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E-M10 Mark III • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm PRO • 1:4.0 • 1/250s • ISO 320

When I opened the package, I was thrilled to see what was inside - the new E-M10 Mark III to replace my beloved E-M10 that once led me into the world of the Micro Four Thirds system. At that time, leaving behind the last SLR camera from Olympus - the E-5 - and holding small E-M10 in my hands almost felt like a revolution. It seemed so new, so small and different, and yet it was an Olympus through and through.

I chose the E-M10 Mark III in silver. Although I personally prefer a completely black camera, the OM-D retro look fits the small Mark III beautifully. Its sleek look is remarkably innovative. And looks are always deceiving- it feels just as wonderful as it looks when held in your hands. The case and buttons are so easy to use. No crunching or wobbling. It may not have a handle, but you can easily hold the E-M10 Mark III in one hand using the mini-grip on the E-M1 series. The slightly rough surfaces on the front, back and operating panel are pleasant to the touch and are not slippery. The buttons and wheels are placed as typical for Olympus which made it easy to get used to the new camera after only a few minutes.

E-M1 Mark II • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7‑14mm PRO • 1:2.8 • 1/160s • ISO 200

The same can be said about software and menu management. Everything is right where it needs to be. This is typical with every new camera from Olympus. The E-M10 Mark III has an incredibly light-weight and chic design. I remember traveling around the world with the first E-M10, and how it shocked the pros - they couldn't believe that this little thing was the only camera that I wanted to use to shoot all of my photos!

I imagine the E-M10 Mark III would have the same effect with its light, compact design that attracts attention. This little beauty hides an incredibly great achievement.

E-M10 Mark III • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7‑14mm PRO • 1:2.8 • 1/320s • ISO 200

To test the E-M10 Mark III, I went on a trip and stayed overnight on the top of Pilatus (2128 m) in the canton of Obwalden. The weather was far from perfect. It was very cloudy and a thick mist surrounded the summit. Hoping to catch the sunset, I ran to the highest viewpoint. It rained a bit, but luckily I had a rain jacket. Since it was so small, I could easily carry the E-M10 Mark III in my jacket pocket and quickly take it out to take photos, as I did with the E-M10. What is unimaginable for other photographers is simply a part of my everyday life. Normally, a photographer needs both hands or a tripod to hold his camera. You can pack up everything only to unpack it all again to take a photo, or, take photos quickly and easily with the E-M10 Mark III - much like a Smartphone. I could shoot at any time using one hand.

E-M10 Mark III • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm PRO • 1:1.8  Fisheye • 1/800s • ISO 200

E-M10 Mark III • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm PRO • 1:1.8  Fisheye • 1/250s • ISO 200

The camera is so light and small, you hardly notice it. You can use it with only one hand - use your thumb and index finger to use all the buttons and wheels. The mechanisms adapt to change quickly and perfectly, and their resistance is not too weak or too strong - the wheels rotate in specific, controlled steps and it's difficult to accidentally press the keys. I was able to take photos in tight spaces by climbing with my left hand while holding the camera in my right hand. Its small handle is perfect for holding the E-M10 Mark III securely.

E-M10 Mark III • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm PRO • 1:1.8  Fisheye • 1/400s • ISO 200

The speed of the new E-M10 Mark III is excellent. It has a much faster processor than the original E-M10. It responds quickly to all commands and functions. Menu navigation and settings, playback of photos and videos - all work extremely quickly. I had to shoot quickly to capture gaps in the thick fog. The camera responded immediately and I could catch every moment, and while waiting, I could delete unwanted photos.

E-M10 Mark III • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm PRO • 1:1.8  Fisheye • 1/200s • ISO 200

The E-M10 Mark III and the 8 mm PRO are an excellent team; small, light and ready for the open road. When you're not using your camera, it sits comfortably in your jacket pocket, along with the lens.

