Olympus OM-D E-M10 MarkIII
– the Little Monster has Arrived!
Image: The All New Olympus OM-D E-M10 MarkIII for our review.
01st September 2017, Singapore – Olympus has just released the latest incarnation of the baby OM-D in the form of E-M10 MarkIII. Sitting at the entry-line of the OM-D series, the EM10 MarkIII was designed as an introductory OM-D for the higher-ups like EM-5 or the flagship EM-1. A quick look at the specs reveals a lot of improvements with new functions, a new sensor, a new focusing engine and many more goodies that we wasn’t quite expecting.
Image: Compact and yet look every part an OM-D should be.
Weeks ahead of the official release date, Olympus had sent us the review unit and we have been having fun with the E-M10 and putting the little guy through its paces. We used it for a commercial shoot, took it to an exhibition and many walks with it. Before we get to the actual images & review shot using the E-M10 MarkIII, let’s take a quick tour.
Image: A quick size comparison – E-M1 MarkII (left) and E-M10 MarkIII (right).
Before we proceed, as usual we would like to disclaim that we are reviewing based on user experience rather than a technical review which you can easily find on Olympus’s websites. We are more interested in what the camera can do and image quality etc. If you are cool, read on.
Image: E-M10 MarkIII back view with screen tilted.
The E-M10 MarkIII features the same image processor – TruePic VIII as its flagship brother the EM1 MarkII, the proven 5-axis in-built image stabilisation (IBIS), 4K video recording and a simpler version of the 121 AF points focusing.
Image: OMG the pop-up flash is so cute!!!
Other highlights includes new shooting modes, new high-speed AF with touch screen (touch focus), easy sharing via smartphone connectivity with built-in Wi-Fi, a new art filter (Bleach Bypass), high speed shooting at 8.5 fps, a cute built-in flash and all of these in a compact package in a timeless and elegant OM-D design body. You can read up more over at Olympus’s website.
Image: E-M10 MarkII Top view.
So when we received the OM-D E-M10 MarkIII about a week ago, we were thrilled as the E-M10 MarkIII is insanely cute and after learning about the new specs, we called it the little monster. While we were planning on how to review this baby OM-D, we decided to use it for a commercial assignment for a fitness company (PRECOR) to shoot a car with corporate branding and also brought the E-M10 to Yayoi Kusama’s exhibition at National Gallery.
The objective here is see how the E-M10 MarkIII perform in varying shooting condition for the commercial shoot that involves 3 different scenes with different lighting condition, from an abandon distripark to the expressways and to check out the image quality. As for the Yayoi Kusama exhibition, it will be a good test for its low-light performance, ISO noise and focusing in near-darkness condition.
Do check out the images posted on this article. (You may click on the image, zoom to 100%).
*Except the first image which we edited to client’s specification, the rest are mildly edited with straightening, cropping, adjusting of exposure values and adding watermarks.
We took the E-M10 MarkIII with the kit-lens 12-42mm + 8mm Fisheye and produced the below images.
Our clients (PRECOR) were impressed with the image quality and colors produced by the E-M10. They were expecting us to show up with a DSLR and some elaborated set-up but said nothing when I pull the E-M10 out from my camera bag and to get away with any questioning, I gave them a silly grin. (it works).
And over to Yayoi Kusama’s exhibition at National Gallery, Singapore.
The E-M10 performs seamlessly in low-light and when I set the ISO to Auto-ISO, the high ISO produces very clean and decent images without much traces of noise or any form of deterioration. Very impressive.
And how can I resist not shooting my bunny with the E-M10 MarkIII?
In brief, the OM-D E-M10 MarkIII has come a long since the 1st E-M10 was released. This latest incarnation had positioned itself nearer to the mid-ranger E-M5 while giving users lots of friendly functions and a fun camera to use. Targeted at advanced users, I will also highly recommend the E-M10 MarkIII to professional users who will find it useful as a 2nd camera or a backup camera. For the rest of you, the E-M10 will be a great family camera & a vacation camera – easy to use, compact & elegant, great image quality & tons of functions for everybody! Lastly for those of you who are already using the E-M5 or E-M1, get this too!
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