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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
By B&H Photo's

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

Imaging
Lens MountMicro Four Thirds
Sensor ResolutionActual: 21.8 Megapixel
Effective: 20.4 Megapixel (5184 x 3888)
Sensor Type17.4 x 13 mm (Four Thirds) MOS
Crop Factor2x
Image StabilizationSensor-Shift, 5-Axis
Built-In ND FilterNone
Capture TypeStills & Video
Exposure Control
Shutter TypeMechanical Focal Plane Shutter, Electronic Shutter
Shutter SpeedMechanical Shutter
1/8000 to 60 Seconds
Up to 3 Hours in Bulb Mode
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter
1/320 to 60 Seconds
Electronic Shutter
1/32000 to 60 Seconds
Bulb/Time ModeBulb Mode, Time Mode
ISO Sensitivity200 to 25,600 in Auto Mode (Extended: 64 to 25,600)
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
White BalancePresets: Auto, Color Temperature
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
Still Image Capture
Image Sizes4:3 Raw
5184 x 3888
4:3 JPEG
5188 x 3888
3200 x 2400
1920 x 1440
1280 x 960
1024 x 768
Aspect Ratio4:3
Image File FormatJPEG, Raw
Bit Depth12-Bit
Internal Recording ModesMOV/H.264
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 24.00 fps [237 Mb/s]
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/25/29.97 fps [102 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/ fps [18 to 202 Mb/s]
1280 x 720 at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps [10 to 102 Mb/s]
External Recording Modes4:2:2 8-Bit via HDMI
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 23.98 fps
Recording LimitUp to 30 Minutes
Broadcast OutputNTSC/PAL
IP StreamingNone
Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
Audio Recording2-Channel LPCM Audio
Interface
Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Video I/O1 x Micro-HDMI Output
Audio I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input
Power I/O1 x Micro-USB Input/Output
Other I/O1 x Micro-USB (USB 2.0) Input/Output (Shared with Power Input)
1 x 2.5 mm Sub-Mini Control Input
WirelessBluetooth, Wi-Fi
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)None
Monitor
Size3.0"
Resolution1,040,000 Dot
Display TypeArticulating Touchscreen LCD
Viewfinder
TypeBuilt-In Electronic (OLED)
Resolution2,360,000 Dot
Eye Point27 mm
Coverage100%
MagnificationApprox. 0.67x
Diopter Adjustment-4 to +2
Focus
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeContinuous-Servo AF, Manual Focus, Single-Servo AF
Autofocus PointsPhase Detection: 121 (121 Cross-Type)
Contrast Detection: 121
Flash
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
Environmental
Operating Temperature22 to 72°F / -10 to 40°C
Storage Temperature-4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
Operating Humidity30 to 90%
Storage Humidity10 to 90%
General
Battery Type1 x BLS-50 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1175 mAh (Approx. 310 Shots)
Tripod Mounting Thread1 x 1/4"-20 Female (Bottom)
Accessory Mount1 x Hot Shoe Mount
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 (With Battery, Recording Media)
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.875 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.6 x 7.4 x 5.7"

Olympus E-M5 Mark III Reviews

Super Capabilities

By Thomas
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-09

A super camera with plenty of bells and whistles and solidly built. The one feature I was most interested in was the pro capture mode, that is when the camera starts to buffer images when you half-press the shutter button. When the subject for instance takes flight, one simply depresses the shutter button the remaining half, capturing the buffered images and the selected number of images afterwards. I have used both the high and low modes of pro capture to great effect. Before heading out to a local wildlife refuge I spent a couple weeks tweaking techniques, experimenting with different modes, and learning the camera functions. They are, for the most part, intuitive. In pro capture mode, especially when the temps are in the 20s or low 30s, the camera eats up the batteries. I got two extra batteries and went through three on an extended day at Chincoteague NWR. I paired the camera body with Olympus Pro 300mm and have not been disappointed in the image quality. An awesome combination.

