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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III

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Olympus has just announced a very exciting upgrade to the OM-D E-M1 Mark II.  Allow me to introduce you to the latest pro camera in the flagship group the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III.  Read on to learn about some cool new features and let you know my thoughts about this camera.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III

FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a review.  You know that I don’t make reviews.  I am an Olympus Visionary photographer, which means I am sponsored by Olympus.  But I assure you that all words, thoughts and opinions in this video are mine.  I’ve not been asked to write this article or make the video and I am not being paid to do so.

What’s New and Exciting in the OM-D E-M1 Mark III

I want to remind you that a year ago, I introduced the Olympus E-M1X in this video.  In that video and several of my TOGCHATS I talked about the track record that Olympus has with being the first to bring new technologies to the market.  Image Stabilization with a floating sensor, Face and Eye Detection, Live composite, Live ND, Intelligent Subject Detection Auto Focus, Hand Held Hi-Res Shot Mode, Built in Wifi tethering and the list goes on.  I also predicted that many of the new technologies that were introduced would make their way into smaller Olympus camera bodies in short time.  Here we are a year later and quite a few features from the E-M1X now exist in both the E-M5 Mark III and the new E-M1 Mark III which boasts an impressive amount of features derived from the E-M1X

This new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III makes use of the same 20mp sensor that is found in the E-M1X.  Now I know that those of you that are pixel peepers may be disappointed by that – but honestly, I am not.  I have images from my Olympus cameras that have been printed on a billboard at 48 feet wide.

ArtPop Street Gallery
My image on a billboard 48′ wide and 14′ tall

I’ve had giant prints displayed at trade shows 8 feet wide.  I love the feel of the 20mp Olympus sensor and the simple science is that at 20 megapixels that sensor is recording detail that your human perception system is not able to appreciate. So if you are thinking that bigger is better. . . well, not necessarily.  With bigger cameras comes more cost – more weight – more file size and storage needs – bigger processor and ram requirements for your computers – more processing and retouching time due to the unnecessary detail – and that list goes on.

The size, weight and form factor of the new OM-D E-M1 Mark III is almost identical to its predecessor, the OM-D E-M1 Mark II.  While there are a few cosmetic changes like moving the menu button to the top left of the camera – which is a change that I love, the two big changes to the exterior of the camera are both upgrades.

First is the addition of the “B” on the mode dial.  This allows you direct access to Bulb – Livetime and Live Composite from the top of the camera – instead of having to navigate the shutter speed all the way down to a time exposure by scrolling through all of the various shutter speeds.  Btw – Live Composite Images can now be recorded for up to 6 hours instead of the previous 3.  This is a huge bonus for night sky shooters.

The addition of the Multi-Selector toggle which allows you to access your Autofocus Target Modes as well as giving you the ability to choose a focus target point.  This toggle is controlled with your thumb and is much easier to manipulate on the fly than the arrow pad that the E-M1 Mark II and many other brands use. Both of these features first debuted on the E-M1X.

Camera features also include a TruePic IX processor which is new to Olympus cameras and also a key ingredient in the E-M1 Mark III’s ability to perform some of the more advanced features of the E-M1X using only one processor.

The OM-D E-M1 Mark III uses a 5-Axis in-body image stabilization system (IBIS) using the new gyro sensor that was developed for the E-M1X   and provides unrivaled image stabilization.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II - Rear View
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II – Rear View

When we talk about image quality, in addition to the improvements from the TruePic IX processor, the new Mark III also features a 50MP Hand Held Hi Res mode.  The camera composes the hi-res image by shooting 16 shots and using 320mp of pixel information – and it does it fast enough that you can shoot portraits – without a tripod.  The processing that occurs with this technique also creates a noise reduction effect that is equal to approximately 2 stops of ISO sensitivity.

Thanks to the incredible image stabilization, the OM-D E-M1 Mark III is capable of handheld shooting of four seconds with Olympus IS lenses like the 12-100mm zoom and the 300mm telephoto.  You can check out sites like Flickr and you will see handheld exposures much longer than 4 seconds with the EM-1X, so given the smaller size and lighter weight – I would expect the same if not more from the Mark III.

