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The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III has landed

The E-M5 series has proved very popular with photographers of all levels and the latest incarnation is unlikely to be any different.

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III has an impressive array of the very latest imaging features, and it is all neatly packaged in a small, lightweight body that is dust, splash and freeze resistant.

At the camera’s heart is the same 20-megapixel Live MOS Micro Fours Thirds that is found in Olympus’s flagship camera, the OM-D E-M1 Mark II, with image processing handled by the high-speed TruePic VIII chip. That time-tested combination is capable of impressive image quality even at high ISO settings.

The body features a new five-axis image stabilisation (IBIS) system that gives a 5.5EV benefit – and 6.5EV benefit with IS lenses. Smooth handheld videos and pin-sharp handheld shots taken at very slow shutter speeds should be possible.

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Autofocus is handled by a 121 all cross-type AF point phase detection system with the usual options of single and zone AF settings. Performance compared with previous models is improved thanks to updated algorithms. For action subjects, the camera can shoot at 10fps with AE/AF tracking.

As you might expect from Olympus, the OM-D E-M5 Mark III has an impressive collection of creative capture features to enjoy. Pro Capture mode lets you shoot full resolution Raws at 14fps and the buffer starts recording when you half press the shutter button and shots are only recorded to card on full depression; there’s tripod high-res mode that can produce a 50-megapixel file from eight separate shots; and there’s in-camera focus stacking using up to eight shots.

For video shots, the camera offers 4K/30p movie mode. With the IBIS system, you get smooth handheld shots without the need for any extra stabilising kit.

The OM-D E-M5 Mark III is available from mid-November with a body price of £1099.99. Various kits will be on offer so, for example, the OM-D E-M5 Mark III with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO lens is £1699.99, or £1599.99 with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 lens.

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Features at a glance: E-M5 Mark III

  • 20.4-megapixel Live MOS sensor
  • New EVF with 2.36K dots
  • TruePic VIII processor
  • Five-axis in-body image stabilisation with 5.5EV benefit
  • 121 all cross-type AF points
  • Pro Capture at 14fps
  • 4K/30p video
  • Focus bracketing
  • Tripod high-res mode
  • USB charging

You can find our first-look review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III here.

For more information, please visit the Olympus website.

As featured in issue 71 of Photography News.

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