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Olympus E-M1III review at Photographyblog: “conservative release that isn’t really going to expand the system’s appeal beyond Olympus’ loyal user-base”

Preorders:
E-M1III at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus. Olympus DE. Olympus UK, Olympus FR, Olympus ES, Olympus IT, Olympus NL.
Olympus 12-45mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus.
Olympus E-PL10 at BHphoto.

Photographyblog posted the full E-M1III review and concludes:

In summary, we applauded the previous Mark II version as a big step forwards for both Olympus and Micro Four Thirds in general, but the new Mark III is a more conservative release that isn’t really going to expand the system’s appeal beyond Olympus’ loyal user-base.

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III is still a very good camera, especially if you value portability and the incredible IBIS system, but we’re not sure that it offers quite enough to tempt either upgraders or new owners to invest when there are several more enticing options available at a similar price.

Yep, the E-M1III is surely a capable camera but not a major step forward compared to the E-M1II.

Olympus 12-45mm f/4.0 PRO Review at ePhotozine: “very useful standard zoom with good solid performance”

Olympus 12-45mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus.

ePhotozine tested the new Olympus 12-45mm f/4.0 PRO lens and concluded:

The standard zoom has much merit, saving us changing lenses constantly and offering a versatile set of focal lengths. The focal length is a vital aspect and here the usefulness of have that ultra-wide 12mm (24mm-equivalent) cannot be underestimated. The 45mm long end (90mm equivalent) is an ideal portrait length, although of course, being MFT format, we might wish for a much wider aperture to obtain the best out of focus background effects. The very close focusing is an added bonus.

However, the sacrifice for compactness and a lower price is that maximum aperture, and f/4 is really quite modest. There are plenty of f/4 lenses on the market and size, weight and price are the usual benefits.

Depth of field is an issue, but as well as a disadvantage for perhaps portraiture, equally well this could be an advantage for other types of photography. Perhaps close sports, groups of people, landscape and travel, in general, will benefit from more extended zones of focus.

The quality is there if we choose our apertures, and is definitely there in terms of distortion, flare and CA. The lens is very suitable for architectural shots, again perhaps coming under the umbrella of being a travel lens.

Olympus 12-45mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus.

Samsung S20 Ultra Vs Olympus E-M5 Mark III – Will The USD1400 Smartphone With 108MP Camera Win?

Robin Wong made this interesting test:

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra boasts one of the best, if not the best camera in smartphones today. The S20 Ultra features 108MP main camera that has F1.8 lens and is optically stabilized. I managed to get my hands on a loaner unit from Samsung Malaysia and I thought why not make a quick comparison test against my own trusty Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III? I am genuinely curious to see how far has the smartphone consumer imaging technology has improved and what the gap is between a smartphone best camera versus a Micro Four Thirds system. Will the 108MP with advanced computational photography tricks win the battle?