Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III is basically an OM-D E-M1 II with Starry Sky AF mode and better IBIS

Feb 13, 2020

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III is basically an OM-D E-M1 II with Starry Sky AF mode and better IBIS

Feb 13, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Along with a new MFT lens, Olympus has also announced the OM-D E-M1 Mark III camera. It’s a successor of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II, released in 2016. But other than improved in-body image stabilization and dedicated AF mode for the starry sky, this camera doesn’t seem to have any major improvements.

Let’s start with the differences, shall we? Compared to its predecessor, the OM-D E-M1 Mark III has a better IBIS. The OM-D E-M1 Mark III offers up to 7 stops of in-body, sensor-shift image stabilization with any lens. For comparison, its predecessor offers 5.5 stops of stabilization.

Another novelty, and it’s a pretty cool one, is the dedicated Starry Sky AF mode. It can be used for focusing on stars, apparently, but also on other nighttime sky subjects. The AF works in low-light conditions, with focusing sensitivity down to -3.5 EV, so this camera could be a hit among astrophotographers.

Now, there are also many similarities between the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III and its big brother, starting from the design. The OM-D E-M1 Mark III features the same 20.4MP Live MOS sensor, although there’s an updated TruePic IX image processor. It also offers impressive continuous shooting of up to 60 fps with an electronic shutter and 15 fps with a mechanical shutter. The sensitivity range is up to ISO 25600, which also doesn’t differ from the previous model. When it comes to video capabilities, the OM-D E-M1 Mark III supports DCI and UHD 4K video recording at true 24fps.

Here are the full specs and a few more photos:

Imaging
Lens MountMicro Four Thirds
Camera FormatMicro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)
PixelsActual: 21.8 Megapixel
Effective: 20.4 Megapixel
Maximum Resolution5184 x 3888
Aspect Ratio1970-01-01 04:03:00
Sensor TypeMOS
Sensor Size17.4 x 13 mm
Image File FormatJPEG, Raw
Bit Depth12-Bit
Image StabilizationSensor-Shift, 5-Axis
Exposure Control
ISO SensitivityAuto, 200 to 25600 (Extended: 64 to 25600)
Shutter SpeedMechanical Shutter
1/8000 to 60 Second
Bulb Mode
Time Mode
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter
1/320 to 60 Second
Electronic Shutter
1/32000 to 60 Second
Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average, Multi-Zone, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-5 to +5 EV (1/3, 1/2, 1 EV Steps)
Metering Range-2 to 20 EV
White BalanceAuto, Cloudy, Custom, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Kelvin, Shade, Sunlight, Underwater
Continuous ShootingMechanical Shutter
Up to 15 fps at 20.4 MP for up to 101 Frames (Raw) / 134 Frames (JPEG)
Up to 10 fps at 20.4 MP for up to 286 Frames (Raw) / Unlimited Frames (JPEG)
Electronic Shutter
Up to 60 fps at 20.4 MP for up to 50 Frames (Raw) / 50 Frames (JPEG)
Up to 18 fps at 20.4 MP for up to 76 Frames (Raw) / 90 Frames (JPEG)
Interval RecordingYes
Self-Timer2/12-Second Delay
Video
Recording ModesMOV/H.264
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 24.00p [237 Mb/s]
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p [102 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/119.88p [18 to 200 Mb/s]
HD (1280 x 720) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [10 to 102 Mb/s]
External Recording Modes4:2:2 8-Bit
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160)
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160)
Full HD (1920 x 1080)
HD (1280 x 720)
Recording LimitUp to 29 Minutes
Video EncodingNTSC/PAL
Audio RecordingBuilt-In Microphone (Stereo)
External Microphone Input (Stereo)
Audio File FormatLinear PCM (Stereo)
Focus
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeContinuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S)
Autofocus PointsPhase Detection: 121 (121 Cross-Type)
Contrast Detection: 121
Autofocus Sensitivity-3.5 to +20 EV
Viewfinder and Monitor
Viewfinder TypeElectronic (OLED)
Viewfinder Resolution2,360,000 Dot
Viewfinder Eye Point21 mm
Viewfinder Coverage1
Viewfinder MagnificationApprox. 0.74x
Diopter Adjustment-4 to +2
Monitor Size3″
Monitor Resolution1,037,000 Dot
Monitor TypeArticulating Touchscreen LCD
Flash
Built-In FlashNo
Flash ModesFill Flash, First-Curtain Sync, Manual, Off, Red-Eye Reduction, Second-Curtain Sync, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
Maximum Sync Speed1/250 Second
Flash Compensation-3 to +3 EV (1/3, 1/2, 1 EV Steps)
Dedicated Flash SystemTTL
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe, PC Terminal
Interface
Memory Card SlotSlot 1: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Slot 2: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
ConnectivityUSB Type-C (USB 3.0), HDMI D (Micro), 3.5mm Headphone, 3.5mm Microphone, 2.5mm Sub-Mini, PC Sync Socket
WirelessWi-Fi
Bluetooth
GPSNo
Environmental
Operating Temperature14 to 104°F / -10 to 40°C
Operating Humidity30 to 90%
Storage Temperature-4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
Storage Humidity10 to 90%
Physical
Battery1 x BLH-1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.4 VDC, 1720 mAh (Approx. 420 Shots)
Dimensions (W x H x D)5.28 x 3.58 x 2.71″ / 134.1 x 90.9 x 68.9 mm
Weight1.28 lb / 580 g (Body with Battery and Memory)

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III is ready for preorders and expected to start shipping on 24 February. You can get body only for $1,799, but there are also two kits available: camera body + 12-40mm lens ($2,499) and camera body + 12-100mm lens ($2,899)

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Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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3 responses to “Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III is basically an OM-D E-M1 II with Starry Sky AF mode and better IBIS”

  1. den321 Avatar
    den321

    You state: “But other than improved in-body image stabilization and dedicated AF mode for the starry sky, this camera doesn’t seem to have any major improvements.” Maybe you should get your hands on the camera before you engage in such baseless speculation. Or watch 6 or 8 video reviews made by people who have actually used it so you’re less ignorant.

  2. Nikki Danielle Kitson Avatar
    Nikki Danielle Kitson

    “other than improved in-body image stabilization and dedicated AF mode for the starry sky, this camera doesn’t seem to have any major improvements.”

    Personally, I would call HHHR and Built-in ND filter pretty major improvements. And then there is also – finally – USB-C charging.

  3. DougWW Avatar
    DougWW

    I have to agree with the other 2 comments and add in the joy stick, and focus sensor patterns as well.
    I think the author misses the biggest point here. Olympus is moving deeper into computational photography. There is huge potential to make use of the processing power to create better images.