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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III Mirrorless Camera (Black)

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III Mirrorless Camera (Black)
Key Features
  • 20.4MP Live MOS Micro Four Thirds Sensor
  • TruePic VIII Image Processor
  • 2.36m-Dot 0.67x-Magnification OLED EVF
  • 3.0" 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
Packing a wealth of capabilities within an especially compact design, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III is a Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera with an abundance of speed, precision, and versatility. Featuring a 20.4MP MOS sensor and a TruePic VIII image processor, the E-M5 Mark III offers quick continuous shooting up to 10 fps with a mechanical shutter, up to 30 fps shooting with an electronic shutter, and DCI and UHD 4K video recording. The sensor and processor combination also affords a sensitivity range up to ISO 25600 while a sophisticated 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization system compensates for up to 6.5 stops of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting. Complementing the imaging specs, the sensor's design also incorporates 121 phase-detection points, all of which are cross-type, along with 121 contrast-detection areas for fast and precise focusing and subject tracking performance.
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Olympus E-M5 Mark III Overview

  • 1Description
  • 220.4MP Live MOS Sensor and TruePic VIII Image Processor
  • 3DCI and UHD 4K Video Recording and OM-Log
  • 4121-Point All Cross-Type Phase-Detection AF
  • 55-Axis Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization
  • 6Body Design and Connectivity
  • 7Shooting Modes

Packing a wealth of capabilities within an especially compact design, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III is a Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera with an abundance of speed, precision, and versatility. Featuring a 20.4MP MOS sensor and a TruePic VIII image processor, the E-M5 Mark III offers quick continuous shooting up to 10 fps with a mechanical shutter, up to 30 fps shooting with an electronic shutter, and DCI and UHD 4K video recording. The sensor and processor combination also affords a sensitivity range up to ISO 25600 while a sophisticated 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization system compensates for up to 6.5 stops of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting. Complementing the imaging specs, the sensor's design also incorporates 121 phase-detection points, all of which are cross-type, along with 121 contrast-detection areas for fast and precise focusing and subject tracking performance.

Despite all of its performance-oriented attributes, the E-M5 Mark III manages to retain a sleek design, which is also weather-sealed for use in trying weather conditions. A high-resolution 2.36m-dot 0.67x-magnification OLED viewfinder is featured along with a 3.0" 1.04m-dot touchscreen LCD, which sports a vari-angle design to suit working from high, low, and front-facing angles. Additionally, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enable wireless transferring and remote camera control from linked mobile devices.

20.4MP Live MOS Sensor and TruePic VIII Image Processor

A high-resolution 20.4MP Live MOS sensor works in conjunction with a TruePic VIII image processor to promote fast shooting performance, a sensitivity range from ISO 200-25600, and versatile 4K video recording capabilities. Ideal for photographing moving subjects, the sensor and processor combination also avails a full-resolution continuous shooting rate of 10 fps for up to 150 consecutive raw files when working with the mechanical shutter. When shooting with the silent electronic shutter, this shooting rate can be boosted up to 30 fps with single-shot AF for up to 23 consecutive raw frames or 10 fps shooting with continuous AF for up to 152 consecutive raw frames. If recording JPEGs, unlimited sequential shooting is possible until the memory card is full.

DCI and UHD 4K Video Recording and OM-Log

The sensor and processor also support recording both DCI (4096 x 2160) and UHD (3840 x 2160) 4K movies. When working in DCI, a true 24.00 fps frame rate is used, along with IPB compression and a 237 Mb/s bit-rate, and UHD 4K is available in frame rates up to 29.97p and a 102 Mb/s bit-rate. Full HD 1080p and HD 720p recording is also supported. Audio recording is possible using the built-in stereo microphone, and an external mic jack is available for improved audio recording quality. Use of an external recording monitor is also possible, via HDMI output, which supports 4:2:2 8-bit color for a greater color correction range.

