Following up on its 2016 release, Olympus announced the OM-D E-M1 Mark III today.

The new camera has a considerably improved imaging capacity when compared to its predecessor

Some even say it outclasses the company’s premium 2019-launched E-M1X pro-grade mirrorless Micro Four Thirds camera and provides better results at a lower price.


Design-wise, the camera is identical to E-M1 Mark II; it even has a similar vertical grip. Some of the subtle changes as compared to its predecessor include an added 8-way joystick. Hence, the right-hand shoulder button is now free. The users can use it to control ISO or some other function of choosing. The menu button is in the top left corner now.

Apart from this, the camera comes with a weather-sealed body rated to IPX1.

Imaging Sensor

The camera comes with a 20.4-megapixel Live MOS sensor similar to the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and E-M1X. The sensor features 121 cross-type focus points and 18fps max burst rate (with AF/AE tracking). Moreover, it also uses the same 2.36M-dot EVF and 1037K-dot vari-angle LCD as the Mark II.

The only difference is that the sensor is powered by a new TruPic IX processor that is placed on an even more capable in-body stabilization system. This system is built around the gyro sensor from the more expensive E-M1X. Hence, the camera can deliver up to 7 stops of 5-axis Body IS or 7.5 stops “Sync IS” when operated along with a stabilized lens.

It also comes with the 50MP hand-held high-res mode and Live ND functions on top of a more capable AF system.

Pricing and Availability

The camera (body-only) will set users back by $1,799. If you are interested in buying a complete kit, the company will sell it with a M.Zuiko 12-40mm lens for $2,499.99 and with a M.Zuiko 12-100mm f/4.0 kit for $2,899.99.