video quality

To begin, the E-M5 III holds its own against the competition pretty well in its Cinema 4K mode. It's still a little softer in some areas than the Fujifilm and Sony, and shows some jagged, stair-stepping artifacts in others. Enabling digital image stabilization on the Olympus has a slight negative impact on detail, but we think it's worth the tradeoff for the smoothness of the footage.

It's important to note, though, that switching to 'regular' UHD 4K gives you noticeably softer results on the Olympus, so we'd only recommend using it over DCI 4K if you really need 30p. In Full HD capture, we see the Olympus looking a bit better than the Sony, but falling behind the Fujifilm and Panasonic options.

Video handling and features

Our resident video expert, Jordan Drake, has given us his take on the E-M5 III and how he thinks it will stack up for hybrid stills and video shooters.

The long story short is, if you are an experienced hybrid shooter that takes video seriously, it's probably worth it to pony up the extra money for the Olympus E-M1 Mark II. In doing so, you get Log profiles and a headphone jack, which could both come in handy.

If those aren't super important to you, though, the E-M5 III is capable of some really solid video performance, with good autofocus, stabilization and detail capture.