Olympus has just announced the E-M5 Mark III – the newest addition to its OM-D lineup, featuring much of the cutting-edge technology found in the OM-D E-M1 Mark II pro model. The E-M5 series have always been about packing powerful technology and high quality imagery into compact, lightweight, and weather-sealed Micro Four Thirds camera bodies, and the Mark III seems like the next evolutionary step into this ecosystem.
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III comes with the same 20 megapixel Live MOS sensor from the top-tier Olympus E-M1 Mark II, a welcomed bump from the 16MP sensors on the previous gen E-M5. The new camera also gets a more powerful 5-Axis in-body Image Stabilization with up to 5.5 EV steps of compensation (6.5 EV steps with Sync IS), 30 frames per second sequential shooting, high speed and high precision autofocus capabilities using 121-point all cross-type on-chip Phase Detection AF, as well as versatile shooting features such as Live Composite and Focus Stacking.
In the video department, the E-M5 Mark III comes with big additions such as support for 4K DCI at 24fps at a decent bit rate of 237Mbps (H.264 8bit 4:2:0) and the camera can now also record 1080p/120fps slow motion. The phase detect AF also works in video, which is great for those looking to film events or vlog with the camera. Phase Detection AF in a Micro Four thirds camera is kind of a big deal, and in this compact body for under $1,300 it looks like Olympus has gotten it right this time around.
The E-M5 Mark III may be plastic, but it improves on the all-too familiar design of the traditional OM system with some slight styling improvements, including a moulded exterior, a beefier grip that is now more ergonomic, and a retooled mode dial. The body also features an updated Custom Mode setting, to recall frequent settings for easy access while shooting.