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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Announced||Jan 24, 2019|
|Body Type||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Lens Mount||Micro Four Thirds|
|Number of Lenses||98|
|Focal Length Multiplier||2x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated|
|Screen Resolution||1,037k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||2,360k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||60.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync (1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync (2nd curtain), manual|
|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 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|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||121|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|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|
|USB||USB Yes (USB-PD allows charging by laptop or external power bank)|
|Physical Dimensions||144 x 147 x 75 mm|
|Battery Life||870 shots|
|Battery Type||870 shots|