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 – 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 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 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
Olympus M.Zuiko 12-45mm f/4 Pro review
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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a 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 like 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, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. 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.