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The amazing Olympus O-MD E-M1 III | First hands on review | Jessops

February 16, 2020


hi everybody its Ian from the Jessop’s
Academy so this time last year Olympus annouced the Olympus em1 X a camera body that
was built for speed and professional use it was rugged, it was durable it was a
beautiful thing some people loved it some people said it’s a bit too big and
wouldn’t it be amazing if we had all that same technology in a slightly smaller
body well olympus have answered that question.
I’d like to introduce you to the olympus em1 mark 3. So the specification of this
camera is very close to the em1 X there’s not a huge amount missing
other than a few focusing modes designed for sort of tracking other than that you
know all the functionality is there in a much as I said before in a very much
smaller body now there’s also some things in addition on top of what the X
had which we’re down at the coast today to test out so I’m really excited to see
those in action. It is a 20 million pixel sensor. It’s also got a new processing
engine the true pic 9 which powers I guess some of that you know extra cool
functionality that we’ve come to test, but before we show you any of that don’t
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miss another video. So I don’t have a 1 X with me to compare and contrast the size
and weight but for those who are familiar with the One X you all see the
from this it’s very very much smaller but it doesn’t lose any of its
capability when it comes to weather resistantane or its rugged magnesium
alloy body in fact this camera is up there with the likes at the EOS 1d x
mark 3 and it’s very much smaller than that and extremely good value for
money when you consider the price points interface is really nice actually
you got your normal ok screen so you press ok you get everything that you can
see but olympus have also put a new info screen on so by the magic of video
hopefully you should see that on screen now that just gives you the fundamentals
but a different option of display without too much on the screen whoa hang
on what’s coming in oh I’m back false alarm
the other thing I’ve I like about it so far from using it is a joystick lots of
cameras obviously have joysticks love how responsive it is also how clear it
isn’t a viewfinder you know exactly where that cursor is going which can be
really tricky on some systems because you just can’t see it in the viewfinder
or the screen this is clear on both so a lot of manufacturers are putting a
high-res mode on their cameras right now and Olympus have not been any different
and a previous version of this you could do 50 million pixels one common thing
knows you need it to be on a tripod you needed a camera to be as still as
possible Olympus have gone and topped that they are
saying you can take a 50 million pixel high-res shot but handheld that’s gonna
be pretty staggering if this pulls off so I’ve got this nice scene in front of us let’s give
it a try ready Tony? Of course the way this works
is the camera has to take an overlay a number of shots in this case 16 ok does
all the magical things inside and processes it to give you that huge 50
million pixel fire incidentally you still have a tripod it mode of a
high-res shooting on this camera that takes you up to 80 million pixels but
we’re gonna give the 50 a try handheld here we go so I’m at f8 at 800 per second nice
bright sunshine behind me and we got some roofs to have a look at see what
kind of res and jaggedness or accuracy this is a this is going to provide all
right I’m going to take the shot now shots taken busy symbol comes up in the
viewfinder starts processing it through any minute now hopefully it should pop
up on the screen. so for those of you who are hungry for that huge huge resolution and
sometimes associated with other cameras then this certainly does prove the point
that you can get fifty or indeed eighty million pixels putting in the right mode
and using Olympus’s outstanding software inside the camera and it’s built in ibis
and control to move that the sensor around to get that extra resolution so
it’s going to be great for things like architecture obviously if you do have
moving things in the frame then not so good but you know for stills yeah and
held fifty million pixels not a problem at all so not only this camera got the 50
million pixel handheld high-resolution mode but if your into your sports the
wildlife it’s got a truly astonishing up to 60 frames a second in the right mode. I’m
also trying out the tracking AF as well which whoa Tony’s got wet! as soon as it
picks up on the subject which in this instance is some surfsit it tracks
really well obviously. this focus system is also aided not only by our really
bright screen but a viewfinder is now a hundred twenty frames per
second and a time lag down to 0.005 really smooth display allows a capture
for fast-moving subjects with ease the focus system is really customizable you
can obviously select any of the focus points included but not only that you
can adjust how many of them you use and in what shape and format so you can be
really specific whether you want a long line or a big cluster you know you’ve
got loads of options there and it really helps you with whatever type of
photography you’re gonna do be very specific about the tracking why that’s
very quick I really wish I had a 300mm lens
that would be pretty awesome and you know what the 300mm lens
is only about that big again one of the great things about the Olympus system
completely an utterly portable and versatile so I’m now waiting for the Sun to drop
I’m really wanting to test out the seven and a half stop image stabilization
system which Olympus claimed you can do a four second handheld exposure given
using this camera already I can certainly see how but I still want to
try it so here we go I’m going to shoot the four seconds Tony. gonna wait for
some sea to come in, it’s gonna get some nice movement probably a little bit
overexposed still but let’s give it a go so had a great time testing out the AF
and it was a real joy to use kept up and I’m really impressed so far lights drop
now so Tony and I are going to go and get some food and come back later on for
some Astro hopefully it stays clear like this so back at Basecamp
keen to see the images on a bigger screen and the ones I was really
interested looking at were the images I used the built-in nd I went straight up