Another feature first released in the E-M1X, Live ND is now available in the Mark III as well.  Live ND allows you to get that slow shutter effect that landscape photographers love for moving water – without using neutral density filters.  The camera can create up to 5 steps of neutral density compensation in camera by taking a series of exposures and compositing them into one file.

In the near future I’ll have a video for you to demonstrate how you can create portrait shots like this one – using the Live ND feature!  So with a little creativity – it’s not just for landscape photographers.

The new TruePic IX processor has also allowed for the creation of a new face and eye autofocus algorithm which further improves autofocus speed and tracking performance.

And one of the coolest new features in the OM-D E-M1 Mark III  – Handheld starscape shooting with accurate autofocus.  Full disclosure. Until this past December – I had never photographed stars at night.  I had the amazing experience of spending an evening in the desert with my fellow Olympus Visionaries using this camera for the first time.  Several of the Visionaries like Peter Baumgarten, Alex McClure and Frank Smith are masters at photographing the night sky – so I asked a lot of questions in preparation for the evening.

I also knew from previous reading that one of the hardest aspects of shooting the night sky is getting the focus accurate.  Until now – autofocus simply doesn’t work on stars in the sky.  Just setting your lens to infinity on manual focus rarely works either.  As I talked to Alex, Peter and Frank, I learned that different people have different techniques for getting sharp images of the stars – but even the best of them will spend an evening outdoors shooting, only to come home with no sharp images.

While I am not going to win any awards for this shot, I am proud to say that this is one of my first ever night sky shots and it is tack sharp using the Starry AF focusing feature on the E-M1 Mark III.  For photographers who shoot the night sky this feature is a game changer.  It simply works and it does it with incredible accuracy and speed.

Night Sky shot with Starry AF
Night Sky shot with Starry AF on the OM-D E-M Mark III

Starry AF has two modes… Speed Priority which is the default and Accuracy Priority which is intended for use with a tripod and telephoto lenses.

The new OM-D E-M1 Mark III also uses the same coating on the supersonic wave filter that covers the sensor that was developed for the E-M1X.  This sensor vibration technology vibrates the sensor over 30,000 times per second which allows you to change lenses even in dusty environments and keep on shooting without fear of dust on your sensor.

Also developed for the E-M1X, the shutter unit is rated for an incredible 400,000 actuations.  Like the E-M1X, the Mark III can be charged via USB-C cable from a portable battery.  If you tether… when you are not actively shooting and you turn your camera off while the tether is still connected to your computer – the camera will charge via the USB-C cable connected to the computer.

Like the E-M1X, the Mark III also has the ability to create custom autofocus targets to best suit your style of shooting or your subject matter.

Also like the E-M1X, the new E-M1 Mark III has the ability to tether via wifi with no additional devices or cables needed and when used in conjunction with the Olympus OI Share app you can now update firmware via the app without having to connect the camera to a computer and you can use the app to backup – save and share your menu and custom settings.

My thoughts about the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III

This camera is now my primary camera.  Look, I love the E-M1X and still feel the same about it today as I did when I released my video introducing it last year.  That said, the new E-M1 Mark III includes all of these incredible feature upgrades with the same ergonomics and lightweight design as the E-M1 Mark II.  Remember the E-M1 Mark II, that’s the camera that convinced me to leave Nikon after 42 years and switch to Olympus – a move that I do not regret one bit.

I consider the OM-D E-M1 Mark III to be a professional camera with unrivaled ergonomics and portability.  And let’s face it, you can’t find another camera with the amount of features that are built into these Olympus cameras. Some of these features like Live Composite and Live ND are proprietary Olympus features.  No other brand has them.  The creative possibilities that we have because of these features is unrivaled in the industry.

Be sure to follow my Instagram and Flickr so that you can see images shot with the E-M1 Mark III as I post them.

