The Olympus E-M5 Mark III is at last here! We have plenty of early content to get you started (UPDATE)


posted Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 2:00 AM EDT

Olympus E-M5 Mark III Overview • Field Test Pt. 1 • Lab Samples

UPDATE - 10:30am: In addition to the E-M5 III, Olympus has also announced the new E-PL10. This camera is being introduced to the Japanese and Chinese markets only at this time. See down below for more details.


Say hello to the Olympus E-M5 Mark III, and we here at IR couldn't be happier. It's been almost 5 years since we were treated to the E-M5 Mark II, a camera that we felt was a vast improvement over the already-solid original E-M5. And as such we've certainly waited a long, long time!

But the wait seems to be well worth it from what we've seen so far, and that's been quite a bit. Olympus was kind enough to take us shooting in scenic Moab, Utah, for a few days with the camera, to showcase not only its imaging prowess but also its resistance to things like desert dust. Our Senior Editor William Brawley was there to capture it all and has our first Field Test waiting for you.

Olympus E-M5 III image from Moab, Utah (William Brawley)

And of course, we have our signature E-M5 III Overview for you, as Jeremy Gray shares all the latest details new to the line. And lastly, we've been able to wrangle our signature First Shots for you, for analyzing the image quality across the available ISO range as well as comparing the camera to the competition in our Comparometer.

The all-new 20MP Micro Four Thirds Olympus E-M5 Mark III


So dive into our comprehensive coverage of the new and exciting Olympus E-M5 Mark III!

Olympus E-M5 Mark III OverviewField Test Pt. 1Lab Samples



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Announced alongside the E-M5 Mark III, Olympus also debuted the compact and stylish E-PL10 camera, the successor to the PEN E-PL9. Much like its predecessor, the E-PL10 features a stylish yet ultra-compact design, making it a highly portable interchangeable-lens camera. The camera features amenities such as a flip-down screen for front-facing shooting, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, 3-axis in-body image stabilization (3.5-stops) and 4K video recording.


Powered by the latest TruePic VIII image processor and the same 16-megapixel Live MOS Four Thirds sensor as its predecessor, the E-PL10 nonetheless offers a host of stills and video features. In addition to regular RAW and JPEG image capture, the E-PL10 also offers Live Composite and Live Time shooting functions as well as HDR modes and a built-in sweep panorama mode. The camera, too, offers a healthy array of art filters and special effects as well as an AP (Advanced Photo) mode. 4K UHD video is recorded at up 30p, with 24p also available, and Full HD video up to 60fps. There is also a built-in 4K time-lapse movie mode.

The autofocus system remains contrast-detect-only, but offers 121 total user-selectable AF points, and continuous burst shooting modes offer up to 8.6fps in Sequential High mode or 4.8fps in Sequential Low.

Pricing and availability have not yet been announced, however, the Olympus E-PL10 will be offered in three different colors, black, white and brown. The camera will be sold kitted with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ zoom lens.