Olympus Mirrorless Camera Roundup - 2022

22 June 2021

Back in the days of film photography, Olympus made a name for themselves with a number of high-quality compact offerings, and in the digital age they have kept this ball rolling, with their popular range of Mirrorless cameras. With these cameras, which often look just like a rangefinder or DSLR camera of old, Olympus manages to expertly meld the two key features of this blossoming segment - portability and power.

There are quite a few models available in the Olympus Micro Four Thirds range, and with all of them featuring a notable retro charm, it can be hard for a beginner to spot the difference. Today we attempt to make these differences clearer, so you can add the right model to your camera bag.


Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV

  • 20MP Micro Four Thirds Sensor
  • Built-in 5-Axis Image Stabilisation (4.5 Stops)
  • 15 Frames per second Continuous
  • 4K Video Resolution

The Olympus E-M10 series of mirrorless cameras is a great place for beginners to start their Olympus Journey. The latest offering is this OM-D E-M10 Mark IV, and despite being incredibly company and simple for a novice to get the hang of, it includes numerous features that make it seem like a more advanced model.

As well as the 20MP Live MOS Sensor, this camera includes a built-in 5-Axis Image Stabilisation system, so you can capture high-quality, blur-free images, while still learning the basics of photography. Not just good for stills, this camera can record video, in 4K resolution no less, and it can capture up to 15 photos per second in a burst, which is speedy enough for kids and pets - most moving things for that matter. Other important additions include both a flip-down LCD screen and a EVF for composing images, and speedy autofocus. This is an entry-level offering that you can grow with.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III

  • 20MP Micro Four Thirds Sensor
  • Built-in 5-Axis Image Stabilisation (5.5 Stops)
  • Rugged, Weather-Sealed Build
  • 4K Video Resolution

Similar to the E-M10 Mark IV above, this Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III is a portable mirrorless camera, which is perfect for anyone wanting to upgrade from a compact digital camera for better photos, without settling for something heavy or bulky - this model is great for travel photography. Although portable, the E-M5 Mark III is tough enough for outdoor shooting, thanks to its weather-sealed build. 

Once again, this camera  has an EVF, while the LCD screen can be fully-articulated for shooting from tricky angles or using the 4K video on offer. Image stabilisation is once again built-in, with a slightly improved 5.5-stops of effectiveness, while in a unique feature the 20MP Live MOS sensor can be used to capture a 50MP high-res file using sensor shift technology - a trusty tripod is necessary to use this feature.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III

  • 20.4MP Micro Four Thirds Sensor
  • Built-in 5-Axis Image Stabilisation (7 Stops)
  • Rugged, Dust, Splash and Freeze-proof build
  • UHD 4K/30p video

Anyone looking to use their Mirrorless camera to explore their love of sports and action photography should consider adding the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III to their wishlist. The 20.4MP Live MOS sensor of this camera pairs up with Olympus’ TruePic IX processor which drastically improves operating and performance speeds, as well as overall image quality. This camera features a fast and accurate AF system with 121 AF points and advanced subject tracking, and it can shoot at up to 18 frames per second in a continuous burst.

Enthusiasts will find a lot to love about the E-M1 Mark III including a rugged weather-sealed body, dual SD card slots for managing the large number of files captured while burst shooting, and an advanced 5-Axis Image Stabilisation system - this one is good for up to 7-stops of stabilisation!

Olympus OM-D E-M1X

  • 20.4MP Micro Four Thirds Sensor
  • Built-in 5-Axis Image Stabilisation (7 Stops)
  • Rugged, Dust, Splash and Freeze-proof build
  • UHD 4K/30p video

To all of you demanding and serious gear enthusiasts, who are looking to explore the compact Micro Four Thirds range in order to cut back on the size of your DSLR gear, we recommend taking a look at the flagship Olympus OM-D E-M1X.

This camera is the most powerful of the bunch, both in terms of its premium weather-sealed build, and the fact that it includes a built-in battery grip - this feature allows it to utilise two batteries,  so it can capture around 870 shots before needing to stop to recharge. It is comfortable and intuitive to use both in the vertical and horizontal orientation, and it includes various points of customisation for professionals to tweak to their fancy.

The E-M1X is a match for advanced users, with UHD 4K video recording on offer, as well as 18 frames per second continuous shooting when using AF/AE tracking. The fast and accurate 121-pont AF system which we have seen in previous Olympus models is borrowed for this camera, and it helps users to explore the burst shooting and video recording successfully. Once again, Image Stabilisation is built into the body of this camera, while pairing it with certain compatible Olympus lenses can see an increase of stabilisation from 7-stops to 7.5-stops.


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