This post is sponsored by Olympus. However, as always, all opinions, text, and photos are my own, unless otherwise stated.
When visiting Hong Kong and Japan last year, I traveled with a new companion. In addition to my regular Full-Frame DSLR, I also brought along the E-M10 Mark III from Olympus in a campaign called #Neverstopthejourney.
The E-M10 Mark III is a Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera. The design gives some serious retro vibes and it’s marketed for the easy-going explorers and as an entry-level camera.
As a Professional Photographer, I was intrigued when Olympus reached out because I’ve actually been looking for a camera that could suit my needs when traveling lightly. And I became curious as to what an entry-level mirrorless camera could add to my current camera gear.
Previously, I’ve been using my iPhone 8 Plus in combination with my heavy Full-Frame DSLR, and while that has been fine, I would like to get better quality for blog photos that don’t necessarily need to be of highest quality, such as photos of signs, a quick selfie, or various other filling blog photos for context.
First of all, the E-M10 Mark III is a very stylish little camera. The weight is just 410 grams, so it’s quite lightweight. I paired it with a standard lens of 14-42 mm, which enables some zooming and a relative wide-angle, which is great for travel photos.
Since the #Neverstopthejourney campaign with Olympus was mostly aimed at Instagram, all of the photos in this article will be in portrait mode, rather than the traditional landscape.
This is because your photos get more attention in the Instagram feed if you post them as portraits, due to its vertical length.
The photo above from Victoria Peak is one I was particularly happy with. Despite the fact that I shot this photo in Jpeg format, I managed to light up some parts of the photo where shadows existed.
I was also able to edit the image to give more contrast, colors and a more dramatic sky. You can see the original photo below, straight from the camera. It’s non-edited and was shot in fully automatic mode.
The next photo is from Hong Kong Island, featuring one of the most iconic things about HK, namely the Ding-Ding trams.
Technical Specs – E-M10 Mark III
|IMAGE STABILISATION:||Built-in 5 axis|
|ELECTRONIC VIEWFINDER:||2.36 M dots|
|SIZE OF CAMERA||121.5 x 83.6 x 49.5mm|
Other features of the camera
- TruPic VIII image processor
- Micro Four Thirds Live MOS sensor
- 4K video recording, 30/25/24p
- High-speed AF system, 121 contrast-detect AF points
- 8.6fps burst shooting
- Silent Shutter Mode
- 3-inch tilting, touch-sensitive LCD screen
- Art filters
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- Single SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I and II) card slot
Here are some more photos from my journey in Japan where I used the Olympus camera.
The last photo from the series is from one of the suites at Ritz Carlton in Osaka. I wanted to push the editing process and see how much I could do, without ruining the photo.
It’s quite an edited photo, much more than I normally do with photos, but it was fun playing around with colors, angles and adding contrast and sharpness here and there.
As you can see, even though you’re shooting in Jpeg, there are plenty of adjustments that can be made in order to give the images your own unique style and voice.
You can see the original photo from Ritz Carlton below.
It’s actually quite a nice image straight from the camera, and I would only need to add some brightness and colors in some parts (in my opinion) to make it ready to share on social media.
Who should buy the Olympus E-M10 Mark III?
I think this would be a great camera for travel blogger that are just starting out. The camera has all the features to create high-quality photos as well as video, and it isn’t too expensive either.
It captures details nicely, and there are several modes that you can use for different situations.
Once you can handle manual mode, you can also take your photography to next level, but in the meantime, the fully automatic or semi-automatic modes of E-M10 Mark III will take you far in terms of getting good images.
As already mentioned, it’s a light camera that you could easily fit into any backpack or daypack, and if you like stylish products, then you’ll love the design as well.
What I Like about the camera
- Solid build quality
- The design
- Quick focusing and speed (including burst mode)
- Fast auto-focus (both in video and photo)
- Battery life lasts long enough for a full day of travel and beyond
- Various shooting modes
- 4K video
- Quick Wi-Fi connectivity to mobile
All in all, it’s a great little camera packed with features that can challenge more expensive models. The price tag of about 549 Euro might seem a little high for an entry-level camera.
However, all of its features, image quality, fast focus, 4K video, and stylish design makes up for the price compared to other entry level cameras. It’s a great camera for beginners who want to learn and use more advanced features without getting a DSLR.