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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III: New lightweight camera promises to offer the world's best image stabilisation

Olympus is making big promises for its latest small and lightweight camera. (Image: Olympus)
Olympus is making big promises for its latest small and lightweight camera. (Image: Olympus)
Olympus has released the third generation of the OM-D E-M1, its popular lightweight professional camera. The company is making big promises too, with the OM-D E-M1 Mark III apparently offering world's best image stabilisation. The camera can stabilise up to 7.5 stops and includes a 20.4 MP 4/3" Live MOS sensor, along with fast autofocus and more.
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Olympus has combined a TruePic IX processor with the gyroscope from the more expensive Olympus OM-D E-M1X in creating the OM-D E-M1 Mark III. However, the camera has better image stabilisation than the M1X, with the OM-D E-M1 Mark III capable of stabilisation at up to 7.5 stops with certain Olympus lenses.

The OM-D E-M1 Mark III packs a 20.4 MP Live MOS sensor too, but it can combine multiple images to create an effective 50 MP photo if needed. While the camera can achieve this without a tripod, Olympus claims that the Mark III can go up to 80 MP with a tripod attached. The company boasts of the Mark III supporting revised autofocus too, along with 121 focus points and new features like a "Starry Sky" mode that can automatically focus on stars in the night's sky. The Mark III also includes improved eye AF.

Additionally, Olympus equips the camera with a viewfinder capable of 2.36 million pixels and a fold-out display that has a resolution of 1,037 million subpixels. Furthermore, the Mark III features a magnesium alloy chassis that Olympus promises is dust, frost and water-resistant. Even the sensor has a dust-repellent coating, a feature that the company claims should reduce visible dust in photos by "up to 90 percent".

The OM-D E-M1 Mark III starts at £1,599.99, although this is only for the camera body. Adding a lens, for example with the 1240 Kit, brings the price up to £2,199.99. The Mark III will start shipping on February 26.

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Alex Alderson, 2020-02-13 (Update: 2020-02-14)
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