Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III Review

November 21, 2019 | Mark Goldstein |


After a lot of rumors, the long-awaited Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III has finally been officially announced.

If you don't know already, this is an update of the popular E-M5 Mark II camera from 2015. The new Mark III version offers a 20.4 megapixel Live MOS sensor, TruePic VIII image processor, in-body 5-axis image stabilization system, weather-proofing, 121-point all cross-type on-chip phase detection autofocus system, 10fps burst shooting, 4K 30P high-definition video recording, 2.36 million-dot OLED viewfinder, and USB charging.

Availability and Price

In the UK the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III will be available from mid November in silver or black as body only priced at £1099.99 and in different kit versions as e.g. with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40 F2.8 PRO lens at £1699.99 or with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200 F3.5-6.3 lens at £1599.99 EUR.

Olympus are also offering pre order customers a £100 trade in and free BLS-50 battery to launch the OM-D E-M5 Mark III valid on pre orders to 15 November 2019.

In the US and Canada, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III will be available in both black and silver in late November. The camera body only will have a suggested retail price of $1,199.99 USD and $1,499.99 CAD and the camera body with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm F4.0-5.6 II lens will have a suggested retail price of $1,799.99 USD and $2,249.99 CAD.

Key Features

  • Lightweight, weathersealed system
  • 20 MP Live MOS sensor
  • Powerful new TruePic VIII engine
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilisation with up to 6.5 EV compensation*
  • 121-point all-cross-type Dual Phase & Contrast Detection AF
  • 30 fps silent electronic shutter
  • Cinema 4K video with OM-D Movie
  • Versatile shooting features: Live Composite, 50MP Tripod HR Shot, Pro Capture, Focus Stacking

Olympus UK Press Release

New OM-D E-M5 Mark III: All you need to break free from the chains of bulky equipment and the limits of smartphone photography

Olympus launches long-awaited OM-D E-M5 Mark III: Compact, lightweight and full of advanced features

London, 17 October 2019 – Only a few days after the 100th Anniversary of the company’s founding, Olympus today starts the next chapter of one of their most popular camera models with the launch of the long-awaited OM-D E-M5 Mark III. Bringing many of Olympus’ most advanced imaging technologies into a very compact and lightweight body, the camera has been designed to be the perfect choice for photography enthusiasts and semi-professionals.

The E-M5 Mark III features a weather-sealed construction, high-performance autofocus capabilities and a powerful image stabilization system along with versatile shooting features to deliver brilliant image quality and an extensive array of creative options for photographers and filmmakers. Even when paired with professional-grade M.Zuiko PRO lenses, the overall camera system remains so small in size that it can be taken anywhere.

Olympus are offering pre order customers a £100 trade in and free BLS-50 battery to launch the OM-D E-M5 MKIII valid on pre orders to 15 November 2019. Further details available at participating dealers. 

At up to half the size and weight of other interchangeable lens systems, Olympus’ biggest advantage is an amazing mobility thanks to the compact, lightweight camera system, including lenses. The combination of their high-resolution, high-performance lens line-up and powerful image stabilization capabilities results in sharp, high-quality photos and videos in a variety of scenarios. Packing some of the latest imaging technologies in a very small body, the new OM-D E-M5 Mark III represents these benefits to the fullest.

Advanced imaging technology in an ultra-small, weather-sealed body ensures high image quality in any environment

All parts in the OM-D E-M5 Mark III have been miniaturized in an effort to provide the smallest body possible. Being one of the most compact and lightweight cameras in its class, the E-M5 Mark III can easily be carried on any trip even when paired with a large-diameter standard zoom lens.

The E-M5 Mark III boasts a combination of the 20.4 Megapixel Live MOS sensor and the high-speed TruePic VIII image processor known from Olympus’ flagship model OM-D E-M1 Mark II as well as a new compact in-body 5-axis image stabilization system. When paired with high-resolution M.Zuiko lenses, the E-M5 Mark III is capable of capturing images with minimal noise even at high ISO settings, and delivers brilliant image quality with minimal distortion up to the edges of the shot.

