There are indeed some very exciting updates with this new camera. Improved noise control, Dynamic Range, a new sensor, faster processor, new menu, new EVF etc etc. There are some niggles too; I can excuse no charger being included although it has raised some shakkles, I do wish the baseplate had been retained because that makes an L bracket awkward and it will take time before any are available, and there is a missed opportunity for some features being added to the Super Control Panel and rear lever. On the whole there are some great improvements.
Will it make me a better photographer? Do I need to upgrade? Of course not. The old adage that ‘it is the artist not the brush’ rings true, and the E-M1 MK3 is still a very competent camera, it has not suddenly become a poor tool. For me it is important to keep up with the latest releases for workshops, and there are some features that will make life easier mainly with the extra processor speed. I have no doubt I will use High Res more, and may even explore wildlife. The new sensor will no doubt improve long exposures, and the new EVF is something I’m very excited about having found I do get a lot of fatigue from using the existing EVF (I rarely use the rear screen, using a viewfinder connects me with the scene far better). There is enough here to warrant being an early adopter for me personally.
Should you upgrade is a question I have had a lot, and it is an impossible question to answer, it is up to you. From the E-M1 MK2 there are significant differences and it’s easy to say go for it. From the MK3 it is harder to say, from a landscaper perspective. For wildlife there are significant improvements, even over the 1x, and video too if that is your thing.
There is no doubt this is an important camera and perhaps a milestone, being the first one released by OMD-S, and the last to bear the Olympus name. And it is not a new camera just with a badge on it, much of the technology and features are Olympus, many of the engineers stayed with the new company, and Olympus have a vested interest in seeing a successful future for OMD-S for obvious reasons, otherwise they would not want their name on it. I am pretty sure there will have been some input from Olympus.
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