Now go pick up that camera and shoot something because your BEST shot – it’s your NEXT shot.


Sensor / Dust Reduction on the OM-D E-M1 Mark III

Sensor Type 4/3″ Live MOS Sensor
Effective Pixels 20.4 million
Total Pixels 21.8 million
Aspect Ratio & Area 4:3 / 17.4 x 13.0mm
Dust Reduction Super Sonic Wave Filter


Processor Type TruePicTM IX

Focusing System on the OM-D E-M1 Mark III

AF System Type High-speed imager AF:  Imager phase detection AF and imager contrast AF used in combination
AF Working Range EV -3.5~20 (ISO approx.100, with
a f/2.8 lens)
Focusing Points / Focusing Points Selection Mode 121-point cross-type phase detection AF and 121-point contrast AF / All target, single target (normal / small), group target (5-area / 9-area / 25-area), custom target 1-4 (AF area and its increment steps selectable)
Focus Modes Single AF (S-AF)
Single AF (S-AF+MF)
Continuous AF (C-AF)
Continuous AF (C-AF+MF)
Manual Focus (MF)
AF tracking (C-AF + TR)
AF tracking (C-AF + TR+MF)
Preset MF
Starry sky AF (S-AF)
Starry sky AF (S-AF+MF)
C-AF Tracking Sensitivity Settings 5 steps
C-AF Center Priority Available
C-AF Center Start Available
AF Limiter Available
*Up to 3 distance settings can be saved
Magnified Frame 3x , 5x , 7x , 10x , 14x
*Autofocusing is possible in the magnified frame; can be assigned to button to turn magnify frame AF on/off and to activate magnification; touch icon on monitor to turn off; enables selection of focusing point from 800 or more.
Super spot AF Available*(Contrast AF in center of the monitor when magnified)
*Available only when a Micro Four Thirds lens is attached.
Face Detection AF / Eye Detection Available
Eye Detection AF mode : off / nearer-eye priority / right-eye priority / left-eye priority
AF Targeting Pad Available (activate / deactivate with double tap on rear monitor)
Manual Focus Assist Focus ring rotation activates Live View image magnification and/or focus peaking when in S-AF+MF or MF mode
Peaking Function Activate with Fn button or focus ring
Change peaking settings using the Info button
Color selection: white, black, red, yellow
Intensity selection: high, normal, low
Back light effect: on, off
AF Focus Adj. Adjust all, adjust by lens
(for Phase detection AF only)
AF Illuminator Available

Image Stabilization

System Type Built-in 5-axis sensor-shift
image stabilization
Modes 4 modes (S-IS AUTO, S-IS1, S-IS2, S-IS3), OFF
Live View Image Stabilization Activation by half-pressing shutter button or pressing AEL/AFL
button, enlarging view
Focal Length Setting 11 settings: 10 programmable
settings (10 lenses)
*Lenses without communication function can be registered
IS for Live View Image Activation by half-pressing shutter button or enlarging view
5-Axis Sync IS Available*
 *When using M.Zuiko Digital lenses
equipped with image stabilization 
Stabilization Performance Compensation steps (Body only):
*When using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED
12-40mm F2.8 PRO
Focal length: 40mm (35mm equivalent: 80mm)

Compensation steps (Sync IS): 7.5
*When using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO
Focal length: 100mm (35mm equivalent: 200mm), halfway release image
stabilization Off, Frame rate: High

Lens IS Priority Available

Shutter / Sequential Shooting

Shutter Type Focal-plane shutter (mechanical
shutter) 1/8000 – 60 sec, Live Bulb, LiveTime, Live Composite
Electronic first curtain shutter
1/320 – 60 sec
*Shutter speed faster than 1/320 sec will be
automatically switched to mechanical shutter.
Electronic shutter (Silent mode) 1/32000 – 60
*Settings for sound, AF illuminator, and flash
can be set to ON/OFF separately, default setting is Off for all three

