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The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III is a fast, versatile, compact Micro 4/3 camera, and an update to the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II. Key features include:

  • 20.4MP Live MOS sensor; TruePic IX image processor

  • 4K video capture in 17:9 DCI and 16:9 UHD

  • Feature-rich phase-detection autofocus system

  • Five-axis sensor-shift image stabilization system

What’s Changed? While the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III retains many attributes found in its predecessor, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, it also gains some features from its less-compact sibling, the Olympus OM-D E-M1X. Most notably, it features an updated TruePic IX image processor, an improved image-stabilization system, a faster still-shooting rate, and improved weather sealing.

20.4MP Live MOS Sensor. The E-M1 III offers continuous RAW shooting at 60 fps when working with the silent shutter and single-shot autofocus, and up to 18 fps using continuous autofocus. With the mechanical shutter, you can reach up to 15 fps with single-shot AF. The TruePic IX image processor allows ISO ranges all the way up 25,600.

4K Video. The E-M1 Mark III gives you both flavors of 4K video: 17:9 DCI and 16:9 UHDDCI records at a true 24.00p with a super-high 237 Mbps bit-rate, while UHD is available at 24p or 30 and 102 Mbps. There’s a built-in stereo mic to capture scratch audio, or you can use the 3.5mm external mic jack to record. There’s even a headphone jack included so you can monitor everything.

Pro Capture. Pro Capture is basically a buffering system for stills. With a half-press of the shutter button, the camera starts taking full resolution JPEGs or RAW images. A full button press saves the current image and the previous 35 frames. If you hold the shutter button in this mode, you can shoot continuously using the silent electronic shutter.

Phase-Detection Autofocus System. The lightning-quick autofocus system combines 121 contrast-detection points and 121 phase-detection points. The 121 phase-detection points are cross-type more precise tracking in poorly lit conditions and better subject tracking capabilities. You get an array of specialized focusing modes, each of which is designed to work in different shooting situations. For example, the Face Priority and Eye Priority AF modes are particularly suited to portraiture, while Starry Sky AF mode helps you focus on stars and other objects in the night sky.

Image Stabilization. The five-axis sensor-shift image stabilization system accounts for 7 stops of shake in basically all directions, keeping your image rock solid when you’re shooting handheld. When paired with select lenses with optical image stabilization, the system can compensate for up to 7.5 stops.

Built-In Wi-Fi. Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth offer simple connections to smartphones and tablets. This allows you to share images, view and download images, and make camera exposure and focus adjustments on the device while shooting, all via the O.I.Share app for iOS and Android.

Design and Features. For framing and composition, there’s a 2.36m-dot 0.74x electronic viewfinder and a 3.0-inch 1.04m vari-angle rear touchscreen LCD. The body is magnesium alloy, making it light and strong. It’s weather sealed and good in the cold down to 14°F. Images and videos are recorded to SDXC cards in dual slots, but do note only slot 1 supports UHS-II cards. The BLH-1 battery is rated for up to 420 shots per charge with normal settings or up to 900 shots per charge with the Quick Sleep Mode activated.

Aspect Ratio


Audio File Formats

Linear PCM (Stereo)

Audio Recording

Built-In Microphone (Stereo)
External Microphone Input (Stereo)

Autofocus Points

Phase Detection: 121 (121 Cross-Type)
Contrast Detection: 121

Autofocus Sensitivity

-3.5 to +20 EV


1x BLH-1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.4 VDC, 1720 mAh (Approx. 420 Shots)

Bit Depth




Built-in Flash


Camera Type



USB Type-C (USB 3.0), HDMI D (Micro), 3.5mm Headphone, 3.5mm Microphone, 2.5mm Sub-Mini, PC Sync Socket

Continuous Shooting

Mechanical Shutter
Up to 15 fps at 20.4 MP for up to 101 Frames (RAW) / 134 Frames (JPEG)
Up to 10 fps at 20.4 MP for up to 286 Frames (RAW) / Unlimited Frames (JPEG)

Electronic Shutter
Up to 60 fps at 20.4 MP for up to 50 Frames (RAW) / 50 Frames (JPEG)
Up to 18 fps at 20.4 MP for up to 76 Frames (RAW) / 90 Frames (JPEG)

Dedicated Flash System




Diopter Adjustment

-4 to +2

Exposure Compensation

-5 to +5 EV (1/3, 1/2, 1 EV Steps)

Exposure Modes

Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority

External Flash Connection

Hot Shoe, PC Terminal

External Video-Recording Modes

4:2:2 8-Bit
DCI 4K (4096 × 2160)
UHD 4K (3840 × 2160)
Full HD (1920 × 1080)
HD (1280 × 720)

Flash Compensation

-3 to +3 EV (1/3, 1/2, 1 EV Steps)

Flash Modes

Fill Flash, First-Curtain Sync, Manual, Off, Red-Eye Reduction, Second-Curtain Sync, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction

Focus Modes

Continuous-Servo AF, Manual Focus, Single-Servo AF

Focus Type

Auto and Manual Focus





ISO Range

Auto, 200 to 25600
(Extended: 64 to 25600)

Image File Formats


Image Stabilization

Sensor-Shift, 5-Axis

Interval Recording


Item Type


Maximum Resolution

5184 × 3888

Maximum Sync Speed

1/250 Second

Memory Card Slot


Metering Modes

Center-Weighted Average, Multi-Zone, Spot

Metering Range

-2 to 20 EV

Monitor Resolution

1,037,000 Dot

Monitor Size


Monitor Type

Articulating Touchscreen LCD


Micro 4/3rds

Operating Temperature

14 to 104°F / -10 to 40°C


Actual: 21.8 Megapixel
Effective: 20.4 Megapixel

Recording Limit

Up to 29 Minutes

Self Timer

2/12-Second Delay

Sensor Dimensions

17.4 × 13mm

Sensor Size

Micro 4/3rds

Sensor Type


Shutter Speed

Mechanical Shutter
1/8000 to 60 Second
Bulb Mode
Time Mode

Electronic Front Curtain Shutter
1/320 to 60 Second

Electronic Shutter
1/32000 to 60 Second

Video Encoding


Video Recording Modes

DCI 4K (4096 × 2160) at 24.00p [237 Mb/s] UHD 4K (3840 × 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p [102 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 × 1080) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/119.88p [18 to 200 Mb/s]
HD (1280 × 720) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [10 to 102 Mb/s]

Viewfinder Coverage


Viewfinder Eye Point


Viewfinder Magnification

Approx. 0.74x

Viewfinder Resolution

2,360,000 Dot

Viewfinder Type

Electronic (OLED)


1.28 lbs.

White Balance

Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Kelvin, Shade, Sunlight, Underwater





Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III

Battery - Olympus BLH-1

Camera Strap

Charger - Non-Polarized Cable

Charger - Olympus BCH-1

Micro Four-Thirds Body Cap