Olympus E-M10 III

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III front

Olympus E-M10 III overview

Olympus E-M10 III is Olympus's Entry-Level Mirrorless camera first introduced on August of 2017. The camera has a 16MP, CMOS Four Thirds sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4608 x 3456.

Olympus introduced this camera as a way to upgrade the previous Olympus E-M10 II (Read Full Comparison) & afterwards launched the newer Olympus E-M10 IV (Read Full Comparison) to upgrade this model.

The E-M10 III is ranked #42 out of 117 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras & all around #258 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. You can test our Advanced camera search to see camera ratings based on your customized criteria.

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Below is a diagram of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Olympus E-M10 III family

The Olympus E-M10 III has a history of related cameras. Here, you can check out all past and current models alongside important specifications.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Olympus-PEN-E-P7 front thumbnailOlympus E-P7
E-M10 III vs E-P7
20MPFour Thirds8.7 fps2021
Olympus-OM-D-E-M10-IV front thumbnailOlympus E-M10 IV
E-M10 III vs E-M10 IV
20MPFour Thirds8.7 fps2020
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Olympus-OM-D-E-M1-Mark-III front thumbnailOlympus E-M1 III
E-M10 III vs E-M1 III
20MPFour Thirds60.0 fps2020
Olympus-OM-D-E-M5-III front thumbnailOlympus E-M5 III
E-M10 III vs E-M5 III
20MPFour Thirds30.0 fps2019
Olympus-OM-D-E-M1X front thumbnailOlympus E-M1X
E-M10 III vs E-M1X
20MPFour Thirds60.0 fps2019
Olympus-PEN-E-PL9 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL9
E-M10 III vs E-PL9
16MPFour Thirds8.6 fps2018
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Olympus-OM-D-E-M10-Mark-III front thumbnailOlympus E-M10 III16MPFour Thirds8.6 fps2017
Olympus-OM-D-E-M1-Mark-II front thumbnailOlympus E-M1 II
E-M10 III vs E-M1 II
20MPFour Thirds60.0 fps2016
Olympus-PEN-E-PL8 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL8
E-M10 III vs E-PL8
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2016
Olympus-OM-D-E-M10-II front thumbnailOlympus E-M10 II
E-M10 III vs E-M10 II
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2015
Olympus-OM-D-E-M5-II front thumbnailOlympus E-M5 II
E-M10 III vs E-M5 II
16MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2015
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Olympus-PEN-E-PL7 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL7
E-M10 III vs E-PL7
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2014
Olympus-PEN-E-PL6 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL6
E-M10 III vs E-PL6
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2014
Olympus-OM-D-E-M10 front thumbnailOlympus E-M10
E-M10 III vs E-M10
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2014
Olympus-OM-D-E-M1 front thumbnailOlympus E-M1
E-M10 III vs E-M1
16MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2013
Olympus-PEN-E-P5 front thumbnailOlympus E-P5
E-M10 III vs E-P5
16MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2013
Olympus-PEN-E-PM2 front thumbnailOlympus E-PM2
E-M10 III vs E-PM2
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2013
Olympus-PEN-E-PL5 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL5
E-M10 III vs E-PL5
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2012
Olympus-OM-D-E-M5 front thumbnailOlympus E-M5
E-M10 III vs E-M5
16MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2012
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Olympus-PEN-E-PM1 front thumbnailOlympus E-PM1
E-M10 III vs E-PM1
12MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2011
Olympus-PEN-E-PL3 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL3
E-M10 III vs E-PL3
12MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2011
Olympus-PEN-E-P3 front thumbnailOlympus E-P3
E-M10 III vs E-P3
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Olympus-PEN-E-PL2 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL2
E-M10 III vs E-PL2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Olympus-PEN-E-PL1s front thumbnailOlympus E-PL1s
E-M10 III vs E-PL1s
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Olympus-PEN-E-PL1 front thumbnailOlympus E-PL1
E-M10 III vs E-PL1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Olympus-PEN-E-P2 front thumbnailOlympus E-P2
E-M10 III vs E-P2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Olympus-PEN-E-P1 front thumbnailOlympus E-P1
E-M10 III vs E-P1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009

Olympus E-M10 III Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of positives and negatives of the Olympus E-M10 III based on features which are oftentimes seen as essential in a camera.