Flicker Scan     Video recording 1/30
– 1/250.0        Still 1/50.0 –
*Video recording S/M mode, Still S/M silent mode
Shooting Maximum Speed
*When using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO
[Sequential shooting H] approx
15 fps with selectable 10-15 fps
[Sequential shooting L] approx 10 fps with selectable 1-10 fps
[Anti-shock sequential shooting L] approx 8.5 fps
[Silent sequential shooting H] approx 60 fps with selectable 15, 20, 30, 60
[Silent sequential shooting L] approx 18 fps with selectable 1-10, 15, 18
[Pro Capture H] approx 60 fps with selectable 15, 20, 30, 60 fps
*When in Pro Capture mode, slower shutter speeds and flash can not be
[Pro Capture L] approx 18 fps with selectable 1-10, 15, 18 fps
*When in Pro Capture mode, slower shutter speeds and flash can not be
*Pro Capture L mode is available when using an Olympus Micro Four Thirds
*In Pro Capture L mode, the minimum aperture is f/8.
Max. Recordable Pictures in
Sequential Shooting
Sequential shooting H 15 fps
[RAW]: Approx. 101
Sequential shooting H 15 fps [JPEG LF]: Approx. 134
Sequential shooting H 10 fps [RAW]: Approx. 286
Sequential shooting H 10 fps [JPEG LF]: Until card is full
Silent sequential shooting H 60 fps [RAW]: Approx. 50
Silent sequential shooting H 60 fps [JPEG LF]: Approx. 50
Silent sequential shooting H 18 fps [RAW]: Approx. 76
Silent sequential shooting H 18 fps [JPEG LF]: Approx. 90
*For Pro Capture mode only
Number of frames recorded prior
to full-press of the shutter button can be set from 0 to 35 frames.
Self Timer Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec.,
custom (Wait time: 1-30sec., Shot interval: 0.5/1/2/3sec., Number of shots:
1-10, Every time AF: ON/OFF)

Viewfinder / Monitor

Finder Type Eye-level electronic viewfinder, approx. 2.36M dots
Field of View / Viewfinder
Approx. 100% / Approx. 1.30x[*1] – 1.48x[*2] (-1m-1, 50mm lens, Infinity)
*1: Finder Style 1, 2 (aspect ratio 4:3)
*2: Finder Style 3 (aspect ratio 4:3)
Eye Point / Diopter Adjustment Range Approx. 21mm (-1m-1, Distance from rear lens surface) / -4 ~
Preview Live View preview with depth of field preview lock
Display Grid Off / normal grid / trichotomy
/golden grid / scale / diagonal / movie grid
*grid color is selectable
Level Gauge 2-axis (horizontal / vertical) level gauge
Finder Style 3 styles
Brightness / Color Temp Control Adaptive brightness technology (EVF Auto Luminance) / ±7 level manual brightness control /±7 level manual color temperature control 
S-OVF (Simulated OVF) Available
Optional Eyecup Available (EP-13 Large Eyecup)
Rear Monitor Size 3.0-inch vari-angle
  *Approx.1037k dots (3:2),
electrostatic capacitance touch panel 
Touch Control Shutter release
Touch AF (AF area selection, AF area size adjustment)
Face selection by touch operation
AF targeting pad
Frame forward/backward
Magnified playback
Super Control Panel
Wi-Fi connection
Movie controls
Tilting Capability Available (mirror display when
monitor is in self portrait position)
Brightness / Color Temp
Control (Rear Monitor)
±7 levels / ±7 levels
Color Tone Select Vivid / Natural
Live View Approx. 100% field of view,

exposure compensation preview, WB adjustment preview,
gradation preview, face detection preview (up to 8 faces),
grid line, magnification display (x3/x5/x7/x10/x14), 

Live View Boost Live View Boost 1 , Live View
Boost 2* (For dark situations)
 *Settings can be specified for each
shooting mode
 *Live View Boost 2: Frame Rate
Priority or Quality Priority selectable
 *Off:  Brightness in Live View shows specified
exposure settings.

