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.
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.
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.
|Feature||E-M5 Mark IIII||E-M1X||E-M1 Mark III|
|Image Processor||TruePIC VIII||TruePIC VIII Dual Quad Core||TruePIC IX Quad Core Processor|
|Megapixels||20.4 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||200 – 25600. Expands down to 64||200 – 25600. Expands down to 64||200 – 25600. Expands down to 64|
|WiFi||Built-in 802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth||Built-in 802.11ac + Bluetooth||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 seconds – 1/8000 (mechanical), 1/32000 electronic||60 seconds – 1/8000 (mechanical), 1/32000 electronic||60 seconds – 1/8000 (mechanical), 1/32000 electronic|
|Image Stabilization||5.5 Stops (In Body). 6.5 Stops with Sync-IS||7 Stops (In Body). 7.5 Stops with Sync-IS||7 Stops (In Body). 7.5 Stops with Sync-IS|
|LCD||3 inch fully articulated LCD, 1,040,000 screen pixels||3 inch articulated LCD, 1,037,000 screen pixels||3 inch fully articulated LCD, 1,037,000 screen pixels|
|Weight (incl. Batteries)||14.6 oz / 414 g||35.17 oz / 997 g||20.46 oz / 580 g|
|Size||125 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 Proofing||Weather Sealed Body (dust, splash, and freeze proof)||IPX1-rated weather sealing||IPX1-rated weather sealing|
|Battery||BLS-50 lithium-ion||BLH-1 lithium-ion x 2||BLH-1 lithium-ion|
|Memory Card Slot||Single||Dual UHS-II SD card slots||Dual (1 – UHS-1, 1 – UHS-II) SD card slots|
|Other Features||50 MP high Res Shot (tripod only), In-camera Focus Stacking, PRO Capture Mode, In Camera USB charging, Super Sonic Wave Filter Dust Reduction||PRO 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 Reduction||Hand-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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