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Comparing the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III, E-M1 Mark III, and EM1X

Olympus has recently released two new upgrades to their OM-D line, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III and OM-D E-M1 Mark III. So how do these new model revisions stack up to the Flag Ship OM-D E-M1X pro body released in February 2019?

First let’s start with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III. The 3rd version of the OM-D E-M1 brings a lot of the features of the E-M1X in a smaller body. While the E-M1X has dual TruePic VIII processors the newest E-M1 has the TruePic IX processor, which enables it to have many of the AI features of the E-M1X in a smaller body.

The E-M1 Mark III has the Hand-held High Res Shot, Live ND filter, and Pro Capture mode introduced in the E-M1X. The E-M1 Mark III also has the same 7 stop image stabilization as the E-M1X. The E-M1X does have built in GPS and an integrated battery grip with 2 batteries included.

OM-D E-M1 Mark III

At the time of writing this blog, the Olympus OM-D E-M1X is selling for $2,599 on Amazon.com while the E-M1 Mark III is priced at $1,799.

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III is a very capable MFT camera but does lack some of the pro features built in the E-M1 Mark III and E-M1X. The E-M5 Mark III doesn’t have the same image stabilization as the E-M1s and is lacking hand-held high res shot and Live ND filters. It also doesn’t have the same level of weather proofing and doesn’t have the AF Joystick.

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It does contain some new features like PRO Capture Mode, In Camera USB charging, and the Super Sonic Wave Filter Dust Reduction. The E-M5 Mark III is also a lot lighter and smaller making it ideal for travel and it’s quite a big cheaper priced at $999 at Amazon.

Take a look at the specification comparison below. I hope this helps with your purchasing decision.

FeatureE-M5 Mark IIIIE-M1XE-M1 Mark III
Image ProcessorTruePIC VIII TruePIC VIII Dual Quad Core TruePIC IX Quad Core Processor
Megapixels20.4 MP20.4 MP20.4 MP
Sensor4/3” Live MOS Sensor4/3” Live MOS Sensor4/3” Live MOS Sensor
ISO Range200 – 25600.  Expands down to 64200 – 25600.  Expands down to 64200 – 25600.  Expands down to 64
AF Points121121121
WiFiBuilt-in 802.11b/g/n + BluetoothBuilt-in 802.11ac + BluetoothBuilt-in 802.11ac + Bluetooth
Shutter Frames Per Second Continuous10 FPS (Mechanical Shutter)15 FPS (Mechanical Shutter)15 FPS (Mechanical Shutter)
Shutter Speed60 seconds – 1/8000  (mechanical), 1/32000 electronic60 seconds – 1/8000  (mechanical), 1/32000 electronic60 seconds – 1/8000 (mechanical), 1/32000 electronic
Image Stabilization5.5 Stops (In Body). 6.5 Stops with Sync-IS7 Stops (In Body). 7.5 Stops with Sync-IS7 Stops (In Body). 7.5 Stops with Sync-IS
LCD3 inch fully articulated LCD, 1,040,000 screen pixels3 inch articulated LCD, 1,037,000 screen pixels3 inch fully articulated LCD, 1,037,000 screen pixels
Weight (incl. Batteries)14.6 oz / 414 g35.17 oz / 997 g20.46 oz / 580 g
Size125 x 85 x 50mm / 4.92 x 3.35 x 1.97 in.144 x 147 x 75mm / 5.67 x 5.79 x 2.95 in.134 x 91 x 69mm / 5.28 x 3.58 x 2.72 in.
Weather ProofingWeather Sealed Body (dust, splash, and freeze proof)IPX1-rated weather sealingIPX1-rated weather sealing
BatteryBLS-50 lithium-ionBLH-1 lithium-ion x 2BLH-1 lithium-ion
Battery Life310870420
Memory Card SlotSingleDual UHS-II SD card slotsDual (1 – UHS-1, 1 – UHS-II) SD card slots
Shutter Rating?400,000400,000
GPSNoneBuilt InNone
Other Features50 MP high Res Shot (tripod only), In-camera Focus Stacking, PRO Capture Mode, In Camera USB charging, Super Sonic Wave Filter Dust ReductionPRO Capture Mode, In-camera Focus Stacking, Live ND filter mode, Hand-held Hi-res shot, Dual AF Joysticks, Built in Battery Grip, In Camera USB charging, Super Sonic Wave Filter Dust ReductionHand-held High Res Shot, Pro Capture Mode, In-camera Focus Stacking, Auto Focus Joystick, In Camera USB Charging, Live ND filter Mode, Super Sonic Wave Filter Dust Reduction, Starry Sky AF

Written by Martin Belan

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