Olympus will release the OM-D E-M1 Mark III, a mirrorless camera with enhanced image stabilization and AF performance, on February 28. The price is an open price, and the retail price is around 200,000 yen excluding tax for the body alone, and around 260,000 yen excluding tax for the 12-40mm PRO lens kit.
The third generation of the Micro Four Thirds-compliant mirrorless camera "E-M1" series, which is positioned as a professional model by Olympus, and the successor to the "E-M1 Mark II" (released in 2016). Equipped with an effective 20.37 million pixels 4 / 3-type Live MOS sensor and a new image processing engine "TruePic IX", it is equipped with a variety of shooting functions while enhancing the camera shake correction mechanism and AF performance. The shutter unit has been subjected to 400,000 operation tests, achieving high reliability that can withstand professional use.
By combining a compatible lens with an in-body correction mechanism, it is compatible with the "5-axis synchronized image stabilization" that achieves the world's highest 7.5-step image stabilization. The camera shake is firmly corrected even when shooting in dark places or at super-telephoto distances, stating that "a shooting style without using a tripod is possible in various shooting scenes, regardless of whether it is a still image or a moving image." In addition, the camera shake correction mechanism in the body can provide up to seven steps of correction effect for all attached lenses.
Equipped with a 121-point all-cross image plane phase difference AF sensor that achieves high-precision focus performance, enhancing AF performance. It inherits the AF algorithm and customizability of Olympus' flagship machine "OM-D E-M1X" (released in 2019), and achieves high-speed continuous shooting of up to approximately 18 fps with AF / AE tracking with full pixels. The multi-selector, which was often requested, was equipped so that the AF target can be moved smoothly even when shooting a moving subject while looking through the viewfinder.
In addition, the "Starry Sky AF", which "innovates the world of astrophotography", is newly installed. A new algorithm that focuses on small stars that glow in the dark has been newly developed, and AF has been used to achieve high precision focusing on stars, which used to be generally performed using MF (manual focus). In "Face priority / Eye priority AF" for portrait photography, the face / pupil detection accuracy and followability are improved.
In the still image shooting function, the "handheld high-resolution shot" and "live ND" functions are inherited from the E-M1X.
"Holding High-Resolution Shot" is a function that generates a high-resolution photograph of approximately 50 million pixels based on 16 consecutive shots, using the slight displacement that occurs during shooting. "It is especially effective for high-definition photography where mountain climbing and tripods are difficult to use."
"Live ND" is a function to reproduce the slow shutter effect by continuous shooting composition without using the ND filter. You can select the effect from 5 levels of ND2 (1 step) to ND32 (5 steps).
In addition, the camera is equipped with a "Pro Capture Mode", a continuous shooting function that supports RAW shooting, and a "Live Composite" that allows easy shooting of comparatively bright composite images.
The movie shooting function is compatible with "OM-D Movie", which allows you to shoot 4K / 30p and Cinema 4K / 24p movies by hand. OM-Log400 shooting is supported as a log shooting function for color grading. 120fps high-speed shooting at full HD resolution is also possible. The movie recording format is MOV (MPEG-4AVC / H.264). The recording time limit is about 29 minutes.
When shooting a movie, the Olympus LS-P4 linear PCM recorder (sold separately) can be used as an external microphone / recorder by attaching it to the hot shoe of the camera. Both the SM2, a special shock mount adapter that makes it difficult for noise from the camera to be transmitted to the LS-P4, and the KA335, a curl cable that connects the camera to a PCM recorder, will be released in April.
The recording media is a double slot of SD / SDHC / SDXC memory card, and slot 1 supports UHS-II. The rear LCD monitor is a two-axis movable type, a 3-inch / approximately 1.04 million dot touch panel. It also has a 2.36 million dot LCD viewfinder.
It has a wireless LAN function of IEEE 802.11a / b / g / n / ac and also supports Bluetooth 4.2 BLE. In addition to the smartphone app "Olympus Image Share (OI.Share)", you can transfer the shooting data from the camera body to the smartphone, perform remote control shooting, update the camera firmware, backup and restore settings.
The main unit is equipped with a dust-proof mechanism in addition to the IPX1 equivalent drip-proof performance. It is designed to withstand temperatures as low as minus 10 degrees. The battery is "BLH-1", and the number of recordable photos is about 420 as standard. Equipped with a USB Type-C terminal, it can charge the camera battery in about 2 hours at the fastest. In addition, it is possible to shoot while supplying power with a USB PD standard mobile battery, and the specification is "convenient for shooting astronomical objects in cold regions." The optional battery grip "HLD-9" can also be used.
The body size of the E-M1 Mark III is approximately 134.1 x 68.9 x 90.9mm (width x depth x height). The weight of the main body only is about 504g, and about 580g including the battery and SD card.