A few week earlier than formally unveiling the E-M1 Mark III, Olympus invited a small group of journalists to test-drive its newest toy on a area journey to Costa Rica. Regardless of my reluctance to depart the chilly New York winter behind, I made a decision to courageous the tropical climate and crystalline waters to provide the digital camera a rundown under launch. We go into extra element in our announcement submit; what follows are my first impressions after utilizing the digital camera for just a few days.

Disclaimer: Olympus paid for journey and lodging for this journey. Regardless of this, the corporate had no say within the contents of this text, and it’s my objective to stay as goal as potential.

Nonetheless, I can’t say I’m completely unbiased; I just about began my journey as a photographer on Micro 4 Thirds, and have been capturing on Olympus our bodies for practically a decade. The E-M1 MKIII is a superb reminder of each how far Olympus‘ efficiency has come – and the way I want it will attain a bit additional.

It was straightforward sufficient to get my bearings across the Mark III as soon as I obtained my palms on it, although there are just a few modifications which may make these upgrading from the Mark II do a double-take. The addition of a joystick for setting your AF goal is the obvious one, additionally permitting the digital camera to exchange the earlier AF goal button with a devoted ISO button.

A couple of different buttons have moved round too, however it shouldn’t take various minutes for Olympus customers to get acclimated.

The E-M1’s menus are additionally as dense as ever, making the digital camera extraordinarily customizable – practically each button, knob, or dial might be reconfigured – on the expense of some simplicity. It’s a trade-off I’m completely satisfied to take although; my most well-liked settings and management configurations are fairly completely different from Olympus‘ defaults, so I recognize the power to customise the digital camera to work for my explicit capturing fashion.

The customizability makes for a digital camera on which practically each characteristic you possibly can need is a button-press away, whereas I discover the ergonomics hit the candy spot between dealing with and portability. The chunky grip was appreciated when utilizing bigger lenses just like the 40-150mm F4, however with out being so cumbersome because the E-M1X (not to mention conventional DSLRs).

Total, the physique is a case of “if it ain’t broke, don’t repair it,” however I actually want Olympus had gone with a brand new viewfinder and touchscreen. They do the job – particularly with the viewfinder set to its excessive refresh charge mode – however the competitors has moved forward.

It’s an identical story with autofocus efficiency, lengthy a double-edged sword for mirrorless cameras. Whereas Olympus has all the time supplied among the quickest and most correct focusing within the enterprise, it’s autofocus monitoring has largely been a weak spot.

Unsurprisingly, the digital camera‘s “Steady Autofocus + Monitoring” mode was one of many first issues I attempted after I obtained the E-M1 MKIII. That is the autofocus mode that follows objects inside a body quite than the extra conventional one requiring you to intention the digital camera at your object of curiosity.