Olympus launches long-awaited OM-D E-M5 Mark III: Compact, lightweight and full of advanced features

New OM-D E-M5 Mark III: All you need to break free from the chains of bulky equipment and the limits of smartphone photography


Only a few days after the 100th Anniversary of the company’s founding, Olympus starts the next chapter of one of their most popular camera models with the launch of the long-awaited OM-D E-M5 Mark III. Bringing many of Olympus’ most advanced imaging technologies into a very compact and lightweight body, the camera has been designed to be the perfect choice for  enthusiasts and semi-professionals.

The E-M5 Mark III features a weather-sealed construction, high-performance autofocus capabilities and a powerful image stabilization system along with versatile shooting features to deliver brilliant image quality and an extensive array of creative options for photographers and filmmakers. Even when paired with professional-grade M.Zuiko PRO lenses, the overall camera system remains small in size, so it can be taken anywhere. Olympus are offering pre-order customers a £100 trade in and free BLS-50 battery to launch the OM-D E-M5 MKIII, valid on pre-orders until 15 November 2019. Further details available at participating dealers.

Full of advanced features and up to half the size, and weight of other interchangeable lens systems, Olympus’ biggest advantage is an amazing mobility thanks to the compact and lightweight camera system, including lenses. The combination of their high-resolution, high-performance lens line-up, and powerful image stabilization capabilities results in sharp, high-quality videos in a variety of scenarios. Packing some of the latest imaging technologies in a very small body, the new OM-D E-M5 Mark III represents these benefits to the fullest.

 

The E-M5 Mark III boasts a combination of the 20.4 Megapixel Live MOS sensor and the high-speed TruePic VIII image processor known from Olympus’ flagship model OM-D E-M1 Mark II as well as a new compact in-body 5-axis image stabilization system. When paired with high-resolution M.Zuiko lenses, the E-M5 Mark III is capable of capturing images with minimal noise even at high ISO settings, and delivers brilliant image quality with minimal distortion up to the edges of the shot.

The camera body is dust-, splash-, and freeze-proof so users can focus on their shooting results without worrying about the weather conditions. Olympus’ acclaimed SSWF (Super Sonic Wave Filter) sensor-cleaning technology drastically reduces the amount of dust and dirt that may end up in  video by vibrating the image sensor filter 30,000 times per second when turning the camera on. The iconic design of the OM-D E-M5 Mark III body is further improved for operability by adding thumb rests on the back with an enlarged grip to provide a more solid hold on the camera.

 

 

High-speed, high-precision autofocus with 121 all cross-type AF points for greater focusing freedom

The OM-D E-M5 Mark III is equipped with Olympus’ renowned 121-point all cross-type On-chip Phase Detection autofocus (AF) system with different single and group target options. The benefits of using AF across a wide range of the frame already delighted users of the professional model OM-D E-M1 Mark II. Unlike the autofocus in DSLR cameras, there is no degradation in AF precision when using a fast lens. The E-M5 Mark III offers high-precision, high-speed focusing from the maximum aperture setting of all M.Zuiko lenses regardless of subject patterns. The algorithm has been further improved over previous models, preventing the focus from unexpected jumping to the background even in mixed perspective scenes with near and far subjects.

To capture subjects with intense movements – such as in sports or wildlife  – the E-M5 Mark III allows up to 10 fps high-speed sequential shooting in AF/AE tracking. The moving subject tracking algorithm utilizes AF information from both Live View and recorded images to enable quick tracking of unpredictable subject movement and changes in subject speed. The high-speed, high-precision AF of the OM-D E-M5 Mark III brings out the full potential of the distinguished MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) mechanism enabling fast and quiet autofocusing in M.Zuiko lenses.

 

Equipped with a new compact image stabilization unit and in-body 5-axis IS for high image quality

A new 5-axis image stabilization unit was developed to deliver a high level of image stabilization in a compact and lightweight body. Based on camera shake information obtained from the high-sensitivity gyro sensor and image analysis, the TruePic VIII image processor precisely controls the IS unit to enable up to 5.5 shutter speed steps of compensation performance. Olympus’ acclaimed in-body image stabilization system ensures stabilization with all lenses attached to the OM-D E-M5 Mark III. In addition to angular and shift blur, roll blur is corrected to optimally support handheld shooting.

By synchronizing the in-lens IS of supported lenses with sync IS, the OM-D E-M5 Mark III is able to deliver an even better image stabilization performance of up to approximately 6.5 shutter speed steps of compensation, making it perfect for dim situations and telephoto shooting.

 

Equipped with versatile and unique shooting features such as Live Composite, Pro Capture, Focus Bracketing and High Res Shot

The OM-D E-M5 Mark III is equipped with Live Composite, which overlaps multiple shots recorded at the same shutter speed and composites only the sections that are brighter for capturing light trails. This feature helps prevent the common phenomenon of images that are too bright when shooting long exposures. Users can check the progress of light trails in real-time using Live View.

