Fea­tures and in­no­va­tions aside, the cam­eras’ re­sponse is what mat­ters

Australian T3 - - STATE OF THE ART -

The E-M10 Mark III feels the most com­fort­able and nat­u­ral in the palm

The diminu­tive Canon is more fid­dly than con­ven­tion­ally styled, larger ri­vals; we had to raise its screen to get a fin­ger­nail un­der the catch for me­dia card ac­cess, which the screen bezel oth­er­wise ob­scures. The lack of a proper hand­grip was also more no­tice­able. How­ever, it was quick to power up, find fo­cus and cap­ture a shot, and pre­sent­ing its three core shoot­ing modes on a dial next to the shut­ter-re­lease but­ton keeps things sim­ple. Im­age qual­ity is good, if not quite knock­out, with warm colours straight out of the cam­era, and par­tic­u­larly lush au­tum­nal greens, browns and blues. We were able to achieve some pleas­ing shal­low-depth-of-field ef­fects with the kit lens.

The Olym­pus E-M10 Mark III is the most com­fort­able and nat­u­ral in use – its large, prom­i­nent top-plate but­tons and di­als, ex­posed like a clock’s in­ner mech­a­nisms, aid ad­just­ments on the fly. The fact that they’re crammed to­gether may make for a daunt­ing lay­out for the unini­ti­ated, but the OM-D is swift and re­spon­sive, and its rear LCD is im­pres­sively sharp. Also de­tailed are its pic­tures, even with a bog-stan­dard 14-42mm zoom lens. Colours fall on the side of nat­u­ral­is­tic when com­pared with the Canon, but can be vividly en­riched in-cam­era via art ef­fects fil­ters if so de­sired.

Our sec­ond choice for per­for­mance and con­ve­nience af­ter the Olym­pus would be the Fuji X-E3. Again, we loved its tweak­able top-plate di­als for shut­ter and ex­po­sure, but more di­rect ac­cess to shoot­ing modes would have been prefer­able. As it is, we get a small ‘drive’ but­ton that dou­bles up as the delete but­ton on the back­plate for this pur­pose, with stills cap­ture at the top of a left-of-screen menu, and video cap­ture rel­e­gated to bot­tom. Again, you get bags of de­tail out of the X-E3’s images, plus a real lush­ness to for­est greens and browns in our test shots. The Fuji is ac­tu­ally our top choice for im­agery, but the ex­tra re­spon­sive­ness of the Olym­pus means it edges to the top in this test.

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