Additionally, a Time-lapse Movie mode is also available for recording up to 4K UHD resolution with a 5 fps shooting rate to highlight subject changes or movement over a longer period of time. Full HD and HD time-lapse settings are available, too, as well as a high-speed Full HD setting with 120 fps frame rate.

121-Point All Cross-Type Phase-Detection AF

An advanced autofocus system combines both 121 on-chip phase-detection points and 121 contrast detection areas for focusing performance that is both quick and accurate. All 121 phase-detection points are cross-type, too, for improved precision in mixed lighting conditions, as well as enhanced subject tracking capabilities. Different focusing modes are available to suit working in various shooting conditions, including 121-point, for general use; Group 25-point, for moving subjects, such as birds and wildlife, and when 121-point is too wide; Group 9-Point, for smaller and more distant subjects; Group 5-Point, for when 9-point is too wide or to suit working with nearer moving subjects; Single, for working with still or small subjects that are not moving; and Small AF, for working with close-up subjects. Custom AF targets can also be set, for working with specific numbers of focus points within the 121-point grid, and an AF limiter function allows you to constrain the focusing distance within a specified range for more responsive performance.

5-Axis Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization

In-body, sensor-shift image stabilization helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to 5.5 stops with any lens in use and compensates for camera movements that become especially noticeable when working with telephoto shots, macro imagery, and long exposures. Furthermore, this unique image stabilization system works across five axes to compensate for vertical angle rotation, horizontal angle rotation, horizontal shift, vertical shift, and rolling camera shake movement. This range of detected movements serves to benefit traditional still image shooting as well as movie recording and working with moving subjects more effectively. Additionally, when paired with select lenses featuring optical image stabilization, shake compensation up to 6.5 stops is possible.

Body Design and Connectivity

  • High-resolution 2.36m-dot electronic viewfinder is available for eye-level monitoring, and it offers a 0.67x maximum magnification for clear, distortion-free viewing.
  • Rear 3.0" 1.04m-dot LCD monitor features a vari-angle design to support working from a variety of angles, and it is also a touchscreen for intuitive menu navigation and image playback. Additionally, a Live View Boost mode can be used to optimize the screen's brightness and prioritize the frame rate when working in dark locations.
  • Included BLS-50 rechargeable lithium-ion battery is used to provide approximately 310 shots per charge .
  • In-camera battery charging is supported via the micro-USB port.
  • Single SD memory card slot is UHS-II compatible for fast read/write speeds.
  • Wide accessory compatibility provided with the incorporation of a microphone port, a top hot shoe, micro-USB and micro-HDMI ports, and a 2.5mm port for optional remotes.
  • Rugged splashproof, dustproof, and freezeproof construction incorporates extensive sealing throughout the body design to accommodate working in harsh weather conditions and trying environments.
  • Supersonic Wave Filter and a dust-resistant coating are used to greatly reduce the likelihood of dust reaching the sensor.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth permits wireless image sharing and remote camera control from a linked smartphone or tablet when using the dedicated O.I.Share app for iOS and Android.

