Olympus is still in the Micro Four Thirds group while other manufacturers are pressing fully-framed and lightweight APS-C lenses. The firm is now playing to the strength of this smaller size: speed with the launch of its latest mirrorless camera.

With a continuous autofocus, the 20 Megapixel OM-D E-M5 Mark III could fire up to 6 bps, with the mechanical shutter switched on and 10 fps with a digital shutter or 30 fps without an autofocus, which almost twice the speed of the final model.

The OM-D E-M5 III has a phase-detection autofocus-system, which is the first of its kind in the E-M5 range. The system features 121 AF points for phase Detection, as is the E-M1 II and E-M1X system for contrast detection. It is also able to handle facial and eye recognition with a new TruePic VIII image processor.

The camera is significantly smaller than its predecessor, however it still has a five-axis in-body stabilization system with a compatible shake reduction of up to 6.5 stops, Olympus said. The electronic viewfinder has 2,36 million dots, but it now has a finer, more vivid OLED than an LED display. Given the smaller battery, the battery life is similar to the previous (about 310 shots).

The 1,04 million touch screen is fully articulated, which means that it is useful for vloggers and selfie artists. As for audio, the UHD or DCI Cinema 4 K can be filmed at 30 fps and with a balanced maximum camera image and 120 fps for 1080p images. No 10-bit video was reported by Olympus, so it's probably not theEM-5 III. There is an integrated microphone port, but unfortunately no headphone jack.

Other features provide a bundled flash, a USB-C charge and a data port, a 50 megapixel tripod-only mode, a bündled FL-LM3 flash (below) and an IPX1-rated body that is completely weather sealed. It comes in black and gold at the end of November from only $1199 for the frame and $1799 for the lenses 14-150 f/4-5.6 II.