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New lightweight Olym­pus OM-D E-M10 Mark III aims to be the per­fect travel com­pan­ion

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ON the sur­face, the E-M10 Mark III is es­sen­tially an up­date of the Mark II with 4K video. Ac­tu­ally, that’s not strictly true: on the sur­face there have been some no­table changes, in­clud­ing a big­ger grip and a re­vised mode dial that gives ac­cess to four cam­era as­sist shoot­ing modes. It’s also just a touch heav­ier, al­though still rep­re­sents an easy-to-live­with op­tion for travel pho­tos. (The Mark II won our travel cam­era group test last is­sue.)

It’s un­der the hood where the sig­nif­i­cant up­grades have been made. As well as of­fer­ing 4K record­ing with frame rates of 30p, 25p, 24p, it gains the TruePic VIII im­age pro­ces­sor used in Olym­pus’s flag­ship OM-D E-M1 Mark II. The im­proved pro­cess­ing per­for­mance en­ables an en­hanced aut­o­fo­cus of­fer­ing – 121 AF points, com­pared with the E-M10 Mark II’s 81-point sys­tem. At 8.6fps, the Mark III’s con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing is more or less iden­ti­cal to its pre­de­ces­sor, and it of­fers the same four-stop cam­era shak­ere­duc­ing gain with Olym­pus’s in-body five-axis Im­age Sta­bil­i­sa­tion sys­tem. The two cam­eras also share a 2,360k-dot OLED EVF, Wi-Fi and a tiltable touch­screen. New to the Mark III, how­ever, is a Bleach By­pass op­tion for its Art Fil­ter mode.

The new cam­era will be avail­able in sil­ver and black, and as a body only or in a lens kit.

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