Olympus OM-D E-M1X review in progress
The Olympus OM-D E-M1X is a dual grip 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 match 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 promises new levels of performance in terms of weather resistance and image stabilization.
- 20MP Four Thirds sensor
- 121-point autofocus system with deep 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 records 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 able to work at up to 120fps
- Dual BLH-1 batteries giving 870 shots per charge (CIPA)
- Dual UHS-II SD memory card slots
- Extensive 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 more 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 compares
The E-M1X brings improved AF, a hand-held high res mode and Live ND as the headline updates.
Body and Handling
The E-M1X is the first Olympus digital camera to offer 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.
Controls and Operation
There are plenty of direct control points on the E-M1X but also a lot that can be customized.
The E-M1X's video spec is very similar to that of the E-M1 Mark II, which means high bitrate DCI 4K but only at 24p
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.
We've been shooting extensively with the OM-D E-M1X: here are the images we've got so far:
See a breakdown of what the Olympus OM-D E-M1X offers.
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