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Olympus OM-D E-M1X Review Summary

20 Megapixels20 MegapixelsElectronic View FinderElectronic View FinderHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveUltra HD (4K) video: 3840x2160 resolution or more.Ultra HD (4K) video: 3840x2160 resolution or more.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringDepth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Depth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Built-In GPSBuilt-In GPSAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed review

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.

PROS CONS
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
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

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Olympus E-M1X Facts


Mirrorless digital camera

Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm

Four-Thirds Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

20 Megapixels MirrorlessISO 64-25600
Micro Four-Thirds Mount
2X FLM
Shutter 1/32000-60s
5-Axis Built-in Stabilization, 7-Stop ImprovementFull 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 sensorSpot-Metering
2 Axis Digital LevelHot-Shoe & Sync-Port
Weatherproof down to -10CStereo audio input
Built-in Dust ReductionLithium-Ion Battery
60 FPS Drive, 49 ImagesSecure Digital Extended Capacity x 2
4096x2160 @ 24 FPS Video Recording
3" LCD 1 Megapixels
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