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Olympus E-M5 III, long ahead
  • Some wild speculation about specs

    • 20.4MP sensor
    • Improved IS
    • High Res Shooting mode
    • Improved AF
    • 4K video 30fps
    • 1080p at 120fps
    • Improved position of ports
    • Dual SD card slots
    • Built in ND filter
    • Log gamma curve for flat recording
    • Built in audio high pass filters
    • Audio monitoring without adding the grip
    • Programmable focus shift
    • Focus Peaking with colour options
    • Ability to adjust Continuous AF speed in video


    From my side I can say that some list items are definitely true, some won't happen.

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  • In my view:

    • True: 20.4MP sensor, Improved IS (half a stop), High Res Shooting mode, Improved AF (but probably only CDAF, PDAF still a E-M1 exclusivity), 4K video 30fps,1080p at 120fps, Improved position of ports, Log gamma curve for flat recording,Audio monitoring without adding the grip, Programmable focus shift, Focus Peaking with colour options

    • Don't see in future: Dual SD card slots, Built in ND filter, Built in audio high pass filters, Ability to adjust Continuous AF speed in video

  • The E-M5III will have USB charging

    Such way they do not need to supply any charger.

  • Olympus E-M5III will not be announced in September. It’s very likely we will see it in October.


    If it has good 4k + phase detect AF + IS + flippy screen it is going to be the vloggers camera to have. I'm considering selling my G85 and go with Olympus because of the phase detect AF.

  • @cas1

    Don't be so sure, as Olympus can have any strange restrictions, from time to bitrate and more.

    If you want really good AF for video - look for latest generation of Canon Dual Pixel Cameras, it is way better than any PDAF (btw PDAF can be ignored fully for video!).

  • I was looking into the OMD EM1-II, since the new firmware 3.0 - 3.1 it's has gained PDAF in video, and from the video's I've seen it looks acceptable as it's not hunting with normal light, unlike my G85. But I know of Olympus' strange restrictions and would for sure love to see Panasonic to use PDAF, but they won't. And really what I want is smooth focussing without the hunting and pulsing. I've posted at numerous comment's suggestions of how I believe can do that with they current DFD, by continuously measuring the amount of blur and estimating the subjects distance while pulling focus. I like the M34 form factor and I think it's very suited for my outdoor activities.

  • From the samples that I've saw, the AF in vídeo of the Firmware 3.0 in the E-M1 MK II looks good - a bit under Sony, Canon and Fuji, but WAY better than Panasonics, and very usable.

  • If the E-M5-3 delivers something near the above video, I think it will be a winner, and it will for sure Panasonic to up their autofocus ability.

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    • Truepic VIII processor to boost performances and integrate the functions like handled high res shot
    • It has a new stabilization unit with IS up to 5,5 EV steps
    • Its less compact, it’s a bit lighter (366g body only)
    • Announced October 17th, price starting at 1199€ body only and kit with 12-40 and 12-200
    • 20.4 Mp sensor,
    • 5,184 x 3,888 stills
    • Video definitions:
      • C4K (4096 x 2160 pixels, 24p, IPB at 237 Mbps),
      • 4K UHD (3840 x 2160 pixels, 30p, 25p, 24p),
      • 1080p (100p, 50p, 60p, 30p, 25p, 24p), stereo sound
    • 5 axes on sensor stabilization
    • Anti-dust, anti-run-off, -10 ° C
    • Wi-Fi & Bluetooth: with OI Share app; connected shooting with Olympus Capture Wireless
    • Focusing: Dual Fast AF: 121 points / cross points for phase detection AF; 121 points / AF with contrast detection. All targets, single target (normal / small), group target (5 zones / 9 zones / 25 zones), custom target 1-4 (AF area and adjustable increment)
    • Burst shooting - 10 fps (AF-C, mechanical shutter)
    • Support for HDR and timelapse
    • OLED 2.36 Mp EVF, 100%, 0.69x, 27mm clearance, brightness and color temperature correction, anti-flicker
    • 1.04Mp LCD multi-directional touchscreen
    • Single SDXC / UHS-II card
    • USB 2.0, micro-HDMI, WiFi, microphone input, headphone output,
    • Battery - BLS-50 (about 310 images according to CIPA standards)
    • 125.3 x 65.2 x 49.7 mm
    • 414 g
  • Looks like a great little camera, but 1199 is a price too high. Will wait for the 999 price driop.

  • @MarcioK

    I'll wait for $399 refurbished in a year or two.

  • If the Phase Detect Auto Focus works good in both stills and video I think I'll be very happy with this camera. I plan on using it for my mountain hiking and underwater photography and video. This is close to a GH5, minus the 10 bit colour but with the added smooth non pulsing AF. I also like the lighter weight. Coming from the G80 I'm a bit weary of the Olympus menus, but hopefully I can customise a setting for speedy recordings of fleeting moments. I often find many menu options only offer a minute image improvement but needlessly increase the operation complexity to get the best image. I hope some day we get to configure our own body, dials and menu's. Just like cars offer different models and additional options. Maybe 3D printing will get us there.

  • More specs leak

    • $1199 (body only), $1799 (w/14-150mm lens)
    • 20 effective megapixels
    • TruePic VIII LSI
    • 3" Fully articulated LCD Touch Screen 1,040,000mdots
    • 0.68× EVF with 2,360,000 dots resolution
    • Video modes
      • 4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 237 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
      • 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
      • 3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
      • 3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
      • 1920 x 1080 @ 120p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
      • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
      • 1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
      • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 202 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
      • 1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 202 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
      • 1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 202 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
    • micro-HDMI and microphone input, lacks headphone output
    • Very old slow wireless - 802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth
    • BLS-50 lithium-ion battery & charger
    • 125 x 85 x 50 mm
    • 414 g