The camera body is dust-, splash-, and freezeproof so users can focus on their shooting results without worrying about the weather conditions . Olympus’ acclaimed SSWF (Super Sonic Wave Filter) sensor-cleaning technology drastically reduces the amount of dust and dirt that may end up in photos or video by vibrating the image sensor filter 30,000 times per second when turning the camera on.

The iconic design of the OM-D E-M5 Mark III body is reminiscent of the original OM-D and was further improved for operability by adding thumb rests on the back with an enlarged grip to provide a more solid hold on the camera. 

High-speed, high-precision autofocus with 121 all cross-type AF points for greater focusing freedom

The OM-D E-M5 Mark III is equipped with Olympus’ renowned 121-point all cross-type On-chip Phase Detection autofocus (AF) system with different single and group target options. The benefits of using AF across a wide range of the frame already delighted users of the professional model OM-D E-M1 Mark II. Unlike the autofocus in DSLR cameras, there is no degradation in AF precision when using a fast lens. The E-M5 Mark III offers high-precision, high-speed focusing from the maximum aperture setting of all M.Zuiko lenses regardless of subject patterns. The algorithm has been further improved over previous models, preventing the focus from unexpected jumping to the background even in mixed perspective scenes with near and far subjects.

To capture subjects with intense movements – such as in sports or wildlife photography – the E-M5 Mark III allows up to 10 fps high-speed sequential shooting in AF/AE tracking. The moving subject tracking algorithm utilizes AF information from both Live View and recorded images to enable quick tracking of unpredictable subject movement and changes in subject speed.

The high-speed, high-precision AF of the OM-D E-M5 Mark III brings out the full potential of the distinguished MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) mechanism enabling fast and quiet autofocusing in M.Zuiko lenses. 

Equipped with a new compact image stabilization unit and in-body 5-axis IS for high image quality

A new 5-axis image stabilization unit was developed to deliver a high level of image stabilization in a compact and lightweight body. Based on camera shake information obtained from the high-sensitivity gyro sensor and image analysis, the TruePic VIII image processor precisely controls the IS unit to enable up to 5.5 shutter speed steps of compensation performance . Olympus’ acclaimed in-body image stabilization system ensures stabilization with all lenses attached to the OM-D E-M5 Mark III. In addition to angular and shift blur, roll blur is corrected to optimally support handheld shooting.

By synchronizing the in-lens IS of supported lenses  with sync IS, the OM-D E-M5 Mark III is able to deliver an even better image stabilization performance of up to approximately 6.5 shutter speed steps of compensation , making it perfect for dim situations and telephoto shooting.

Equipped with versatile and unique shooting features such as Live Composite, Pro Capture, Focus Bracketing and High Res Shot

Live Composite for long exposure shooting

The OM-D E-M5 Mark III is equipped with Live Composite, which overlaps multiple shots recorded at the same shutter speed and composites only the sections that are brighter for capturing light trails. This feature helps prevent the common phenomenon of images that are too bright when shooting long exposures. Users can check the progress of light trails in real-time using Live View.

Pro Capture mode for capturing split-second moments

Pro Capture mode makes it possible to capture scenes that are difficult to time for the photographer, such as a bird taking flight. Pro Capture starts shooting the moment the shutter release button is pressed down halfway, with a buffer that can be set to capture up to 14 frames in full resolution. The moment the button is pressed down fully, the frames are available to select from retroactively on top of the images recorded while pressing the button.

Tripod High Res Shot for capturing 50M equivalent high-resolution photos

Tripod High Res Shot shifts the image sensor in 0.5-pixel increments while capturing 8 sequential shots, which are then merged into a single 50M equivalent high-resolution photo. This feature is perfect for landscape shots, product photography in a studio, and other situations that require high-definition images.

Focus Bracketing and Focus Stacking for close-up shots

Focus Bracketing can capture up to 999 shots with a single shutter activation while shifting the focal position slightly between each shot. The amount of focal shifts can be selected from 10 levels, and recorded images can be combined into a single image using the Olympus Workspace image editing software. It is possible to create a single image with a depth of field that cannot be obtained simply by stopping down the aperture.

