Photography Perfect entry-level mirrorless camera

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III with 14-42mm f: 3.5-5.6 M.Zuiko Digital lens.
Pic Mogens Johansen, The West Australian
Photo of Mogens Johansen

This new camera will let you shoot long and short and is great in low light but it won't break the bank. 

The Olympus OM-D E- M10 Mark III is close to the perfect affordable, entry-level mirrorless system camera. My test camera, with its compact M.Zuiko 14-42mm f: 3.5-5.6 lens, is light and versatile and just about the perfect travel companion. 

It is a pretty, sexy little thing to look at. The classic design is lightweight yet well built and user friendly. It is nicer to hold and use than its predecessors, thanks to some subtle ergonomic improvements.

The entry-level OM-D range features a four thirds size sensor, allowing Olympus to build cameras and lenses significantly smaller and lighter than their full-frame competitors without compromising too much in quality.

I like the new chunkier dials and the tilting touch screen, which makes it easy to access the new smarter shooting modes. Olympus has never had the most user-friendly menus, so this is a welcome improvement.

It has an excellent 5-axis image stabilisation system, and is good in very low light situations, even hand held.

Although Olympus has improved the autofocus system, it does have limitations. It struggles a little with really fast-moving subjects, so if shooting sport or wildlife is your go, this may not satisfy your needs. 

But considering the price and the target user, I would consider it adequate. 

If you’re looking for improved autofocus performance you may want to look at the big brother Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II.

There is a host of Olympus and third-party lenses and accessories to collect depending on your needs or wants so it is a true camera system that can grow as your photographic skills and needs change.

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III was lent to Mogens Johansen by Olympus and retails for about $999 for the body only and $1199 for the body and a 14-42mm lens.

The Inside Run

Burke Flynn from Olympus says: “From a technical point of view it is a nice evolution from the Mark II. 

“The new generation dual-core processor allows better low-light performance, 4K video and the contrast autofocus system performance has been improved from 81 to 121 points. 

“From a user point of view, the interface has been drastically improved. 

“Advanced features that were hidden in the menu are now easily accessible by a press of a button. 

“The camera, aimed at families and travellers, is made to be small, portable and has really good image quality and that has been the ethos of Olympus going back to the 1960s when it brought out the Pen F half-frame camera and with the OM range in the 1970s. 

“It was all about good image quality in a small package and that ethos hasn’t changed — hence the four thirds sensor, small mirrorless, so it is in line with our heritage,” he says.

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Mogens’ verdict is out ... 

“The new Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III is close to the perfect affordable entry-level mirrorless system camera.”

And in recognition of the camera’s potential for our readers, Camera Electronic has put together a special offer for the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III for Seven West Travel Club members.

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