I spent a couple of days hands-on with the Olympus E-M1 Mark III prior to its launch. My friend Daniel and I set out to photograph owls among other birds and wildlife in Eastern Washington for this initial hands-on preview. All the footage will filmed and photographed with the E-M1 Mark III and was shot handheld without the use of tripods or gimbals to test the Olympus E-M1 Mark III’s IBIS capabilities.

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Olympus O-MD EM-1 Highlights:

  • The lightest most inexpensive highly capible camera/system for serious nature/wildife photographers.
  • 18 fps with continuous autofocus – up to 60fps without
  • Pro Capture mode allows you to “go back in time” for a shot that you missed.  It records frames before you hit the shutter.
  • Best in class in camera focus stacking.
  • Excellent image stabilization.  Provides sharp images and stable video handheld at 840mm.
  • Handheld 50MP images using “High Res Shot Mode.”
  • ‘Live ND’ multi-shot mode simulates ND filters.
  • 120 fps video modes (no autofocus or audio recording).
  • Excellent battery life.
  • Extensive weather sealing – this camera is built tough.
  • USB charging (using USB PD standard), save weight and leave your bulky charger at home.

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  • The opinions in this review are my own and not persuaded by anyone or any company.  I did not receive payment from Olympus to make this review.
  • Olympus did provide me with cameras for this hands-on preview.
  • For many years I’ve field tested a wide variety of cameras for Nikon, Olympus, Sony, and others.  I generally select these cameras based on their merits for the images I am trying to make.
  • I use the camera equipment I personally enjoy and often trade my cameras in for the latest and greatest, just my personal philosophy.  This helps me with articles and teaching clients showing up with a wide variety of cameras on tours and workshops.  
  • Always remember, it’s the photographer and not the camera that creates an image, and “a good image is a good image” regardless of what camera produced it.

Olympus E-M1 Mark III Limitations:

  • EVF – could be improved.
  • LCD – could be brighter for viewing in outdoor conditions.
Aaron Baggenstos

Aaron Baggenstos

In the last 10 years Aaron has lead over 200 photography tours around the world. He has earned a reputation for his gracious teaching style to photographers of all skill levels and extensive knowledge of Nikon, Sony, Canon, Olympus, and Panasonic digital cameras.

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