Olympus OM-D E-M10 III

This is the third version of Olympus’s entry-level OM-D E-M10. It’s a mirrorless camera with a Micro Four Thirds sensor and a very compact DSLR-style design with a ‘pentaprism’ on the top plate that actually houses an electronic viewfinder.

Although the E-M10 III is the cheapest camera in Olympus’s OM-D line, it’s much more sophisticated than the average beginner’s camera, with a range of auto, semi-auto and manual exposure modes, a fast and quite sophisticated autofocus system, twin control dials (most cameras at this level have just one) and the ability to shoot 4K video.

The Micro Four Thirds sensor is around half the size of the APS-C sensors in rival mirrorless cameras and DSLRs, and Olympus has stuck with an older 16-megapixel sensor rather than the new 20-megapixel sensor found in its latest high-end models. This sensor still gives very good results, though, despite its size, and delivers especially good dynamic range. One of the key benefits of the smaller sensor is that both the camera bodies and their lenses are substantially smaller and lighter than rival cameras, and if its fitted with Olympus’s EZ 14-42mm ‘pancake‘ zoom the OM-D E-M10 III makes an extremely good travel camera that would fit easily in a shoulder bag or perhaps a jacket pocket.

Olympus cameras have a range of unique shooting modes and Art Filters for photographic experimentation, plus a class-leading 5-axis in-body stabilisation system that works with any Olympus lens. It also has a tilting touch-screen display and an impressive maximum continuous shooting speed of 8.6fps.

Perhaps a little daunting to outright beginners, the OM-D E-M10 III is probably best treated as a very compact enthusiasts camera that’s well suited to any kind of photography but especially street and travel photography.