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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III Summary

20 Megapixels20 MegapixelsElectronic View FinderElectronic View FinderHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveUltra HD (4K) video: 3840x2160 resolution or more.Ultra HD (4K) video: 3840x2160 resolution or more.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringDepth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Depth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed review

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III Assessment

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III strikes a fantastic balance between features, performance, size and price. It is the most lightest and most compact weatherproof mirrorless camera ever made and still manages to include an EVF and builtin image-stabilization.

Image quality from the E-M5 Mark III closely matches expectations from a Four-Thirds sensor. Noise levels are low due to strong noise-reduction, while its dynamic-range is good. Metering and a flexible tone-curve lets this camera made great use of its dynamic-range.

Colors and Auto White-Balance both have room for improvement but are not so far off from reality. Internal processing renders details well with minimal artifacts. The 50 megapixels Super-Resolution mode can capture extremely fine details for still subjects.

An on-sensor 121-Point Phase-Detect AF system makes autofocus decisive and quite reliable down to low light-levels. The E-M5 Mark III is one of the fastest cameras on the market with full-resolution bursts possible at 30 FPS. A 10 FPS mode using the mechanical shutter can capture an unlimited number of images. Every operation on this camera is highly responsive.

Ergonomically, this mirrorless camera resembles its predecessor but offers a more efficient interface that makes excellent use of its dual control-dials and numerous buttons. There are tons of unique and useful features in this camera.

Although overshadowed by the flagship E-M1 series, the now significantly less pricey Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III undoubtedly offers better value by deliver most of its features at half the price! The main advantages of the E-M1 Mark III are its class-leading 7-stop image-stabilization system, 1½-stops above the E-M5 Mark III and a larger 0.74X magnification EVF, compared to 0.68X, although the flagship OM-D is 35% heavier.

PROS CONS
Very low image-noise Strong anti-alias filter
Effective stabilization Poor color accuracy
Well-balanced metering system AWB struggles with artificial light
Quick and accurate autofocus system Not always Exposure-Priority
Instant shutter-lag Partially modal EC
Virtually no black-out Flex in LCD hinge
Fast continuous drive speed with deep buffer Noticeable delay to record video
Highly efficient interface Uncomfortable eyelets
Huge feature-set Very short battery-life
Exceptionally compact
Good build quality
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

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Related Information

Previous Models
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II
- 16 MP, 5-Stop IS, 1/16000s Max Shutter-Speed, 0.74X EVF Magnification, Full HD
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
- No Anti-Alias Filter, 1/32000s Max Shutter-Speed, 60 FPS Drive, 0.74X EVF Magnification
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III
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By Neocamera on 2020-07-22

Olympus E-M5 Mark III Highlights


Mirrorless digital camera

Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm

Four-Thirds Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

20 Megapixels MirrorlessISO 64-25600
Micro Four-Thirds Mount
2X FLM
Shutter 1/32000-60s
5-Axis Built-in Stabilization, 5.5-Stop ImprovementFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
0.39" Built-in EVF 2.4 Megapixels (0.68X)Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
Automatic Eye-Start sensorSpot-Metering
2 Axis Digital LevelHot-Shoe
Weatherproof down to -10CStereo audio input
Built-in Dust ReductionLithium-Ion Battery
30 FPS Drive, 26 ImagesSecure Digital Extended Capacity
4096x2160 @ 24 FPS Video Recording
3" LCD 1 Megapixels
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