Olympus E-M5 III + 12-45mm f/4 Pro – the ultimate shoot anything, anywhere setup

Olympus joined us in The Photography Show: Burst Mode studio to give viewers a closer look at what could be the ultimate combo for shooting anything, anywhere: the OM-D E-M5 Mark III paired with the M.Zuiko 12-45mm f/4 Pro lens. 

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III (opens in new tab) – which we awarded the full five stars in our review – takes some of the professional-level features seen in the flagship Olympus OM-D E-M1X (opens in new tab) but packages them into an ultra-light, ultra-compact body that's perfect for travel, street and everyday photography.

Described by the manufacturer as "the lens it was calling out for", the new Olympus M.Zuiko 12-45mm f/4 Pro (opens in new tab) is the perfect tag team partner for the E-M5 Mark III. Likewise it takes the top-tier performance of the 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro lens and squeezes it into a ludicrously little form factor – and even adds macro shooting capabilities to the package. 

The 12-45mm f/4 Pro is the world's smallest and lightest fixed aperture standard zoom, measuring just 70mm long and weighing a scant 254g – making it the same size and weight as a large apple! 

With a 35mm equivalent focal range of 24-90mm, it offers the 'standard' zoom versatility that makes it suitable for everything from landscapes to portraits. And, with an equivalent 0.5x magnification and ability to focus as close as 12cm, it also enables you to dive into macro photography. 

At a total weight of 668g, this compact camera-and-lens combo is small and light enough to take with you anywhere – and the standard range combined with macro capability means that you can shoot virtually anything. 

The E-M5 Mark III offers 5.5 stops of image stabilization with any lens (and 6.5 stops with select Sync-IS lenses), a flagship-grade 20.4MP image sensor with phase detect autofocus, up to 80MP RAW imaging via the improved High Res Shot mode, along with industry-best weather sealing and other class-leading features. 

Read more: 

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III review (opens in new tab)
Olympus M.Zuiko 12-45mm f/4 Pro review (opens in new tab)
The best Micro Four Thirds lenses in 2020: lenses for Olympus and Panasonic (opens in new tab)

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.