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Tetsuro Shimizu

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A small and lightweight camera system is something I always strongly feel is worth using. The OM-D E-M5 Mark III is so small and so light that it can be held unobtrusively in one hand- even if you’re shooting and moving around with it for a long time it doesn't wear you out. What’s more, when shooting snap work its small size doesn't intimidate a subject or make you stand out in a crowd. Yet despite its compact size it has the same image sensor as the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and has a TruePic VIII image processing engine. This means that it gives you the same AF speed and high-quality image quality. In addition, the camera has a reliable dustproof, weather proof construction and a viewfinder that’s clear and easy to see. The body has a maximum of 5.5 steps of “Strong Image Stabilization” and 6.5 steps of 5-axis synchronized image stabilization. That’s as strong as the higher-end models.

Let’s take a look at some actual photos taken with it. Photos 1 to 3 are of soccer players who practice in a park in the evenings. Although the light was fading as I shot, the E-M5 Mark III’s auto-focus was able to follow the subjects with no problem. However, since a normal flash would have been difficult in this situation, I used a FL-900R and a FL-700WR with the FR-WR receiver and Commander FC-WR to get these shots. This setup allowed me to capture a dynamic moment as a high-impact image with multiple flashes. Photo 3 was shot at ISO 6400 with a flash but the sensitivity performance is so good it doesn’t look noisy. Photos 4 to 7 are of a rickshaw driver, the kind you often see in popular sightseeing areas. For these pictures I changed lenses for each scene. The E-M5 Mark III’s continuous shooting mode offered me the speed to capture a rickshaw- and thanks to this I was able to capture the idea of “motion and stillness” exactly as imagined.

Photos 8 through 10 are snapshots taken around the city. Using the camera’s powerful in-body image stabilization and a professional lens with a large aperture I was able to shoot at ISO 200 even as it got dark. Each of these ten images were shot hand-held. Depending on the work I am able to change the aspect ratio or RAW setting in the field- I’m even able to apply an art filter. Despite its compact size the E-M5 Mark III is capable to surely handle a variety of jobs and is something that will continue to play an active role in my photography.

OM-D E-M5 Mark III

OM-D E-M5 Mark III

High Performance Packed into a Compact, Lightweight Body.
The OM-D E-M5 Mark III Delivers Authentic Shooting in a Seamless Way.

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