Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III Available Mid November 2019 For 1099.99

Olympus has introduced the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III, updating the OM-D E-M5 range with a compact, lightweight mirrorless camera that has plenty of features.

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 III
Olympus OM-D E-M5 III

 

Olympus has officially announced the arrival of the OM-D EM-5 Mark III mirrorless interchangeable lens camera.

It's been 4 years since the OM-D EM-5 Mark II was introduced to us and Olympus says the OM-D EM-5 Mark III brings many of Olympus' most advanced imaging technologies into a very compact and lightweight body.

Designed for photography enthusiasts and semi-professionals, the OM-D EM-5 Mark III features weather-sealing, high-performance autofocus capabilities and a powerful image stabilisation system. 

The E-M5 Mark III boasts a combination of a 20.4 Megapixel Live MOS sensor and the high-speed TruePic VIII image processor from Olympus' flagship model OM-D E-M1 Mark II as well as a new compact in-body 5-axis image stabilisation system. It also has 

Olympus' acclaimed SSWF (Super Sonic Wave Filter) sensor-cleaning technology built-in along with a 121-point all cross-type On-chip Phase Detection autofocus (AF) system with different target options and continuous shooting at up to 10fps in AF/AE tracking keep fast-moving objects in the frame.

The E-M5 Mark III features a 2.36 million-dot, high-contrast OLED panel, an EVF (electronic viewfinder) system and a camera body design that's in keeping with the OM-D EM-5 range. 

Video is captured in 4K 30p high-definition with electronic IS and 5-axis IS. 

 

Olympus OM-D E-M5 III
Olympus OM-D E-M5 III

 

OM-D EM-5 Mark III Pricing & Availability 

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III will be available from mid-November in silver or black in the following options: 

  • Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III body only - £1099.99
  • Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III & Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F/2.8 PRO lens - £1699.99
  • Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III & Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm F/3.5-6.3 lens -£1599.99 

Olympus are also offering pre-order customers a £100 trade-in and a free BLS-50 battery when they pre-order the OM-D EM-5 Mark III before 15 November 2019.

 

From Olympus UK: 

Olympus OM-D E-M5 III
Olympus OM-D E-M5 III

 

Only a few days after the 100th Anniversary of the company’s founding, Olympus today starts the next chapter of one of their most popular camera models with the launch of the long-awaited OM-D E-M5 Mark III. Bringing many of Olympus’ most advanced imaging technologies into a very compact and lightweight body, the camera has been designed to be the perfect choice for photography enthusiasts and semi-professionals.

The E-M5 Mark III features a weather-sealed construction, high-performance autofocus capabilities and a powerful image stabilization system along with versatile shooting features to deliver brilliant image quality and an extensive array of creative options for photographers and filmmakers. Even when paired with professional-grade M.Zuiko PRO lenses, the overall camera system remains so small in size that it can be taken anywhere.

Olympus are offering pre-order customers a £100 trade-in and free BLS-50 battery to launch the OM-D E-M5 MKIII valid on pre-orders to 15 November 2019. Further details available at participating dealers.

At up to half the size and weight of other interchangeable lens systems, Olympus’ biggest advantage is an amazing mobility thanks to the compact, lightweight camera system, including lenses. The combination of their high-resolution, high-performance lens line-up and powerful image stabilization capabilities results in sharp, high-quality photos and videos in a variety of scenarios. Packing some of the latest imaging technologies in a very small body, the new OM-D E-M5 Mark III represents these benefits to the fullest.

 

Advanced imaging technology in an ultra-small, weather-sealed body ensures high image quality in any environment

All parts in the OM-D E-M5 Mark III have been miniaturized in an effort to provide the smallest body possible. Being one of the most compact and lightweight cameras in its class, the E-M5 Mark III can easily be carried on any trip even when paired with a large-diameter standard zoom lens.

The E-M5 Mark III boasts a combination of the 20.4 Megapixel Live MOS sensor and the high-speed TruePic VIII image processor known from Olympus’ flagship model OM-D E-M1 Mark II as well as a new compact in-body 5-axis image stabilization system. When paired with high-resolution M.Zuiko lenses, the E-M5 Mark III is capable of capturing images with minimal noise even at high ISO settings and delivers brilliant image quality with minimal distortion up to the edges of the shot.

