Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III is a well-rounded Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera that can be used for a number of stills and video shooting situations. It was developed with speed, adaptability, and portability in mind, and it is available in a variety of colors.

A 20.4MP Live MOS sensor and an updated TruePic IX image processor distinguish the camera, which can shoot at speeds of up to 60 frames per second with an electronic shutter and 15 frames per second with a mechanical shutter.

The camera also supports DCI and UHD 4K video recording, among other features. Its sensor and processor also have a sensitivity range of up to ISO 25600, and it is equipped with a sophisticated 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization technology that adjusts for up to 7.5 stops of camera shake for clearer handheld photography.

Additionally, in addition to imaging, the sensor’s architecture features 121 cross-type phase-detection sites on the chip, which work in conjunction with 121 contrast-detection regions to provide rapid and precise focusing while also providing subject tracking capability.

When it comes to the physical design of the E-M1 III, it has a sturdy magnesium alloy body that has been extensively weather-sealed to allow it to be used in tough environments. Both a 2.36 million dot, 0.74x magnification electronic viewfinder, and a 3.0 million dot optical viewfinder are included “A vari-angle LCD touchscreen with 1.037 million dots is also included for intuitive operation and working from a range of angles. Furthermore, the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth features further enhance its sharing and distant shooting options, while the camera’s two SD card slots provide further file-saving versatility.

Live MOS sensor with a resolution of 20.4MP and TruePic IX image processor

When used together, a high-resolution 20.4MP Live MOS sensor and an upgraded TruePic IX image processor deliver much faster-shooting speed, a wider sensitivity range up to ISO 25600, and flexible 4K video recording capabilities.

When operating with the mechanical shutter, the sensor and processor combination provide a full-resolution continuous shooting rate of 15 frames per second for up to 101 consecutive raw files, making it ideal for sports and wildlife photography applications.

When shooting with the silent electronic shutter, this shooting rate can be increased to up to 60 frames per second with single-shot AF for up to 50 consecutive raw frames or 18 frames per second with continuous AF for up to 90 consecutive raw frames when using the electronic shutter with the silent shutter.

Video recording at DCI and UHD 4K resolutions, as well as OM-Log

In addition, the sensor and CPU are capable of recording 4K videos in both DCI (4096 x 2160) and UHD (3840 x 2160) resolutions. When working in DCI, a genuine 24.00 fps frame rate is used, together with IPB compression and a 237 Mb/s bit rate, and UHD 4K is available at frame rates up to 30p and a 102 Mb/s bit rate.

When working in UHD 4K, a true 24.00 fps frame rate is used, along with IPB compression and a 237 Mb/s bit rate. It is also possible to record in full HD 1080p and HD 720p resolutions. It is possible to record audio using the built-in stereo microphone, and an external microphone port and headphones jack are provided for better audio recording and monitoring.

When used with the accompanying LUT file, an integrated OM-Log option may be utilized to increase the effective dynamic range and provide a larger range of control during post-production color grading. This setting is particularly useful when recording in a variety of lighting circumstances.

Additionally, the use of an external recording display is allowed via the HDMI output, which offers a 4:2:2 8-bit color for a wider color-correcting range than the DVI output.

Additional features such as a Time-lapse Movie mode with a 5 fps filming rate and up to 4K UHD quality are also available to capture subject changes or movement over a longer period of time. Full HD and HD time-lapse modes, as well as a high-speed Full HD preset with a frame rate of 120 frames per second, are also available.

121-Point Cross-Type Phase-Detection AF is used in all applications.

Advanced autofocus technology combines phase-detection locations on the chip with contrast-detection sections on the chip for focusing performance that is both rapid and precise. All 121 phase-detection points are also cross-type, which allows for increased precision in mixed illumination circumstances as well as improved subject tracking capabilities while monitoring moving subjects.

The camera has several different focusing modes that can be used to accommodate different shooting situations, including 121-point for general use; Group 25-point for moving subjects, such as birds and wildlife, and when 121-point is too wide; Group 9-Point for smaller and more distant subjects; Group 5-Point for when 9-point is too wide or to accommodate working with closer moving subjects; Single for working with still or small subjects that are not moving; and Small AF for working with close-up subjects.