E-M10 Mark III • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm PRO • 1:1.8  Fisheye • 1/640s • ISO 400

After a brief nap, the weather cleared up just before midnight, and I could finally see the clear night skies. I didn't make it to the top just to spend the night - I wanted to capture shooting stars! One or two would flash across the sky again and again, sometimes big, sometimes small. I quickly set up my tripod with the E-M10 Mark III and 8 mm f1.8 PRO. The tiny camera looked a little silly on the massive tripod. But it worked well against the strong winds and the camera didn't move for a long time. Far below was the city of Lucerne and Lake Lucerne with the bright moon high above - far from optimal lighting and a great challenge for the E-M10. I selected the Live Composite feature, and simply waited while the camera took exposures of Lucerne and the surroundings - changes in brightness were automatically recorded and appeared on Live View. It was not long before I was able to capture a few shooting stars. In contrast, leaving the camera to take exposures for half the night would have only captured star trails, and the shooting stars would have been unrecognizable. This would have also captured the planes flying over Lucerne, ruining the picture after only a few hours. Instead, I made several short, live composites (2-5 min) and then put a couple of them together to display all of the shooting stars in one photo.

E-M10 Mark III • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm PRO • 1:1.8  Fisheye • 2 Sec. • ISO 1600

The night passed quickly, and dawn could be seen on the horizon. This time I attached my 300 mm f4 PRO on a tripod with the E-M10 Mark III behind it. I made a panorama in 3 shots. The touchscreen was incredibly helpful. The highly-sensitive screen eliminates vibration caused by having to press down too firmly. This is essential for long focal lengths of 300 mm.

E-M10 Mark III • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm PRO • 1:4.0 • 1/1000s • ISO 200

Soon I saw that the clouds had returned, with only a few small gaps. As the sun rose, Lake Lucerne was enveloped by a beautiful light. To captured this, I put my E-M10 Mark III and the 7-14 mm PRO into both jacket pockets and ran up to the viewpoint. In no time at all, I was able to find the right setting thanks to the speed and usability of the E-M10 Mark III. I captured the scene just in time and took a panorama in 3 shots.

E-M10 Mark III • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7‑14mm PRO • 1:2.8 • 1/30s • ISO 200

The E-M10 Mark III is absolutely the best choice if you are looking for a compact, easy, fast and versatile travel companion. Let everyone else sweat and take long breaks when they attempt to explore the world. With the E-M10 Mark III and M.Zuiko lenses, you'll travel without the heavy baggage. Every time I'm travel with other photographers, I seem to excel in endurance and speed - not because I'm more athletic, but because I carry less extra weight on the move. I can capture photographs that are unattainable for the those who are weighed down and limited by their equipment. Thanks to the compact, stylish case, the possibilities are endless. You can use the 16 megapixels of the Mark III for taking quick shots or professional photos. Everything relies on the lens. And there is more than enough for MFT! This is the perfect pocket camera for traveling. With the macro lens, the E-M10 Mark III turns into a professional macro camera - you could not find another small macro lens that could deliver the same results. With a Pancake lens, the Mark III is not that much bigger than a compact camera - but the photographic quality is beyond compare. The Mark III may disappear behind a telephoto lens, but it takes photos of the same quality as its larger relatives. And with wide angle / Fisheye, you can capture brand new perspectives with one hand, thanks to the camera's exceptionally light weight. The Mark III is a testament to the fact that achieving quality does not have to be a challenge. Whether you use it as your main camera or as a backup, it simply is a necessity while traveling. The EM 10 Mark III belongs in your pocket.

E-M10 Mark III • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7‑14mm PRO • 1:2.8 • 1/400s • ISO 200

  • Anonymous

    Nice pictures but then all on PRO lenses. It would have been instructive to see some results with a 14-42 pancake which is probably what most M10s will be sold with. Also how weatherproof is the camera? Its predecessor wasn't - I was steered towards the M5 because I wanted to work predominantly outside so needed weather/dust proofing. Dave, Surrey

  • Anonymous

    Could be a perfect travel combination with 14-150mm in a Kit.

    Wonderful pictures!

  • Anonymous

    THE AUTHOR COMES with some interesting remarks here but perhaps misses some spare time to complete his account on this new camera. He leaves the main points out of his report: how does the Mark III bear with the original (except for the processor speed)? How does the 4k work, this is the main asset over the original which had mediocre video.
    Written as it is, 99% of could have been a story of the original model.
    The very outset of this try-out seems to me unrealistic. Who would make extreme savings on weight and cost of the body, as well as of the sensor size, to combine it with some of the heaviest, most cumbersome and expensive lenses available for the MFT? OK, in an urban environment perhaps, or for the test purposes, but certainly not on an alpine climb or a long hike.
    The shooting stars arrangement is very nice indeed. The composition of the stars ideal. It looks almost like fireworks, but I would prefer their actual position on the sky that night.
    Miško,  the Netherlands

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