built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
comes with touch focus
does have HDMI out
exports RAW files
flash built-in
great high ISO (25,600)
great video quality (3840 x 2160 pxls)
has a tilting screen
has face detect autofocus
has manual focus
has tracking focus
megapixel count good (16MP)
nice clear screen (1,040 thousand dots)
quiet shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
screen is touchscreen
screen size is good (3")
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
display isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
heavier than average (410g)
no headphone support
no mic support
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Olympus E-M10 III Sensor details

The Olympus E-M10 III houses the TruePic VIII processor. The dimension of the sensor on the Olympus E-M10 III is 17.4mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 226 mm² sensor can resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3. The camera has Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). Sensor stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter might cause cropping.

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The CMOS sensor has 16MP and has a native ISO range of 200 to 25600. This ISO can be increased electronically to a minimum of 100. RAW photos are saved so the user has wider margin for error.

The graphic underneath illustrates the E-M10 III's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The E-M10 III sensor has a crop factor of 2.1 and is highlighted in green.

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To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus E-M10 III dimensions

Olympus E-M10 III is 0.90 lb (410g / 14.46 oz) & the over all size of the camera is 122mm x 84mm x 50mm (4.8" x 3.3" x 2.0"). The weight of general Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 329g and the Olympus E-M10 III is heavier compared with its competitors.

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Underneath is a picture of the Olympus E-M10 III next to a soda to help you to get a sense of its scale.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III dimensions scale

The top view under will provide the button design on the E-M10 III.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III topview buttons dials

Olympus E-M10 III Lens specs

The E-M10 III uses the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses available in the market. Below is some of the lenses we have in our collection which will fit the E-M10 III.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Olympus-Zuiko-Digital-ED-70-300mm-f4.0-5.6 lensOlympus Zuiko Digital ED 70-300mm f4.0-5.670-300mmf/4.0-5.6 620g
Panasonic-Lumix-G-Fisheye-8mm-F3.5 lensPanasonic Lumix G Fisheye 8mm F3.58mmf/3.5 165g
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Panasonic-Lumix-G-Vario-14-45mm-F3.5-5.6-ASPH-OIS lensPanasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS14-45mmf/3.5-5.6 195g
Panasonic-Lumix-G-Vario-45-200mm-F4-5.6-OIS lensPanasonic Lumix G Vario 45-200mm F4-5.6 OIS45-200mmf/4.0-5.6 380g
Panasonic-Leica-DG-Vario-Elmarit-12-60mm-F2.8-4.0-ASPH-Power-OIS lensPanasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH Power OIS12-60mmf/2.8-4 320g
Rokinon-7.5mm-f3.5-UMC-Fisheye-CS-Micro-Four-Thirds lensRokinon 7.5mm f3.5 UMC Fisheye CS8mmf/3.5 197g
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Voigtlander-Nokton-25mm-F0.95-Micro-Four-Thirds lensVoigtlander Nokton 25mm F0.9525mmf/0.95 410g
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Olympus E-M10 III Connectivity

The E-M10 III has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that incorporate NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to transfer photos and oftentimes adjust settings with no need to connect directly to the camera.

A few applications even give a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can be attached to an external screen. Nearly all cameras enable you to recharge the battery using the USB socket.

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Olympus E-M10 III Video specs

The highest video quality on the Olympus E-M10 III is 3840 x 2160 and you can capture in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 2160p offers a fantastic quality for video recording. You are able to crop to Full HD to get cleaner results. Beware of the massive file sizes and make sure you get high quality SD cards that have fast write speed. The camera doesn't include a microphone or headphone port so you have got no control over the audio. It is perhaps a better idea to get an alternative model if you need decent audio for your video clips.

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Olympus E-M10 III Weather Sealing

Olympus E-M10 III doesn't include weather sealing so damp conditions could damage the camera.

Olympus E-M10 III Display and Viewfinder

The Olympus E-M10 III has a 3 inch tilting display boasting a resolution of 1,040 thousand dots.

Additionally the display is touch friendly so you are able to adjust focus points plus adjust settings by using your finger.

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The ViewFinder specifications for Olympus E-M10 III are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Resolution 2,360 thousand dots
  • Coverage 100%
  • Magnification 0.62x

For sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera screens washed out and challenging to see, viewfinders can be pretty valuable.