Excellent camera--compact with great IBIS

By George
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-26

I had a Nikon D610 with 50% more mp than my son's early Olympus 5 (24 mp to 16 mp), and yet he was getting sharper pictures because of the in-body image stabilization (IBIS)--a kind of digital tripod. I bought an OM 1, and it was light enough so that I was willing to get the em 5 mark iii as well. I use the OM 1 with a long telephoto for bird pictures because of the great focusing and tracking. The em 5 is in the same camera bag with a shorter zoom for landscapes and people. I can't tell the difference in picture quality between the OM 1 and the em 5, even though the IBIS is better in the OM 1. I get noticeable noise in both at ISO 6400. With the larger sensor in the Nikon the noticeable noise began at 12800. I can live with that, in part because of the f/2.8 lenses that I have, faster than what I used on the NIkon. The OM 5, like the OM 1, has better IBIS and weather sealing than the em 5. I have big hands, and the OM 1 feels better to me, but I can use either 5 and manage all of the dials and buttons easily. For prospective buyers, the most expensive one is the OM 1, best for wildlife and sports pictures. The least expensive is the em 5 mark iii. The OM 5 is $300 more than the em 5, with better IBIS, better weather sealing, and a newer processor which leads to faster focusing and exposure adjustments, intermediate between the speed of the em 5 and the OM 1. The OM 1 has the great IBIS and weather sealing. It also has the largest battery, probably of more importance to professionals than amateurs. All three have industry leading IBIS, which is enough for me to recommend anyone of the three, with the final choice depending on intended use and available budget.

Big Step Up From Olympus OM-D E-10 Mark III

By Brian
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-02

I was disappointed when my Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III quit but was elated when I read the reviews on the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III Mirrorless Camera. This camera is the same size as my old camera with upgrades like; Waterproof, Better Battery compartment cover, separate SD card storage, and a simplified Menu for all the bells and whistles included in this camera.

Sharp Pro Grade Quality and Features on the cheap!

By Brandon
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-09

So I have mostly been shooting film my career but with my lifestyle it has become too cumbersome to shoot film all the live long day. However new Mirrorless cameras are too expensive and DSLRs too bulky for my tastes. Enter Olympus. I had known about Olympus and their high quality, compact film cameras, but had never thought about their digital line. This camera may have eh ish specs on paper due to it's M43 sensor and all but don't let that fool you. This camera is any highly mobile photographer's dream. Ultra-Sharp budget lens options. The EXACT size of my old OMF/OM-30 film SLR and just a joy to use with its tactile controls. The menus and modes took a little getting used to; but honestly it took maybe a day? Anyway This thing is weather sealed with a weather-sealed PRO line lens in the kit. At the price I paid (1300USD) it was an absolute steal. And I haven't even gotten into the 4K video yet with my use case.

Quality images in a relatively compact

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-09

Only one full day of shooting so far, but quite pleased. Autofocus, image quality, stabilization, exposure, jpeg color balance, all excellent. What's not to like?

Great little camera!

By Mark
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-11

I bought this camera to compliment and back up my OM-D E-M1 Mark III. It has most of the features of the E-M1 in an even smaller and lighter body. It's perfect for landscape, nature, travel and street photography and I've found that I have been leaving my 12-45mm f4 pro (24-90mm full frame equiv.) on it almost all the time, while my E-M1 has the 40-150mm f4 pro (80-300mm FF equiv.) parked on it. Very convenient! These 2 cameras have replaced 2 much bigger Canon DSLR's and a smaller Canon mirrorless. I haven't given up anything in terms of image quality, only size and weight. Having more fun with my photography than I've had in years!

Best all around hybrid camera for M4/3.

By Steven
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-02

20 MP sensor, contrast and phase detection AF, external mic input, good video modes, great stills. Great compact camera with excellent ergonomics.

Awesome travel camera

By Richard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-08

Purchased this camera because I wanted something smaller and lighter to hike, bike, and kayak with vs. my full frame system. I carried my full frame DSLR around the Canadian Rockies for a month and when I got home I decided to make the change. I am thoroughly pleased with the functionality, features, and most importantly the image quality that I am getting with the Olympus OM-D EM5. The learning curve was a little higher changing systems but there aren't any critical features that are missing compared to my pro Sony system. I mostly shoot travel and landscapes. I any very happy with this camera and M. Zuiko lenses.

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