Olympus E-M1 III
- 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
- 3" Fully Articulated Screen
- ISO 200 - 25600
- Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
- No Anti-Alias Filter
- 1/8000s Max Shutter
- 4096 x 2160 video
- Micro Four Thirds Mount
- 580g - 134 x 91 x 69mm
- Launched February 2020
- Superseded the Olympus E-M1 II
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Olympus E-M1 III overview
Olympus E-M1 III is Olympus's Pro Mirrorless digital camera first released on February of 2020. It includes a 20 MegaPixel, CMOS Four Thirds size sensor with a peak resolution of 5184 x 3888.
Olympus launched this model as a way to upgrade the previous Olympus E-M1 II (Read Full Comparison)
The E-M1 III places at #41 out of 69 in Pro Mirrorless cameras and all-around #85 out of 1459 for cameras in our collection. You can check out our Smart camera filter to find camera listings based on your customized criteria.
Here is a diagram of different criteria used in the scoring system.
Olympus E-M1 III history
The Olympus E-M1 III is part of a family of cameras. You can read the complete list below.
E-M1 III vs E-M10 IV20MPFour Thirds8.7 fps2020
E-M1 III vs E-M5 III20MPFour Thirds30.0 fps2019
E-M1 III vs E-M1X20MPFour Thirds60.0 fps2019
E-M1 III vs E-M10 III16MPFour Thirds8.6 fps2017
E-M1 III vs E-M1 II20MPFour Thirds60.0 fps2016
E-M1 III vs E-M10 II16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2015
E-M1 III vs E-M5 II16MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2015
E-M1 III vs E-M1016MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2014
E-M1 III vs E-M116MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2013
E-M1 III vs E-M516MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2012
Olympus E-M1 III Gallery
You can look at the E-M1 III from various angles in the gallery here.
Olympus E-M1 III Pros and Cons
Here is a selection of pros and cons of the Olympus E-M1 III based on factors that are generally seen as crucial in a digital camera.
Olympus E-M1 III Sensor information
The Olympus E-M1 III features the TruePic IX chip. The measurement of the sensor on the Olympus E-M1 III is 17.4mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 226 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 5184 x 3888 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). Optical stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter can easily lead to cropping.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The CMOS sensor boasts 20 megapixels and features a standard ISO range of 200 to 25600. The ISO can also be extended digitally to a low of 64. RAW format is saved which means that you have more room to maneuver in post.
Olympus chose to omit the anti aliasing filter in the Olympus E-M1 III. This will result in more sharp pictures but could cause moire under some conditions.
The graphic below illustrates the E-M1 III's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The E-M1 III sensor comes with a crop factor of 2.1 and is shown in green.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Olympus E-M1 III dimensions
Olympus E-M1 III has a weight of 1.28 lb (580 gr or 20.46 ounces) and the dimensions of the camera is 134mm x 91mm x 69mm (5.3" x 3.6" x 2.7"). The weight of general Pro Mirrorless camera is 719 gr and the Olympus E-M1 III is lighter as compared to its rivals.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
Listed below is a pic of the Olympus E-M1 III besides a soda to help you have a feel for its size.
The top view here will highlight the button layout on the E-M1 III.
Olympus E-M1 III Lens information
The E-M1 III fits the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses available for purchase. Here is some of the lenses we have in our database that will fit the E-M1 III.
Olympus E-M1 III Connectivity
The E-M1 III has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- Bluetooth Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that feature NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly by smartphones. You will be able to send images and usually change settings without connecting physically with the camera.
Some apps also enable a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external screen. Virtually all cameras will allow you to charge the battery using the USB port.
Olympus E-M1 III Video information
The highest video resolution on the Olympus E-M1 III is 4096 x 2160 and it can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 2160p delivers a outstanding resolution for video. You can easily downsample to Full HD to get improved video. Be mindful of the substantial file sizes and ensure you have good SD cards with good write speeds. The body does have both headphone and microphone port making it really valuable whilst capturing sound.
