Olympus E-M1X: New flagship presented for 3,000 euros

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Olympus E-M1X officially presented

As expected, Olympus unveiled the new Olympus E-M1X this morning. The camera represents the manufacturer’s new flagship and, with its integrated battery grip, is now also the largest mirrorless system camera on the market – even though only a comparatively small Micro Four Thirds sensor is used. But the E-M1X is not just about a small and handy case, but the camera should be extremely robust and especially suitable for action and sports photographers. And if you compare the weight of 997 grams with that of a Nikon D5, then you will find that the Olympus is still around 400 grams lighter.

Sensor & image stabilizer

The Micro Four Thirds sensor on the Olympus E-M1X has been improved, but continues to resolve at 20 megapixels. It is impressive what Olympus has achieved with the integrated 5-axis image stabilizer, which is able to provide 7.5 f-stops longer exposure times. This also benefits the high-resolution mode, in which several shots are assembled into a high-resolution image. This works now according to Olympus namely for the first time even when shooting from the hand.


The autofocus system is based on that of the E-M1 Mark II, but the manufacturer wants to have improved a lot in some places. 121 cross sensors are used, which are supported by intelligent scene recognition. Thanks to this motif recognition, it is possible, for example, to automatically focus on a helmet (in motorsports), a cockpit (on airplanes) or a locomotive (on trains). Even speeds up to 600 km / h should thereby pose no problem for the autofocus, also he does with an f / 1.2 lens already from -6 EV its services.

Viewfinder & display

The electronic viewfinder of the Olympus E-M1X dissolves only with a relatively weak 2.36 million pixels, but he offers a 0.83-fold magnification, 120 fps and a delay of only 0.0005 seconds – which means, according to Olympus One of the fastest EVFs on the market. Meanwhile, the display is 3 inches tall, works with 1.04 million pixels, is touch sensitive and can also swing out of the side of the case.

Olympus E-M1X: New flagship presented for 3,000 euros Olympus E-M1X: New flagship presented for 3,000 euros Olympus E-M1X: New flagship presented for 3,000 euros

Videos & more specs

Also in the video area, the E-M1X has a lot to offer, here namely the Cinema 4K resolution with 24 frames per second is achieved at 237 mpbs. In Full HD 120 fps are possible, also now also the OM-Log400 function is available. The most important technical data of the E-M1X are rounded off by the following specifications:

  • Continuous frame rate of 18 fps with autofocus (60 fps without)
  • Anti-flicker function
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, compass, barometer and thermometer
  • Tethered shoot
  • Live-gray filter function
  • Connections for microphone and headphones
  • Individual menu thanks to “My Menu”
  • Shutter speeds: 1 / 8,000 second mechanical, 1 / 32,000 second electronic
  • Effective anti-dust system on the sensor
  • Two memory card slots (SD, UHS-II)
  • Battery life of 870 images, 2,500 in power-saving mode
  • Weatherproof to IPX1 standard and beyond

Price and availability

If you look at all these features and specifications, it becomes clear that the Olympus E-M1X is not a camera for the masses. This is also reflected in the price: The E-M1X will cost 3,000 euros. Of course, this is damned a lot for a Micro Four Thirds camera, for a sports flagship that wants to record it with a Nikon D5 or Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, but again relatively little. The new DSLM will be available from the end of February 2019.

After all the rumors, what is your “final” impression of the technical data of the E-M1X?

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