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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Camera with Olympus 14-42mm EZ lens + bag, SD card, 3 year warranty $479.99

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Costco [costco.com] (log in to see price) has available through their website the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Camera with the Olympus14-42mm EZ lens(pancake zoom), Olympus carrying case, 16GB SD card and three (3) year warranty for $479.99. I ordered online as my local Costco locations did not have this in stock.

To give some perspective, this camera without the bundle (body only), is currently for sale at Adorama, BHPhoto, Best Buy and elsewhere for $449.99. With the lens bundle, they have it for $599.99.

This is an exceptional price for a starter camera with a lens. Some good things about this camera:
  • 5-axis image stabilization (4 stops of correction) in body
  • 4K 30FPS @ 100mpbs
    • No crop when using optical stabilization. Many other Micro Four Thirds cameras (which tend to be more expensive than this one) have a crop when recording video preventing you from having wide shots and not using the entire sensor. This camera does not crop the image. It uses the entire sensor!
    • 1.2x crop when enabling digital image stabilization.
  • Micro Four Thirds 43 Lens mount has a lot of reasonably priced lenses
    • Can invest in lenses and move up to better cameras
  • 8.6 fps continuous shooting (4.8 fps with continuous AF)
  • Really small and light body with a very tiny lens
  • Easy to Use
  • Good dynamic range beyond base ISO [photonstophotos.net]
Some bad...
  • Mediocre to Poor auto focus performance
  • High base ISO (200)
  • Lower peak dynamic range
  • Only 16 megapixels (not really a bad thing, but megapixel junkies will complain)
  • Controls are not intended for advanced users (also, not really a bad thing but the camera elitist types will whine about scroll wheels and buttons)
Some helpful links:
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III - Official Specs [getolympus.com]
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ - Official Specs [getolympus.com]
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Great deal for being brand new with 3 year warranty. But still have original EP1 that's 10 years old. The Marklll is very nice and easy to use. Reminds me of OM1 from the 80s. Olympus sells refurbish markll for 379 with only 90 days warranty.
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Bought this for my wife with the refurb deal last year. Great camera with oversampled 4K video and very compact. My only regret is that with new APS-C and full frame options coming out almost every week and even Panasonic focusing on full frame it does not make sense to invest heavily in 4/3 lenses. So if you are just looking for a great compact camera that produces great pics and 4k video this is great but if you are looking to invest in a lot of lenses then might be best to look elsewhere.
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It doesn't matter how much APS-C and/or FF mirrorless bodies shrink - the system lenses will always be larger and heavier compared to their M43 counterparts. This format is a great tradeoff when it comes to portability which is the main issue with the APSC and FF systems. In 2016, I toured Jaoan for 10 days armed with 2 OM-D E-M5 bodies, one with the kit lens and the other with a Lumix 45-200 lens. For most part of the day, I had both slung over sides, one on each. My only gripe was with the battery life (but I had taken 4 extra ones). I had 3 other M43 lenses in my backpack in addition to other accessories like intervalometers and filters. It was a breeze walking the cities (entire day on foot, other than intra-city travel) with nary a stress on the back from all the gear. THIS need is where the M43 system shines. Try doing this with APSC and FF gear. 16MP is awesome enough for 20x30 prints - I have two blown up of my dogs I shot with the above combo and they look swell. This ain't a fanboi post - I do have a Nikon D600 with 10 lenses which I use when I travel by car to shooting locations but can never dream of lugging them on my back for entire days like I can with the M43s.
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My only regret is that with new APS-C and full frame options coming out almost every week
Extreme over exaggeration simply not true. That's also not taking account that you're grouping together all APS-C cameras and FF cameras into one group, simply not a fair comparison considering how many brands you just bundled into one group. Of course it's going to seem like there's more camera models coming out when you combine everything into one group against m43. Lame comment.


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even Panasonic focusing on full frame it does not make sense to invest heavily in 4/3 lenses.
This is an outright lie. Panasonic is not "FOCUSING" on full frame. They are spreading/splitting their R&D efforts on FF while at the same time adding new Micro four thirds cameras and lenses. They recently came out with a bunch of Leica F2.8-4 m43 zooms just before S1 FF models and announced and are coming out with a new 10-25mm F1.7 constant zoom lens along with a G95. 10-25mm lens announced same time Panny FF cameras were announced and the G95 camera was announced well after their FF cameras were announced.

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it does not make sense to invest heavily in 4/3 lenses. So if you are just looking for a great compact camera that produces great pics and 4k video this is great but if you are looking to invest in a lot of lenses then might be best to look elsewhere.
Here is another non educated statement. The truth is that micro four thirds has the best and most complete lineup of lenses of any mirrorless mount to date. That and are very compact, very sharp, and the most affordable too.
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I researched between apsc cameras/sensors and m4/3 and decided to go with apsc due to better image quality. It's a bit larger but not by much.
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I love that every MFT deal now has people comparing a camera and lens combo to a full frame camera that costs over 5x as much for just a body. The truth is that this is more than enough camera for 99% of people out there. People focus way too much on equipment and way too little on their artistic and technical skills in photography.
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M4/3 already has a substantial number of quality lenses designed for it. It's a mature product. Great deal.
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Nice deal for sure.
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I love that every MFT deal now has people comparing a camera and lens combo to a full frame camera that costs over 5x as much for just a body. The truth is that this is more than enough camera for 99% of people out there. People focus way too much on equipment and way too little on their artistic and technical skills in photography.
This is how hobbyist groups operate the internet.