Olympus E-M10 III Shutter specs

Olympus E-M10 III continuous shooting rate is 8.6 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds. The camera also has silent electronic shutter of 1/16000 seconds. Keep in mind that the electronic shutter might cause "rolling shutter" in certain lighting conditions.

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Olympus E-M10 III Flash and Hot shoe specs

Olympus E-M10 III has both inbuilt flash along with external flash ability. The highest flash sync is 1/250 seconds.

Olympus E-M10 III Autofocus specs

Olympus E-M10 III has just Contrast Detect AF & does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot snappier & exact compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera has Face detect making it useful for people photography.

The AF system has 121 focus points to select from. Olympus E-M10 III has tap to focus. You are able to use your fingers to shift focus points. It also boasts Tracking AF for subjects on the move. Olympus E-M10 III can use manual focus if required during low light conditions or you require more precise control on focus.

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Olympus E-M10 III Battery life

The battery power (BLS-50) for the Olympus E-M10 III is built to last for 330 clicks with respect to the CIPA requirements which is comparable with it's rivals. The typical Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 343. Fujifilm X-S20 comes with the highest (750) battery life within this type of cameras.

Underneath is a number of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras with the strongest battery life:

Olympus E-M10 III for specific categories of photography

The following bar chart gives a summation of the Olympus E-M10 III for specific categories of photography. To read more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Olympus E-M10 III Portrait photography factors

The Olympus E-M10 III gets a rating of 73 which is nice, and means the camera is a fine fit for portrait photos. Taking portraits leans greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW photos plus the option to use off-camera lighting.

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you can focus manually
MP count good (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with face detect focusing
delivers RAW formats

Olympus E-M10 III Street photography info

Getting a superb points total of 77, the Olympus E-M10 III is a brilliant option for street photography. A good street photography camera gives a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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has a tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
comes with touch focus
great high ISO (25,600)
more heavy than competition (410 grams)

Olympus E-M10 III Sports photography information

A above average sports photography points tally of 69 means the Olympus E-M10 III is a good pick for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs excellent autofocus and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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silent shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
provides tracking autofocus
has no phase detect AF

Travel photography with Olympus E-M10 III

Weight is pretty crucial in selecting a travel camera. In general, the Olympus E-M10 III gets a nice 67 for a travelling camera which makes it a good choice for your travels.

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has touch to focus
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
more heavy than competitors (410 grams)
does not feature selfie friendly screen

Olympus E-M10 III as a Landscape photography camera

When you are planning to buy a camera for landscape pictures, the most significant aspect will be image quality. The Olympus E-M10 III at it's impressive grade of 80 for a landscape camera is a fantastic fit amongst its competition.

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manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
very good ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW formats

Olympus E-M10 III Vlogging information

A vlogging camera should really have a moving screen, mic port and if possible IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Olympus E-M10 III is simply not acceptable for vlogging as it receives a horrible rating of 32.

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built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
supports face detect autofocus
high video quality (3840 x 2160 pixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have microphone port
more heavy than others in class (410 grams)

Olympus E-M10 III Alternatives

If you are in the market for alternatives to the E-M10 III, here is a list of the top scored cameras which fall into the class of Entry-Level Mirrorless.

The diagram followed below will give you a summary of the E-M10 III compared to it's highest rated competitors listed earlier.

There are a bunch of cameras you might have a look at as alternatives. To browse through a extensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Physical type
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
TruePic VIII
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions
17.4 x 13mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Highest resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW files
Highest native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Minimum boosted ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points
Lens mount
Micro Four Thirds
Total lenses
Focal length multiplier
Type of display
Display sizing
Resolution of display
1,040 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder resolution
2,360 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
60 secs
Highest shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Highest quiet shutter speed
1/16000 secs
Continuous shooting rate
8.6 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
5.80 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings
Auto, redeye, slow sync, 2nd-curtain slow sync, redeye slow sync, fill-in, manual, off
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize
1/250 secs
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Highest video resolution
Video format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
410g (0.90 lbs)
122 x 84 x 50mm (4.8" x 3.3" x 2.0")
Battery life
330 photographs
Battery style
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom)
Time lapse feature
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I/II supported)
Card slots
Pricing at launch