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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Review

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II embodied everything that a mirrorless camera should be: a high-quality camera that feels great in hand, offers an extensive feature set with bags of control and produces excellent images while not occupying a lot of space in your bag. It was the perfect mirrorless camera. The newest OM-D E-M10 Mark III is designed to improve upon its predecessor’s achievements and become a vital travelling companion for you.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Features

The OM-D E-M10 Mark III retains the same 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor as its predecessor, the E-M10 Mark II, and the original E-M10 Mark I. However, it is equipped with Olympus’ most recent TruePic VII image processing engine, which was previously only found in the brilliant E-M1 Mark II. Olympus believes that this engine will result in improved low-light shooting performance.

Even while an increase in resolution to 20 megapixels would have been desirable here as well, it’s possible that Olympus was afraid that doing so might cut into sales of higher-end OM-D models.

The E-M10 Mark III possesses the same efficient five-axis in-body image stabilization technology as the Mark II. This system produces what is said to be four stops of correction to eliminate blur and shake in both still images and video. The E-M10 Mark III was released in October of this year.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Build Quality

The E-M10 family has always pleased us with its construction and finish quality, and the Mark III is no exception to this trend. Magnesium alloy is used in constructing the E-M10 Mark III, which gives it a robust, sturdy feel that is undeniably far more premium than the feel of DSLR competitors such as the Canon EOS Rebel T7i (EOS 800D).

The front grip, which was relatively shallow on the Mark II but served its purpose well, has been strengthened here to give a more gratifying grasp while maintaining the compact dimensions of the E-M10 Mark III.

The OM-D E-M10 Mark III has the aesthetically beautiful vintage style of the Mark II, but upon closer inspection, a few changes have been made. The dials on the top plate are the most notable of these changes.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Autofocus

The autofocus performance of the E-M10 Mark II, which the OM-D E-M10 Mark III is replacing, was impressive, and the new system is much more advanced. The number of contrast-detect AF points has increased from 81 to 121. This, in conjunction with the inclusion of the most recent iteration of the TruePic III image processor, should result in quicker focusing rates.

Even while some of the competition has on-sensor phase-detect AF points to help speed up the process of acquiring focus, the absence of such points in the OM-D E-M10 Mark III does not appear to be a significant hindrance when working in single AF mode.

Even when shooting scenes with a moderate amount of available light, focusing is relatively quick; however, the autofocus does slow down slightly as you zoom in. However, this should not be an issue if you use one of the numerous prime lenses compatible with the camera.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Performance

The OM-D E-M10 Mark III can take photographs at a rate of 8.6 frames per second, slightly above Mark II’s rate of 8.5 frames per second. Although this is only a slight improvement, it is still faster than other cameras, such as Fujifilm’s X-T20, which can only shoot at eight frames per second. It is also substantially shorter than the Canon EOS Rebel T7i/EOS 800D (6 frames per second) or the Nikon D5600 (5fps). The buffer performance is also relatively strong, with 22 frames for raw files, and the camera will continue to shoot JPEGs until the memory card is full.

We acquired crisp photos while using a shutter speed of 1/8 of a second. Bracing the camera correctly makes it possible to shoot at even slower speeds with decent results. The five-axis image stabilization system operates quite well.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Image Quality

In the five years since it has been on the market, the 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor at the core of the OM-D E-M10 Mark III has undergone minimal alteration. The 24MP sensors found in APS-C competitors, like the X-T20 and D5600, will offer more satisfactory results. However, there is no reason to underestimate this sensor, which can still provide good prints at an A3 size.

JPEG photos captured at ISO 400 are pretty stable. There may be a trace of luminance (grain-like) noise at 100%, but nothing objectionable. On the other hand, a decent amount of detail is evident in images taken in the low-to-mid sensitivity range.

Noise is adequately controlled up to about ISO6400, at which point some regions of JPEGs begin to take on a little painterly aspect when viewed at 100%. This occurs around the same time that the maximum ISO setting is increased. Results at ISO 12,800 and 25,600 are acceptable, assuming that you intend to use those photographs online solely.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Specs

Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Image ratio w:h4:3
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor sizeFour Thirds (17.4 x 13 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorTruePic VIII
ISOAuto, 200-25600 (expands to 100-25600)
Boosted ISO (minimum)100
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes (4 slots)
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Image stabilization notes5-axis
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, normal
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points121
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds
Focal length multiplier
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification1.23× (0.62× 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder resolution2,360,000
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic)1/16000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject / scene modesYes
Built-in flashYes
Flash range5.80 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (via hot shoe)
Flash modesAuto, redeye, slow sync, 2nd-curtain slow sync, redeye slow sync, fill-in, manual, off
Continuous drive8.6 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 12 secs, custom)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±5 (3, 5 frames at 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Modes3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1280 x 720 @ 120p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1280 x 720 @ 30p / 14 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1280 x 720 @ 25p / 14 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1280 x 720 @ 24p / 14 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I/II supported)
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n
Remote controlYes (via smartphone)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionBLS-50 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)330
Weight (inc. batteries)410 g (0.90 lb / 14.46 oz)
Dimensions122 x 84 x 50 mm (4.8 x 3.31 x 1.97″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSNone

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Verdict

Because many of the camera’s specifications have remained the same from the Mark II to the Mark III, it’s possible that the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III is not a significant improvement over its predecessor. However, Olympus has improved upon one of our favourite mirrorless cameras by making some minor adjustments and refinements, which makes it a more attractive option for first-time users as well as experts.

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