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The Olympus OMD EM10 Mark III is a compact mid-range mirrorless camera aimed at photographers who want the flexibility and quality of an interchangeable lens camera without the size and cost of higher-end bodies. It shares the 16 Megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor, 5-axis sensor-shift stabilisation, 2360k dot viewfinder, tilting touchscreen and Wifi capabilities of the earlier Mark II, but upgrades the image processor to support 4k video recording. There's also tweaks to the contrast-based AF, control dials and auto modes. A subtle refresh, but the addition of 4k brings this popular body up to date.

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The Olympus OMD EM10 Mark III is a compact mid-range mirrorless camera aimed at photographers who want the flexibility and quality of an interchangeable lens camera without the size and cost of higher-end bodies. Announced in August 2017, it’s the successor to the EM10 Mark II launched two years previously.

The OMD EM10 Mark III is a subtle upgrade to the Mark II, sharing a great deal with its predecessor, including the same 16 Megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor, the same five axis sensor-shift stabilisation (good for four stops of compensation), the same 2360k dot / 0.62x magnification electronic viewfinder, the same Wifi capabilities, and the same 3in / 3:2 shaped / 1040k dot tilting screen. New to the Mark III is the TruePic VIII processor that equips it with 4k video recording (at 24, 25 or 30p) which also benefits from the sensor-shift stabilisation. The contrast-based AF system has also been upgraded from 81 to 121 points, and continuous shooting improved fractionally from 8.5 to 8.6fps. The body is also slightly larger and a tad heavier, but it remains a very compact camera you’d be happy to carry anywhere.

Overall the Mark III represents a subtle refresh to the Mark II to say the least – the major difference is the addition of 4k video, along with some tweaks over the controls and auto mode. It’s a shame Olympus didn’t take the opportunity to increase the viewfinder magnification, but like its predecessor the Mark III remains a great choice for those wanting a compact but feature-packed and affordable interchangeable lens camera which enjoys access to the broadest mirrorless lens catalogue around – all enjoying the body’s built-in stabilisation.

The EM10 Mark III body is available in black or silver and costs $799 USD with the 14-42mm kit zoom. Support Cameralabs when you pre-order the Olympus OMD EM10 Mark III at B&H, or alternatively you could treat yourself to my or treat me to a coffee! Thanks!. If you don’t need 4k video, keep an eye on possible discounts on the Mark II – see my Olympus OMD EM10 Mark II review for more details.

 

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