Lightweight and mirrorless flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark III review

   As a veteran image manufacturer, Olympus has always been at the forefront of image technology innovation, sensor dust removal, body five-axis anti-shake, flip screen, and now the popular micro With a single camera, Olympus has managed to be the first in the world. This year, Olympus brought its latest mirrorless camera-E-M1 Mark III. In the Olympus M4/3 micro-single system, the E-M1 series is the flagship model, and the new model is the third generation of this series.

   flagship metal body quality

Lightweight and mirrorless flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark III review

  Olympus E-M1 Mark III front

Lightweight and mirrorless flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark III review

  Olympus E-M1 Mark III back

Lightweight and mirrorless flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark III review

  Olympus E-M1 Mark III top

   From the appearance of the fuselage, the E-M1 Mark III maintains the main features of the previous two generations. On the basis of lightness and portability, the protruding handle brings a stable grip for users. The slightly retro body is also the consistent design language of Olympus mirrorless cameras and has been recognized by most consumers.

Lightweight and mirrorless flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark III review

  E-M1 Mark III is equipped with a flip screen

  E-M1 Mark III is equipped with a 3-inch display Flip the touch screen, the display accuracy is 1.037 million points. It also has an EVF viewfinder with a display accuracy of 2.36 million dots and a 100% field of view. Whether it is convenience of use or display accuracy, the screen and EVF viewfinder have a good performance.

Lightweight and mirrorless flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark III review

   is equipped with dual card slots

   as the flagship model, dual card slots are the standard configuration. In this regard, E -M1 Mark III is no exception. Users can freely allocate data storage schemes according to their specific needs, which not only has high flexibility but also guarantees the safe storage of data.

Lightweight and mirrorless flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark III review

  Olympus E-M1 Mark III

  E-M1 Mark III has an excellent body Protective, the magnesium alloy body is sturdy and lightweight, and the protective measures all over the body make it dustproof, waterproof and cold-proof, and it can cope with harsh shooting environments. Supporting USB charging can greatly improve the camera’s battery life, and high-intensity shooting can also be easily handled.

  Professional control is fast and accurate

  As a flagship product, E-M1 Mark III Yes, it is an experienced photographer, so it is natural to adhere to the two concepts of speed and precision in handling. To this end, this camera is equipped with dual-wheels, multi-directional joysticks, cross navigation keys, and various shortcut operation buttons, allowing users to quickly and accurately adjust shooting parameters and change menu options.

Lightweight and mirrorless flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark III review

   multi-directional joystick and cross navigation key

   multi-directional joystick can be very convenient for the menu Operation, and can quickly adjust the position of the focus point during shooting. The existence of the multi-directional joystick improves the controllability of the camera. This camera also supports the operation of selecting the focus area by touch. When using the EVF to view the view, use the multi-directional joystick to adjust the focus point, and when using the screen view, you can touch and select the focus area.

Lightweight and mirrorless flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark III review

   double dials and various shortcut keys

  The shooting mode dial has a lock button to prevent mistakes in use Touching causes the shooting mode to change and affect shooting.

Lightweight and mirrorless flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark III review

  Flash control, continuous shooting selection; composite button for metering mode and focus mode.

   The left side of the fuselage: the four functions of flash control, continuous shooting selection, metering mode, and focus mode are set as two-by-two composite buttons. After the user presses the shortcut key, the dual dial on the right side of the fuselage can adjust the functions of two different attributes at the same time. This design saves space on the fuselage and makes the control faster.

   During use, shooting parameter selection, menu adjustment and photo playback can all be adjusted quickly and accurately. It is also worth mentioning that whether it is a dual wheel or a multi-directional joystick, or a variety of shortcut buttons and power switches, they all have excellent feel and feedback, reflecting the quality of flagship models.

   control noise, strong color and excellent color

   After introducing the body and controls, let’s talk about it Let’s take a look at the image quality that photographers care about most. Olympus E-M1 Mark III is equipped with an M4/3 image sensor with 20 million effective pixels, and also provides two high-pixel modes. In the handheld high-pixel mode, 50 million-pixel photos can be generated, while in the tripod mode The next one can generate 80 million pixel photos.