Shooting Modes

  • High Res Shot mode offers the equivalent output of a 50MP JPEG image or 80MP raw image by combining eight sequentially recorded frames into a single, larger image. In between each of the exposures, the sensor-shift stabilization mechanism moves slightly in order to acquire more information than in a single exposure and these frames are then composited into a final image with greater resolution and color detail. TruePic VIII processing aids this shooting function by compensating for any subject movement blur and this feature can also be configured to record 25MP images for file size flexibility.
  • Live Composite is a unique long exposure mode that allows you to gradually build up an exposure over time without overexposing key elements within the frame. This mode works to only record newly detected light sources over time, and allows you to watch as an image develops, making it ideally suited for photographing star trails or other moving light sources.
  • Live Bulb and Live Time settings can be used to produce creative long exposure imagery. Live Bulb lets you hold the shutter open for up to one minute and Live Time lets you press the shutter button once to open the shutter and then press again within a minute to end the exposure.
  • Pro Capture Mode is a unique setting that starts recording and buffering full-resolution JPEG or raw images prior to fully depressing the shutter. As soon as you press the shutter button halfway, frames will begin to be recorded, and once you fully press the shutter, the image will be saved in addition to the previous 35 frames. Additionally, you can hold the shutter button in this mode to keep shooting continuously using the silent electronic shutter function.
  • Interval shooting is supported for up to 999 frames with 1 second to 24-hour exposure intervals.
  • Anti-flicker shooting automatically detects the frequency/flicker of artificial lighting and activates the shutter at peak brightness moments to render exposures with consistent exposure and color.
  • In-Camera Focus Stacking will automatically record eight images of a subject while shifting the plane of focus slightly, then composite these exposures into a single frame to exhibit an extended depth of field. Alternatively, Focus Bracketing allows you to record between 3-999 frames with adjustable focus steps in a 1-10 range for manual compositing during post-production. These modes are only available when working with M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro, 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO, 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO, 30mm f/3.5 Macro, 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO, 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO, 300mm f/4 IS PRO, and 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO lenses.
  • Keystone Compensation allows you to correct for convergence when working in live view. Similarly, Fisheye Compensation allows you to use the M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO lens as a rectilinear wide-angle lens by correcting and eliminating distortion.
UPC: 050332192522

Olympus E-M5 Mark III Specs

Lens MountMicro Four Thirds
Sensor ResolutionActual: 21.8 Megapixel
Effective: 20.4 Megapixel (5184 x 3888)
Sensor Type17.4 x 13 mm (4/3") MOS
Crop Factor2x
Image StabilizationSensor-Shift, 5-Axis
Exposure Control
Shutter SpeedMechanical Shutter
1/8000 to 60 Second
0 to 3 Hour in Bulb Mode
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter
1/320 to 60 Second
Electronic Shutter
1/32000 to 60 Second
Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average, Multi-Zone, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-5 to +5 EV (1/3, 1/2, 1 EV Steps)
Metering Range-2 to 20 EV
Continuous ShootingUp to 10 fps at 20.4 MP for up to 150 Frames (Raw) / Unlimited Frames (JPEG)
Up to 6 fps at 20.4 MP for Unlimited Frames (Raw) / Unlimited Frames (JPEG)
Up to 30 fps at 20.4 MP for up to 23 Frames (Raw) / 26 Frames (JPEG)
Interval RecordingYes
Self-Timer2/12-Second Delay
Aspect Ratio4:3
Image File FormatJPEG, Raw
Bit Depth12-Bit
Recording ModesMOV/H.264
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 24.00p [237 Mb/s]
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p [102 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/119.88p [18 to 202 Mb/s]
HD (1280 x 720) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [10 to 102 Mb/s]
Recording LimitUp to 29 Minutes
Video SystemNTSC/PAL
External Recording Modes4:2:2 8-Bit via
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) up to 24.00p
Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Resolution1,040,000 Dot
Display TypeArticulating Touchscreen LCD
TypeBuilt-In Electronic (OLED)
Resolution2,360,000 Dot
Eye Point27 mm
MagnificationApprox. 0.67x
Diopter Adjustment-4 to +2
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeContinuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S)
Autofocus PointsPhase Detection: 121 (121 Cross-Type)
Contrast Detection: 121
Built-In FlashNo
Flash ModesFill Flash, Off, Red-Eye Reduction, Second-Curtain Sync, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
Maximum Sync Speed1/250 Second
Flash Compensation-3 to +3 EV (1/3, 1/2, 1 EV Steps)
Dedicated Flash SystemTTL
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe
Operating Temperature14 to 104°F / -10 to 40°C
Storage Temperature-4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
Operating Humidity30 to 90%
Storage Humidity10 to 90%
Battery Type1 x BLS-50 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1175 mAh (Approx. 310 Shots)
Dimensions (W x H x D)4.93 x 3.35 x 1.96" / 125.3 x 85.2 x 49.7 mm
Weight14.6 oz / 414 g (Body with Battery and Memory)
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.875 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.6 x 7.4 x 5.7"

Olympus E-M5 Mark III Reviews

My first camera, great deal and easy to use.

