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Olympus O-MD E-M10 Mark III | Getting A Flagship Processor, Better Controls, And 4K

By Kishore Sawh on August 31st 2017

There’s now yet another OM-D EM-10, the version III, and despite any tonal inference and the insistence of Olympus to choose and retain their ludicrous naming system, that’s a good thing.

The E-M10 was lauded for it’s approachable aesthetic and performance at a more approachable price point that the flagship OM-D EM-1 MKII, and this update diminishes the performance gap whilst retaining price. Sounds good to us.

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The changes to the OM-D EM-10 for this variant aren’t in your face, but they do make a difference. Olympus cameras are typically exalted for their handling and image quality, and by the looks of it the OM-D EM-10 III improves even on that. They’ve tweaked it with a new TruePic VIII processor from the flagship E-M1, which allows it 4K video capture at 30/25/24p.

The ergonomics have remained mostly unaltered but the dials have been beefed up for better functionality. Looking at a photo of the EM-10 it’s not always easy to grasp how small it is, but it is, and the ability to fit as many manual controls on it never ceases to amaze or come in handy.

Speaking of handy, the OM-D EM-10 MKIII is quite a complete little camera, with a tilt touchscreen LCD, pop-up flash, high-res EVF, built-in WiFi, and 5-axis image stabilization, which, is considered class leading. That touchscreen can also be used for touch AF and capture, which makes sense given the MKIII’s upgraded number of focus points (121 up from 88). All in all that’s a lot of kit in on e body.


  • 16.1MP Four Thirds Live MOS Sensor
  • Dual Quad-Core TruePic VIII ProcessorUHD
  • 4K30 Recording; Clips Video Mode
  • 2.36m-Dot 1.23x Electronic Viewfinder
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • In-Body 5-Axis Image Stabilization
  • 121-Point Contrast-Detect AF System
  • Up to 8.6 fps Shooting and ISO 25600
  • Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ Lens
  • Mechanical Shutter up to 1/4000 and Electronic up to 1/16000

Perhaps the most interestingly about the press release, however, was the fact Olympus aligned it in the marketplace as a camera for those moving up and on from a smartphone, as if it’s a sophisticated point & shoot. Maybe they have a point there. They’re clearly going after a ‘social’ audience with their promo materials and video with hipster VW vans and pretty people.

And the price of all of this? $649, which makes it a really compelling offering. Granted, that’s body only but you can get a nice kit with a 14-42mm EZ lens for $699.

For traveling, vacation, and everyday, this looks like a really compelling new offering.

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A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Dan Sifuentes

    Until the Mark III comes out, the Mark II is available and still a great camera. I wrote a full review of the camera on my blog. Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments.

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  2. Rich Watson

    That is a handsome camera.  It reminds me of the fun days of the SLR era.

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  3. Josh Leavitt

    I’m eager to see what the OM-D E-M5 III offers. I plan on selling my E-PL7 and upgrading to either the E-M10 or the E-M5. They seem like the perfect travel camera.

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  4. Mircea Blanaru

    Long life affordable camera systems with a decent image quality!!!!

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