The Focus Stacking feature automatically composites images on the E-M5 Mark III. Eight photos with different focal positions are composited on the camera for a photo with a greater depth of field that is in focus from the foreground to the background.

Other features allowing for an extensive array of creative options for photographers and filmmakers

OM-D Movie for stable C4K video recording

Information from the On-chip Phase Detection AF sensor is used for optimal focusing when recording video. With this, users can record 4K 30P high-definition video. Combining 5-axis IS with electronic stabilization makes it possible to record stable video with minimal camera shake. No special stabilization equipment is required, even when moving around actively.

Large, high-visibility viewfinder 

The E-M5 Mark III features a 2.36 million-dot, high-contrast OLED panel for vivid colors and an EVF (electronic viewfinder) system for minimal distortion up to the edges of the screen. The design makes framing more accurate so the user can concentrate on shooting. The long eyepoint makes it easy to check overall framing even when wearing glasses.

1/8000 second high-speed mechanical shutter

The camera features a high-speed mechanical shutter that operates up to 1/8000 second, making it possible to shoot at a wide aperture setting for defocusing effects even when using a large-diameter lens in bright outdoor conditions.

Custom mode to personalize the camera for different photography styles

This feature can be used to save frequently used camera settings to Custom (C on the mode dial). After being saved, users can simply set the mode dial to C to instantly activate and shoot using the registered settings.

Easy Wi-Fi connection to smartphones via Bluetooth with OI.Share app

Bluetooth can be used to automatically connect the camera to a smartphone simply by starting up the Olympus Image Share (OI.Share) smartphone app for transferring recorded images to a smartphone via Wi-Fi. By using the Share Order function, selected images on the camera can be automatically transferred to a smartphone when turning the camera off.

USB charging capability

The battery inside the camera may be charged via USB (when on the move or not using the camera).

Anti-flicker shooting and flicker scan 

With anti-flicker shooting, the camera detects the flicker frequency of light sources and controls the shutter timing at peak brightness to suppress exposure and color variations between frames. Flicker scan makes it possible to select an appropriate shutter speed to reduce flicker effects.

SCN (Scene) mode and Art Filters

In SCN mode, users may simply choose one of six themes and touch the photo most like the scene they want to capture to activate the optimal settings.

The E-M5 Mark III is furthermore equipped with 16 Art Filter options, so that users can capture creative photos with simple controls. While checking the filter effect on the LCD monitor, users can create images that are uniquely their own.

Like every Olympus camera and lens, the E-M5 Mark III comes with a free six-month warranty extension  when registered via the MyOlympus platform at http://my.olympus.eu 

Selected accessories

The new OM-D E-M5 Mark III is fully compatible with Olympus’ extensive range of Micro Four Thirds lenses and accessories, including tailor-made camera bags, electronic flashes, audio recorders and microphones as well as the free image editing and workflow software Olympus Workspace and smartphone app OI.Share.

ECG-5 external grip

For certain shooting situations, photography enthusiasts may want to add an external grip to the OM-D E-M5 Mark III: the ECG-5 grip comes with a shutter release button and control dial and provides an improved hold on the camera.

Olympus Everyday Camera Backpack

Why not carry the OM-D E-M5 Mark III in the new Olympus Everyday Camera Backpack? The rolltop bag offers space for the camera body and at least five M.Zuiko lenses. Made of water-repellent material and with one quick access to the contents, configurable interior partitions, additional pockets and compartments for SD cards, documents and a small notebook, it is the perfect companion for the E-M5 Mark III.

More information at www.olympus.co.uk/accessories.