Also included are custom AF targets, which allow you to work with a defined number of focus points at any location on the 121-point grid. An AF limiter function allows you to confine the focus distance between two points within a specified range, resulting in a faster response.

Additionally, continuous focusing sensitivity may be adjusted within five levels for more appealing focus movements, which is beneficial while using the camera while capturing video.

Face Priority and Eye Priority AF are also available for portraiture, which emphasizes the subject’s face and eyes while taking a photograph of them. Working in low light circumstances is made possible by the inclusion of focus sensitivities as low as -3.5 EV, as well as a specific Starry Sky Autofocus mode for focusing on stars and other evening sky subjects.

As an alternative to autofocus capabilities, manual focus users will benefit from live view magnification and focus peaking options, which will allow them to achieve higher precision.
Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization on Five Axes
In-body, sensor-shift image stabilization reduces the appearance of camera shaking by up to 7 stops while shooting with any lens and adjusts for camera motions that become particularly obvious when dealing with telephoto photos, macro photography, and long exposures.

This innovative picture stabilization technology compensates for vertical angle rotation, horizontal angle rotation, horizontal shift, vertical shift, and rolling camera shaking movement by working across five axes. This range of observed motions is beneficial for both traditional still picture photography and video recording, as well as for working more efficiently with moving subjects.

Additionally, when used in conjunction with some lenses that provide optical image stabilization, shaking correction of up to 7.5 stops is feasible.

