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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III Review - Performance

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. You can view sample images from the camera here, or you can view more sample photos, product photos, and images in the Equipment Database.


Olympus OM-D E-M5 III Sample Photos

Sample photos - Colour reproduction remains a strong point of the Olympus E-M5 III, with excellent auto white balance performance, and colour reproduction. The camera continues to feature face and eye-detection, something that was available with the first Olympus OM-D E-M5, from 2012. This means portrait shoots have an impressively high success rate, with the eye being the focus point of the camera.


Olympus OM-D E-M5 III Other sample images

Other sample photos - Dynamic range recorded is good, although there were times when we looked to the HDR (High Dynamic Range) shooting mode to help with high contrast scenes. The camera outputs excellent JPEG results straight from the camera. The picture modes let you adjust the colour of images, with a number of presets included, and you can also manually adjust the sharpness, contrast, saturation and gradation. The multi-shot high-res mode works very well, producing detailed 50mp JPEG images (or 80mp raw files), combining the images in-camera. 


Olympus OM-D E-M5 III ISO test images

ISO test images - Despite the increase in megapixels over the 16mp E-M5 Mark II, we have found that the noise performance is good, with images even taken at ISO speeds up to ISO6400 giving good results. There are options to adjust the noise reduction levels, with off, low, standard, and high being available, with slight more detail visible when the camera is set to low, without too much of an increase in noise. We took these with the noise reduction set to standard. We've included an example taken using the 50mp multi-shot mode.


Olympus OM-D E-M5 III White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) gives warm results under tungsten lighting, with the default setting being to "Keep Warm Colours" switched on. With this switched off, you can get much more neutral results, with white being white, which is great for product shots. The camera does a good job in mixed light, as well as fluorescent light. We've included an example taken using the 50mp multi-shot mode, and you can see the additional level of detail in the image, when you view the High-res version.


Olympus OM-D E-M5 III Comparison Images

We've included shots taken as standard 20mp shots, as well as 50mp shots taken using the "High Res" Multi-shot mode. This combines 8 shots in to one image, in the camera, producing a 50mp JPEG image as well as an 80mp raw file (if you select both). A tripod is needed for this, and it can have issues with moving subjects, so landscapes with moving leaves, trees, etc can be an issue. To view the difference, you'll need to click the "High Res" link.


Video - The 4K video mode has a "Flat" profile settings, and to access this, you go into the video menu, then into specification settings, then into "Picture Mode" and switch this on. This then put the camera in the Flat colour profile mode. A high-speed memory card is recommended.

There is a built-in microphone socket, but unlike the E-M5 II, there is no optional headphone socket. (On the E-M5 II, it was possible to add one with the optional grip).

With 4K CINE (24fps) and UHD (30, 25fps) video recording the camera offers more than much of the competition at this price point, and the 5-axis image stabilisation system makes even handheld video recording very smooth and stable. The in-camera image stabilisation system will immediately give your video a more professional look when recording handheld, and in many ways reduces the need to record everything using a tripod, letting you travel lighter.

You can watch additional E-M5 III videos on the ePHOTOzine YouTube Channel.

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Greynerd 2 2
18 Oct 2019 11:31AM
A pity they have nobbled the menus on this middle range item. The old * menu with plenty of tabs each with a description of the items bundled in the tab was one of the strong points of these cameras. Baffling to reviewers in their week with the cameras away from their beloved Nikons and Canons but once mastered easy for users.
So glad I bought the EM10 II as the new A,B,C... menus in the E-PL9 are even in their restricted scope still not as easy to use as the Mk II.
Despite this new EM5 still seems a great camera and I myself am loving the IBIS which is an exclusive luxury item in aps-c mirrorless.
Rees 13 14 Wales
20 Nov 2019 4:03PM
I have just read your review/opinion on the Olympus OM D EM 5 Mark lll and in the verdict section, I find the term "plastic construction" rather unfortunate, when in fact the body shell is constructed from polycarbonate rather than metal. As an engineer working with composites, carbon fibre, resins, polycarbonates etc, I can assure you that these materials like for like in applications can be as strong as metals, if not stronger in some cases. The use of the term "plastic construction" in your article implies cheap, somehow nasty, inferior and there are differing levels of plastics and strengths. Polycarbonates are in particular much stronger than "plastics".
DaveRyder Plus
7 5.5k 11 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2020 9:37PM
As with Rees, I have spent a career work in the production of engineering plastics precursors - the body feels really good in the hand.
Take a look under the bonnet of your car and check out the 'plastics'. Then decide if a camera is likely to face the environment of an engine bay.

I just had my first day with the camera and the quality of jpeg out of camera is excellent on truepic viii.
I've spent the day setting up the buttons and dials to suit, the articulated screen is versatile and clear.
No problems with menus - but I've had a pair of M10 previous.

As a spectacle wearer the eye re-leaf on the EVF (I rarely use the screen for shooting) is excellent.
As expected the EVF is as very good with settings clearly visible.

It's sometimes the small things that stick out and having manual focus on a physical switch, just a your thumb (the Fn 1-2 switch), is really nice.

In summary - very pleased with my purchase and thanks to EpZ for reviews and information on the body and 14-150 kit lens.

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