Every iteration of Olympus’s entry-level OM-D camera has won this category in the past, and with good reason… they’re only entry-level in terms of pricing; everything else is at a higher level. This is particularly true of the E-M10 Mark III, which adds extra features that would normally cost a lot more elsewhere.
Importantly, the Mark III model is still as pretty as its predecessor, channelling the spirit of the original OM 35mm SLRs in terms of both size and style. There are bigger control dials and a reshaped handgrip, but the modern interpretation of the classic OM look is still hard to resist. On the inside, there’s 4K video recording capability – made possible via the latest-generation ‘TruePic VIII’ processor – an upgraded autofocusing system and slightly faster continuous shooting. The new AF system now has a total of 121 focusing points, giving wider coverage and improved response times. Five-axis image stabilisation is delivered via sensor shifting with up to four stops of correction for camera shake and, importantly, this
is also available when shooting 4K video.
The features list includes a tilt-adjustable monitor screen (with touch controls), built-in WiFi, face- or eye-detection autofocus modes, a sensor-based shutter giving a top speed of 1/16,000 second, anti-shock shooting modes, support for UHS-II speed SDHC/XC memory cards, multi-shot HDR capture, an intervalometer and a built-in flash. All this in an interchangeable lens camera which, if you fit the pancake
14-42mm power zoom, will fit easily into a jacket pocket.
As such the E-M10 Mark III best epitomises the benefits of the mirrorless configuration – a little camera that punches way above its weight.
Product page: www.olympus.com.au