No limits. Break free. New Olympus gear for 2020.

It’s official! There’s a new member of the OM-D family. The OM-D E-M1 Mark III, replacing the Mark II, will be available next month. We’ll be hosting launch events in both Denver and Sacramento, and a new trade-in bonus program will be running until the beginning of April.

You can try the E-M1 Mark III TODAY.
Click here to register for a free, four-day rental through the Test & Wow program. Hurry, slots will fill up fast!

Olympus is also pleased to announce a new PRO lens in addition to the new professional-grade camera. The M.Zuiko 12–45mm f/4 PRO will also be available this spring and promises a delicately balanced combination of amazing portability, very high resolution, and outstanding macro capabilities.

The OM-D E-M1 Mark III

The star of these new announcements is, of course, the new co-flagship camera body. While the E-M1X is the top of the Olympus line when it comes to raw power and usability, the E-M1 Mark III offers similar power in a more agile, portable form factor.

The E-M1 Mark III inherited some of the best features from both the E-M1X and the E-M5 Mark III in a sort of hybrid evolution, though some of the biggest new features are only possible thanks to the brand new TruePic IX processor. Here’s a quick look at what the E-M1 Mark III has to offer:

  • 20 MP Live MOS sensor
  • New processor (TruePic IX) enables handheld high-res, Starry Sky AF, improved eye/face AF, Live ND, and more
  • New joystick for focus point control
  • Handheld high-res: 50 MP; tripod high-res: 80 MP
  • UHD video at 30 fps; full HD high-speed video at 120 fps
  • Dust/splash-proof
  • High-speed USB-C charging added
  • Remarkable 7-stop stabilization in-body
  • Shutter life doubled (from 200k actuations to 400k)
  • Bluetooth
  • Interval shooting up to 9999 max shots (compared to 999 on the Mark II)

Olympus has always had an aptitude for finding clever solutions to problems, and the impressive software on display in the E-M1 Mark III proves it. Live ND, also featured on the E-M1X, is a sort of software replacement for a physical neutral density filter. By blending multiple images together, the smoothness of a long exposure (of a waterfall, for example) can be achieved without the over-exposure that would normally happen and without having to physically darken the scene.

Starry Sky AF is a completely new feature, using detected luminance to focus on the infamously-tricky subject that is a starry sky rather than contrast or phase detection. Consider this great option for our astrophotography seminars later this year!

On the whole, it looks like the OM-D E-M1 III is going to be an exciting step forward for the industry. Be sure to register at the links below (click here) if you’re interested in seeing it in person at one of our launch events!

The Mark III will be available in March, but pre-orders are happening now at a Mike’s Camera near you.

Product gallery

The M.Zuiko 12–45mm f/4 PRO

The newest PRO lens for Micro Four Thirds promises three advantages for the shooter: portability, high resolution—enough to support those 80 MP high-res images—and the ability to shoot macro shots with 0.5x magnification across the whole zoom range. The M.Zuiko 12–45mm f/4 PRO is also dust/freeze/splash-proof, so you need never fear using it on your photo adventures.

The lens will be available in April, but pre-orders are happening now online at a Mike’s Camera near you!

Sample images

Launch parties (with light painting)

Want to see some of this new gear for yourself? Of course you do! To that end, we’ll be hosting Olympus Visionaries in Denver and Sacramento for two very special nights. Not only will these events be the official launch parties for the new gear, they will also be hands-on classes. Learn how to shoot for the stars, paint with a mini light stick that you’ll get to keep, experiment with the magic of Live Composition, and more. Be sure to register now at the links below and bring your own SD card so you can keep the cool shots you’re bound to get.

Mike’s Camera (Sacramento)
With Joe Edelman
Mar. 12, 2020 • 6:00–8:00 PM

Plus, the E-M1 Mark III is already available for free four-day rentals through the Test & Wow program. Click here to sign up!

Trade In, Trade Up

Finally, just to sweeten the deal, Olympus will be maximizing the value of your trade-in toward their top OM-D cameras. From February 12th through April 5th, 2020, add up to $200 to the normal trade-in value of any working digital camera when you apply the value to one of the cameras listed below! (Click here to read more about our normal trade-in procedure.)

ProductWas PriceInstant SavingsTrade-In BonusNow Price
OM-D E-M1 Mark III (body only)$1,799.99N/A$200$1,599.99
OM-D E-M1 Mark III with M.Zuiko ED 12–40mm f/2.8 PRO lens$2,499.99N/A$200$2,299.99
OM-D E-M1 Mark III with M.Zuiko ED 12–100mm f/4.0 IS PRO lens$2,899.99N/A$200$2,699.99
OM-D E-M1X (body only)$2,999.99$400$200$2,399.99
OM-D E-M1 Mark II (body only)$1,699.99$300$200$1,199.99
OM-D E-M1 Mark II with M.Zuiko ED 12-200mm f/3.5–6.3$1,999.99$200$100$1,699.99
OM-D E-M5 Mark II (body only)$899.99$200$100$599.99


    1. Jenny, we’ll have to see the camera in person. Please bring it in to the Mike’s Camera most convenient for you and we’ll give you a quote!

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