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I’ve lost count of the number of times that I’ve recommended the Olympus OM-D E-M10 and OM-D E-M10 Mark II to people since they were launched back in January 2014 and August 2015 respectively. They’re both very small mirrorless cameras but their Four Thirds type sensor and Micro Four Thirds lens mount enable them to capture far better images than the average compact camera with a smaller sensor and fixed lens.
They also have an extensive feature set with plenty of automated options to help novice photographers get the shots they want as well as giving more experienced shooters the type of control they demand. The inclusion of a good quality electronic viewfinder along a tilting touch-screen is also a bonus in such a small camera.
Now the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III has been launched and I was lucky enough to receive a sample prior to its announcement.
Many of the key specifications of the Mark III are the same as the Mark II, the sensor, for example is the same 16.1Mp Live MOS device but the processor is the TruePic VIII engine found in the OM-D E-M1 Mark II, Olympus’s flagship camera.
Perhaps the most significant change that has been made for the Mark III, however, is the move to make it more beginner-friendly. It still has the advanced features that experienced photographers looking for a small well-specified camera usually want, but the Advanced Photo (AP) mode that has appeared on the mode dial helps novices (and experienced photographers for that matter) access some of the advanced features like Live Composite, Live Time, Multiple Exposure, HDR, Silent, Panorama, Keystone Correction, AE Bracketing and Focus Bracketing that can help them take more interesting or successful images.
In addition, the Auto mode which was previously known as iAuto is better able to prevent movement from blurring images while the Scene modes have a nice easy-to use interface.
It adds up to make the Mark III an even more appealing camera for beginners while still remaining a great choice for travel. To learn more read my full Olympus OM-D E-M10 III review on Camera Jabber.