Exposure Control / Flash

Metering System Digital ESP metering (324-area
multi pattern metering), center-weighted average metering, spot metering*,
spot metering with highlight control, spot metering with shadow control
*Also available AF target spot metering
Metering Range EV -2 – 20  (ISO approx.100, with a f/2.8 lens)
Exposure Mode / Shooting
P: program AE (program shift can
be performed),
A: aperture priority AE,
S: Shutter priority AE,
M: Manual,
B: Bulb (Live Bulb, Live Time and Live Composite are available),
Custom 1~4
ISO Sensitivity AUTO ISO (default) : LOW
(approx.64) ‐ 6400 with customizable default and upper limit (200 –
Manual ISO : LOW (approx.64, approx.100), 200 – 25600 (adjustable in 1/3 or
1 EV steps)
Exposure Compensation ±5 EV, adjustable by 1/3, 1/2 or
1 EV steps 
When shooting in HDR or in video,
only adjustable up to ±3 EV steps
Live View only reflects up to ±3 EV steps
AE Lock Locks with a half-press of the
shutter button (can be set to AEL/AFL button as well)
Anti-Flicker Shooting Available
Flash Intensity Control Mode TTL Auto, Auto*, Manual, Super
  * Available on the external flash
Flash Mode Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off,
Red-eye Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(2nd
curtain), Manual(1/1(FULL)~1/64)
Synchronization Speed 1/250 sec.
 *When using Super FP: 1/125-1/8000
 *When using electronic shutter: 1/50
sec. up to ISO6400, 1/20 sec. for ISO 8000 and higher, and 1/20 sec. for ISO
Flash Intensity Control Up to ±3 EV in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV
steps selectable
Compatible External Flash FL-50R, FL-36R, FL-20, FL-14,
FL-300R, FL-600R, FL-900R, STF-8, FL-700WR
Wireless Flash Control Method Triggered and controlled by
Olympus Wireless RC Flash system compatible flashes: FL-LM3 or separately
available FL-600R and FL-900R , STF-8,FL-700WR
External Flash Intensity Type TTL Auto, Auto, Manual,
Channel No. 4 channels
Group No. 4 groups (External flash 3
groups + commander flash)
Radio Wireless Control Available

Memory / Image Recording (File Format)

Compatible Memory SD, SDHC*1, SDXC*1
*1 UHS-I,II compatible
Recording Format DCF2.0, Exif2.31
File Format RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG
Recording Image Size [RAW] 5184 x 3888 pixels
[JPEG] 5184 x 3888 pixels – 1024 x 768 pixels
Dual Card Slot Settings Standard, Auto Switch, Dual
Independent, Dual Same
*When two cards are inserted, card to be saved on to or to be viewed can be
Folder Creation and Selection Available
Copy Copy single file, copy multiple
files, copy all
*When copied, the new file will be given a different name from that of the
original file.

White Balance / Color Mode

White Balance Mode Auto WB, 7 Preset WBs, 4 Capture WBs, Custom WB(Kelvin
White Balance Compensation* ±7 steps along A-B / G-M axis
* Except for Custom WB
Preset White Balance 7 preset WBs (3000K –
– Sunny(5300K), Shadow(7500K), Cloudy(6000K), Incandescent(3000K),
Fluorescent(4000K), Underwater, WB Flash(5500K)
CWB (Kelvin Setting) 2000 – 14000K
Capture White Balance 4 custom settings can be registered
Color Mode sRGB, Adobe RGB

Bracketing / HDR

Exposure Bracketing 2, 3 or 5 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV steps selectable, 7 frames
in 0.3/0.7EV steps selectable
ISO Bracketing 3 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV steps selectable 
White Balance Bracketing 3 frames in 2, 4, 6 selectable steps for A-B/G-M axis.
Flash Bracketing 3 frames in 0.3/0.7/1.0EV step selectable
Art Filter Bracketing i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom,
Art Filters, Color Creator selectable
Focus Bracketing 3 to 999 shots, focus steps adjustable from 1 to 10
(compatible with Micro Four Thirds lenses)
Focus Stacking Mode 8 shots are taken at different
focus points and automatically composited together into a single image

