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Olympus E-M1 Mark III: Hands-on in Costa Rica

Olympus E-M1 Mark III: Hands-on in Costa Rica

About per week earlier than formally unveiling the E-M1 Mark III, Olympus invited a small group of journalists to test-drive its newest toy on a area journey to Costa Rica. Despite my reluctance to depart the chilly New York winter behind, I made a decision to courageous the tropical climate and crystalline waters to offer the digicam a rundown beneath launch. We go into extra element in our announcement put up; what follows are my first impressions after utilizing the digicam for a number of days.

Disclaimer: Olympus paid for journey and lodging for this journey. Despite this, the corporate had no say in the contents of this text, and it’s my purpose to stay as goal as potential.

Still, I can’t say I’m completely unbiased; I just about began my journey as a photographer on Micro Four Thirds, and have been capturing on Olympus our bodies for practically a decade. The E-M1 MKIII is a good reminder of each how far Olympus‘ efficiency has come – and the way I want it might attain a bit additional.

It was straightforward sufficient to get my bearings across the Mark III as soon as I acquired my arms on it, although there are a number of adjustments which may make these upgrading from the Mark II do a double-take. The addition of a joystick for setting your AF goal is the obvious one, additionally permitting the digicam to switch the earlier AF goal button with a devoted ISO button.

A couple of different buttons have moved round too, but it surely shouldn’t take various minutes for Olympus customers to get acclimated.

The E-M1’s menus are additionally as dense as ever, making the digicam extraordinarily customizable – practically each button, knob, or dial could be reconfigured – on the expense of some simplicity. It’s a trade-off I’m completely satisfied to take although; my most popular settings and management configurations are fairly totally different from Olympus‘ defaults, so I respect the flexibility to customise the digicam to work for my explicit capturing type.

The customizability makes for a digicam on which practically each characteristic you possibly can need is a button-press away, whereas I discover the ergonomics hit the candy spot between dealing with and portability. The chunky grip was appreciated when utilizing bigger lenses just like the 40-150mm F4, however with out being so cumbersome because the E-M1X (not to mention conventional DSLRs).

Overall, the physique is a case of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” however I actually want Olympus had gone with a brand new viewfinder and touchscreen. They do the job – particularly with the viewfinder set to its excessive refresh price mode – however the competitors has moved forward.

It’s the same story with autofocus efficiency, lengthy a double-edged sword for mirrorless cameras. While Olympus has all the time supplied among the quickest and most correct focusing in the enterprise, it’s autofocus monitoring has largely been a weak spot.

Unsurprisingly, the digicam‘s “Continuous Autofocus + Tracking” mode was one of many first issues I attempted after I acquired the E-M1 MKIII. This is the autofocus mode that follows objects inside a body relatively than the extra conventional one requiring you to intention the digicam at your object of curiosity.