By Richard
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-15

My first real camera purchase. The included lens in this kit is SUPER versatile, and the Olympus menus are very user-friendly for beginners. I also love the small size and weight of this body, and the M43 compatible lenses. Outstanding battery life as well, lasted an entire 12 mile hike on a single battery, taking shots every 5 minutes.

Impressive Performance in a Compact Design

By Lawrence
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-31

I've had my OM-D E-M5 Mk III for less than a week, but I've already shot over a thousand photos and about ten videos. I am very favorably impressed by this camera, particularly for the travel/vacation photos that I'm doing right now. A bit on my background - I've never worked as a professional photographer but I began photography as a hobby in the 1970's, went through the whole film/darkroom/printing thing to the point of producing portfolios and exhibits of B&W enlargements. I traveled extensively in the 1980, shooting mostly 35mm with my Pentax ME Super. I got into digital cameras pretty early, in the 1990's, and I've owned pretty much every major generation of digital camera technology, SLR and mirrorless, over the past 30 years. Currently my interests are nature, landscape, and portrait photography, my equipment includes several Nikon bodies including the D500, D750, and D850, with maybe a dozen Nikon lenses, pro zooms, primes, macro lenses, and portrait lenses. In mirrorless I've mostly used Sony, most recently the a6500 with Sony zooms and primes, as well as a Sony RX100 MkVI pocket camera. I also do still photo editing, some paid editing work, and some professional printing with Epson and Canon large format printers in sizes up to 16x24 inches. I've had a couple of my own exhibits and produced gallery prints for a number of portfolios and exhibitions by other photographers. So I think I'm qualified to render an opinion on this Olympus camera and lens. For professionals and hobbyists - I think you could very readily use this camera for event, wedding, and sports photography if you wanted to. The camera is very well built, solid, weather sealed, easy and intuitive to operate. The image quality is pretty stunning and equals all of the APS-C cameras that I have used from Nikon and Sony. You could easily do an entire event with one zoom, one prime, and a couple spare batteries. The small size of the camera/lens really lessens the intimidation factor which is tremendously helpful in getting candid shots. You can run the camera on electronic shutter in total silent mode, another huge advantage for event photography. If you have tight production schedules and fast deadlines, the small files sizes, wireless image transfer, and excellent JPGs out of camera will be very helpful. If you need to move quickly around people or locations, the small form factor and light weight of the camera and lenses is a big advantage. For overland nature photography involving long hikes or camping, there too, the small and light equipment with high image quality makes the adventure so much more enjoyable. I wouldn't choose this camera for professional landscape, fine art, studio, or portrait photography, especially if contemplating large prints or cropping frames. In those settings, there's no substitute for a full frame camera and big, heavy, professional grade lenses. I'll upload a few images I have taken in the past few days, not claiming to be any award winners, but just examples of what the camera can do. I hope what I've written has been helpful.

Wonderful camera

By Howard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-30

I purchased this with the 14-150 kit lens. I have owned numerous digital cameras including EP1 and GX7panasonic over the years but this camera and lens combination probably is the best for travel. Lightweight and very responsive. Great colors, very customizable. The image stabilization is excellent!!! Would definitely buy again! Also, B and H is the best. !!! Wouldn't think of going elsewhere.

First experience with a mirrorless

By Victor
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-26

Would give 4 1/2 stars if allowed, surprised that this camera with a small sensor was able to produce such sharp photos, being an older gent, the lightness of the camera is a big plus, satisfied customer

An apparently good camera

By Rodolfo
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-19

I bought this camera and the lens as a kit because of the discount that was offered for buying the body and the lens together. As of now I have been able to take only few pictures with this camera kit, but I am already impressed by the sharpness of the pictures that this kit has produced, in spite of my lingering belief that kit lenses are inferior.

Love the size!

