Great features, great quality, and great feel!
Love the Camera so far. Feels really nice in my hand. I shot some high iso shots at 8000 and was impressed with the quality from the M43 sensor. The hand held high resolution mode works great. It really picks up more detail and reduces noise. I played around with the live ND filters and experimented with doing some painted backgrounds behind an object. Also shot some moving water. Works great. I have not tested the live composite mode, I have in the 1st version of this camera though and that worked great. I expect it to be as good or better the em1 mark1. I love the features that the EM1 mark iii offers and how compact and light it is. I just purchased the Panasonic 10-25 F1.7(eq 20-50 mm). I have not seen a F1.7 in this focal length in any other camera format. This lens will make this camera compete well with larger sensor cameras for this focal range. I Also got the Olympus 75 F1.8 lens. (eq150) I Have not test either lens as they are still being shipped. But, both lenses will put this camera quality very close to the larger sensor cameras. I shoot gigs and weddings and so this system works great. I have enough of off camera strobes and light modifiers to carry around that keeping my camera gear lighter and smaller really helps. I also use the Fuji Xt2 as well. But, I am finding that my M43 gear is looking great and from a customer perspective, they really can tell a difference. I am a big fan of the Olympus system. I also own a Panasonic G85, but it does have some compatibility issues with the Godox line of lights and high speed sync is not reliable. No issues with the Fuji nor the Olympus so far. Olympus packs so many great features that no other camera manufacturer does. Battery life In the Olympus EM1 mark iii is a lot better than my Fuji Xt2. If you choose the right lens and shooting distance, you can get wonderful bokeh. Don't believe anyone who says you can't. This camera can be a great tool for shooting professional jobs. With a some knowledge and care you can get great images that will not show any difference between M43 and larger sensor cameras. I never had a client pixel peep and complain about my images. I get the same feedback regardless if I am using my Fuji or the M43 format. Bottom line, don't be afraid of the M43 format and what many say about it. In fact, I used to shoot full frame. After adopting the M43 format, I sold my Canon 5D mark ii and lenses. I was quite happy with the M43. My Olympus OMD EM1 mark iii will serve me well and I am looking forward to shooting gigs and weddings with it.
The OM-D E-M1 M3 is the sleeper hit of 2020!
The EM1m3 has been a joy to use so far. This is my first Olympus camera, so there is a bit of a learning curve as I figure out where everything is, but every camera takes some time to get used to.
With that said, the images I’m getting out of this camera are pretty great so far. It excites me to think where I’ll be in a few months once I feel really comfortable with it.
Using the camera is a pleasure. It is incredibly fast. It’s obvious Olympus has spent time optimizing the processor to fly.
I know much has been made of the sensor, but after reviewing a bunch of images I don’t get the hate. It may be a few years old, but the images look crisp to me.
The camera feels incredible in the hand. It’s the perfect size, ergonomics are on point.
Video is surprisingly good, considering the that the codec is 8-bit. OM-LOG grades nicely. I am considering using the EM1m3 in my professional videos shoots alongside my Blackmagic cams. I can see the EM1m3 living on a Ronin for when I need to cut in some movement shots.
The only negative I can notice is the quality of the EVF and LCD screen. They could definitely use a spec bump. The benefit of this EVF is the feeling you get when you look at your photos on a computer monitor — they look fantastic! The EVF is totally serviceable, and once I truly get used to it, I’ll learn how images will look on my monitor compared to it.
Aside from that - there are zero complaints — and the EVF complaint, to me, is more nitpicking than an actual negative.
Very pleased with this purchase!
This is my 5th O-MD camera and the 3rd E-M1. I switched from Canon 7 years ago and wouldn't go back. The Mark III is a worthy upgrade although some of the ergonomic upgrades/changes are a little hard to get used to. But I'm sure I'll get used to it as I use it more. I really like the addition of the live ND and the Starry AF, once I am able to I will use those a lot.
Another bonus is that the form factor didn't change and I can use some of the same accessories and the same batteries.
The two upgrades I would appreciate is a bit higher resolution viewfinder and hopefully a new sensor.
This camera is evolutionary improvement over the predecessors, but it opens up and facilitates a loose, on the go photography and expands the range of what is possible. For me the main advantage is the hand-held HI RES mode that gives the user a resoluti
Conventional review would say that this camera is a modest evolution from EM-1X and EM-1 MK2. On an engineering level, it may well be true. On the surface, it may also lag behind the competition when comparing spec to spec. (the sensor, the viewfinder...) It may well be true.
In my view however, this camera is a transformational product, because it allows for and in fact encourages the kind of spontaneous hand-held photography which does not require tripod or ND filter of full frame camera with big lenses to achieve results comparable to those achieved with much bigger cameras with bigger lenses and heavy tripods.
Here is why:
1) For those wishing to have higher resolution image, you can achieve that with hand-held HI RES mode. The resulting image can be quite crisp.Thanks in part to great Olympus lenses and of course to excellent stabilization and powerful processor that make this possible. I think that Olympus cleverly achieved superb image quality despite aging sensor. I set HI RES mode on C1, where it is always ready for me. I expect to use this feature on most of my photos.
2) For those fond of slow shutter speed photography, EM-1 Mk3 is god-sent. I used to tape ND gel filter at the back of my fisheye. It is clatzy, but it works. Of course when you wish to use the fisheye without the ND filter, you have to remove the tape. Usually at shutter speeds calling to ND32 filter, you need a tripod and a shutter release. Not with EM-1Mk3 - I set up Live ND on my C2 and I am ready to take hand-held slow shutter speed instantly. I just tested this feature and it works fine, although I need far more practice with it to get it right. I can think of many applications and I expect that the convenience, not needing a tripod or fuss with ND filters + ability to use this feature on all lenses, including the ones that do not accept filters will transform how I photograph.
3) On my C3, I am placing hand held focus bracketing. I could use in camera focus stacking, but I prefer a RAW output. Over the years, The need for focus stacking came out quite often, but it does not fit with my quick on the move photography style and so I used small aperture instead. The results are better with focus stacking I expect to use this feature far more often than in the past.
4) I still have C4. I do not do much HDR and I rarely photograph sports or children or wildlife and so I am not yet sure for what feature I will use the C4.
I see this camera as evolutionary in terms of specs compared to the previous models and the competition, but I see the camera as transformational in terms of the variety of photos it permits in a loose, on the move, always ready way while maintaining the image quality of photos captured. I credit the clever leveraging (in software) of the excellence of image stabilization, fast processor and superb lenses. I like the water proofing, as I like to photograph in any weather and I damaged a lens from other maker during an all day downpour. I like the lightness of the gear and the ability to leave the tripods and the fiddle with them and shutter releases and ND filters at home. Let us not forget the compactness and relative lightness of the gear-my original reason for going with Olympus.
My biggest beef is with the manual (a loss of a star), because I think it is very poorly written. It is written be engineers familiar with the operation of the camera and not by photographers that would be using it. It is a hard and frustrating slog requiring jumping trom one segment of the manual to another all the time. The manual obscures the power of the camera. I expect that most users will be too frustrated to learn how to use the camera to its full potential and thus the benefits of this product will be defeated and under-appreciated. There are great many technical writers/photographers that could have done a lot better. Olympus should rush out the easy to follow videos to help owners make full use of this great product.