  • Lens mount

    Micro Four Thirds

Image Sensor

  • Type

    4/3'' Live MOS sensor

  • Effective pixels

    20.4 Megapixels

  • Filter array

    Primary colour filter (RGB)

  • Aspect ratio & area

    4:3 / 17.3 x 13.0mm

  • Full resolution

    21.8 Megapixels


  • Type

    TruePic VIII


  • Dust reduction filter

    Supersonic Wave Filter


  • Type

    Electronical Viewfinder

  • Pixel number

    2.360K dots

  • Diopter adjustment

    Equipped ‑4.0 ‑ +2.0 diopters / built‑in type

  • Field of view

    Approx. 100%

  • Magnification

    Max. 1.37x with a 50mm lens set to infinity at ‑1 dioptre (depending on selected viewfinder style)

  • Eye point

    27mm at ‑1 dioptre from eyepiece lens

  • Style

    3 styles selectable

  • Displayed information
    • Aperture value
    • Shutter speed
    • AF frame (super impose)
    • AF confirmation mark
    • AF lock
    • Auto bracket
    • Battery check
    • Exposure compensation indicator
    • Exposure compensation value indicator
    • Exposure level indicator
    • Exposure mode
    • Flash
    • FP flash
    • IS activating mode
    • Metering mode
    • Number of storable sequential pictures
    • White balance
    • Level Gauge
    • Highlight & Shadow
    • Live Pre-view function
    • Histogram
  • Correction of colour temperature

    +/‑ 7 levels

  • S-OVF

    Expands the Live View dynamic range

  • *Available in the EVF when in P, A, S and M modes. Art filter, WB and exposure are not reflected in EVF.

Live View

  • Displayed information
    • Aperture
    • Shutter speed
    • Auto bracket
    • AE lock
    • Focus mode
    • Shooting mode
    • Battery check
    • IS activating mode
    • Face / Eye detection mode
    • Record mode
    • ISO
    • Sequential shooting mode
    • White Balance
    • Metering mode
    • Exposure compensation value
    • AF frame display
    • AF confirmation mark
    • Shooting information
    • Spot metering area
    • Super FP
    • Flash status
    • Touch Panel Condition
    • Focal length
    • Flash mode
    • Histogram
    • Level Gauge
    • Highlight & Shadow
    • Focus peaking
    • Number of storable pictures
    • Custom
    • Face detection
    • Flash intensity
    • WiFi
  • Field of view

    Approx. 100%

  • Magnification levels

    3 / 5 / 7 / 10 / 14x

  • Dynamic range expansion

    When in HDR1 or HDR2

  • Display modes
    • Comparison
    • Grid (4 types)
    • Grid
    • Histogram
    • Level Gauge
    • Magnified View
    • Standard information
    • Off

Image Stabiliser

  • Type

    Sensor shift

  • Modes

    Five‑dimensional, vertical or horizontal activation, automatic

  • Effective Compensation Range

    Up to 6.5 EV steps (Sync IS)

  • Up to 5.5 EV steps (CIPA)

  • Live View stabilisation


  • Lens IS priority


Focusing System

  • Method

    TTL phase difference detection system, contrast detection system (when non high‑speed contrast AF compatible lens is used, it works as MF assist)

  • Focus areas

    121 points * /

  • 121 points contrast AF

  • All target, single target (normal / small), group target (5‑area / 9‑area / 25‑area)

  • * All cross type

  • AF lock

    Available; Locked by first position of shutter release button in single AF mode, AE/AF lock button (customised)

  • Modes
    • Manual focus
    • Single AF*
    • Continuous AF*
    • Preset MF**
    • AF* Tracking
    • Stacking
  • * incl. manual override

  • ** Distance setting values are rough estimates and only AF lenses can be used.

