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