 

Pro Capture mode for capturing split-second moments

Pro-Capture mode makes it possible to capture scenes that are difficult to time, such as a bird taking flight. Pro-Capture starts shooting the moment the shutter release button is pressed down halfway, with a buffer that can be set to capture up to 14 frames in full resolution. The moment the button is pressed down fully, the frames are available to select from retroactively on top of the images recorded while pressing the button.

 

Tripod High Res Shot for capturing 50M equivalent high-resolution photos

Tripod High Res Shot shifts the image sensor in 0.5-pixel increments while capturing 8 sequential shots, which are then merged into a single 50M equivalent high-resolution photo. This feature is perfect for landscape shots, product photography in a studio, and other situations that require high-definition images.

 

Focus Bracketing and Focus Stacking for close-up shots

Focus Bracketing can capture up to 999 shots with a single shutter activation while shifting the focal position slightly between each shot. The amount of focal shifts can be selected from 10 levels, and recorded images can be combined into a single image using the Olympus Workspace image editing software. It is possible to create a single image with a depth of field that cannot be obtained simply by stopping down the aperture.

The Focus Stacking feature automatically composites images on the E-M5 Mark III. Eight photos with different focal positions are composited on the camera for a photo with a greater depth of field that is in focus from the foreground to the background.

 

 

Other features allowing for an extensive array of creative options for photographers and filmmakers

 

OM-D Movie for stable C4K video recording

Information from the On-chip Phase Detection AF sensor is used for optimal focusing when recording video. With this, users can record 4K 30P high-definition video. Combining 5-axis IS with electronic stabilization makes it possible to record stable video with minimal camera shake. No special stabilization equipment is required, even when moving around actively.

Large, high-visibility viewfinder

The E-M5 Mark III features a 2.36 million-dot, high-contrast OLED panel for vivid colors and an EVF (electronic viewfinder) system for minimal distortion up to the edges of the screen. The design makes framing more accurate so the user can concentrate on shooting. The long eyepoint makes it easy to check overall framing even when wearing glasses.

 1/8000 second high-speed mechanical shutter

The camera features a high-speed mechanical shutter that operates up to 1/8000 second, making it possible to shoot at a wide aperture setting for defocusing effects even when using a large-diameter lens in bright outdoor conditions.

 Custom mode to personalize the camera for different photography styles

This feature can be used to save frequently used camera settings to Custom (C on the mode dial). After being saved, users can simply set the mode dial to C to instantly activate and shoot using the registered settings.

Easy Wi-Fi connection to smartphones via Bluetooth with OI.Share app

Bluetooth can be used to automatically connect the camera to a smartphone simply by starting up the Olympus Image Share (OI.Share) smartphone app for transferring recorded images to a smartphone via Wi-Fi. By using the Share Order function, selected images on the camera can be automatically transferred to a smartphone when turning the camera off. 

USB charging capability

The battery inside the camera may be charged via USB (when on the move or not using the camera). 

Anti-flicker shooting and flicker scan

With anti-flicker shooting, the camera detects the flicker frequency of light sources and controls the shutter timing at peak brightness to suppress exposure and color variations between frames. Flicker scan makes it possible to select an appropriate shutter speed to reduce flicker effects. 

SCN (Scene) mode and Art Filters

In SCN mode, users may simply choose one of six themes and touch the photo most like the scene they want to capture to activate the optimal settings.
The E-M5 Mark III is furthermore equipped with 16 Art Filter options, so that users can capture creative photos with simple controls. While checking the filter effect on the LCD monitor, users can create images that are uniquely their own.

 

Availability & pricing

The OM-D E-M5 Mark III will be available from mid November in silver or black as body only at RRP (Recommended Retail Price) of £1099.99 and in different kit versions as e.g. with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40 F2.8 PRO lens at RRP of £1699.99 or with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200 F3.5-6.3 lens at RRP of £1599.99.


Like every Olympus camera and lens, the E-M5 Mark III comes with a free six-month warranty extension when registered via the MyOlympus platform at http://my.olympus.eu

 

Selected accessories

The new OM-D E-M5 Mark III is fully compatible with Olympus’ extensive range of Micro Four Thirds lenses and accessories, including tailor-made camera bags, electronic flashes, audio recorders and microphones as well as the free image editing and workflow software Olympus Workspace and smartphone app OI.Share.

 

ECG-5 external grip

For certain shooting situations, one may want to add an external grip to the OM-D E-M5 Mark III: the ECG-5 grip comes with a shutter release button and control dial and provides an improved hold on the camera.

 

Olympus Everyday Camera Backpack

Why not carry the OM-D E-M5 Mark III in the new Olympus Everyday Camera Backpack? The rolltop bag offers space for the camera body and at least five M.Zuiko lenses. Made of water-repellent material and with one quick access to the contents, configurable interior partitions, additional pockets and compartments for SD cards, documents and a small notebook, it is the perfect companion for the E-M5 Mark III.

 

For more information about available accessories please visit  olympus.

 

 

 

 

 

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