  • AF illuminator


  • Manual focus

    Available; With enlarged focusing area or focus peaking

  • Face Detection extension
    • Eye Detect AF: Off
    • Left side priority
    • Near side priority
    • Right side priority
  • Predictive AF


  • AF tracking

    Available; Available in continuous AF mode

  • Focus peaking
  • Colour selection

    White, black, red, yellow

  • Intensity

    High / Normal / Low

  • Back light effect

    On / Off

  • Focus Bracketing Mode
  • Number of images

    3 - 999 shots

  • Step size

    10 levels

  • Compatible with: All Micro Four Thirds AF lenses

  • Focus Stacking Mode
  • Technology

    8 shots are taken at different focus points and automatically composited together into a single image

  • Compatible with: M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm F2.8 Macro, M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm F3.5 Macro, M.Zuiko Digital ED 7‑14mm F2.8 PRO, M.Zuiko Digital ED 12‑40mm F2.8 PRO, M.Zuiko Digital ED 12‑100mm F4.0 IS PRO, M.Zuiko Digital ED 40‑150mm F2.8 PRO, M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO, M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4.0 PRO

  • M.Zuiko Digital 1.4x Teleconverter MC‑14, M.Zuiko Digital 2x Teleconverter MC‑20

  • Angle of view becomes slightly smaller

Exposure System

  • Modes
    • Programme automatic
    • Aperture priority
    • Shutter priority
    • Manual
    • Bulb
    • Time
    • Movie
    • HDR
    • Custom shooting
  • Exposure compensation

    +/‑ 5 EV (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps)

  • Note: Monitor and EVF displays only up to ±3 EV.

  • Exposure bracketing

    2 / 3 / 5 frames (+/‑ 1/3, 2/3, 1 EV steps)

  • 7 frames (+/‑ 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 EV steps)

  • ISO bracketing

    3 frames (1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps)

  • AE lock


  • My Mode

    3 settings storable

  • Shadow Adjustment Technology

  • Flicker Scan: Available for M, S and silent mode (can be confirmed in Live View)

  • HDR bracketing

    3 / 5 frames (+/‑ 2 / 3 EV steps)

  • 7 frames (+/‑ 2 EV steps)


  • Max. number of frames

    2 frames (shooting)

  • 3 frames (editing)

  • Auto gain control


  • Frame assistance

    Live View

Light Metering

  • Method

    TTL open aperture light metering

  • Zones

    324 zones Multi‑pattern Sensing System

  • Detection range

    ‑2 ‑ 20 EV (17mm f2.8, ISO 100)

  • Modes
    • ESP light metering
    • Spot metering
    • Centre weighted metering
    • Highlight
    • Shadow

Art Filter

  • Modes
    • Pop Art
    • Soft Focus
    • Pale & Light Colour
    • Light Tone
    • Grainy Film
    • Pin Hole
    • Diorama
    • Cross Process
    • Dramatic Tone
    • Gentle Sepia
    • Key Line
    • Water colour
    • Vintage
    • Partial Colour*
    • Bleach Bypass
    • Instant Film
  • Variation / Effect


  • Art Filter bracketing

    Art Filters selectable


  • Auto

    (customisable, default ISO LOW ‑ 6400)

  • Manual

    ISO LOW ‑ 25600 in 1/3 or 1 EV ISO steps


  • Shutter type

    Computerised focal‑plane shutter

  • Self timer

    2s / 12s / Custom

Shutter Speeds

  • Shutter speed range

    1/8000 ‑ 60s (in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps)

  • Bulb mode

    Up to 30 minutes (selectable longest time in the menu, default: 8 minutes)

  • High res shot
  • Shutter type

    Electronic shutter

  • Shutter speed

    1/8000 ‑ 60s

  • Start delay

    0, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1, 2, 4, 8, 15. 30s

  • Resolution

    JPEG: 8160 x 6120 / 5760 x 4320 RAW: 10368 x 7776

  • Equivalent to 50M / 25M pixel sensor (8 shots combined into a single JPEG using sensor shift)

  • Available in P/A/S/M mode

  • You need to install Olympus Workspace to develop on a PC.

  • Anti shock mode
  • Shutter type

    Electronic first curtain shutter

  • Shutter speed

    1/320* ‑ 60s

  • Start delay

    0, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30s

  • * For speeds over 1/320 sec., mechanical shutter will automatically be selected.