By Grant
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-28

Not quite iPhone sized but light and easy to pack away. Already having a boatload of M4T glass for other cameras, it's nice to have several of these packed away for those grab and shoot moments on the road.

A powerhouse of a camera!

By Jurgen
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-17

Even after less than 250 photos love the camera already. Handy size and weight (even with Sigma lenses and an adapted Vivitar telephoto lens), Olympus offers everything the more demanding amateur landscape photographer wants. Whilst the setup menu initially appears to be complex, it is easy to navigate after all and allows for custom settings to be ready for most situations. Very happy with the purchase and would highly recommend it.

Terrific camera

By William
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-14

I am a long time Olympus owner and have many of there cameras. But the OM-D Mark III has become my gotoo camera. The weight of the camera and its quality of pictures has really impressed me.

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Is this any good for wide angled wildlife ...

Is this any good for wide angled wildlife photography? Not a professional just keen enthusiast
Asked by: Biddy
Yes, if you were not going to print Large
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2020-09-14

Does it have Auto Focus in 120fps?

Does it have Auto Focus in 120fps?
Asked by: Zac
No, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III Mirrorless Digital Camera does not have autofocus at 120 fps.
Answered by: Lenny
Date published: 2019-12-12

Are there any plans to make Olympus EM5 Mark 3 ...

Are there any plans to make Olympus EM5 Mark 3 compatible with the Olympus Capture software for tethered shooting? (EM5 Mark 2 has that capability). When it will be implemented?
Asked by: Ekaterina
Currently there has been no decision made on whether support for tethered shooting via Olympus Capture will be added to the E-M5 Mk III.
Answered by: Olympus America Inc
Date published: 2020-03-05

Is there a shortcut buttoner way to do multiple ...

Is there a shortcut buttoner way to do multiple exposures without going into the menus?
Asked by: Jay
Unfortunately there is no Shortcut button that can assigned to get to the Multiple Exposure shooting Mode. You need to go in the Menu to Shooting Menu 2 to get to the Multiple Exposure shooting Mode.
Answered by: Yaakov
Date published: 2021-02-03

Will I get fast AF when I use sn adapter to mount ...

Will I get fast AF when I use sn adapter to mount legacy 4/3 lens on it since it has PDAF points?
Asked by: Neo
The autofocus is quite fast, indeed, as it features both phase and contrast sensing capabilities. The speed of the autofocus depends on the speed of the focusing in your lens, too. As such, I would expect good results. However, at some point some lenses can be the limiting factor. Fortunately, micro four thirds lenses aren't more than about a decade old anyway, at most.
Answered by: Yoni
Date published: 2020-06-08

What kind of in-camera creative options does this ...

What kind of in-camera creative options does this camera have, such as adjusting black and white and color and/ or film profiles?
Asked by: Jay
It doesn't have film profiles like Fuji. It does have art filters. One art filter is black and white. There are many more art filters (too many) that can shift the effect of your shot. Olympus Workspace, free software, can apply all of those effects after the shot too. It can also undo all settings you applied in camera. I say "all settings" but it would require a lot of time to verify that being as there are so many. I suggest you search for videos online by Robin Wong. He is an Olympus fan and has published a lot on the M5III. Features I like are the in camera focus stacking, HiRes mode, in camera HDR, and handheld starlight.
Answered by: Robert
Date published: 2020-04-07

Does the E-M5 mark 3 have a headphone port?

Does the E-M5 mark 3 have a headphone port?
Asked by: Koh
You have to buy the HLD8 grip which has a headphone port
Answered by: Jose
Date published: 2021-11-03

Is the EM5 iii performance in low light and focus ...

Is the EM5 iii performance in low light and focus tracking on a par with the EM1 ii?
Asked by: Luis
For the most part, the E-M5 Mark III is on par with regards to low light performance and focus tracking. Where the E-M1 Mark II stands out is with its battery life, dual card slot and headphone port for monitoring the audio when shooting video.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2020-04-21
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