Olympus E-M1 Mark III announced
Olympus have announced the successor to the four-year-old E-M1 Mark II, with the announcement of the E-M1 Mark III.
Compared to its predecessor, the weather-sealed design is almost identical, although it is a much more capable camera in regards to image quality thanks to it inheriting many features from last year's E-M1X.
It gets the same 20.4-megapixel Live MOS sensor, the same 60 fps high-speed continuous shooting with AF / AE locked, or up to 18 fps with continuous autofocus and autoexposure, and the same seven-step in-body image stabilisation, an improvement over the 5.5-step IBIS in the Mark II. Inside there's also a new TruePic IX image processor that Olympus says makes significant improvements to its face and eye tracking algorithm.
When it comes to the body, Olympus have added an extra custom mode option on the dial, bringing the total to four. Otherwise, the camera has much in common with its predecessor, apart from featuring a USB-C PD port that supports fast charging speeds, which also lets you plug a battery pack directly into the camera to charge it.
The E-M1 Mark III should be reliable, and features a similar magnesium alloy chassis that’s dust, splash, and freeze-proof, and it features the same dust-resistant sensor coating as the E-M1X.
There's a few other nice-to-have features too, including the 50MP hand-held high-res mode and Live ND functions from the E-M1X, and a new 'Starry Sky AF' for astrophotography that uses luminance data to create better night sky images. Another new feature is Olympus’ shift to 5GHz built-in Wi-Fi support, which should yield faster image transfers.
The E-M1 Mark III retails for $3,099 and will ship in late February. You can find out more at Olympus.