The camera body is dust-, splash-, and freezeproof so users can focus on their shooting results without worrying about the weather conditions1. Olympus’ acclaimed SSWF (Super Sonic Wave Filter) sensor-cleaning technology drastically reduces the amount of dust and dirt that may end up in photos or video by vibrating the image sensor filter 30,000 times per second when turning the camera on.

The iconic design of the OM-D E-M5 Mark III body is reminiscent of the original OM-D and was further improved for operability by adding thumb rests on the back with an enlarged grip to provide a more solid hold on the camera.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 III
Olympus OM-D E-M5 III

 

High-speed, high-precision autofocus with 121 all cross-type AF points for greater focusing freedom

The OM-D E-M5 Mark III is equipped with Olympus’ renowned 121-point all cross-type On-chip Phase Detection autofocus (AF) system with different single and group target options. The benefits of using AF across a wide range of the frame already delighted users of the professional model OM-D E-M1 Mark II. Unlike the autofocus in DSLR cameras, there is no degradation in AF precision when using a fast lens. The E-M5 Mark III offers high-precision, high-speed focusing from the maximum aperture setting of all M.Zuiko lenses regardless of subject patterns. The algorithm has been further improved over previous models, preventing the focus from unexpected jumping to the background even in mixed perspective scenes with near and far subjects.

To capture subjects with intense movements – such as in sports or wildlife photography – the E-M5 Mark III allows up to 10 fps high-speed sequential shooting in AF/AE tracking. The moving subject tracking algorithm utilizes AF information from both Live View and recorded images to enable quick tracking of unpredictable subject movement and changes in subject speed.

The high-speed, high-precision AF of the OM-D E-M5 Mark III brings out the full potential of the distinguished MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) mechanism enabling fast and quiet autofocusing in M.Zuiko lenses.

 

Equipped with a new compact image stabilization unit and in-body 5-axis IS for high image quality

A new 5-axis image stabilization unit was developed to deliver a high level of image stabilization in a compact and lightweight body. Based on camera shake information obtained from the high-sensitivity gyro sensor and image analysis, the TruePic VIII image processor precisely controls the IS unit to enable up to 5.5 shutter speed steps of compensation performance. Olympus’ acclaimed in-body image stabilisation system ensures stabilization with all lenses attached to the OM-D E-M5 Mark III. In addition to angular and shift blur, roll blur is corrected to optimally support handheld shooting.

By synchronising the in-lens IS of supported lenses with sync IS, the OM-D E-M5 Mark III is able to deliver an even better image stabilization performance of up to approximately 6.5 shutter speed steps of compensation, making it perfect for dim situations and telephoto shooting.

 

Olympus OM-D E-M5 III
Olympus OM-D E-M5 III

 

Equipped with shooting features such as Live Composite, Pro Capture, Focus Bracketing and High Res Shot

 

Live Composite for long exposure shooting

The OM-D E-M5 Mark III is equipped with Live Composite, which overlaps multiple shots recorded at the same shutter speed and composites only the sections that are brighter for capturing light trails. This feature helps prevent the common phenomenon of images that are too bright when shooting long exposures. Users can check the progress of light trails in real-time using Live View.

 

Pro Capture mode for capturing split-second moments

Pro Capture mode makes it possible to capture scenes that are difficult to time for the photographer, such as a bird taking flight. Pro Capture starts shooting the moment the shutter release button is pressed down halfway, with a buffer that can be set to capture up to 14 frames in full resolution. The moment the button is pressed down fully, the frames are available to select from retroactively on top of the images recorded while pressing the button.

 

Tripod High Res Shot for capturing 50M equivalent high-resolution photos

Tripod High Res Shot shifts the image sensor in 0.5-pixel increments while capturing 8 sequential shots, which are then merged into a single 50M equivalent high-resolution photo. This feature is perfect for landscape shots, product photography in a studio, and other situations that require high-definition images.

