Olympus’s entry-level OM-D mirrorless Micro Four Thirds camera has been a big seller in its Mark I and Mark II versions, representing exceptional value for money in both instances. The new Mark III E-M10 takes things a step further by adding a 4K video recording capability – made possible via the latest-generation ‘TruePic VIII’ processor – an upgraded autofocusing system and slightly faster continuous shooting. On the outside there are bigger control dials and a reshaped handgrip.
Video is recorded up to the Ultra HD resolution of 3840x2160 pixels at either 24 fps or 25 fps (PAL standard) with stereo sound. The E-M10 III’s AF system now has a total of 121 focusing points (increased from 81) while continuous shooting is possible at up to 8.6 fps at maximum resolution. The new camera retains a 17.2 megapixels CMOS M43 sensor with a sensitivity range equivalent to ISO 200-25,600. It delivers five-axis image stabilisation via sensor shifting with up to four stops of correction for camera shake. Five-axis stabilisation is also available when shooting 4K video.
As before, the Mark III model has an OLED-type electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.359 megadots and a tilt-adjustable LCD monitor with a resolution of 1.04 megadots and touchscreen controls, including focusing and shutter release. Various capture functions have been re-organised for easier access via one of four ‘camera assist’ shooting modes, including ‘Advanced Photo’ for creative features such as Live Composite and multiple exposures. The new camera’s suite of ‘Art Filter’ special effects is expanded to include Bleach Bypass with two variations – Type I produces a high-contrast, faded saturation look while Type II gives a nostalgic, old film look.
Other notable features of the OM-D E-M10 Mark III include 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.
Available in either black or silver, the OM-D E-M10 Mark III is priced at $999 packaged with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ zoom lens.
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