Olympus E-M5 III
- 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
- 3" Fully Articulated Screen
- ISO 200 - 25600
- Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
- 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
- 4096 x 2160 video
- Micro Four Thirds Mount
- 414g - 125 x 85 x 50mm
- Launched October 2019
- Superseded the Olympus E-M5 II
- Later Model is OM System OM-5
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Olympus E-M5 III summary
Olympus E-M5 III is Olympus's Advanced Mirrorless digital camera originally launched on October of 2019. The camera houses a 20MP, MOS Four Thirds size sensor with a full resolution of 5184 x 3888.
Olympus brought out this model in an effort to replace the earlier Olympus E-M5 II (Read Full Comparison) & subsequently introduced the fresher OM System OM-5 (Read Full Comparison) in order to update this camera.
The E-M5 III is ranked #23 out of 61 in Advanced Mirrorless cameras & over-all #129 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our collection. Please try out our Advanced camera filter to see camera results based on your customized criteria.
Here is a diagram of different factors used in the rating system.
Olympus E-M5 III history
The Olympus E-M5 III is part of a family of products. You can view the complete list below.
E-M5 III vs OM System OM-520MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2022
E-M5 III vs E-M10 IV20MPFour Thirds8.7 fps2020
E-M5 III vs E-M1 III20MPFour Thirds60.0 fps2020
E-M5 III vs E-M1X20MPFour Thirds60.0 fps2019
E-M5 III vs E-M10 III16MPFour Thirds8.6 fps2017
E-M5 III vs E-M1 II20MPFour Thirds60.0 fps2016
E-M5 III vs E-M10 II16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2015
E-M5 III vs E-M5 II16MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2015
E-M5 III vs E-M1016MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2014
E-M5 III vs E-M116MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2013
E-M5 III vs E-M516MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2012
Olympus E-M5 III Gallery
You can view the E-M5 III from various angles in the gallery underneath.
Olympus E-M5 III Pros and Cons
Here is a checklist of pros and cons of the Olympus E-M5 III based on factors that are oftentimes regarded as necessary in a digital camera.
Olympus E-M5 III Sensor information
The Olympus E-M5 III features the TruePic VIII processor chip. The sensor measurement in the Olympus E-M5 III is 17.4mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 226 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 5184 x 3888 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). Optical stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter might lead to cropping.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
The MOS sensor has 20 megapixels and delivers a standard ISO range of 200 - 25600. The ISO can be expanded digitally to a minimum of 64. RAW photos are saved which means that the user has more margin for error.
The graphic below displays the E-M5 III's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The E-M5 III sensor has a crop factor of 2.1 and is presented in green.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Olympus E-M5 III dimensions
Olympus E-M5 III has a weight of 0.91 lbs (414 grams or 14.60 ounces) & the size of the camera is 125mm x 85mm x 50mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 2.0"). The weight of average Advanced Mirrorless camera is 453 grams so the Olympus E-M5 III is similar as compared to various rivals.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
Listed below is a pic of the Olympus E-M5 III besides a softdrink so you're able to get a sense of its size.
The top view directly below will illustrate the button layout on the E-M5 III.
Olympus E-M5 III Lens information
The E-M5 III works with the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses available on the market. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our collection that will fit the E-M5 III.
Olympus E-M5 III Connectivity
The E-M5 III has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- Bluetooth Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras that incorporate NFC and / or Bluetooth support can easily be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to transfer files and in some cases change camera settings without connecting directly with the camera.
Certain apps also allow a Liveview and release the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it could be attached to an external monitor. A lot of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.
Olympus E-M5 III Video information
The highest possible video quality in the Olympus E-M5 III is 4096 x 2160 and you can save in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 2160p is an exceptional quality for video. You are able to downsample to 1080p in order to get better video. Be wary of the considerable file sizes and ensure you own decent SD cards with good write speeds. Although the body contains a mic socket, it is missing a headphone socket which means that you will not have the capability to check your sound levels.
Olympus E-M5 III Weather Sealing
Olympus E-M5 III has got weather proofing making it a fantastic choice for use during challenging locations. This is especially helpful whenever you are not sure about the conditions you may face during outdoor photography.
Olympus E-M5 III Screen and Viewfinder
The Olympus E-M5 III is equipped with a 3" fully articulated display with a resolution of 1,040k dots.
The screen is selfie friendly for self portraits and even group shots when needed. Additionally the display is touch friendly which means that you are able to adjust focus point as well as change settings by using your finger.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
The ViewFinder specifications for Olympus E-M5 III are the following:
- ViewFinder Electronic
- ViewFinder Resolution 2,360k dots
- ViewFinder Coverage 100 percent
- ViewFinder Magnification 0.68x
For bright outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and challenging to see, viewfinders will be particularly valuable.
Olympus E-M5 III Shutter information
Olympus E-M5 III has the capability to shoot continuously at 30.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/8000 seconds. The camera also offers silent electronic shutter of 1/32000 seconds. Beware that the electronic shutter might produce "rolling shutter" under some situations.
Olympus E-M5 III Flash and Hot shoe information
Olympus E-M5 III comes with external flash support but comes without built in flash. The maximum flash sync speed is 1/250 seconds.
Olympus E-M5 III Autofocus information
Olympus E-M5 III comes with both Phase Detect Auto Focus plus Contrast Based Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is more snappier and accurate compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera supports Face detection which is valuable for portraits.
The Sensor supports 121 focus points to select from. Olympus E-M5 III has tap to focus. You can easily use your fingers in order to switch focus points. It also includes Tracking Auto Focus for moving things. Olympus E-M5 III supports manual focusing when needed during low light or you need to have more precise control on focusing.
Olympus E-M5 III Battery life
The battery life (BLN-1) on the Olympus E-M5 III is made to last for 310 images with respect to the CIPA specifications which is lesser as compared to it's rivals. The average Advanced Mirrorless camera battery life is 386. Sony A6600 features the best (810) battery life within this range of cameras.
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Olympus E-M5 III for different categories of photography
The following bar chart provides a rundown of the Olympus E-M5 III for different categories of photography. To find out more, check out the specific section below.
Olympus E-M5 III Portrait photography highlights
The Olympus E-M5 III has a rating of 77 which is great, meaning that it is a excellent pick for portrait photography. Taking portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimensions, RAW support and capability to work with off-camera lighting.
Olympus E-M5 III as a Street photography camera
With a wonderful score of 84, the Olympus E-M5 III is a excellent pick to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of image quality plus portability.
Olympus E-M5 III Sports photography features
A excellent sports photography score of 76 suggests the Olympus E-M5 III is a wonderful option for photographing sports. A camera must have great focusing and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Olympus E-M5 III Travel photography factors
Weight is pretty important in buying a travel camera. On the whole, the Olympus E-M5 III gets a wonderful 77 for a travel camera which makes it a excellent fit to purchase for your journeys.
Olympus E-M5 III Landscape photography features
If you're looking to choose a camera for landscape pictures, the biggest aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Olympus E-M5 III at it's tremendous grade of 78 for a landscape camera is a terrific fit compared to it's competition.
Olympus E-M5 III Vlogging factors
A camera for vlogging preferably should have a moving display screen, mic port and ideally IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Olympus E-M5 III is a wonderful pick as a vlog camera as it receives a great rating of 84.
Olympus E-M5 III Alternatives
If you want replacements to the E-M5 III, here is a range of the highest ranked cameras that fall into the family of Advanced Mirrorless.
The line chart down below provides you a summary of the E-M5 III vs it's highest rated competitors listed earlier.
There are more cameras you may view as alternative options. To go through a detailed comparison, visit the "compare" link.