Olympus OM-D E-M1X

We've added the E-M1X to this buying guide to to place its specifications and features in context, alongside its competition. When our full review is complete the camera will be considered for an award.

20MP Four Thirds sensor | 5-axis image stabilization | 4K video capture

What we like:

  • Impressively capable autofocus
  • Up to 18 fps bursts with AF-C
  • Among the best build quality we've seen

What we don't:

  • Menus and customization can be overwhelming
  • Little image quality benefit over cheaper E-M1 II
  • Comparatively large for its sensor size
The E-M1X is Olympus's pro sports camera, featuring fast shooting, sophisticated AF and a substantial twin-grip design. It's currently Olympus' most advanced and most powerful camera, but image quality will likely be similar to many less expensive options already on the market.
The E-M1X has a large number of direct controls but also provides extensive customization of buttons and how they behave. The magnesium alloy body is rated to IPX1 standard: a higher level of endurance than most cameras. In common with other professional or advanced cameras on the market, we think users can expect a bit of a learning curve and a time investment to get the camera set up the way they prefer.
For now we can say the E-M1X looks to be a solid option for those looking for a tough, high-speed photographic companion
While we've yet to extensively test our E-M1X, our initial impressions are positive. The autofocus that detects automobiles, aircraft and trains works largely as promised, and continuous autofocus performance for general subjects is claimed to be improved. The camera operates swiftly, with short boot-up times and instant response to your inputs. Battery life appears solid, which we'd expect given the two high-capacity batteries.
The E-M1X is built around a similar sensor to the E-M1 Mark II so is likely to offer comparable image quality. Tripod or hand-held high-res mode combines multiple exposures to offer at least 50MP images. The Four Thirds sensor means the images will be noisier than its larger-sensor peers but will have more depth-of-field at any given f-number.
The E-M1X promises DCI 4K/24p at high bitrates and offers Log shooting and 8-bit 4:2:2 output, but its other 4K modes are more modest. Despite the fast sensor and processing there's no 60p option but the camera's stabilization is very impressive. We'll check AF performance as we review the camera.
Despite its modestly sized sensor, the E-M1X is the largest - and probably best-built - Micro Four Thirds camera on the market today. It is also one of the swiftest to shoot and operate, with autofocus performance that promises to impress. We'll be digging into all the details in our full review, but for now we can say the E-M1X looks to be a solid option for those looking for a tough, high-speed photographic companion that is especially well-suited for telephoto shooting.

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