Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III: 6-Day Adventure Test

Updated: Jan 10, 2020

In October 2019, Olympus Australia challenged me to #BreakFree with the newly released OM-D E-M5 Mark III. The goal, to incorporate the new camera into a fast-paced wilderness adventure.

Over 6 gruelling days, Brodie (Perspective Productions) and I subjected three of the pre-production E-M5 Mark III's to absolute punishment. Torrential rain, snow, ice, impacts, and just about every other elemental hardship that comes with an NZ adventure. I'm not sure there is another photographer who had used the cameras to this depth. Over 60 hours straight, we had them firing, shooting both stills and video.

For those that know me, I am a full-time Olympus user and specialise in documenting places and cultures that many people don't often get to experience in their lifetime. These places and experiences usually go hand in hand with horrible weather conditions, long hikes and the need for a super-light kit that covers all focal ranges. This is why I use the Olympus system.

As a full disclaimer, this trip was sponsored by Olympus Australia. I was not paid to write this review, but to see what content is possible on the new camera.

This blog is NOT a detailed / comprehensive review of the camera. I'm creating this to show you the types of images that you can take with a camera that is marketed towards the 'Prosumer' collective of photographers. There are plenty of detailed features and unboxing reviews out there. However, if you are anything like me, you'll want to see final images from someone using it out in the field, on an actual project AND in varying conditions.

It's all well and good to browse sample images of the reviewer's house or some pretty flowers. Still, it's the pro level shots that really show off what a camera can achieve and ultimately what you could aim capture in the future.

With the features, the E-M5 Mark III contains, I wouldn't think twice about using it as a second camera in my professional adventure travel kit.

Hell, after this trip I recommended it to a variety of people looking to take their photography to the next level. From beginner to downright badass.

Brodie had no real experience shooting stills, he is a video guy through and through. This was the first time he had ever held an Olympus camera so most of the images that feature me, were also directed by me, and he learnt on the go. Brodie found that after a full day of shooting, he understood the ins and outs of the camera's features. Which means you can too!

*All images shot handheld, no filters, tripods or external tools. Images edited in Lightroom Classic.

** All pictures exported at 2058px widest length, Adobe RGB, file size limited to 1mb.