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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III Mirrorless Camera with 12-45mm Lens (Black)

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III Mirrorless Camera with 12-45mm Lens (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 Live 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
  • 8M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO Lens

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 Live 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 splash, dust, 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.

M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO Lens

Included with the camera body is the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4 PRO lens; a 24-90mm-equivalent zoom distinguished by its f/4 constant maximum aperture that strikes a balance between a bright design and a highly compact design to suit its use in everyday situations. Myriad specialized elements are incorporated into the optical design, which help to suppress spherical aberrations, color fringing, and distortion in order to produce sharp, color-accurate imagery. A ZERO coating is also featured, which controls flare and ghosting for improved contrast when working in bright and backlit conditions. Complementing the optics is a Movie & Still Compatible autofocus system, which achieves fast, smooth, and silent focusing performance, and a maximum 1:2 magnification throughout the zoom range to suit working with close-up subjects. Additionally, the lens is weather-sealed to enable its use in trying weather conditions.
UPC: 050332192560

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 Video Capture
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
Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
Audio Recording2-Channel LPCM Audio
External Video Capture
External Recording Modes4:2:2 8-Bit via HDMI
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) up to 24.00p
IP StreamingNone
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
Other I/O1 x USB Micro-B (USB 2.0) Input/Output (Shared with Power Input)
1 x 2.5 mm Sub-Mini Control Input
Power I/O1 x USB Micro-B Input/Output
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 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%
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)
Kit Lens
Focal Length12 to 45mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 24 to 90mm)
Maximum Aperturef/4
Minimum Aperturef/22
Angle of View84° to 27°
Maximum Magnification0.5x
Macro Reproduction Ratio1:2
Minimum Focus Distance0.39' / 12 cm
Optical Design12 Elements in 9 Groups
Diaphragm Blades7, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size58 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.5 x 2.76" / 63.4 x 70 mm
Weight8.96 oz / 254 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.85 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.2 x 7.5 x 5.1"

Olympus E-M5 Mark III Reviews

Already having problems

By David
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-10

Shutter isn't opening only used 3 times

A surprisingly excellent camera

By Dennis
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-27

I was initially concerned that the small size of the camera would make it difficult to use. Much to my relief, this was not so. It is very comfortable to hold and operate. I have previously owned and used full frame and APS-C mirrorless cameras. My new OM5 produces photos that are astonishingly good. While the menu is a bit daunting, it is not too difficult to set up controls to get a good start with my photography. It is good to know that there are menu options to explore that will make the camera even more useful and interesting to explore. The four-thirds format in terms of size, weight and photographic results make this a perfect choice for me.

almost perfect

By Walter P.
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-22

This camera offers almost everything in Olympus' top model at a lower price and in a much smaller package. The handling is excellent and I have less trouble accidentally pressing the 4-way controller than I do with my EM10mkIII. One complaint = the tilt-swivel screen. I prefer a tilt only as on the EM10. Also, when swung open the screen interferes with the cable release socket = design flaw. No problem if the screen were tilt only.

First mirrorless camera and I am loving it

By Timothy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-11

I am a long time Nikon user, with my last being the D500. I had to sell that camera and all the gear I had with it a few years back when times got a bit tough. I recently was able to afford another camera, and after some research and a very good recommendation from a valued friend I decided on the Olympus E-M5 Mark III. I was honestly a bit hesitant going to a mirrorless camera due to the smaller size, and the four-thirds sensor as well. But I have been well pleased with the results I am getting from this little beast. I have included a few images that I have captured using the 75-300mm lens I bought along with the camera. I have been extremely happy with the Moon pics I have grabbed so far, being it is one of my favorite things to photograph. If I had one slightly negative thing to say, it would be that the camera seems to be a little grainy in low light situations. I am sure I will be able to improve the results as I reacquire the knowledge of photography I am a bit rusty on. I will add I do have a 25mm 1.8, a 45mm 1.8, and a 12-50mm 3.5-6.3 set of lenses. So I am not trying to take low-light photos with the 75-300mm I have. All in all I am very happy with my purchase and look forward to taking many more pics with my Olympus camera. If you are looking for a solid mirrorless camera under $1K that will deliver great images, you will not be disappointed with the E-M5 Mark III.

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.

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.

Good little camera

By Giao
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-07

Offering virtually the same controls and performance of the older ( but supposedly superior) OM-D E-M1 Mark ii that I also own. The only thing that prevents it from getting 5 stars is its small size which may be problematic for people with large hands

Works

By Terry
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-01

It's a great simple camera. Light weight, good ergonomics for a small camera, simple to change settings. Works best for birds and wildlife with Panasonic long lenses. Handy with the 12-45 and 75mm for general photography.

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