Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III
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Should You Upgrade to the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III?

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.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III

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 Olympus OM-D 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.

FeatureE-M1 Mark IE-M1 Mark IIE-M1 Mark III
Image ProcessorTruePIC VII TruePIC VIII Dual Quad Core TruePic IX Quad Core Processors
Megapixels17 MP20.4 MP20.4 MP
Sensor4/3” Live MOS Sensor4/3” Live MOS Sensor4/3” Live MOS Sensor
ISO Range64 – 25600 64 – 25600 64 – 25600 
AF Points81121121
WiFiBuilt-in 802.11b/g/nBuilt-in 802.11b/g/nBuilt-in 802.11ac + Bluetooth
Shutter Frames Per Second Continuous10 FPS (Mechanical Shutter)15 FPS (Mechanical Shutter)15 FPS (Mechanical Shutter)
Shutter Speed60 – 1/8000  sec60 – 1/8000  sec60 – 1/8000  sec
Image Stabilization4.5 Stops (In Body)5.5 Stops (In Body). 6.5 Stops with M.Zuiko lenses with IS7 Stops (In Body). 7.5 Stops with Sync-IS
LCD3 inch articulated LCD, 1,037,000 screen pixels3 inch articulated LCD, 1,037,000 screen pixels3 inch fully articulated LCD, 1,037,000 screen pixels
Weight (incl. Batteries)17.53 oz / 497 g20.25 oz / 574 g20.46 oz / 580 g
Size130 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 ProofingAdvanced (Dust, splash, freeze resistant to -10c)Advanced (Dust, splash, freeze resistant to -10c)Dust, Splash and Freezeproof (IPX1 Rated)
BatteryBL-1 lithium-ionBLH-1 lithium-ionBLH-1 lithium-ion
Battery Life350440420
Shutter Rating200,000200,000400,000
Other FeaturesTimelapse Recording, Focus Peaking, In-camera Focus Stacking4k Video Capture (30/25/24 fps), PRO Capture Lag-Free Electronic Shutter Mode, In-camera Focus Stacking,Dual SD Card SlotsHand 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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