AF Performance That Rivals High-End Models

Equipped with high-performance On-chip Phase Detection AF, this camera is capable of AF performance which rivals that of high-end models. It features improved AF precision and tracking performance for moving subjects along with functions such as C-AF centre priority and centre start. AF is more advanced than ever for ease of use.


On-chip Phase Detection AF system from the E-M1 Mark II

An On-chip Phase Detection AF compatible 20M Live MOS sensor is used for the image sensor and TruePic VIII capable of high-speed AF calculation is used for the image processor. Utilising the same level On-chip Phase Detection AF system as the E-M1 Mark II enables high-speed, high-precision AF performance.

  • 20M Live MOS sensor
  • TruePic VIII image processor

High-performance AF praised by pro photographers

A high-performance AF system that meets the demands of pros was employed on this model. Many pro photographers praise this model for its performance.

  • S. Joe Srisawathsak
    When shooting a model, focus accuracy and speed is essential. With eye and face detection, I found it very useful for quick and accurate focusing while shooting wide open at F1.2. I can’t feel any shutter lag when pressing the shutter button, it worked seamlessly allowing me to continue shooting.
  • Tetsuro Shimizu
    The same image sensor and TruePic VIII image processor as the E-M1 Mark II are equipped in the E-M5 Mark III, delivering the same AF speed and tracking performance and high image quality. Even when the lighting conditions were not ideal, the E-M5 Mark III continued to track the subject and provided AF accuracy and speed. as AF condition, but the E-M5 Mark III makes sure to track a subject.

121-point all cross-type On-chip Phase Detection AF sensor

The all cross-type sensor is not affected by subject patterning, which enables precision focusing. Also, because there are no light flux limitations for On-chip Phase Detection AF, high-precision AF is possible even when using a large-diameter lens such as an F1.2.


High-precision AF

Various types of information such as the subject face, colour, and shape are utilised to achieve improved AF precision. This enables better focusing precision even for dark scenes and low-contrast subjects.

  • Single AF (S-AF) prevents the focus from jumping to the background even in scenes with subjects in the foreground and background.

Superb tracking of moving subjects

Max. 10 fps high-speed sequential shooting (Silent sequential L) during AF/AE tracking

Continuing AF during the exposure improves moving subject tracking. The camera continues focusing exactly the way you intend, even during sequential shooting of subjects that move around.

  • SLR camera sequential shooting AF operation
    AF information from the AF sensor is used for focusing. Focusing is not possible during exposure because the mirror is flipped up.
    1. AF information from the AF sensor
    2. Detected focus position
    3. AF focusing
    4. Mirror lock up AF notpossible
  • E-M5 Mark III sequential shooting AF operation
    Not only is AF information from Live View images used, but also from recorded images for focusing.
    1. AF information from Live View image
    2. AF information from recorded image
    3. Detected focus position
    4. Vastly improved tracking performance
    5. Recorded stillimage
    6. LV

AF Target

Select from six AF Target options to match subject movement and size.

  • Single: For shooting still or small subjects. Example: Landscapes, when shooting with tripod
  • Group 5-point: When 9-point is too wide for moving subjects. Example: People playing soccer, rugby
  • Group 9-point: For shooting moving subjects. Example: Airplanes, sports
  • Group 25-point: For shooting moving subjects. When 121-point is too wide. Example: Birds and other small animals
  • 121-point: For quick shots and when subjects move around the entire screen
  • Small: For finer pinpoint focusing, etc.

C-AF Centre Priority

ON / OFF setting can be configured for C-AF Center Priority when an option other than single target / small target is selected for AF Target Mode. (The default setting is ON)
The camera will focus using the surrounding targets in the selected focus group if it is unable to focus using the center focus target. This helps track fast moving subjects effectively.

  • In this setting, the camera maintains AF priority on the center of the selected area when group target is selected. If AF is not possible at the center, AF Target is used at the periphery of the selected area.
  • In this setting, AF is used in the center of the initially selected area when group target is selected. AF is then used inside the selected area afterward.

Moving Subject Tracking Cluster Display

The AF Target frame for the area in focus continues to be displayed in green. This makes it possible to check in real time which area on a moving subject is in focus.

  • When All Target is selected
  • When AF Target display is set to ON2

Smooth AF shooting is possible with the viewfinder and monitor

The AF Targeting Pad can be used to move the AF point with touch operations on the monitor while looking through the viewfinder, and you can touch the position on the monitor to focus and activate the shutter in Touch AF Shutter. Smooth AF shooting is possible from both the viewfinder and monitor.

  • AF Targeting Pad
  • Touch AF Shutter

Face/Eye Priority AF demonstrates its power in portrait shooting

Human subjects' faces and eyes are automatically detected for precision focusing.


Lens design that enables high-speed AF

Lens drive takes the most time during focusing. This model employs a design to enable high-speed lens drive for quick focusing.

  • The compact, lightweight focusing lens design enables high-speed, high-precision focusing.
    1. Focusing lens
  • An actuator that makes high-speed, high-precision, quiet focusing possible is used on this model.
    1. Stepping motor
    2. Drive screw
    3. Metal axis
  • Pictures are for illustrative purposes only.
  • Screen captures in the monitor are composite images.

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