Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III review

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III is the ultimate pro camera for general practice photography

5 Star Rating
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III review
(Image: © James Artaius)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III is the ultimate professional camera for general practice photographers. There are superior dedicated sports cameras, but it can certainly keep pace with them on the court – and there's more to being "pro" than shooting action. Its unique combination of industry leading IBIS, up to 80MP resolution, 60fps continuous burst, handheld astrophotography, Pro Capture and Live ND filters makes the E-M1 Mark III the most versatile all-purpose camera for professionals looking to take on any job.


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    7.5 stops of IBIS with Sync IS

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    • 60fps (locked) / 18fps (with AF)

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    Handheld astrophotography

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    Up to 80MP shooting


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    Only 1 slot supports UHS-II

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    Old sensor

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    Old EVF

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    Old screen

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The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III is a distillation of the company’s greatest technology, and is the apex of its professional camera aspirations. The smallest and lightest pro system in the world, it offers an unparalleled 7.5 stops of image stabilization (6.5 as a base), unmatched 60fps shooting bursts (18 with AF / AE), and advanced features that simply aren’t possible on any if its rivals.

However, when its rivals include the just-launched Canon EOS-1D X Mark III and the brand new Sony A9 II, does the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III have what it takes to topple the best professional cameras on the market? 

Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 II (1/30 sec, f/1.1, ISO200) (Image credit: James Artaius)
Canon EOS-1D X Mark III with Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM (1/500 sec, f/4, ISO10,000) (Image credit: James Artaius)

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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.