My Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark I is the perfect travel and hiking camera. It’s lightweight with good performance, and I can carry several small lenses without taking a lot of room in my bag. I’ve traveled all over the United States and the world with that camera without having to worry about baggage restrictions.
I didn’t upgrade to the OM-D E-M1 Mark II because I was still really happy with my original E-M1. So, upgrading to the Mark III was an easy decision for me. But if you have the OM-D E-M1 Mark II, should you consider upgrading to the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III?
I did buy the Olympus OM-D E-M1X for the image stabilization and advanced AI features. The OM-D E-M1 Mark III has many of the E-M1X features in a much smaller body. Here are some of these features.
- Up to 7.5 stops of Image Stabilization. This not only enables hand held low light shots. It enables features like hand held focus stacking and hand held In Camera HDR that I’ve been able to accomplish with the E-M1X
- Auto Focus Joystick to quickly and easily change focus points
- Dual SD cards
- Live ND Mode. This is awesome. Smooth / silky waterfall shots without a tripod or ND filters.
- Pro Capture Mode that records frames before you push the shutter button
- USB charging via USB-C
- Handheld high-res shot
The E-M1 Mark III also introduces Starry Sky Autofocus mode for astrophotography that is not on the E-M1X. There are two modes for Starry Sky AF:
- Accuracy Priority for use when mounted on a tripod (takes around 10 seconds to focus)
- Speed Priority for hand held use (takes 2-3 seconds)
At release, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III is priced at $1,799 which is $200 lower than the release price of the Mark II.
Below are additional specs comparing the Mark I, II, and III.
|Feature||E-M1 Mark I||E-M1 Mark II||E-M1 Mark III|
|Image Processor||TruePIC VII||TruePIC VIII Dual Quad Core||TruePic IX Quad Core Processors|
|Megapixels||17 MP||20.4 MP||20.4 MP|
|Sensor||4/3” Live MOS Sensor||4/3” Live MOS Sensor||4/3” Live MOS Sensor|
|ISO Range||64 – 25600||64 – 25600||64 – 25600|
|WiFi||Built-in 802.11b/g/n||Built-in 802.11b/g/n||Built-in 802.11ac + Bluetooth|
|Shutter Frames Per Second Continuous||10 FPS (Mechanical Shutter)||15 FPS (Mechanical Shutter)||15 FPS (Mechanical Shutter)|
|Shutter Speed||60 – 1/8000 sec||60 – 1/8000 sec||60 – 1/8000 sec|
|Image Stabilization||4.5 Stops (In Body)||5.5 Stops (In Body). 6.5 Stops with M.Zuiko lenses with IS||7 Stops (In Body). 7.5 Stops with Sync-IS|
|LCD||3 inch articulated LCD, 1,037,000 screen pixels||3 inch articulated LCD, 1,037,000 screen pixels||3 inch fully articulated LCD, 1,037,000 screen pixels|
|Weight (incl. Batteries)||17.53 oz / 497 g||20.25 oz / 574 g||20.46 oz / 580 g|
|Size||130 x 94 x 63mm / 5.13 x 3.68 x 2.48 in.||134 x 91 x 69mm / 9.21 x 3.58 x 2.72 in.||134 x 91 x 69mm / 5.28 x 3.58 x 2.72 in.|
|Weather Proofing||Advanced (Dust, splash, freeze resistant to -10c)||Advanced (Dust, splash, freeze resistant to -10c)||Dust, Splash and Freezeproof (IPX1 Rated)|
|Battery||BL-1 lithium-ion||BLH-1 lithium-ion||BLH-1 lithium-ion|
|Other Features||Timelapse Recording, Focus Peaking, In-camera Focus Stacking||4k Video Capture (30/25/24 fps), PRO Capture Lag-Free Electronic Shutter Mode, In-camera Focus Stacking,Dual SD Card Slots||Hand Held High Res Shot, Pro Capture Mode, Dual SD cards, Auto Focus Joystick, USB Charging (USB-C), Live ND Mode|
Written by Martin Belan
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