* Angle of view becomes slightly smaller (The cut area guide is
* Compatible with :
M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm F2.8 Macro
M.ZUIKO ED 30mm F3.5 Macro
M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 1.4x Teleconverter MC-14
M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 2x Teleconverter MC-20

HDR (Auto Composite) HDR1, HDR2 (painting-like)
※ISO sensitivity is fixed at 200, and maximum shutter speed setting is 4
※Exposure compensation can be performed.
Bracketing for HDR
3 or 5 frames in 2.0 or 3.0 EV
steps, or 7 frames in 2.0 EV steps.
*This sequential shooting H AE bracketing is specifically designed for
shooting images that will be HDR-processed on a PC.

Creative Features

Picture Mode i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural,
Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, e Portrait, Underwater, Color Creator, Art
Gradation Auto, Normal, High Key, Low Key     [except when using e-Portrait,
Underwater, Art Filters, Color Creator]
Highlight and Shadow Control ±7 steps each for highlight,
shadow, midtone 
Picture Tone Neutral, Sepia, Blue, Purple, Green for Monotone
(Variation / Art Effect)
Pop Art (I, II /
Soft Focus ( – / c.e)
Pale & Light Color (I, II / a.b.c.d)
Light Tone ( – / d)
Grainy Film (I, II / b.c.d.f.g)
Pin Hole (I, II, III / d.)
Diorama ( – / d.)
Cross Process (I, II / b.c.d.)
Gentle Sepia ( – / a.b.c.d.f.)
Dramatic Tone (I / b.c.d.e.f.)  (II /
Key Line (I, II / a.b.c.d.e.)
Watercolor (I, II / a.b.c.d.)
Vintage (I, II, III / a.b.c.d.e.f.i)
Partial Color (I, II, III / a.b.c.d.e.f)
Bleach Bypass (I, II / a.b.c.d.e.f.i)
Instant Film (- / a.b.c.d.e.f.i)
Art Effect a. Soft Focus Effect
b. Pin-Hole Effect
c. White Edge Effect
d. Frame Effect
e. Star Light Effect
f. Blur Effect (Top & bottom, Left & Right)
g. B&W Effect (None, Yellow, Orange, Red, Green)
h. Picture Tone (None, Sepia, Blue, Purple, Green)
i. Shade Effect (Top & bottom, Left & Right)
Color Ring (for partial color) 18 color selectable
Live Bulb / Live Time Update Interval Time – 0.5 sec –
60 sec
Live Composite Update Interval Time / composite
method – 0.5 sec – 60 sec / Lighten Mode (Bright area prioritization)
Interval Shooting Interval Time 1sec. – 24
Hours,  Max 999 frames.
Available on making Time-lapse movie automatically
Multiple Exposure (number of
pictures / function)
2 frames / Auto gain, Exposing
on Recorded picture(RAW)
Fisheye Compensation 3 styles (can be confirmed in
Live View)
*Underwater correction compatible
* Enabled when M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO is used.
Live ND (Neutral Density) Available
*Shutter Priority and Manual mode only, flash can not be used, ISO up to
800,  the maximum shutter speed is 1/30
(when ND2 is set) and the speed drops if the number of ND steps is raised 
High Res Shot JPEG (80M)     10368×7776
JPEG(50M) 8160×6120
JPEG(25M) 5760×4320
RAW               10368×7776
Handheld High Res Shot JPEG(50M) 8160×6120
JPEG(25M) 5760×4320
RAW              8160 x 6120
Keystone Compensation Available (can be confirmed in
Live View)
*Horizontal and vertical compensation can be performed simultaneously.

