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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III

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79 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Olympus’ latest flagship camera, the O-MD E-M1 Mark III isn’t particularly exciting. It is a bit faster than the last model, and has improved and more versatile autofocus. It also features a class-leading 5-axis image stabilization system that makes handheld photography better. However, the autofocus system doesn’t hold up to rivals, especially Sony, and it’s not great for low-light shooting. It also falls short of similarly-priced rivals like the Panasonic GH5 when it comes to video. While it’s great for wildlife and action photography, for everyone else, there are better cameras out there.

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Pros
  • Excellent image stabilization
  • Fast shooting speeds
  • Compact weather-proof body
  • Flip-out screen
  • Accurate colors
Cons
  • Mediocre low-light capability
  • Autofocus can’t keep up to shooting speeds
  • Sub-par video features
  • Dated sensor
79 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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Average Critic Score
 
80
Photography Blog
We applauded the previous Mark II version as a big step forwards for both Olympus and Micro Four Thirds in general, but the new Mark III is a more conservative release that isn't really going to expand the system's appeal beyond Olympus' loyal user-base.
 
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Camera Jabber
In some respects the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III makes a fairly modest step-up from the OM-D E-M1 Mark II, however, it feels more refined and has some great features that make shooting in tricky conditions a little easier. It also enables photographers to travel lighter, not just by being relatively small and light itself, but by allowing tripods and ND filters to be left behind in many situations.