The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III scores in the practice test with lightning-fast autofocus, rapid series recording and numerous extras such as an artificial ND filter. The image quality is slightly improved compared to the previous model, as is the video mode including Cinema-4K. UHS-II support for the 2nd card slot and a clearer menu would be desirable.
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III: practical test of the Tempo DSLM
- Fast autofocus
- Continuous shooting until 60 B / s, with AF -C to 18 B / s
- Live-in ND filter
- Effective image stabilizer
- C4K video incl Connections
- Only one SD compartment with UHS-II
- Nested menu
One thing you have to leave the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III: the abundance of options no other system camera will come so quickly. Scarce 200 Settings are available in the right nested menu. Fortunately, the OM-D has a tab for putting together your favorite functions. On the other hand, the signals Micro Four Thirds DSLM to whom she is aimed: enthusiastic hobby and demanding professional photographers. This thesis is confirmed in the first practical test: The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III serves consistently first-class performance, including arrow-fast auto focus, good image quality and an impressive stabilizer. Only small things stand out negatively.
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III: slightly better image quality
The manufacturer himself describes the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III as a small EM-1 X – just without an integrated upright handle. Understandable, after all, the 20 Megapixels strong Four-Thirds sensor and the current TruPic-IX processor do their work, which has an increased image quality compared to the previous model promise. In direct comparison, the image noise, which has been improved by about one light value, stands out with increased ISO. Recordings at ISO 3. 200 shine approximately like ISO 1. 600 on the Mark II. Details, however, remain at about the same level. That may not sound like much, but in view of the unchanged sensor architecture it is definitely a commendable result.
Another improvement can be seen in terms of speed. Thanks to the processor, which is almost twice as fast, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III starts in just under a second. The autofocus also impresses with practically almost instantaneous focusing even in low light. More importantly, face and eye recognition can not only be activated in the “A3” menu tab, but also work amazingly precisely. With little ambient light, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III does not quite reach the level of a Sony Alpha 7 III and occasionally loses focus. But overall, the precision is surprisingly close to the competition.
Series recording & stabilization
The series recording is also impressive with up to 60 frames per second without tracking. Admittedly, despite the UHS-II card, the series length already cuts after one second. In practice, however, only very few are likely to use this extreme pace anyway. Meanwhile sound 18 images per second including focus tracking and a JPEG series length of more than 100 Photos much more exciting. However, these two values only apply when using the electronic and, if desired, silent closure. In the case of a mechanical lock, the series recording is satisfied with 15 B / s. Speaking of which: the slot closure proves to be at least 400. 00 0 trips as quite durable.
The manufacturer has also improved the integrated, sensor-based image stabilizer. Exposures up to an impressive seven f-stops longer hand-held photography are possible. In practice tests, our limit was a 1/4 second on one 80 – mm Focal length in 35mm format. This corresponds to a compensation of about 4.5 light values. Since this depends on the photographer and his trembling hands, the value varies from person to person.
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III: even more megapixels
Nevertheless, Olympus feels confident enough to use the pixel shift mode for high-resolution 50 – MP recordings can also be freehand. The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III moves its image sensor and automatically calculates up to 16 Single images into a single, high-resolution. This works very well for static motifs, and also for moderately dynamic motifs. If, by the way, you switch to tripod mode, the camera even creates 80 Megapixel RAWs and JPEGs.
Another highlight is the live ND filter, which imitates a gray filter and gives exposures up to five light values longer. There is also a solid video mode including Cinema 4K resolution and 24 Frames per second, flat color profile as well as microphone, headphone and micro HDMI connections. Two SD card slots are also on board, but only one slot supports the fast UHS-II standard. Otherwise there is little to complain about in the handy, splash-proof magnesium housing with numerous direct buttons, focus joystick and high-resolution OLED viewfinder as well as a swiveling touchscreen.
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III thus delivers a strong overall package, the trailer of the Micro Four Thirds bayonets will be more than happy. Read the full test shortly.
Moritz Wanke is the editor-in-chief of the photo magazines CHIP FOTO-VIDEO and N-Photo. He has been enthusiastic about photography, especially in the people area, since analog times. His focus is on testing and technology of cameras and photo accessories.