Olympus OM-D E-M1X Review Summary
Olympus OM-D E-M1X Assessment
Olympus took the mirrorless concept they launched in an unexpected direction with the OM-D E-M1X. Instead of minimizing size, their new flagship is desinged to maximize performance. The result is a very large Micro Four-Thirds digital camera with unprecendented speed and stamina.
With the ultra-fast 20 MP Four-Thirds CMOS sensor launched in the E-M1 Mark II, the E-M1X packs much more processing power and memory to allow longer continuous shooting at up to 60 FPS with focus locked or up to 18 FPS using continuous autofocus. This makes it possible to capture several seconds bursts, depending on the selected continuous shooting speed.
Its 121-Point Hybrid AF system is very fast, sensitive and accurate, except in when the focus point falls near a bright light. The entire camera is extremely responsive and particularly the shutter-release which shows virtually no lag and offers blackout-free shooting when using the electronic-shutter. The ergonomics of the E-M1X are designed for efficiency and speed by offering a high number of controls and huge amount of customization options.
Image quality is impressive and superior to other current Micro Four-Thirds cameras. This means low image-noise until ISO 3200 with little impact on details, nice color and much improved white-balance. Dynamic-range is also good with very fne control over tone curves. What allows the E-M1X to surpass larger-sensor cameras is a superior built-in 5-axis image-stabilization system which can be effective to 7-stops over handholding.
Certainly, the Olympus OM-D E-M1X is a highly specialized digital camera. It truly delivers when it comes to speed and is exceedingly good at action photography in bright light. While this mirrorless offers a truly extensive feature set that makes it capable of any type of photography, its size and price are too high for anything but action photography.
|Class-leading silent 60 FPS continuous drive||Autofocus misses near light sources|
|Best-in-class 5-axis image-stabilization||Dynamic-range below competitors|
|Low image-noise up to ISO 3200||Below average color accuracy|
|Reliable multi-segment metering system||EVF is not Exposure Priority|
|Ultra-fast hybrid AF||Complex menu system|
|Virtually no shutter-lag||Flex on LCD hinge|
|Class-leading shot-to-shot speed||Difficult to press left shoulder buttons|
|Instant video response||Quite bulky & heavy|
|Huge very sharp EVF||Very expensive|
|Blackout free shooting|
|Unique Live-Bulb mode|
|Extremely solidly built|
|Best-in-class battery-life||Excellent Excellent|
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Olympus E-M1X Facts
Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|20 Megapixels Mirrorless||ISO 64-25600|
|Micro Four-Thirds Mount|
|5-Axis Built-in Stabilization, 7-Stop Improvement||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|0.50" Built-in EVF 2.4 Megapixels (0.83X)||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|Automatic Eye-Start sensor||Spot-Metering|
|2 Axis Digital Level||Hot-Shoe & Sync-Port|
|Weatherproof down to -10C||Stereo audio input|
|Built-in Dust Reduction||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|60 FPS Drive, 49 Images||Secure Digital Extended Capacity x 2|
|4096x2160 @ 24 FPS Video Recording|
|3" LCD 1 Megapixels|
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