First Impression: Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III packs the 20 MP Live MOS sensor and TruePic VIII Image Processor from the E-M1 Mark II into a lighter, weather sealed body.

It’s been more than four and a half years since Olympus introduced the OM-D E-M5 Mark II. With baited breath, fans of the Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless camera have been waiting for an eventual successor to be released. As much of the industry is shifting its focus towards Full Frame Mirrorless cameras, it felt that day may never come. This camera inherits the 20 Megapixel Live MOS sensor and the TruePic VIII Image Processor first introduced in Olympus’s top tier E-M1 Mark II. The OM-D E-M5 Mark III is a lightweight, compact, weather sealed, mid-tier M43 option for photographers looking for the right balance between performance and pocketability. With the introduction of the OM-D E-M5 Mark III (and the E-M1X before it back in January of this year), Olympus is making a definitive declaration that they remain dedicated to the Micro Four Thirds ecosystem. We got to spend some time in the literal wild shooting with the OM-D E-M5 Mark III last week in Moab, Utah. Was the E-M5 Mark III worth the long wait? Find out after the jump.

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UPDATED: Cheap Photo: Panasonic GH3 for Under US-$ 700 (SOLD OUT!), and More Micro Four Thirds Deals

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic GH3 product images (4 of 12)ISO 1001-200 sec at f - 5.6

UPDATE: Holy cow, these went quick! It seems that the Amazon GH3 deal was quite the thing with the photo community, as it’s already sold out. The camera is now back to US-$ 948, which is still $351.99 off the list price.

When we look at these incredible deals that our friends over at 43rumors dug out, it seems like Black Friday is already here, even though it’s still a couple days away. Currently, you’re able to buy the Panasonic GH3–the company’s current Micro Four Thirds flagship camera–for as little as US-$ 698. That’s $600 off the list price! Also, there are rebates on several Olympus cameras and lenses. Full list below.

Panasonic GH3 body: US-$ 698 at Amazon.com (SOLD OUT!)

Olympus OM-D E-M5 body: US-$ 799 ($200 off) at Amazon.com (black or silver)

Olympus PEN E-P5 body: US-$ 899 ($100 off) at Amazon.com (black, silver or white)

Olympus PEN E-PL5 body: US-$ 449 ($100.99 off) at Amazon.com (black, silver or white)

Olympus PEN E-PM2 body: US-$ 369.99 ($129.01 off) at Amazon.com (silver or white)

More Olympus rebates at Amazon.com (lenses and accessories)

The New E-M5 Firmware Update 1.6 is Here And It’s a Snooze Fest

E-M5 Firmware Update

Rumors were rampant about new video features for the flagship Olympus OMD EM-5 but I’m sorry to share that there is nothing exciting to see here folks. 43Rumors.com just posted the news and according to them the only new features are the ones listed above which are:

  • The highlight and shadow control function was modified so the exposure settings are applied correctly at ISO 2000 or higher.
  • The issue that occasionally prevented operations during long exposures was resolved.

It may not be the update that we have all been expecting, but I’m still happy to see that Olympus is working on improving this already great camera. Information on this update version 1.6 and others can be seen here and you can get the camera updater here.

Review: Olympus 75mm f1.8 Lens

2012 has been quite a year for Olympus, beginning with the release of their incredibly exciting and postively reviewed OM-D E-M5 micro four thirds body to complement their steadily growing selection of high-end lenses for this system. The 12mm f2 and 45mm f1.8 lenses from Olympus were very well received, and have become standards for anyone looking for high end prime lenses for this format. But earlier this year, Olympus added 2 more lenses to this lineup: the 60mm f2.8 macro, and this lens, the 75mm f1.8. I spent some time with this lens, and took a trip out to the Santa Monica pier to see how well it fit in with Olympus’ premium lens lineup.

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