There is a huge excitement of so many new and interesting camera models but one that was not in the discussion is Olympus. Just like its main rival, Panasonic, it has been stuck to the Micro Four Thirds sensor and has not jumped on the full-frame bandwagon.
As the company has released the larger and more professional-oriented E-M1X camera, still it did not represent a major upgrade on the 2016 E-M1 Mark II model.
It is important to note that the Olympus is finally having a genuine successor. Just like the E-M1X, the E-M1 Mark III is promising to provide more speed and top-notch in-body stabilization. This time all these features are packed into a smaller and more rugged body.
- It is having an excellent image stabilization
- It is having a fast shooting speed
- Comes with a compact weather-proof body
- It is also having a flip-out screen
- Comes with accurate colors
- The autofocus is not able to keep up with the shooting speeds
- Having a mediocre low-light capability
- It is having sub-par video features
- It is having an outdated sensor
Olympus’ flagship camera, the O-MD E-M1 Mark III is not that exciting. It is a bit faster as compared to the last model, has improved and is having more versatile autofocus. It is also having a class-leading 5-axis image stabilization system that will make the handheld photography better.
Unfortunately, the autofocus system is not holding up to rivals, especially Sony, and it is not great for the low-light shooting.
It also falls short of similarly-priced rivals like Panasonic GH5 when talking about the video. Note that it is great for wildlife and action photography, and for everyone but still there are better cameras in the market.
The main point of discussion in a camera is the image quality. The E-M1 III is having the same sensor as in the previous generation so there is no big difference between them in terms of image quality. It is interesting to note that Olympus is having a great color science, so the new model is going to deliver lifelike colors for a wide range of subjects.
In comparison to Sony’s A6600, the E-M1 III is slightly having color generation more accurate and natural.
Moreover, the RAW image quality is also excellent and it allows for a lot of latitudes to boost shadows and get the details in highlights. But for the price, the E-M1 III is not able to stand up to larger sensor rivals just like Sony’s A7 III in the low light.
Remember that any shots past ISO 3200 will start to show a lot of noise in the shadow regions.
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Panasonic has solved this issue to a certain extent with the help of their dual-ISO system, so it is not good to see that Olympus was not able to boost the ISO range on their latest camera.
If the 20.4 megapixels are not enough, then you can use the multi-shot high-res mode that will be combining the eight images for delivering a single 50-megapixel image when you are shooting with the hand. Similar to the high-res modes on other cameras, this is working great for handheld images as long as the subject is not moving much.
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III will be arriving black for $1,800 (body only) and $2,500 with the 12-40mm f/2.8 M. Zuiko lens from February 24th, 2020.