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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III: The class hybrid Review: Yes what? Does the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III see itself in the test as an entry-level model, as the manufacturer suggests? Or as a mid-range DSLM, as the price suggests? Or maybe even as mirrorless for advanced users or professionals, as the technical data indicate?

The new Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III brings a bit of everything. An all-rounder that meets many demands equally well in the test. Okay, almost everyone. Because of course, in view of the fair price, the manufacturer has to apply the scissors here and there. But honestly, most of them are unlikely to notice.
 
The image processor is the most important technical component of the new Olympus model. Exactly, the processor and not the sensor! While the great stabilizing, 16 megapixel strongFour Thirds image chip of the E-M10 remains untouched, the current Mark III trumps with a new centerpiece called TruPic VIII.

Thanks to the new CPU, the OM-D E-M10 Mark III now records videos in razor-sharp Ultra HD with 30 frames per second and 102 MBit. The sound is recorded exclusively via the integrated microphone. The sound sounds decent, but an external interface would have been nice. There are no other connections beyond USB 2.0 and micro-HDMI. Which is a bit of a shame, but understandable given the price range.
 
In addition to the video mode, something has also changed in the photo area. Olympus has apparently optimized the signal processing. Edge sharpness, detail and noise are now also convincing at ISO 3,200, a light value more than the previous model. This makes the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III suitable for photos in twilight. The integrated flip-up flash, which reaches around eight meters, can therefore remain deactivated more often. That's a good thing, because the harsh light of the brightener is not very flattering in portraits anyway. You can find photos in full resolution in the photo gallery


Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III: Many functions, numerous filters
The case is made entirely of plastic - not exactly exquisite. It is well made and can please with its handy retro design. But the E-M10 Mark III just doesn't look as classy as its higher-ranking sister models. However, two knurled wheels are also available here to adjust the aperture and shutter speed.

Beginners should appreciate the convenient automatic scene control, whereby the camera independently assigns the subject to one of 25 scene programs and is usually correct. On the other hand, the 15 art filters such as »Modeling« or the new »Bleaching Bypass« have to be set manually. The sparse number of direct buttons also seems tailored to beginners: magnifying glass, AF-L and four functions on the control pad, including ISO and focus area selection.

The quick menu button at the top left therefore quickly becomes the most important partner, especially since users can only use it to set image quality and the like. How it works? Comfortably by touch input, of course. Because unlike the case, the display shows upper class qualities.
 
In addition to the touch function of the monitor, there is a high resolution and a practical tilt function. This enables photographers to navigate comfortably in the menu, to relocate the focus point with a fingertip and to move quickly through the gallery using swiping gestures. The electronic viewfinder, too, has a razor-sharp resolution thanks to its 2.36 million subpixels, and with a magnification of 0.61 times, it displays the subject in a pleasantly large format.

Anyone who knows the predecessor model should know the key data of the two screens, because these have been adopted unchanged. Little has changed with the series recording - which is not so bad, because with 8.6 frames per second, which is sufficient for almost every purpose, the E-M10 Mark III is one of the faster DSLMs anyway. Only the series length could use an increase. 22 RAWs per series are a bit short. With JPEGs, on the other hand, only the capacity of the SD card used or the battery set limits.

 

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III: Faster AF, but worth the extra charge?
As far as contrast autofocus is concerned, completely new horizons are opening up: 121 measuring fields mean a whopping increase of almost 50 percent. In addition, the focus reacts noticeably faster in both low and daylight, the Olympus is ideally suited for snapshots. For portraits, it has a practical Eye AF that detects eyes and focuses on them directly. That reduces the scrap.
 
No question about it: The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III is recommended as a very solid entry-level model in the Micro Four Thirds class . The DSLM is also a handy second camera for professionals. But if you only film a little or not at all, you should probably not invest the current 180 euro price difference to the Mark II.

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