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Winter Wonderland: On the go with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark |||

One of the questions we get asked most frequently is, “what camera do you shoot with?” And while we shoot with a few different cameras, the one we are currently smitten with is the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III. There are so many features about this camera that makes it oh so very appealing to us from the get-go, but does it truly have what it takes to take the calibre of images we’re looking for? Read on!

Click to read more about some of our favourite features:

  • Durable. Weather sealed: splash proof, dustproof and freeze-proof.
  • Lightweight. Just 414 grams, including battery.
  • Powerful image stabilization resulting in crystal clear images.
  • 4K UltraHD video.
  • 3.0″ Vari-Angle Touch LCD screen.
  • Variety of lenses to choose from.
  • Easy to use.
  • Beautiful, retro body style.

We have very specific needs as a travelling adventure family, so we tend to be pretty hard on our equipment. We need our cameras to be easy to use, relatively lightweight, durable, and produce amazing quality, high-res images. While the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III ticks off all the boxes in terms of being super attractive with its retro look, our first impression was how much we loooove its low profile and lightweight body. We decided to bring it with us on a recent road trip to BC’s interior and really test out if it’s up to our standards.


Like anywhere in BC, the interior is super susceptible to all different weather conditions in the winter. On our drive alone, we went from foggy and rainy downpours to snow flurries over mountain passes. We took the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III with us on a slippery hike through Herald Provincial Park to the partially frozen and magnificent Margaret Falls. The OM-D E-M5 Mark III is completely weather-sealed, meaning it’s splash-proof, dustproof and freeze-proof. A HUGE bonus for us, as we are always shooting in the rain. (Hello, the life of a Vancouverite!) It’s so nice not to have to worry about weather damage.


Now that we have our little Ollie along for the ride, we have to bring extra travel gear, clothes, toys and snacks with us on every trip. The last thing we want to do is lug around a heavy camera. The OM-D E-M5 Mark III is a mere 414 grams, including the battery. Adding a lens adds weight, but not enough to become an issue! We can’t wait to bring this camera on longer hikes or overseas trips as it’s so much more convenient than more bulky units.

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Image quality:

Most importantly, the images. The photos we took during our White Lake BC adventure are BEAUTIFUL. The powerful i5-Axis Image Stabilization with up to 6.5 Shutter enabled us to take perfect images in low-lighting without a tripod. Its autofocus technology helped capture fast moving content without compromising the image (re squirmy toddler). The catalogue of photos we took is remarkably crisp and clear from edge to edge. We are officially in love.

4K UltraHD Video:

We’ve had the goal of working on in the past year is capturing more video content, but we’ve never had the proper equipment to do so. It’s challenging to find a camera that does both still images and video well, so understandably we were so impressed at how crisp the 4K UltraHD captured video is on the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III. Having the option to record at 120 frames per second in 1080p makes slow-motion video absolutely stunning.

Vari-Angle Touch LCD screen:

We’re always in sticky situations where one of us is holding Ollie and it’s impossible to safely climb up to a higher vantage point and get the angle of shot we’re looking for, so it’s especially handy for us to have the 3.0″ Vari-Angle Touch LCD screen. It’s a feature we didn’t realize we needed to capture images in awkward locations!


Curious about our go-to lens? When we’re capturing content inside a cozy cabin or on a narrow trail, or even up close and personal with a waterfall, we like to have a wide-angle lens that can help to capture more of the scene before us. Our first lens selection was the M.ZUIKO ED 7-14MM F2.8 PRO (14 – 28mm, 35mm equivalent) Wide Angle Rectilinear Zoom Lens.

Okay, we’re done gushing now, we’ll let the images from our adventure around Sorrento, BC speak for themselves! But really, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III packs so many amazing features in such a small package that we can really see it becoming our go-to travel camera. It was so easy to use and had such a slight learning curve that we really enjoyed the experience of using it for the first time. If you’re looking for a camera system that can do it all – this just may be the one for you!

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