  • Silent mode
  • Shutter type

    Electronic shutter

  • Shutter speed

    1/32000 ‑ 60s

  • Start delay

    0, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1, 2, 4, 8, 15. 30s

  • Flicker Scan
  • Stills

    1/7634 ‑ 1/50s

  • Movies

    1/250 ‑ 1/30s *

  • * Frame rates greater 30fps are limited to their reciprocal value

White Balance

  • AUTO WB system

    Advanced detection system with Live MOS sensor

  • Manual White balance (One-Touch)


  • White balance bracketing

    3 frames / +/‑ 2, 4, 6 mired steps

  • One-touch white balance

    4 custom settings can be registered

  • Custom WB

    1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (2000K ‑ 14000K)

  • Preset values
    • Tungsten
    • Flourescent 1
    • Sunlight
    • Flash
    • Overcast
    • Shade
    • Underwater
  • Auto Flash adjustment

    Off / Auto WB / Flash

  • Keep warm colour

    On / Off

Sequence Shooting

  • Speed (H)

    Approx. 10fps

  • Max. number of frames: RAW 150 / JPG (LF): Up to card capacity

  • Speed (L)


  • Max. number of frames: RAW / JPG (LF): Up to card capacity

  • Silent mode
  • Speed (H)

    Approx. 30fps

  • Max. number of frames: RAW 23 / JPG (LF): 26

  • Speed (L)

    Approx. 10fps

  • Max. number of frames: RAW 152 / JPG (LF): Up to card capacity

  • Pro Capture mode
  • Speed (H)

    Approx. 30fps

  • Speed (L)

    Approx. 10fps

  • Pre-shutter Frames

    0 - 14 frames (recorded by half release prior to full release)

  • Frame count limiter

    1- 99 frames / Off (unlimited frames) (incl. pre‑shutter frames)

  • Conditions

    Memory card: TOSHIBA SDHC UHS‑II R95 W90 EXCERIA™

  • When using the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12‑40mm f2.8 Pro

  • Maximum sequential shooting speed may be affected by several factors including lens used, brightness, aperture, shutter speed, and ISO setting.

  • The actual shooting speed may become slower than the set shooting speed by a few frames per second. When using ISO Bracketing, performance will be affected at ISO 2000 or above.

Image Processing

  • Colour space

    sRGB / AdobeRGB

  • Sharpness + Contrast

    5 levels

  • Contrast

    5 levels

  • Saturation

    5 levels

  • Black & White filter

    Yellow, Orange, Red, Green

  • Black & White toning

    Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green in Black & White mode

  • Picture mode
  • Gradation

    4 levels (auto, high key, normal, low key)

  • Engine

    TruePic VIII

  • Art Filter bracketing


  • Tele converter effect


  • Fisheye compensation

    Available when M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm Fisheye PRO is attached Angle of view adjustable in 3 levels Compensation automatically ON when using Underwater Modes, available (can be confirmed in Live View)


  • Type

    Detachable flash with bounce capability (bundled)

  • Modes
    • AUTO
    • Manual
    • Manual (Full, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64)
    • Red-eye reduction
    • Slow synchronisation with red-eye reduction
    • Slow synchronisation
    • Slow synchronisation 2nd curtain
    • Fill-in
    • Off
    • TTL-Auto
  • Flash compensation

    +/‑ 3 EV / 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps

  • Guide number

    12.9 (ISO 200)

  • X-sync speed


External Flash Control

  • X-sync speed

    1/250s / 1/8000s (Super FP Mode)

  • Type


  • Modes
    • Auto
    • Red-eye reduction
    • Slow synchronisation
    • 2nd curtain and slow synchronisation
    • Fill-in for exclusive flash
    • Manual
  • Intensity

    +/‑ 3 EV (1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps)

  • Note: Some functions are only available if they are supported by the external flash.

  • Compatible external flash

    FL‑14, FL‑20, FL‑36R, FL‑50R, FL‑300R, FL‑600R, FL‑700WR, FL‑900R, STF‑8

Wireless Flash Control

  • Number of channels

    4 channels

  • Compatible external flash

    FL‑36R, FL‑50R, FL‑300R, FL‑600R, FL‑700WR, FL‑900R

  • Control method

    Triggered and controlled by bundled flash

  • Group setting

    4 groups

  • Available when used together with cameras compatible with the Olympus wireless RC flash system.

