Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III review

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III is an upgrade we've been waiting for a long, long time. So was it worth waiting for?

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

We’ve waited a long time for this camera, a model which has Olympus's latest sensor, autofocus and camera features but without the big and bulky body of the E-M1 Mark II. So was it worth the wait? Oh yes. The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III immediately brings the Micro Four Thirds format right back into contention in the enthusiast mirrorless camera market and proves once again that the Micro Four Thirds format can match bigger sensor systems for image quality and beat them for size and portability.


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    Small size

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    Latest 20MP MFT sensor

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    Excellent in-body stabilization

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    Clever Live Composite mode and more


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    Lightweight feel

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    Battery life

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The OM-D E-M5 Mark III is lighter, sharper and better than the older Mark II version. It has 20 million pixels instead of 16, it has better autofocus, and an improved image stabilization system. That's a pretty good start!

It’s arrived just after Olympus’s 100-year anniversary and fits between the more novice-orientated Olympus PEN models and OM-D E-M10 Mark III,  and the professional OM-D E-M1 Mark II and E-M1X models. 

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com