Olympus E-M1 III Weather Sealing
Olympus E-M1 III comes with weather sealing making it a good candidate to use in tough conditions. This can be particularly beneficial in case you are uncertain about the elements you may face in outdoor photography.
Olympus E-M1 III Screen and Viewfinder
The Olympus E-M1 III includes a 3" fully articulated display having a resolution of 1,037k dots.
It includes a selfie friendly screen to shoot self portraits as well as group shots if required. Additionally the display is touch friendly which means that you can easily set focus point plus change settings by using your finger.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The View Finder specs regarding Olympus E-M1 III are below:
- ViewFinder Electronic
- ViewFinder Resolution 2,360k dots
- ViewFinder Coverage 100 percent
- ViewFinder Magnification 0.74x
In those bright outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and difficult to view, viewfinders will be pretty useful.
Olympus E-M1 III Shutter information
Olympus E-M1 III continuous shooting speed is 60.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/8000 seconds. The camera also includes silent electronic shutter of 1/32000 seconds. Beware that the electronic shutter may lead to "rolling shutter" under some situations.
Olympus E-M1 III Flash and Hot shoe information
Olympus E-M1 III includes external flash ability but comes without in-built flash. The max flash sync speed is 1/250 seconds.
Olympus E-M1 III Autofocus information
Olympus E-M1 III includes both Phase Detect Auto Focus along with Contrast Based Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot snappier and precise as compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera includes Face detection which can be handy for portraits.
The AF system includes 121 focus points to select from. Olympus E-M1 III has touch to focus. You can easily use your fingers to change where you focus. It also features Tracking Auto Focus for subjects on the move. Olympus E-M1 III supports manual focusing if needed in low light conditions or you require more accurate focusing control.
Olympus E-M1 III Battery life
The battery power (BLH-1) for the Olympus E-M1 III is fashioned to last for 420 photographs with respect to the CIPA specifications which is about the same as its rivals. The typical Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 462. Olympus E-M1X offers the highest (870) battery life in this kind of cameras.
Below is a list of Pro Mirrorless cameras having the best battery life:
E-M1 III vs E-M1X870 yesnoyes
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Olympus E-M1 III for different forms of photography
The following diagram indicates a analysis of the Olympus E-M1 III for different forms of photography. To understand more, check out the specific section below.
Portrait photography with Olympus E-M1 III
The Olympus E-M1 III has a rating of 77 which is great, meaning that it is a wonderful pick to use for portrait photography. Photographing portraits favors heavily to sensor size, support for RAW files together with the potential to use off-camera lighting.
Olympus E-M1 III Street photography highlights
Getting a outstanding rating of 78, the Olympus E-M1 III is a superb fit to use in street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of picture quality plus portability.
Olympus E-M1 III Sports photography advice
A terrific sports photography points total of 81 suggests the Olympus E-M1 III is a terrific option for photographing sports. A camera must have very good autofocus plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Olympus E-M1 III Travel photography advice
Weight is super critical in selecting a camera for travel. On the whole, the Olympus E-M1 III gets a superb 79 for a travelling camera which makes it a tremendous fit to buy for your trips.
Olympus E-M1 III Landscape photography info
If you're planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photography, the most essential factor will be image quality. The Olympus E-M1 III and it's great grade of 81 for a landscape camera is a wonderful pick in the current marketplace.
Olympus E-M1 III Vlogging factors
A camera for vlogging preferably should offer a moving display screen, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Olympus E-M1 III is a brilliant pick for vlogging as it gets a exceptional rating of 79.
Olympus E-M1 III Alternatives
If you are searching for alternatives to the E-M1 III, below is a collection of the top ranked cameras that fall in to the family of Pro Mirrorless.
The line graph below gives you a summary of the E-M1 III compared to it's top scoring rivals mentioned earlier.
These are some more cameras you may regard as alternative options. To review a comprehensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.