  • Radio wireless control



  • Monitor type

    Vari‑angle LCD ‑ Touch Panel

  • Monitor size

    7.6cm / 3.0'' (3:2)

  • Resolution

    1037K dots

  • Brightness adjustment

    +/‑ 7 levels

  • Colour balance

    +/‑ 7 levels Vivid (default) / Natural

  • Touch Control fucntions
    • AF area enlargement
    • AF area selection
    • Art Filter
    • Enlargement
    • Enlargement playback
    • Frame forward/backward
    • Live Guide
    • Scene Modes
    • Shooting mode
    • Shutter release
    • Super Control Panel
    • Wifi connection

Level Gauge

  • Detection


  • Display

    Rear display and viewfinder

Super Control Panel

  • Displayed information
    • Battery indicator
    • Record mode
    • Shutter speed
    • Aperture value
    • Exposure compensation indicator
    • ISO
    • AE bracketing
    • AF frame
    • Focus mode
    • AEL notification
    • Face detection
    • Number of storable frames
    • Metering mode
    • Exposure mode
    • Exposure level view
    • Flash compensation value
    • Colour space
    • Gradation
    • Colour saturation compensation value
    • Sharpness compensation value
    • Contrast compensation value
    • White balance
    • White balance compensation value
    • Noise reduction
    • Flash mode
    • Drive mode
    • Internal temperature warning
    • Histogram

Recording Formats

  • RAW


  • RAW & JPEG

    Applied parallel recording

  • JPEG


  • Aspect ratio

    4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9 / 6:6 / 3:4

Image Size

  • RAW

    5184 x 3888 compressed

  • 5184 x 3888 Fine (compression: 1/4)

Still Image Recording

  • EXIF


  • DCF


  • RAW


Movie Recording System

  • Recording format


  • Picture mode


  • Time code

    Rec run / Free run

  • Drop frame / Non‑drop frame

  • Image Stabilisation Mode

    Applied Sensor shift

  • M‑IS1 (Image sensor shift and electronic image stabilizer with multi motion IS)

  • M‑IS2 (Image sensor shift with multi motion IS)

  • 4K Movie quality

    4096 x 2160 (C4K) / 24p / IPB (approx. 237 Mbps)

  • 3840 x 2160 (4K) / 30p, 25p, 24p / IPB (approx. 102 Mbps)

  • HD Movie quality

    Full HD 1920 x 1080 (16:9) / 30p, 25p, 24p / ALL‑I (A‑I), IPB (SF, F, N) (MOV)

  • Full HD 1920 x 1080 (16:9) / 60p, 50p / IPB (SF, F, N) (MOV)

  • HD 1280 x 720 (16:9) / 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p / ALL‑I (A‑I), IPB (SF, F, N) (MOV)

  • ALL‑I: ~ 202 Mbps

  • FullHD IPB (SF: ~52Mbps, F: ~30Mbps)

  • HD IPB (SF: ~26Mbps, F: ~14Mbps, N: ~10Mbps)

  • Maximum Recording Time

    29min (MOV)

  • Max. file size

    4GB (AVCHD)

  • Exposure Modes
    • Aperture priority
    • Manual
    • Programme automatic
    • Shutter priority
  • * Frame rate may drop when using certain art filter

  • Class 10 or higher SD card is recommended for movie shooting

  • UHS‑II or UHS‑I U3 card is recommended for ALL‑I shooting

Movie Specialties

  • High-Speed Recording

    1920x1080 (MOV) / 120fps

  • Time lapse

    4k, 1080p, 720p (AVI Motion JPEG®)

  • Fast motion


  • Slow motion


  • Movie clips

    1, 2, 4, 8s

  • (Extension up to 16s by pressing record button before clip ends.)

