Olympus at present introduced the OM-D E-M1 Mark III, following up its predecessor from 2016. The weather-sealed design is nearly untouched from final era, although it’s extra succesful within the picture high quality division. In some circumstances, it even outclasses the 2019 E-M1X, Olympus’ pro-grade mirrorless Micro 4 Thirds digital camera, whereas being extra compact and inexpensive. This new entry prices $1,799.99 (physique solely), which is $200 lower than Olympus charged for the E-M1 Mark II physique.
The design is equivalent to that of the E-M1 Mark II — you may even use the identical vertical grip on the Mark III) — however there are a number of modifications to notice. Olympus added an additional customized mode choice on the dial for a complete of 4 user-customizable choices. And just like the E-M1X, this new mannequin contains a USB-C PD port that helps quick charging speeds. It takes two hours to cost the digital camera, which is on par with different cameras on this class. The intense facet right here is which you could plug a battery pack immediately into the digital camera to cost (although you may’t cost and shoot concurrently), so there’s no have to hunt for an influence outlet.
Because it pertains to taking pictures, a lot of the new options listed here are made potential by the brand new TruePic IX picture processor. Essentially the most spectacular feat appears to be Starry Sky AF. It’s a mode that permits shooters to take astrophotography photographs with out a tripod in autofocus mode, not proscribing you to make delicate tweaks by way of handbook focus. Olympus instructed The Verge that it’s in a position to do that with out counting on section detection (you’re aiming on the nice past, in spite of everything) or distinction autofocus, as a substitute utilizing luminance info gathered by the sensor.
Olympus says that its new picture processor additionally allowed it to make vital enhancements to its face and eye monitoring algorithm. The corporate claims that the brand new mannequin is best than prior fashions at monitoring smaller faces and smaller eyes.
The Mark III has the identical 20.4-megapixel Stay MOS sensor discovered within the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and E-M1X. Additionally unchanged is its 121-point AF system that helps as much as 60 fps high-speed steady taking pictures with AF / AE locked, or as much as 18 fps with steady autofocus and autoexposure. Nevertheless, just like the E-M1X, the Mark III physique helps seven-step in-body picture stabilization — an enchancment over the Mark II’s 5.5-step IBIS. Additionally adopted from the E-M1X is its shutter that guarantees 400,000 operations, doubling the lasting energy of what Olympus claims for the Mark II.
One other enchancment is Olympus’ shift to 5GHz built-in Wi-Fi assist, which ought to yield quicker picture transfers. Additionally, the Mark III is the primary Olympus digital camera to have the ability to use the cell app to replace its firmware. The app lets you import and export profiles, which lessens the priority of somebody messing along with your digital camera settings.
The E-M1 Mark III body-only value of $1,799 retains it on the excessive finish of Micro 4 Thirds cameras, despite the fact that it’s lower than the prior mannequin’s beginning value. Olympus will even promote two kits: an M.Zuiko 12-40mm lens with f/2.eight aperture for $2,499.99, and an M.Zuiko 12-100mm f/4.zero package for $2,899.99.
Olympus is marking the event by launching a brand new lens, the M.Zuiko 12-45mm lens with f/4.zero aperture. This basic goal zoom may double for macro work, and Olympus claims its can concentrate on topics as shut as 12cm away. You will discover one on sale now for $649.99.
PEN E-PL10 will get a US launch date
Olympus additionally introduced availability within the US and Canada for the PEN E-PL10 Micro 4 Thirds digital camera. It launched exterior of the US late final 12 months, and you should buy it now beginning at $599.99 for the physique. This new model makes few changes from the E-PL9, for higher and worse. The retro styling is difficult to dislike, and the identical goes for its built-in flash. The identical TruePic VIII picture processor from final era additionally makes a return, so that you gained’t be getting an enormous leap in capabilities.
Of the large modifications between iterations, the E-PL10 can switch pictures to a smartphone by way of an app; it has some new “artwork filter” results that can assist you get expressive; a “silent taking pictures” mode that does nothing greater than flip off sound results emitted by the digital camera in all modes; and the flexibility to take panoramic pictures. Lastly, Olympus is introducing an all-black model (seen above) of the digital camera that it formally refers to as “kuro.” Beforehand, it made a black-colored digital camera, however with silver detailing. This new coloration joins the moka and shiro (brown and white, respectively) choices it already made out there in earlier fashions.
A package that additionally contains an M.Zuiko 14-42mm pancake lens with f/3.5-5.6 variable aperture is $100 extra. One other package that features the aforementioned pancake lens, plus an M.Zuiko 40-150mm lens is yet one more $100, totaling $799.99.