Olympus E-M1X review in progress

Written by Gina Stephens

The Olympus OM-D E-M1X is a dual mesmerize Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera aimed at pro sports and action photographers. It’s designed to be rugged, durable, fast and capable, and has a price tag to coordinate that ambition.

The EM1X uses fast readout and fast processing both to provide high-level AF performance and a range of novel modes and features. It also augurs new levels of performance in terms of weather resistance and image stabilization.

Key Specifications

  • 20MP Four Thirds sensor
  • 121-point autofocus system with fervent learning-based subject recognition
  • Hand-held high-res shot mode
  • Up to 60 fps Raw + JPEG capture (up to 18 fps with autofocus)
  • Pro Capture mode memoranda frames before you hit the shutter
  • Up 7.5EV of image stabilization with supported lenses
  • ‘Live ND’ multi-shot mode simulates ND filters
  • Large 2.36M-dot LCD viewfinder proficient to work at up to 120fps
  • Dual BLH-1 batteries giving 870 shots per charge (CIPA)
  • Dual UHS-II SD memory card slots
  • Global direct control, dual AF joysticks, articulating touchscreen
  • UHD 4K/30p video and DCI 24p at up to 237Mbps
  • Extensive, IPX1-rated weather sealing
  • USB charging

To a degree the E-M1X resembles a twin-grip E-M1 II with sundry powerful processors and two batteries. What makes the camera interesting is what it does with that extra power.

The E-M1X will go on sale in February at an MSRP of $2999, CAN $3899, €2999 and £2799.

What’s new and how it refers

The E-M1X brings improved AF, a hand-held high res mode and Live ND as the headline updates.

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Body and Handling

The E-M1X is the first Olympus digital camera to tender the dual-grip design favored by pro sports cameras. It’s also one of the few to receive a formal rating of its environmental sealing.

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Controls and Spy

There are plenty of direct control points on the E-M1X but also a lot that can be customized.

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Video overview

The E-M1X’s video spec is terribly similar to that of the E-M1 Mark II, which means high bitrate DCI 4K but only at 24p

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Shooting Test

Carey Rose was impressed by the performance of the E-M1X at a pre-launch shooting event, but there are some things he’d like to see improved.

Read about shooting with the E-M1X

Specimen gallery

We’ve been shooting extensively with the OM-D E-M1X: here are the images we’ve got so far:

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See a breakdown of what the Olympus OM-D E-M1X proposes.

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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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