  • Movie effects
    • Multi shot echo
    • One shot echo
    • Art fade
    • One push tele-converter
    • Old Film
  • Art Filter
    • Cross Process
    • Diorama
    • Dramatic Tone
    • Gentle Sepia
    • Grainy Film
    • Key Line
    • Light Tone
    • Pale & Light Colour
    • Pin Hole
    • Pop Art
    • Soft Focus
    • Vintage
    • Partial Colour*
    • Bleach Bypass
  • * 18 colours selectable

  • Frame rate limited to 30fps or lower

  • HDMI Live View
  • Monitor mode

    Video signal and info display is processed

  • While recording, footage is simultaneously displayed on the HDMI monitor and on the camera, but the info display is shown only on either one of the two.

  • While playing movies, footage is simultaneously displayed on the HDMI monitor (normal size) and on the camera (normal size or enlarged).

  • Record mode

    Only video signal is processed

  • Movie quality is set to YCbCr 4:2:2 (8 bit), frame rate follows movie setting (24p, 30p and 60p settings are not recommended.), and sound will be recorded.

  • Flicker Scan

    Available in M mode (can be confirmed in Live View)

Sound Recording System

  • Internal microphone


  • Recording format

    High quality sound recording (Stereo linear PCM/24‑bit, Sampling frequency 96kHz)

  • Stereo PCM/16bit, 48kHz, Wave Format Base

  • Image footage


  • Speaker


  • Microphone functions
    • Wind Noise Reduction
    • Recording Volume
    • Volume limiter
    • Audio Dubbing
  • Linking Olympus PCM Recorders
  • Functions

    Slate Tone / Synchronised Audio Rec‑Movie Rec

  • Compatible with: LS‑100

Image Editing

  • Editing functions
    • RAW data edit
    • Red-eye reduction
    • Sepia
    • Black & White
    • Resize
    • Correction of saturation
    • Correction of brightness
    • Correction of colour balance
    • Shadow Adjustment
    • Trimming
    • e-Portrait
    • Aspect ratio


  • Menu languages in camera

    English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croatian, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovak, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian

Customisation Options

  • Fn Button


  • My Mode

    1 setting storable (Can be set to mode dial.)

  • Factory reset

    Full / Basic

  • Programmable button



  • Media

    SD Memory Card (SDHC, SDXC, UHS‑I, UHS‑II compatible) Class 10 or higher SD card is recommended for movie shooting UHS‑II or UHS‑I U3 card is recommended for 4K, C4K, ALL‑I shooting.

  • HDMI™

    Applied Micro connector (Type D) *

  • USB 2.0 High Speed


  • Wireless connectivity
    • WiFi
    • Bluetooth®
  • * "HDMI", the HDMI logo and "High‑Definition Multimedia Interface" are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.

  • Hot shoe


  • Communication method

    Bluetooth® Ver.4.2 BLE

  • Microphone jack

    3.5 ø mm mini‑jack

Wi-Fi Functions

  • Easy Connection

    QR code setting

  • Wireless Shooting
    • Live View
    • Power off
    • Rec View
    • Self timer
    • Touch AF & Shutter
    • P/A/S/M exposure modes
    • Bulb mode
    • Zoom
    • Movie recording
    • Live Composite
    • Short movie

Power Supply

  • Battery

    BLS‑50 Lithium‑Ion Battery (included)

  • Sleep mode

    1, 3, 5, 10 min. and off selectable.

  • Battery life
  • Image shooting

    310 shots (using Toshiba SDHC UHS‑I Card Exceria with IS on, with no flashes attached , based on CIPA test standards)

  • Movie recording

    60min (standard JEITA conditions) 110min (when zoom and other operational functions are not used)

  • USB charging

    Performance varies depending on different USB devices


  • Temperature

    ‑10 ‑ 40°C Operating temperature / ‑20 ‑ 60°C storage temperature

  • Humidity

    30 ‑ 90% operation humidity / 10 ‑ 90% storage humidity


  • Width


  • Height


  • Depth


  • Weight

    414g (including battery and memory card)

  • 366g (body only)


  • Available Colours
    • Black
    • Silver

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