Lightweight and mirrorless flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark III review

   M4/3 format 20 million pixel sensor

Lightweight and mirrorless flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark III review

  Using high-pixel mode to shoot detailed banknotes

Lightweight and mirrorless flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark III review

   Let’s take a look at the noise control performance of this camera. In the imaging laboratory, we used E-M1 Mark III to shoot test targets at a fixed light source at a fixed position with various sensitivity levels. Let’s take a look at the performance of this camera.

Lightweight and mirrorless flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark III review

   Through the test chart above, we can see that the noise control performance of this mirrorless camera is still very good. In the case of ISO 100-6400, both the picture details and purity have a good performance. Since IOS 12800, the picture quality has dropped significantly, but even in the case of ISO 25600, both the picture details and purity are still good and fully usable.

  As an old user of Olympus cameras, the color performance of O Ji has always made me very satisfied. The new flagship E-M1 Mark III did not disappoint me in this respect either.

Lightweight and mirrorless flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark III review

   aperture F1.2, shutter 1/1600 second, sensitivity ISO 100, exposure compensation 0EV

Lightweight and mirrorless flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark III review

   aperture F1.2, shutter 1/500 second, sensitivity ISO 100, exposure compensation 0EV

   The author uses M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 PRO lens, The weather on the day of shooting was cloudy. The above two photos in JPEG format only adjusted the size, we can see that the color performance is very good, and the effect is very good without post-adjustment. Of course, the high quality of Olympus Pro-level lenses is also an important reason for excellent color performance.

   The picture details, noise control performance, and color straight out of the Olympus E-M1 Mark III all have extremely high performance, which is worthy of the flagship name.

  High-speed focusing without hesitation

  In terms of focusing performance, E-M1 Mark III configuration The 121-point full-area cross phase detection autofocus sensor can accurately detect the subject in the horizontal and vertical directions. An auto focus area with vertical and horizontal coverage rates of up to 75% and 80%, respectively, enables accurate tracking over a wide range even when facing a moving subject. In addition, since the phase detection autofocus has no limit on the amount of light, even if you use a M.Zuiko PRO F1.2 series fixed focus lens, you can autofocus with high precision.

Lightweight and mirrorless flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark III review

  121-point full cross focusing system

Lightweight and mirrorless flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark III review

   aperture F1.2, shutter 1/125 second, sensitivity ISO 100. Exposure compensation 0EV

Lightweight and mirrorless flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark III review

   aperture F1.2, shutter 1/125 second, sensitivity ISO 100, exposure compensation 0EV

   In actual use, this focusing system performs well. Touch the screen to select the focus area, and you can also adjust the size of the focus area. Even in the face of the fast-moving birds in the cage and the interference of the foreground grid, you can accurately and quickly freeze the wonderful moments.

  Olympus E-M1 Mark III also supports human eye detection and focus. After turning on this function, this camera can quickly and accurately identify human eyes and perform precise Focus.

Lightweight and mirrorless flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark III review

   Human eye detection focus

Lightweight and mirrorless flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark III review

  18 frames/sec high-speed continuous shooting

  E-M1 Mark III advanced autofocus system, with 18 frames per second autofocus/auto exposure tracking high-speed performance, can capture fast-moving subjects. Facing sports events, ecological photography and other shooting subjects, he can do his job with ease, and the shooting success rate is very high.

   5-axis anti-shake handheld for four seconds is also available

   A few years ago, Austria The five-axis anti-shake function on the Linbass mirror really gave me a lot of surprises, and the latest EM 1 Mark III has further improved the performance. The official introduction is that the single machine can achieve image anti-shake with a maximum shutter speed of 7.0. Performance; if paired with a compatible lens, it can achieve five-axis simultaneous image stabilization with a maximum shutter speed of 7.5.

