Olympus today announced the OM-D E-M1 Mark III, which follows its predecessor from 2016. The weatherproof design is almost untouched by the last generation, although it is more powerful in the image quality department. In some cases, it even surpasses the 2019 E-M1X, Olympus' mirrorless Micro Four Thirds camera, which is more compact and less expensive. This new entry costs $ 1,799.99 (body only), $ 200 less than Olympus charged for the body E-M1 Mark II.
The design is identical to that of the E-M1 Mark II – you can even use the same vertical handle on the Mark III), but there are some changes to note. Olympus added an additional custom mode option to the watch face, which includes a total of four user-customizable options. Like the E-M1X, this new model also has a USB-C-PD port that supports fast charging speeds. It takes two hours to charge the camera, which is comparable to other cameras in this class. The nice thing about it is that you can plug a battery directly into the camera for charging (although you can't charge and record at the same time), so you don't have to look for an outlet.
In terms of shooting, most of the new features here are made possible by the new TruePic IX image processor. The most impressive achievement seems to be Starry Sky AF. In this mode, shooters in autofocus mode can take astrophotography without a tripod without having to make subtle changes through manual focus. Olympus informed The Verge that this is possible without relying on phase detection (you are ultimately aiming for the hereafter) or contrast autofocus instead of using the luminance information captured by the sensor.
Olympus said that his new image processor also enabled him to significantly improve the face and eye tracking algorithm. The company claims that the new model is better than previous models at tracking smaller faces and smaller eyes.
The Mark III has the same 20.4 megapixel live MOS sensor as the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and the E-M1X. The 121-point AF system, which supports high-speed continuous shooting at up to 60 frames per second and AF / AE storage, or up to 18 frames per second with continuous autofocus and automatic exposure, remains unchanged. However, like the E-M1X, the Mark III body supports seven-stage image stabilization in the body – an improvement over the 5.5-stage IBIS of the Mark II. The E-M1X also adopted the closure, which promises 400,000 operations and the lasting strength doubles what Olympus claims for the Mark II.
Another improvement is the switch from Olympus to integrated 5 GHz Wi-Fi support, which should enable faster image transfers. The Mark III is also the first Olympus camera that can update its firmware with the mobile app. The app allows you to import and export profiles, reducing the worry that someone is messing around with your camera settings.
With a body-only price of $ 1,799, the E-M1 Mark III is at the highest level of the Micro Four Thirds cameras, even if it is below the starting price of the previous model. Olympus will also sell two kits: an M.Zuiko 12-40mm lens with a f / 2.8 aperture for $ 2,499.99 and an M.Zuiko 12-100mm f / 4.0 kit for 2,899.99 USD.
On this occasion, Olympus is launching a new lens, the M.Zuiko 12-45 mm lens with a f / 4.0 aperture. This universal zoom can also double for macro work, and according to Olympus, it can focus on subjects up to 12 cm away. You can now find one for sale for $ 649.99.
PEN E-PL10 is released in the United States
Olympus also announced the availability of the PEN E-PL10 Micro Four Thirds camera in the United States and Canada. It was released outside the United States at the end of last year and is now available for purchase for $ 599.99 for the body. This new version only makes a few adjustments to the E-PL9, both in a positive and a negative sense. The retro styling is hard to like, and the same goes for the built-in flash. The same last-generation TruePic VIII image processor is also returning, so you won't get a big leap in performance.
The E-PL10 can transfer images of the major changes between the iterations to a smartphone via an app. It has some new "art filter" effects that will help you become expressive. a "silent shooting" mode in which only the sound effects output by the camera in all modes are switched off. and the ability to take panoramic pictures. Finally, Olympus introduces a completely black version of the camera (see above), which is officially known as "Kuro". Previously it was a black camera, but it had silver details. This new color complements the Moka and Shiro (brown and white) options that were already available in previous models.
A kit that also includes an M.Zuiko 14-42mm pancake lens with a variable f / 3.5-5.6 aperture costs $ 100 more. Another kit, which includes the above-mentioned pancake lens and a 40-150mm lens from M.Zuiko, costs an additional $ 100 and is worth $ 799.99 in total.