Fast autofocusing, fantastic image quality

Fast autofocusing, fantastic image quality

Olympus’ OM-D E-M10 Mark III shoots 4K videos, has more AF points than the Mark II

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III is the entry-level model of the company’s OM-D mirrorless camera series. The camera can be found in all-black and black/silver. I examined the all-black variation, with the M.Zuiko 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ lens.

As the follower to the Mark II released about 2 years back, the E-M10 Mark III features lots of enhancements.

It might have the exact same megapixel count as its predecessor at 16 megapixels, a comparable touchscreen display screen in terms of size and resolution, in addition to a similar integrated five-axis image stabiliser, however the Mark III includes the latest TruePic VII image processor found in the flagship OM-D E-M1 Mark II. In addition, it has 121 autofocusing (AF) points (up from Mark II’s 81 AF points) and now shoots 4K videos.

It also has a somewhat quicker shooting speed of 8.6 frames per sec (fps), compared to Mark II’s 8.5 fps. Likewise, it can shoot high- speed videos at 120fps at a resolution of 1,280 x 960 pixels (up from Mark II’s 640 x 480 pixels).

On the disadvantage, the Mark III is slightly heavier than its predecessor by 11g. And it is a touch larger – 2mm broader and 3mm thicker to be exact. Still, the E-M10 series has never ever been actually bulky and the Mark III is no various.

The Mark III solved the little grip problem of its predecessor by having a more pronounced rear thumb rest. This allows for a far better grasp of the camera.

Being an entry-level model, the E-M10 Mark III does not have a weather-resistant magnesium body, or a multitude of dedicated buttons and controls.

But the camera’s metallic body is still sturdy. The mode and control dials also have a metallic finish with knurled patterns that make them simple to turn.

Button layout is almost the same as its predecessor, with the top mode dial and 2 control dials in close proximity. But these dials are larger and easier to turn, making it easy to alter settings.

The shutter release button is on the front control dial, with a customisable function button beside it. This likewise helps the changing of settings. In general, dealing with is excellent for a small camera.

Other than the rear four-way directional pad, you can likewise use the AF targeting pad to alter focus point by moving your thumb on the touchscreen screen while your eye is still on the EVF. A small enhancement is that you can now double-tap on the screen to turn this function on or off.

For an entry-level mirrorless camera, it is quite quick. It starts up in 1sec, though it takes around 1.8 sec to close down. Still, it is quicker than many mirrorless electronic cameras that take 2sec for each operation.

Utilizing an SD card with a writing speed ranked at 94MB per second, the camera shot 9 RAW images in 0.9 sec prior to the buffer ran out.

The general AF efficiency is quite excellent too. In intense conditions, it got an instant focus lock. Even in dim lighting conditions, it was able to lock on to a focus within 1sec.

During video recording, it took no more than 2sec to secure a focus when panning to a brand-new scene.

The image quality does not vary much from that of its predecessor, which is exceptional. Images are rendered with sharp details and vivid colours.

Sound performance, however, is not as good as that of DSLR cameras, as you might anticipate. You start to see visible image noise artefacts at ISO 1,600. The ISO 3,200 shots are still acceptable for fine prints or Web use. But anything at ISO 6,400 and above is not suggested, as there are a lot of chromatic noise artefacts.

Video quality, be it complete high-definition or 4K, is excellent with fantastic information. A slight downer is that it does pick up a reasonable little bit of wind and ambient audio.

Battery life is around 330 frames on a full charge, which is roughly the average for mirrorless cameras.

– Verdict: The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III is an exceptional compact mirrorless camera with its fast autofocusing and great image quality – suitable for novices planning to go into the interchangeable-lens camera world.

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