Lightweight and mirrorless flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark III review

   Olympus five-axis image stabilization diagram

Lightweight and mirrorless flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark III review

  Handheld shooting under dark conditions

   The author uses the shutter speeds of 1/2 second, 1 second, 2 seconds, and 4 seconds to shoot hand-held. From the above 100% reverse zoom and comparison screenshot, we can feel the five-axis anti-shake The power of the system, even if it is held for 4 seconds, is only a little bit virtual.

  4K video easy to shoot VLOG

   In the photo shooting, image quality, focus, In the four aspects of continuous shooting and anti-shake, the E-M1 Mark III has delivered a satisfactory answer. And 4K video shooting has long been the standard configuration of the new mirrorless camera, let’s take a look at the dynamic video performance of this camera.

Lightweight and mirrorless flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark III review

   4K video screenshot

Lightweight and mirrorless flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark III review

   4K video screenshot

Lightweight and mirrorless flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark III review

   4K video screenshot

   The above three pictures are all the original size screenshots of 4K videos. You can click to enlarge to see the details. The 4K video format brings clearer dynamic images to users. When shooting lotus swaying in the wind, the focus of E-M1 Mark III can always be locked on the subject. The excellent video focus function greatly improves the success rate of shooting. The compact size is also suitable for use as a VLOG device.

  More samples and shooting experience

   Here are more real shots. All samples have only been resized without other post-processing.

Lightweight and mirrorless flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark III review

   aperture F1.2, shutter 1/400 second, sensitivity ISO 100, exposure compensation 0EV

Lightweight and mirrorless flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark III review

   aperture F5.6, shutter 1/200 second, sensitivity ISO 100, exposure compensation 0EV

Lightweight and mirrorless flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark III review

   aperture F1.2, shutter 1/4000 second, sensitivity ISO 100, exposure Compensation 0EV

Lightweight and mirrorless flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark III review

   aperture F1.2, shutter 1/800 second, sensitivity ISO 100, exposure compensation 0EV

Lightweight and mirrorless flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark III review

  Aperture F1.2, shutter 1/2000 second, sensitivity ISO 100, exposure compensation 0EV

Lightweight and mirrorless flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark III review

   Aperture F2.8, shutter 1/800 second, sensitivity ISO 100, Exposure compensation 0EV

Lightweight and mirrorless flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark III review

   aperture F4, shutter 1/400 second, sensitivity ISO 100, exposure compensation 0EV

Lightweight and mirrorless flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark III review

Aperture F1.2, shutter 1/1600 second, sensitivity ISO 100, exposure compensation 0EV

Lightweight and mirrorless flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark III review

   aperture F1.8, shutter 1/800 second, sensitivity ISO 100, Exposure compensation 0EV

Lightweight and mirrorless flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark III review

   aperture F2.8, shutter 1/2000 second, sensitivity ISO 100, exposure compensation 0EV

   Aperture F2.8, Shutter 1/400 second, sensitivity ISO 100, exposure compensation 0EV

Lightweight and mirrorless flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark III review

   aperture F1.2, shutter 1/1600 second, sensitivity ISO 100, exposure compensation 0EV

  E-M1 Mark III+M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 PRO lens, suitable for shooting some small scenery photos, the blur effect of F1.2 can be more prominent main body. In actual use, the E-M1 Mark III reacts quickly, and the focus is determined and Soho is not muddled, which greatly improves the shooting success rate.

The    lightweight size and large handle make it easy to carry and also have a better grip. The professional control makes shooting more convenient. The framing combination of flip touch screen + EVF allows users to choose the most suitable framing method according to the actual shooting situation. Both display effects are excellent. What you see is what you get.

   In terms of fuselage workmanship, handling, image quality, focus, anti-shake and video shooting, Olympus E-M1 Mark III has all A satisfactory answer sheet is worthy of the name of a flagship.

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