This is the moment, this is the time!!! I have been testing my (new) camera for the last few months and I LOVE IT. I had an Olympus compact camera before but changed to a different brand not that long after. I love making photos and play around with them in photoshop. Always did. Probably I would have become a photographer if I couldn’t be a pilot.
So I started to check out all different kind of cameras a few months ago and one of them that stand out for me was the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III. This camera was just brought out by Olympus and put in the market as “THE TRAVEL CAMERA”. That was exactly what I needed. A camera that I could use everywhere and as I don’t have a very big hand luggage suitcase I needed a camera that is not to heavy and not that big. With its dimensions of 12 by 5 by 8.5 centimeters this camera was perfect in size and fitted perfectly in my suitcase. I wanted to have 4K filming possibilities and the camera must be stabilized because of my flying. This camera has it all. It didn’t take a long time to decide that I would take this Travel camera.
Because I played around with the camera quite a bit I want to show you some really great features that will help you decide to buy this or one of the other OM-D camera’s. I’ll talk a bit about the modes that are on this camera. The turn button is found on top of the camera with 2 other turn wheels.
Like almost any other camera this one has an AUTO mode as well. The difference is that Olympus has put so many smart programs in this camera that it somehow can figure out if you are making a portrait or a landscape or macro picture etc. So far not a single picture didn’t turn out well in this mode.
P/A/S/M modes are modes you find on other camera’s as well.
The Filming icon you can decide to film in >4K stabilized 30 frames per second or >Clips that gives you short clips and you can combine it easy to make nice short movies for Instagram or other blogs (it is not a mode that I use often as I edit a lot in adobe premiere when I film footage). The other mode is High speed, here there will be no audio and the camera will automatically go to 120 frames per second in HD. But there is one more mode. The one I use most. The normal camera mode that I have set to 1080P Full HD with 60 frames per second. With this mode, the camera is still fully stabilized and I can slow down my footage to 50% which makes awesome slow-mo’s. Below this article, you will find some of the video’s that I’ve made with the camera to convince you.
ART mode gives you a selection of filters that you can apply directly to your photo’s. You can see it as the filters that you can add in Instagram. At first, I didn’t use this option on the camera at all but after a while, I started playing around with it and it’s actually quite funny because there are better options than on Instagram.
AP (advanced Photo) mode, this option gives you a selection of 9 separate modes that you can select on the big touchscreen. In the picture, you can see what these modes do. I often use the silent mode in this option for example if you have to take pictures without people noticing (I’m a spy). Also, the Keystone Compensation gives you a variety of options, for example, straighten a building a little bit without using difficult photo editing software. It’s easy to use and if you don’t understand it the camera will explain it to you before using the mode.
NOW THE BEST OF THE BEST!
SCN mode, this is where Olympus really put a lot of effort and I could talk about this part for days. It works so well. As soon you put the turn button on top on SCN mode the screen will give you 6 options: People/Nightscapes/motion/scenery/indoor and close-ups. Depending on that you want to make a photo off you just press on the screen the option you would like to select like “nightscapes”. As you press on it will give you 6 new options that Olympus optimized the camera for. Every option out of these 6 gives you the best camera setting for this sort of photo. One of the best is the middle mode (handheld starlight) I LOVE THIS SETTING. Really Love. I’ll use this as an example but you will get the point. My job as a pilot always made it difficult to make clear pictures in a plane because it is always moving and it blurs up every picture because I couldn’t keep it steady enough. That changes with Olympus, they build in a stabilizer in the camera and in the lens that works together, if you select the handheld starlight mode it will make a few pictures and combines them together. Because of this mode, you will have no blur or any pixels that are unclear. I can use it in the aircraft without any problems. SCN has many more modes that can help you set up the camera and is like your phone press and play action. So easy to use. This mode I will never get bored off using, anyway with the 27 modes you will be busy for a while.
The other thing this camera has is WIFI, you can control the full camera using your phone. Select modes and even mechanically zoom in and out to make a picture. You can directly download your photo’s from your camera to your phone in the blink of an eye.
I want to tell you a bit more of the lenses because I could really talk for hours about this camera. Olympus made it possible to set up your so-called system camera the way you want it. I have the standard pancake lens and the M.Zuiko 14-150mm 1:4-5,6 tele-zoom lens. The tele-zoom is a good allrounder and this is the one I take with me everywhere. But there are so many lenses that you can use. All “‘Micro Four Third” lenses fit on this camera what means you don’t have to stay with one brand. (click here to find out more)
I’m currently saving money to buy the M.ZUIKO PREMIUM DIGITAL 45mm 1:1.8. I have been testing this lens and is truly amazing in combination with this camera’s for beautiful portraits and also very good for landscapes.
Below you find some of the video’s that I’ve made with my Olympus OM-D E-M10 MARK III.
If you are interested in buying one, do it before 15 of january 2019 to get cash back on your camera. (press here)