GLOBAL PRO GALLERY
The OM-D E-M1 Mark III is a fantastic upgrade from all the previous iterations and a top choice for anyone looking at getting a professional camera body. While the OM-D E-M1X is obviously the flagship of flagships in the OM-D line, I would have much preferred the camera in a smaller form factor, and that’s what we got with this new iteration.
It has every conceivable feature and function you would want from an OM-D camera. While many of the interesting and quip worthy features like Live ND and handheld high res mode will most certainly get splashed across the headlines. It’s the fundamentally important features like improved AF, eye-AF, negligible shutter lags, and even a seemingly brighter and sharper EVF that jumps out at me when it comes to my assessment of this new camera. It just gets the job done for me, both leisurely and professionally.
With the previous iterations, the auto-focus is already amazing both in the day and low light situations. Couple that with a new processor, the E-M1 Mark III performs like a beast. There is close to no shutter lag or slowdowns after each shot is taken. I don’t find myself missing any moments as a result of how zippy the entire camera feels. I have no qualms using it in any situation, even for wedding/event photography where moments are critical.
The ”PRO” moniker gets thrown around very loosely nowadays. Having worked with high-end DSLRs for the majority of my career, I personally reserve the ”PRO” body moniker to a very high standard. It needs to have dual card slots, it has to make my job easier by getting the moments I need with ease. It needs to have the hardiest of exterior to ensure I can work in any environment without worry.
As good as the previous iterations were and that I was able to get quality images out of them, I cannot deny that there have always been some quirks here and there that I had to work around with and this has prevented them from being truly great for all professionals in my humble opinion.
The changes in the E-M1 Mark III may seem more evolutionary at first glance, I must say this is quite possibly the first camera (small form factor) in the Micro Four Thirds lineup that I would deem truly professional-grade and I know I will be trying to get my hands on one (or possibly two) of these babies the very first day it hits the streets.