Video / Audio Recording

Video Recording Format MOV(MPEG-4AVC/H.264) 
Movie Mode / Frame Rate /
Compression Method
    4096 × 2160 (C4K) / 24p / IPB (approx.
237 Mbps)
    3840 × 2160 (4K) / 30p, 25p, 24p
/ IPB (approx. 102 Mbps)
    1920 x 1080 (FHD) / 30p, 25p, 24p
/ ALL-I (A-I), IPB (SF, F, N)
    1920 x 1080 (FHD) / 60p, 50p /
IPB (SF, F, N)
    1280 x 720 (HD) / 60p, 50p, 30p,
25p, 24p / ALL-I (A-I), IPB (SF, F, N)

60p: 59.94 fps, 50p: 50.00 fps, 30p: 29.97 fps, 25p: 25.00 fps,
24p: 23.98 fps, C4K 24.00 fps
FHD ALL-I (A-I: ALL-Intra / approx. 202 Mbps),
FHD IPB (SF: SuperFine / approx. 52 Mbps, F: Fine / approx.. 30 Mbps,
N: Normal / approx. 18 Mbps)
HD ALL-I (A-I:ALL-Intra / approx. 102 Mbps),
HD IPB(SF:SuperFine / approx.26Mbps,
F:Fine / approx.14Mbps、N:Normal / approx.10Mbps)
HD (1280 x 720) / 30p

     *Frame rates may drop when
particular Art Filters and Movie Effects are used.
     *Class 10 or higher SD card is
recommended for shooting movies.
     *UHS-II or UHS-I U3 card is
recommended for 4K,C4K,ALL-I shooting.

Maximum Video Recording Time Approx. 29min
Movie Tele-converter Approx. 3x (enlarges view of selected area)
Art Filter Movie Available
(Frame rates may drop when certain Art Filters are used)
Movie Effect One-shot Echo / Multi-echo / Art
Fade / Old Film
Time-lapse Movie [AVI ] 3840×2160(4K)/ 5fps
1920×1080(FHD)/ 5fps,10fps,15fps
1280×720(HD)/ 5fps、10fps、15fps、30fps
Quick Movie / Slow Movie With (Both or either of the two
may not be available depending on the frame rates.
speed movie
120fps (1920×1080/MOV)
IS for Movie M-IS1*(Image sensor shift and
electronic image stabilizer with multi motion IS),
M-IS2(Image sensor shift with multi motion IS), Off
*While using M-IS1, field of view may be affected. 
AE Lock Available
Video Exposure Control Program AE, aperture priority AE, shutter priority AE, manual
Grid Lines / Focus Peaking 4 types of grid lines / 4 colors
for focus peaking
Time Code Rec run/free run, drop frame/non-drop frame
Live View Output via HDMI Monitor Mode (outputs video and
info display to a connected monitor) *1
Record Mode (outputs video only, with no info display) *2
*1 While recording, footage is simultaneously displayed on the HDMI monitor
and on the camera, but the info display is shown only on either one of the
     While playing movies, footage is
simultaneously displayed on the HDMI monitor (normal size) and on the camera
(normal size or enlarged).
However, the image can not be enlarged on the camera when a movie is
being recorded.
*2 Movie quality is set to YCbCr 4:2:2 (8 bit), frame rate follows movie
setting (24p, 30p and 60p settings are not recommended.), and sound will be
Movie Picture Mode Flat,OM-Log400
*View assist compatible
Audio Recording Format Wave Format (Stereo linear
PCM/16-bit, Sampling frequency 48kHz)
Microphone / Speaker Built-in stereo microphone /
built-in mono speaker
*External stereo microphone can be attached
Microphone Function Wind noise reduction, recording
volume, microphone volume limiter
     Audio dubbing possible for still
pictures (up to 30 sec.)
    *May affect audio quality.
IC Recorder Linkage Slate Tone / Synchronized Audio
Rec-Movie Rec
*LS-100 compatible


