OM-D E-M10 mark iii review:
Comparing OM-D EM-10 mark ii with OM-D EM-10 mark iii
I have been telling my self for a long time I would not buy the EM 10 mark iii because after looking at reviews and video’s I did not feel there was enough difference to justify it over my mark ii. It turns out I was kind of right.
OK, so the EM-10 mark iii was offering improvements:
slightly better image stabilization
faster focus and facial recognition
faster processing engine
a little faster fps in sequential shooting
a simplified menu system
120 fps video for slow motion (limited time spec).
body design change with larger grip but, (more plastic)
The addition of (AP) advanced photo mode (basically a shortcut to special features)
What do you loose:
less flexibility in customization.(this is kind of a big one)
The ability to set video preference through all modes when not in video mode.
Perhaps a little less feel to build quality. (Still really good though)
No more My Set
Only have 2 function buttons instead of 3 (actually 6 programable)
No add on grip (however, there is a 3d party grip available) works good.
I am really a fan of the tilt screen over the fully articulating screen. Olympus only does the tilt screen with there OM10 models. So since my OM10 mark ii is a few years old thought I might take the price advantage and buy a second OM10 mark ii body (just in case). I ultimately decided to take a leap of faith and bought the OM10 mark iii body. I think I made an OK choice. The difference between the 2 models, arguably similar, with the older model perhaps offering more flexibility. However, the changes for me offer some welcome enhancements for a few dollars more. You can still accomplish all the same things but are somewhat dependent on some well chosen and optimized defaults. My first feeling was a bit of culture shock. For those who feel Olympus menu system was tedious will find this one concise, intuitive, and well organized.
The new AP mode shortcut feature, allows you to get to features which were more difficult to reach on the older model. It addresses quickly getting to Live Comp, Live Time, HDR, Silent Mode, Panorama, Key Stone effect, and AE & AF bracketing (Note: Silent mode is only achievable with this shortcut). However, for each choice it resets all other choices to factory or what they set as default, may perhaps be parameters which you wish to change. You have to go into the menu system to make the changes (a big one is focus it goes back to 121 area layout. It may set up VIVID and you want Monochrome. You have to set up your choices for each selection. It does not save your changes so when you go out and back in you have to re-set your preferences again. Don’t know why they did that (especially silent mode).
Also, to get flexibility in video, you have to put the camera in Video mode. Shooting from any other mode defaults you to Program and Standard Video. Which is ok but you have no flexibility.
You must set the camera in video mode if you want 4k, Clip, or High Speed. This takes a little getting use too, but doable and the results are positive. The Clip choice is especially annoying because, you have to move the dial to movie mode before you can shoot a clip. Then you have to reset your shooting choices (in particular focus area). For me shooting a clip is somewhat a spontaneous choice while shooting stills (something strikes as worthy of grabbing a clip. However, by the time you go through the changes necessary you most likely missed the shot.
I have a hunch the more I use the mark iii, it may become my go to camera for general shooting and street photography (mostly because of the faster processing and slightly faster focus and face detection).
The image quality is pretty much the same they do use the same sensor. I have always gotten great results with my EM 10 and mark ii. So great is great.
If you are primarily interested in still photography, and want a camera to grow your skill set I think the E-M10 mark ii may be the better choice.
If you want to keep it more simple and want a camera which will give you consistent good results in both video and stills (and or understand the limitations with the mark iii). Then you will be happier with the mark iii.
Hope my review was informative and helpful. Thanks for looking.
Great travel camera!
I have had this camera for about 6 months now and I have gotten so many compliments of my pictures as well as the look of the camera. I decided to purchase this camera as I am just now starting to take my hobby of photography more serious. It has all the functions I need to take great photos. I love that I have the option to change out lenses depending on where I am or what I am shooting. I also love that it is on the smaller side so it makes it super easy to travel with. I would highly recommend this product to those who want a travel-size camera and who are also in the beginning stages of photography.
It makes photography fun.
My first DSLR was the Olympus E-420, a camera purchased over 10 years ago and, it still works today and I still love it. That says something about the quality of Olympus cameras.
When it was getting time I upgrade my camera, I didn't have a lot of money. In fact, I had help from a model shipwrights group, and a gofundme. This was my first choice for a number of reasons.
I enjoy shooting on this camera. The live view touch screen is great. I can get a good range of tilt from the touch screen, I mainly use the eyepiece, which is also electronic. What's nice about the electronic viewfinder, is that I have a better idea how my exposure is going to look, something I had to, and still, do in the back of my mind. I can switch to show as much or as little info as I please, which cuts down on distractions.
It's 16MP but, don't let that number discourage you from buying this. You may be surprised just how large photos you can get with 16MP without loss of quality. Also the Size of the photo is easier to store and edit, either in the Olympus software or, the photography software of your choice. At 16MP if you buy a 128GB SD card, it will hold 4000+ photos in RAW+super fine jpeg, 4000+ photos... When I started photography, I was shooting film with 24 photos. Even with a smaller card, just have fun and don't be afraid to keep experimenting while out photographing things.
Are you just on social media, only like using your phone? Consider adding this camera to your social media photography, with the Olympus share app, you can transfer photos to you phone AND, you can use your phone as a remote control, I consider this the ultimate selfie. I believe this applies to usage with a drone.
Which brings me to weight, this is a light weight camera, a light weight fully featured camera. It has a lot of options, nearly all the options of the higher end OM-D cameras. And it's light. Easy to take it anywhere and just have fun.
I love this camera, I am truly grateful I had help in getting this camera. If you can, buy this camera. I find it better than its competitors. It has 4k video which looks great, and it's pretty tough, though I wouldn't drop it from a two story building, or a ladder, or step stool...
I can't say enough great things about Olympus, they are a wonderful company and, they have made an excellent camera with the E-M10 Mark III, I highly recommend this camera. I thank you for time and consideration, I hope this helps you in your decision making efforts.
Great camera for just about any photographer
It's light. It's handy. It's easy to use. It's as complex as you choose to grow into. It's a great value at it's price point. It delivers a lot of bang for the buck. It's not perfect. The menu system can be a bit intimidating, especially at first. But put in the time to learn and it will reward handsomely.
Great camera, lots of features. As someone new to photography, I would highly recommend!
By no means am I professional, but I do enjoy taking pictures. This is my first camera purchase. So I thinking I'm considered a hobbyist? I did days of research as to what camera would best suit me. I had it down to about 5 entry levels, then 2. I went to a local camera store and played with them for about an hour. I decided to go with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III. I had it for almost one month now and I absolutely love everything about it. The feel, the size, the ease of use and the great photo quality. Its light enough and I carry it pretty much everywhere I go. I haven't really had anything negative to say about it surprisingly. I usually find something but, not with this camera.
It's my first Olympus product and extremely happy with it.