Designing of the Body and Connectivity

  • Eye-level monitoring is made possible by the inclusion of a high-resolution 2.36 million dot electronic viewfinder, which has a powerful 0.74x maximum magnification for clean, distortion-free vision.
  • 3.0 in the rear “The 1.037m-dot LCD display has a vari-angle design that allows it to be used from a number of angles. It also has a touchscreen for easy menu navigation and picture playback, and it is also a touchscreen. Additionally, while working in low-light environments, an LV Boost mode may be employed to improve the screen’s brightness and prioritize the frame rate over other considerations.
  • The included BLH-1 rechargeable lithium-ion battery produces roughly 420 photos per charge with typical settings and up to an astonishing 900 shots per charge when the rapid sleep option is used, according to the manufacturer.
  • The USB Type-C connector may be used to quickly charge the battery within the camera.
  • When used in conjunction with the proprietary O.I.Share software for iOS and Android, the built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth allows for wireless image sharing and remote camera control from a connected smartphone or tablet.
  • Due to the increased versatility provided by dual SD memory card ports, it is now possible to separate raw and JPEG data into separate cards, store duplicate files on both cards, or simply double your storage capacity with overflow recording. Additionally, one of the card slots is UHS-II compliant, allowing for better read/write rates when used with a UHS-II card that is compatible with the card slot’s capabilities.
  • The inclusion of 3.5mm headphone and microphone connections, a PC sync flash terminal and top hot shoe, USB Type-C and micro-HDMI connectors, as well as a 2.5mm port for alternative remotes, ensures extensive accessory compatibility.
  • Extensive sealing is used throughout the magnesium alloy body to withstand operating in challenging situations and under adverse weather conditions, even when a wire, microphone, or a pair of headphones are connected.
  • The employment of a Supersonic Wave Filter in conjunction with a dust-resistant coating significantly reduces the possibility of dust reaching the sensor.
  • The shutter device is designed to withstand more than 400,000 actuations before failing.
  • Modes of Photography
  • Through the use of eight successively recorded frames stitched together into a single, bigger image, the Tripod High Res Shot mode produces the equivalent output of an 80MP image. Each exposure is separated by a short period of time during which the sensor-shift stabilization mechanism moves slightly in order to acquire more information than would be possible in a single exposure. These frames are then composited together to create a final image with higher resolution and color detail. Using the TruePic IX processor, which compensates for any subject movement blur, this procedure is made easier. This function may also be programmed to capture photographs at either 50MP or 25MP resolution, giving you greater file size options.
  • Using the same technique as the Tripod mode, the Handheld High Res Shot mode creates a 50MP JPEG or raw file by combining many consecutively recorded images into a single image. With the Handheld High Res Shot mode, you may capture 16 independent frames instead of eight in the Tripod mode, and the little movement generated by hand-holding offers the range of movement necessary to produce the bigger final image.
  • Live ND simulates the effects of a neutral density filter by combining exposures to create the appearance of a single image captured at a slower shutter speed. This results in blurred subject movement as the subject moves. Five different exposure modes are available, each of which is particularly suited for capturing flowing water: ND2, ND4, ND8, ND16, and ND32. These modes allow you to modify the way movement is shown.
  • This is a one-of-a-kind long exposure option that allows you to progressively increase the exposure over time without overexposing important components inside the frame. As a result, it is great for capturing star trails or other moving light sources since it only records freshly detected light sources over time and lets you watch the image grow as it is captured.
  • Using the Live Bulb and Live Time settings, you can create some really beautiful long exposure photography. You may use Live Bulb to keep the shutter open for up to one minute, and Live Time allows you to push the shutter button once to open the shutter and then press it again within a minute to bring the exposure to a conclusion.
  • Before fully depressing the shutter button, the camera enters Pro Capture Mode, which begins capturing and buffering full-resolution JPEG or raw photos before the shutter is fully depressed. Starting as soon as you half-click the shutter button, frames will begin to be recorded, and as you completely push the shutter button, the image will be stored together with the preceding 35 frames. Also possible in this mode is to keep the shutter button down in order to continue shooting constantly while employing the quiet electronic shutter feature.
  • Interval shooting is enabled for up to 9999 frames with exposure intervals ranging from one second to twenty-four hours.
  • Flicker shooting is a technique that automatically identifies the frequency/flicker of artificial illumination and only engages the shutter at times of peak brightness, resulting in exposures that have consistent exposure and color.
  • A subject will be automatically recorded eight times while the plane of focus is gently shifted, and these exposures will be composited into a single frame to provide an expanded depth of field. Focus Bracketing, on the other hand, allows you to capture between 3-999 frames with configurable focus steps in a 1-10 range for manual compositing during post-production, allowing you to save time. Working with M.Zuiko Digital ED gives you access to these modes only when you use it. The M.Zuiko Digital MC-14 1.4x and MC-20 2.0x Teleconverters, as well as the 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO, 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO, 30mm f/3.5 Macro, 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO, 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO, 300mm f/4 IS PRO, 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO, and 12-45mm f/4 PRO lenses, are all included.
  • When working in live view, you may use Keystone Compensation to account for convergence errors in your work. For the same reason, Fisheye Compensation allows you to utilize the M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F/1.8 Fisheye PRO lens as a wide-angle lens with no distortion by correcting and removing distortion in the image.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III Specs

MSRP$1799 (body only), $2499 (w/12-40mm lens), $2899 (w/12-100mm lens)
Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
Max resolution5184 x 3888
Image ratio w:h4:3
Effective pixels20 megapixels
Sensor photodetectors22 megapixels
Sensor sizeFour Thirds (17.4 x 13 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorTruePic IX
ISOAuto, 200-25600 (expands to 64-25600)
Boosted ISO (minimum)64
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes (4 slots)
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Image stabilization notes7 stops body-only (7.5 stops with 12-100mm F4 lens)
CIPA image stabilization rating7 stop(s)
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsSuperfine, fine, normal
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points121
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds
Focal length multiplier
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,037,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification1.48× (0.74× 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder resolution2,360,000
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic)1/32000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject/scene modesNo
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (via hot shoe)
Flash modesRedeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(2nd curtain), Manual
Continuous drive60.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 12 secs, custom)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
AE Bracketing(2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Modes4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 237 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Storage typesDual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II on first slot)
USBUSB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
USB chargingYes
HDMIYes (micro HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portYes
Wireless notes802.11ac + Bluetooth
Remote controlYes (wired or smartphone)
Environmentally sealedYes
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionBLH-1 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)420
Weight (inc. batteries)580 g (1.28 lb / 20.46 oz)
Dimensions134 x 91 x 69 mm (5.28 x 3.58 x 2.72″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III Price

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as of October 1, 2022 9:42 am
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