to five stops so nd thirty-two and just to see really how how well it performed
I can only get it down to two seconds otherwise I was going to really blow the
highlights but yeah really impressed actually
you know I’m hand-holding this and these are JPEGs I’ve just tweaked it a little
bit in Lightroom but nothing too major and if we look at the rocks here at the
top zooming in a little bit then you can see they are they are still sharp and
that obviously that end the effect has give me some nice smooth water so yeah so here we are back at the beach it’s
even colder and as you can see it’s the middle of the night we’re down here to
do some Astro photography and try out one of the new modes on the em1 mark 3
and it’s actually a focus mode called starry sky and if you’re new to
astrophotography like myself it’s definitely not my forte we’re probably
doing everything wrong so you asked for a photographer’s that they’ll be
horrified first of all we’re not in a particularly good dark sky place we’ve
got a full moon behind this but we’re gonna try it anyway so that the mode
itself is a focus assist mode it finds the focus on the stars for you without
having to go into manual focus and there’s two ways you can do this there’s
a speed operation so there’s minimal delay on finding things but there’s also
one that’s more specific as well so it takes two or three seconds for the
camera to hunt for its focus and you do that using the back button focusing on
the camera and it says starry sky AF is running and that helps to fine the focus
Tony will need to kill the light in a minute we’ll actually go for my exposure
so it’s fine focus so Tony if you can kill the light probably can’t see me now
but we’re gonna go for a five-second delay timer we’re wide open at F 2.8
1600 ISO and a ten-second exposure time here we get on okay so day two with the em1 mark three
and this morning we’re here with a beautiful sunrise and this is territory
that I’m much more familiar with unlike last night’s a astro shoot although I
really did enjoy it so we’re going to do some nd shots with
the built-in nd I’m gonna take it all the way up to five stops and hopefully
get down to a 10-15 second exposure to suck all that color in and get some
movement in the clouds and and these little pools of water so let’s see how
we get on to see how the nd performs I’ve got my camera set up on a tripod
this morning I want to take it beyond that sort of to four seconds that you
can do handheld with the camera certainly I’ve tried a few shots already
handheld but I want to take it down to about 10 15 seconds so i’ve dug the tripod
as far as I can into the sand so hopefully it doesn’t sink much more
although that is a problem when you’re on a beach ideally you should try and
find some rocks or balance your legs on evenly some people use CDs actually
which is quite good and good for recycling obviously utilise CDs or
something else so let’s take a few shots and see how we get on so I’m gonna go on
into the menu and I’ve already selected my nd up to five stops and the other
mode Olympics have got is the live simulation this actually shows you live
on screen the impact of having that slow shutter speed this probably works best
when you’ve got sort of fast-moving water but as you can see it says LV
simulation there slow shutter speed effect can be seen in Live View the
first and the final image there’s only giving you an idea really of what it
could look like and as I say it does work best if you have something that’s
pretty quick that the camera can workout okay although this water’s moving it’s
not moving particularly fast so yesterday I tried out the new
high-res mode which was 50 pixels handheld which is astonishing but
the smaller I thought I’d give the other mode ago which is you can put the camera
on a tripod and get up to 80 million pixels so here we are I’m all set up
ready to go and to select the the high-res mode you go into your menu and
higher air shot we’ve got two methods either handheld or tripod so I select
tripod so again just to remind you the way this works is it overlays 16
composite shots to create that final high-res image any camera system that
usually has this you do need to be tripod or incredibly still so with the
Olympus you can do this handheld with 50 but tripod it 18 million pixels be
interested to look at the detail of this image once it’s what’s just completed so I’ve come to the end of my time with
the olympus em1 mark 3 i’ve got to say i am really impressed some of the standout
features me firstly the high-res handheld shoot mode that is extremely
impressed i don’t think i’ve seen that on any other camera system before also
along with that the built-in end ease lots of fun and frees you from having to
use a tripod the Astro stuff we’ve done last night first time for me really
playing with with a feature like that and it just made things a lot easier I’m
sure there are gonna you know be experts at this and also amateurs like me that
will find that mode extremely useful the thing I think that stands out more than
anything is the focus system so so quick and obviously all the technology from
the X has gone into this much smaller and lighter weight body the face
detection in specific never seems to fail soon as our face in the frame it
picks it up straight away and of course on this camera now you can swap between
multiple faces that up here in the frame either by touching the screen or indeed
by using the controls some cameras when you pick them up are just an absolute
joy to use and the Olympus vm1 mark 3 certainly fits that category for me if
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your local stores thanks for watching and we’ll see you again soon

3 Comments

  • Reply Joe Marano February 12, 2020 at 9:08 am

    Olympus make amazing cameras but I do think they should have followed Panasonic into the 35mm market not because its something I would use myself but because it offers choice as there are things 35mm can do that M43 can't and vice versa. If you needed 35mm Olympus don't currently offer anything which is a shame if you were a fan of the brand.

  • Reply Barry Jones February 13, 2020 at 8:06 am

    This looks a very interesting camera. Thanks for a very informative review 👍🏻😎

  • Reply The haunted Coachman February 13, 2020 at 10:00 am

    Why have Jessops shut all the stores ?????????

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