Focus Bracketing can capture up to 999 shots with a single shutter activation while shifting the focal position slightly between each shot. The amount of focal shifts can be selected from 10 levels, and recorded images can be combined into a single image using the Olympus Workspace image editing software. It is possible to create a single image with a depth of field that cannot be obtained simply by stopping down the aperture.

The Focus Stacking feature automatically composites images on the E-M5 Mark III. Eight photos with different focal positions are composited on the camera for a photo with a greater depth of field that is in focus from the foreground to the background.

 

Olympus OM-D E-M5 III
Olympus OM-D E-M5 III

 

Other features allowing for an extensive array of creative options for photographers and filmmakers

 

OM-D Movie for stable C4K video recording

Information from the On-chip Phase Detection AF sensor is used for optimal focusing when recording video. With this, users can record 4K 30P high-definition video. Combining 5-axis IS with electronic stabilization makes it possible to record stable video with minimal camera shake. No special stabilization equipment is required, even when moving around actively.

 

Large, high-visibility viewfinder

The E-M5 Mark III features a 2.36 million-dot, high-contrast OLED panel for vivid colours and an EVF (electronic viewfinder) system for minimal distortion up to the edges of the screen. The design makes framing more accurate so the user can concentrate on shooting. The long eyepoint makes it easy to check overall framing even when wearing glasses.

 

1/8000 second high-speed mechanical shutter

The camera features a high-speed mechanical shutter that operates up to 1/8000 second, making it possible to shoot at a wide aperture setting for defocusing effects even when using a large-diameter lens in bright outdoor conditions.

 

Custom mode to personalize the camera for different photography styles

This feature can be used to save frequently used camera settings to Custom (C on the mode dial). After being saved, users can simply set the mode dial to C to instantly activate and shoot using the registered settings.

 

Olympus OM-D E-M5 III
Olympus OM-D E-M5 III

 

Easy Wi-Fi connection to smartphones via Bluetooth with OI.Share app

Bluetooth can be used to automatically connect the camera to a smartphone simply by starting up the Olympus Image Share (OI.Share) smartphone app for transferring recorded images to a smartphone via Wi-Fi. By using the Share Order function, selected images on the camera can be automatically transferred to a smartphone when turning the camera off.

 

USB charging capability

The battery inside the camera may be charged via USB (when on the move or not using the camera).

 

Anti-flicker shooting and flicker scan

With anti-flicker shooting, the camera detects the flicker frequency of light sources and controls the shutter timing at peak brightness to suppress exposure and colour variations between frames. Flicker scan makes it possible to select an appropriate shutter speed to reduce flicker effects.

 

SCN (Scene) mode and Art Filters

In SCN mode, users may simply choose one of six themes and touch the photo most like the scene they want to capture to activate the optimal settings.
The E-M5 Mark III is furthermore equipped with 16 Art Filter options so that users can capture creative photos with simple controls. While checking the filter effect on the LCD monitor, users can create images that are uniquely their own.

 

Olympus OM-D E-M5 III Specifications

ManufacturerOlympus
Image Sensor
Pixels20.4Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)5184
Pixels (H)3888
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeFour Thirds
Sensor Size (width)17.3mm
Sensor Size (height)13mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution1040K dots
Touch ScreenYes
Focusing
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Bracketing
  • AF Fine Tuning (Micro Adjustment)
  • Touch AF
  • Centre
  • Multi
  • AF Tracking
  • Face Detection
  • Spot
  • Manual
  • Eye Detection
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/8000sec
Shutter speeds longest60sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
  • Centre Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Flash
  • Shade
  • Fluorescent
  • Incandescent
  • Cloudy
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Bracket
  • Manual
  • Underwater
Exposure Comp+/-5
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Resolution2.36m dots
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting30fps
Video
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 4K
Video FPSC4K 24p, 4K UHD 30, 25, 24fps, FullHD 120fps
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Interface
HDMIYes
USBUSB 2
Wi-FiYes
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeBLS-50
Battery Life (CIPA rating)310shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo Data
Dimensions
Weight414g
Width125.3mm
Height85.2mm
Depth49.7mm

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