Olympus OM-D E-M1X Review

Overall 45
Imaging 20
Features 100
Size 68
Price 0

Main Features

  • 20.0 MP Four Thirds CMOS sensor
  • ISO 200 - 25600 (Expands to 64)
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fully Articulated Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 60.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 237 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 144 x 147 x 75 mm
  • Weight: 997 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: Yes
  • Replaced Olympus E-M1 II.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X Summary

This review is devoted to OM-D E-M1X that Olympus has first introduced to the public in Jan 24, 2019. This model is a Pro Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 20.0 MP and a Four Thirds (17.4 x 13 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

This is an upgraded model that Olympus released to replace their older product E-M1 II.

In Pro Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #132 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 45/100 and it takes a rank of #306 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X Compared to other MirrorLess Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Olympus OM-D E-M1X review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Viewfinder Coverage: 100
  • Continuous Shooting: 60.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Min Boosted Iso: 64
  • Af Touch: Yes
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Number Of Focus Points: 121
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Headphone Port: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Battery Life: 870 shots
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes
  • Storage Slots: 2

CONs

Complete Comparison of Olympus OM-D E-M1X With Other Cameras in Pro Mirrorless Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Olympus OM-D E-M1X. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Pro Mirrorless cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Olympus OM-D E-M1X

Olympus OM-D E-M1X has the following external dimensions 144 x 144 x 75 mm (56.69 x 57.87 x 29.53″) with the weight of 997 g.

The typical weight for average Pro Mirrorless type cameras is 672g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Olympus OM-D E-M1X, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Olympus OM-D E-M1X is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 75mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Olympus OM-D E-M1X with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Olympus OM-D E-M1X is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Olympus OM-D E-M1X compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Olympus OM-D E-M1X — 870 shots
Min: 210 shots
Average: 432 shots
Max: 870 shots

Thickness

Olympus OM-D E-M1X — 75 mm
Min: 37 mm
Average: 63 mm
Max: 97 mm

Weight

Olympus OM-D E-M1X — 997 g
Min: 465 g
Average: 672 g
Max: 1320 g

Unfortunately, Olympus OM-D E-M1X comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Olympus OM-D E-M1X comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X Photo and Sensor Features

Olympus OM-D E-M1X comes with Dual TruePic VIII processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 20.0 MP and is equipped with a Four Thirds (17.4 x 13 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Olympus OM-D E-M1X has the following ISO range 200 - 25600 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X features a 20.0 MP Four Thirds sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

High-Resolution Mode

Olympus OM-D E-M1X has a High-Resolution mode feature. It allows you to take multiple shots of a particular scene, at the same time, move its sensor with a special sensor-shift image stabilization system, and join all these shots into one 50.0 MP picture automatically. To make the best use of this feature, we recommend capturing static scenes while using a tripod for more stability and less stitching artifacts.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Olympus OM-D E-M1X is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Four Thirds sensor featured in Olympus OM-D E-M1X with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Olympus OM-D E-M1X

LCD and ViewFinder

Olympus OM-D E-M1X is equipped with a Fully Articulated 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,037k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

The Olympus OM-D E-M1X’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 2,360k dots.

100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Olympus OM-D E-M1X are its 60.0 fps max speed and 1/8000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, OM-D E-M1X comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/8000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, OM-D E-M1X unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.

Focusing

One more highlight that makes Olympus OM-D E-M1X stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 121 points.

In addition, OM-D E-M1X has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Focus Stacking

Without a doubt, macro shooting is an interesting branch of photography. If this is something you are interested in, then you should love the way Olympus OM-D E-M1X handles such tasks. This model has a smart Focus Stacking feature that brings macro shooting to an entirely new level. How does it work? When you enable this feature, the camera uses focus bracketing automatically compounds multiple pictures taken at different focal lengths to unite them in a single shot that has a maximum depth of field.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Olympus OM-D E-M1X, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 4096 x 2160 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Olympus OM-D E-M1X allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X supports 4K (Ultra-HD) video. This is the highest available resolution as for today . Thus, opting for this model, you will be dazed by the video’s crispness and the quality of details when watching it on a 4K screen.

Such impressive resolution stats make this model stand out against the previous model, which provides a max video resolution of only. Thus, in case you are planning to update your old camera and would love to have a possibility to shoot lots of high-quality videos, high resolution is a significant advantage of OM-D E-M1X.

OM-D E-M1X comes with an embedded built-in microphone and Mono speaker.

In addition, Olympus OM-D E-M1X is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone and, since it comes with a port for external headphones, we can call Olympus OM-D E-M1X a perfect camera for high-quality videography purposes.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Olympus OM-D E-M1X is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, OM-D E-M1X is equipped with its USB Yes (USB-PD allows charging by laptop or external power bank) or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect OM-D E-M1X with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Olympus OM-D E-M1X provides a shooting life of 870, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 432 shots.

Compared to all models in the Pro Mirrorless category, Olympus OM-D E-M1X offers the highest battery life that reaches 870 shots.

How Good is Olympus OM-D E-M1X for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Olympus OM-D E-M1X’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Olympus OM-D E-M1X’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the OM-D E-M1X to the average MirrorLess camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus OM-D E-M1X performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 74. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus OM-D E-M1X can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (17.4 x 13 mm) sensor

Olympus OM-D E-M1X for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus OM-D E-M1X performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 100. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus OM-D E-M1X can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Fully Articulated Screen
  • Image Stabilization
  • Large Four Thirds(17.4 x 13 mm) sensor
  • Big battery life (870 shots)

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (144 x 147 x 75 mm)

Olympus OM-D E-M1X for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus OM-D E-M1X performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 99. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus OM-D E-M1X can be called a 99 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Continuous Shooting (60.0 fps)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Big Number of autofocus Points (121)
  • Big size (144 x 147 x 75 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Small battery life (870 shots)

Olympus OM-D E-M1X for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus OM-D E-M1X performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 93. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus OM-D E-M1X can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (17.4 x 13 mm) sensor
  • Big weight (997 g)
  • Big size (144 x 147 x 75 mm)
  • No Built-in Flash

Olympus OM-D E-M1X for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus OM-D E-M1X performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 83. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus OM-D E-M1X can be called a 83 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (17.4 x 13 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (20 MP)

Olympus OM-D E-M1X Detailed Specs

General
Brand Olympus
Model OM-D E-M1X
Announced Jan 24, 2019
Body Type SLR-style mirrorless
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
Number of Lenses 98
Focal Length Multiplier 2x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fully Articulated
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 1,037k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 2,360k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.74
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 60 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 s
Continuous Shooting 60.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash No
Flash Range 0
Flash Modes Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync (1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync (2nd curtain), manual
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average Yes
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores n/a
DxO Color Depth n/a
DxO Dynamic Range n/a
DxO Low Light ISO n/a
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size Four Thirds
Sensor Dimensions 17.4 x 13 mm
Sensor Area 226.20 mm2
Sensor Resolution 20.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 5184 x 3888
Max Native ISO 25,600
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 200
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 121
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 237 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Max Video Resolution 4096 x 2160
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port Yes
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB Yes (USB-PD allows charging by laptop or external power bank)
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 997 g
Physical Dimensions 144 x 147 x 75 mm
Battery Life 870 shots
Battery Type 870 shots
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS Built-in
Storage Type n/a
Storage Slots 2

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