For example, look at car hobbyists. Everyone on a BMW forum likely wants a BMW M3. After all, it is the best BMW! The BMW M340i is also a very good car, as is the BMW 330i and functionally all three of these cars provide a means of transportation. But what does every BMW enthusiat want? A BMW M3.

Cars are expensive though and it is not easy for every car enthusiast to simply go out and purchase a BMW M3. So what ends up happening? Reason sets in and the car enthusiast ends up buying a Mazda Miata or a 2012 BMW 335i.

Photography is a bit different as it is much less expensive hobby than cars. Just about anybody with expendable income can purchase a high end SLR. Also, and more importantly, unlike cars the equipment professionals use is available for sale to the general public. For example, a car enthusiast cannot walk into a dealership and purchase an F1 car, but an amateur photgrapher can go to Best Buy and purchase a Canon 5D MK IV.

So what happens when you take a relatively affordable hobby, a bunch of publications targeted at industry professionals and a surge of interest thanks to an increasingly competitive YouTube and Instagram scene? Reason goes out the window and you get 20 year old YouTubers with $3,000 DSLRs with $2000 professional weather sealed lenses. It is absolutely ridiculous.

There is nothing innately wrong with buying high end photography equipment as a hobbyist; if you can afford it and it makes you happy, go for it. But I think if most photography hobbyists took a step back and asked some of the questions I asked myself when I purchased the camera specified in this deal thread, they would save some money.
  • "Do I need that extra half stop of exposure latitude?"
  • "Nikon's full frame glass is a bit sharper than Panasonic's, but does that extra sharpness justify the price?"
  • "This body isn't weather sealed. Am I planning to to shoot photos in the rain?"
  • "In what situation will I be making 24"x36" prints taken at ISO 3200?"
  • "How often will I use this thing?"
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Bought this for my wife with the refurb deal last year. Great camera with oversampled 4K video and very compact. My only regret is that with new APS-C and full frame options coming out almost every week and even Panasonic focusing on full frame it does not make sense to invest heavily in 4/3 lenses. So if you are just looking for a great compact camera that produces great pics and 4k video this is great but if you are looking to invest in a lot of lenses then might be best to look elsewhere.
These are still smaller than the apsc cameras.
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I've been using the E-M10 mark I since 2016 as a hobbyist and I love it. M43 is so much smaller than other cameras and it is great -- I used to have a Sony DSLR and I hated lugging it around; my Olympus and a pancake are smaller together than just the body of my APS-C Sony was.
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I'm personally disappointed with an Olympus Air + 42.5mm f1.7 combo I thought would be fun. It seems reasonably sharp but handles backlighting far worse than my Nikon and Pentax gear. That's somewhat the fault of a fast lens too, but my DA* 55mm is a half stop faster and doesn't suffer from as many issues. It's also about $100-$150 more expensive than the 42.5, but still. It felt disappointing and I'd have to work harder to get pictures I was happy with vs other systems. It also felt like my Nokia 9 Pureview would take nearly equal quality (or better, since it auto blends bracketed exposures for better dynamic range) but lower MP shots (16MP of the Olympus vs 12MP of my phone).

Also note that M43 lenses will mount on all M43 bodies but functions may not work equally between brands. Most of the Panasonic stabilized lenses should still stabilize and autofocus works, but the focus-by-wire ring doesn't work on my Air, nor would any of the electronic aperture rings work on Olympus bodies. This may not affect you, but I didn't know this before buying. These inconsistencies are what spurred more collaboration with the L-mount alliance for a more uniform experience.

All that said, if you fancy a dedicated camera and want more field of view or creative options using depth of field, this is a decent starting point.
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Good overall camera for traveling or when you want to pack light. My options nowadays is that if I can accomplish with smartphone, that's all I carry. If that does work but still want travel light, the m43 fits perfect. Finally if I don't mind the weigh or shooting any sports or action, I would go apsc or full frame as the m43 has proven to miss too many shots. BTW if I just need something light for basic sports, I carry a Canon t7i as its dual pixel auto focus is simply amazing.

Beyond that I do love the 2 original and gen2 that I have when the purpose fits.
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Good overall camera for traveling or when you want to pack light. My options nowadays is that if I can accomplish with smartphone, that's all I carry. If that does work but still want travel light, the m43 fits perfect. Finally if I don't mind the weigh or shooting any sports or action, I would go apsc or full frame as the m43 has proven to miss too many shots. BTW if I just need something light for basic sports, I carry a Canon t7i as its dual pixel auto focus is simply amazing.

Beyond that I do love the 2 original and gen2 that I have when the purpose fits.

Me too, especially for international travel -- smartphones cover 80-90% of shots
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