GPS Info Function Available (Via GPS
*Built-in GPS info given priority
Wireless Shooting Live View, Rec View, Wireless
Touch AF shutter, Self Timer (w/Countdown guidance, Sequential shooting,
movie recording capability), Wireless Release, Movie Recording, Power
*P / A / S / M / B and drive mode can be selected.
Aperture, shutter speed, exposure, ISO sensitivity, white balance and
sequential shooting can be adjusted.
Image Share File Type: JPEG*, MOV
Marking function for image share.
Easy Connection Connect using a QR code
Connect using Bluetooth (View, Transfer only. Enabled from the second time)
Tethered Shooting Via USB cable (camera can be
operated by both PC or camera controls)
Via Wi-Fi (Transfer of recorded images to PC via access point, 5GHz and
2.4GHz available)
Playback Mode Single-frame, information
display, index display (4/9/25/100 frames), calendar, enlargement (2x – 14x),
movie (with sound, FF/REW/Pause), picture rotation (auto),  Light Box display
Information Display Histogram (independent luminance
/ RGB available), Highlight/Shadow point warning, AF frame, Photographic
information, OFF


My Menu 35 items in 5 tabs with 7 items
Mode dial my set 4 types of settings can be configured to C1-C4 modes on mode dial.
Menu custom set Available (Settings configured to C1-C4 can be called up via the menu even in P,A,S,M and B modes.
*Some items including shooting mode may not be called up.
Multi Selector customization With
Dial customization Dial function and dial direction are customizable for both dials
Lever customization Select assignment from 3 different modes, power switch, or off (no function assignment)
Button Customization Up to 39 functions can be assigned to buttons
*Up to 24 functions can be assigned for movie recording
*Buttons on lenses can also be customized from the camera
*Some buttons may have restrictions to what functions can be assigned
Copyright Settings/Lens info Settings With / With (save up to 10 lenses)
Menu Languages (34 selectable) English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croatian, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovakian, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Rumanian, Indonesian, Malay, Thai

Connectivity / Power Requirements

USB Connector USB Type-C
Remote Connector φ2.5Pin Jack (when using separately available RM-CB2).
HDMI Connector Micro HDMI(type D)
Flash Attachment Hot shoe, sync terminal
Wireless LAN Built-in (IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac)
MIC Input Jack φ3.5 stereo mini jack (plug-in power on/off)
Headphone Jack φ3.5 stereo mini jack 
PC Interface SuperSpeed(USB3.0)
TV Interface Not Available
Battery BLH-1 Li-ion battery
Battery Status Display Remaining power (10 steps, %, or by-minute display), shot
count, degradation
AC Adapter Optional AC-5 AC adapter
*Via power battery holder (HLD-9)
USB Bus Power A USB PD bus power can be used

※ PD compliant Camera: Rev 3.0 Ver 1.0a

USB Charging Replaceable battery is charged
with AC-5 / USB in the camera
* When the camera power is off
* Performance varies depending on different USB devices
Sleep Mode Available (1/3/5 min. off)
of Recordable Pictures
*With Toshiba SDXU-D032G, IS ON, with no flashes
based on CIPA test standards
Standard mode: 420
Quick sleep mode: 900
Life for Movie Recording
*When repeatedly recording at the maximum time of 29
Under standard JEITA testing:
When zoom and other operational functions are not used: 140

Weights & Dimensions / Operating Environment / Box Contents

Weight Approx. 580g  (with 1 BLH-1 battery and 1 memory card,
based on CIPA standards, without eyecup)
Approx. 504g  (body only)
Dimensions W:134.1mm H:90.9mm
    (based on CIPA standards:
excludes protrusions)
Environmentally Sealed Dust, Splash (IPX1), Freezeproof
Operating Temperature Range -10ºC ~ +40ºC (when in operation) / -20ºC ~ +60ºC (when
Operating Humidity Range 30 – 90% (when in operation) / 10 – 90% (when stored)
Box Contents Body
USB cable
Cable clip
Shoulder strap
Instruction manual
Warranty card
BLH-1 Li-ion battery
BCH-1 Li-ion battery charger

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