Olympus OM-D E-M1X

Olympus OM-D E-M1X

The Olympus OM-D E-M1X is a Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera that is focused on durability, speed, and adaptability. It has a wide variety of picture and video capabilities to meet the demands of professional photographers.

The E-M1X is equipped with a high-resolution 20.4MP Live MOS sensor and dual TruePic VIII image processors, and it is distinguished by its fast continuous shooting speeds of up to 60 frames per second with an electronic shutter and 15 frames per second with a mechanical shutter, as well as its ability to record DCI and UHD 4K video.

There is also an ISO range of up to 25600 on the sensor and processors, as well as a sophisticated 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization technology that adjusts for up to 7.5 stops of camera shake for crisper hand-held photography.

In addition to imaging capabilities, the sensor’s architecture features 121 on-chip phase-detection sites, all of which are cross-type, as well as 121 contrast-detection regions, which together allow for rapid and precise focusing as well as subject tracking.

Furthermore, the E-M1X is the first Micro Four Thirds camera to include an inbuilt vertical grip, which improves ergonomics and handling regardless of whether the camera is being used in horizontal or vertical mode, further distinguishing it from competitors.

This handle also enables the simultaneous use of two batteries, which allows for longer shooting sessions. Further distinguishing features of the rugged magnesium-alloy body include extensive weather sealing to enable working in harsh environments, as well as a 2.36 million dot, 0.83x magnification electronic viewfinder, and a 3.0x zoom lens “A vari-angle LCD touchscreen with 1.037 million dots is also included for intuitive control and working from a variety of angles.

Further enhancing sharing and distant shooting capabilities are provided by built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, while twin SD card slots and a USB 3.0 Type-C connection enhance file storage and tethered shooting capabilities.

Dual TruePic VIII image processors and a 20.4MP Live MOS sensor round out the package.

A high-resolution 20.4MP Live MOS sensor and twin TruePic VIII image processors work together to deliver much faster shooting performance, a wider sensitivity range up to ISO 25600, and adaptable 4K video recording capabilities, among other benefits. When operating with the mechanical shutter, the sensor and processor combination provides a full-resolution continuous shooting rate of 15 frames per second for up to 103 consecutive raw files, making it ideal for sports and wildlife photography applications.

This rate can be increased to 60 frames per second with single-shot AF for up to 49 consecutive raw frames when shooting with the silent electronic shutter, and it can be increased to 18 frames per second with continuous AF for up to 74 consecutive raw frames when shooting with the electronic shutter.

Video recording at DCI and UHD 4K resolutions, as well as OM-Log

In addition, the sensor and CPU are capable of recording 4K videos in both DCI (4096 x 2160) and UHD (3840 x 2160) resolutions.

When working in DCI, a genuine 24.00 fps frame rate is used, together with IPB compression and a 237 Mb/s bit rate, and UHD 4K is available at frame rates up to 30p and a 102 Mb/s bit rate. When working in UHD 4K, a true 24.00 fps frame rate is used, along with IPB compression and a 237 Mb/s bit rate. It is also possible to record in full HD 1080p and HD 720p resolutions.

It is possible to record audio using the built-in stereo microphone, and an external microphone port and headphones jack are provided for better audio recording and monitoring.

When used with the accompanying LUT file, an integrated OM-Log option may be utilized to increase the effective dynamic range and provide a larger range of control during post-production color grading. This setting is particularly useful when recording in a variety of lighting circumstances.

Additionally, the use of an external recording display is allowed through the HDMI output, which supports 4:2:2 color for a wider range of color correction. When using select optional external recorders for 12-bit 4K recording at 30, 25, and 24 frames per second in the Apple ProRes RAW format, raw video output is enabled by firmware version 2.0.

Additional features such as a Time-lapse Movie mode with a 5 fps filming rate and up to 4K UHD quality are also available to capture subject changes or movement over a longer period of time. Full HD and HD time-lapse modes, as well as a high-speed Full HD preset with a frame rate of 120 frames per second, are also available.

121-Point Cross-Type Phase-Detection AF is used in all applications.

Advanced autofocus technology combines phase-detection locations on the chip with contrast-detection sections on the chip for focusing performance that is both rapid and precise. All 121 phase-detection points are also cross-type, which allows for increased precision in mixed illumination circumstances as well as improved subject tracking capabilities while monitoring moving subjects.

The camera has several different focusing modes that can be used to accommodate different shooting situations, including 121-point for general use; Group 25-point for moving subjects, such as birds and wildlife, and when 121-point is too wide; Group 9-Point for smaller and more distant subjects; Group 5-Point for when 9-point is too wide or to accommodate working with closer moving subjects; Single for working with still or small subjects that are not moving; and Small AF for working with close-up subjects.

Also included are custom AF targets, which allow you to work with a defined number of focus points at any location on the 121-point grid. An AF limiter function allows you to confine the focus distance between two points within a specified range, resulting in a faster response.

Additionally, continuous focusing sensitivity may be adjusted within five levels for more appealing focus movements, which is beneficial while using the camera while capturing video.

Automatic subject detection, focusing speed, and tracking are all enhanced by Intelligent Subject Detection AF (Automatic Subject Detection and Tracking), which is an algorithm that employs deep learning technology to automatically recognize certain subjects, focus on them, and track them.

This technique has been particularly designed for the photography of birds, automobiles, motorbikes, aircraft, helicopters, trains, and locomotives, among other things. Face Priority and Eye Priority AF are also available for shooting individuals, which emphasize the subject’s face and eyes while taking a shot of them. For those who need to operate in low-light circumstances, the camera has focusing sensitivity that goes as low as -6EV.

Dual AF multi selectors are included on the camera for simple access in either the horizontal or vertical position, and AF area/target settings may also be modified for shooting in either direction. This makes it possible to benefit from focus operation in either configuration.

Manual focus users, in contrast to those who utilize autofocus, can benefit from live view magnification and focus peaking features, which help them to achieve higher precision. Firmware V2.0 has a focus indication display, which helps with manual focus accuracy.

Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization on Five Axes

In-body, sensor-shift image stabilization reduces the appearance of camera shaking by up to 7 stops while shooting with any lens and adjusts for camera motions that become particularly obvious when dealing with telephoto photos, macro photography, and long exposures.

This innovative picture stabilization technology compensates for vertical angle rotation, horizontal angle rotation, horizontal shift, vertical shift, and rolling camera shaking movement by working across five axes. This range of observed motions is beneficial for both traditional still picture photography and video recording, as well as for working more efficiently with moving subjects.

Additionally, when used in conjunction with some lenses that provide optical image stabilization, shaking correction of up to 7.5 stops is feasible.

Design of the Body

  • Eye-level monitoring is made possible by the inclusion of a high-quality electronic viewfinder with 2.36 million dots of resolution and a powerful 0.83x maximum magnification for crystal clear, distortion-free vision. The finder’s design makes use of a four-element optical system, which includes aspherical and high refractive index elements, to provide high clarity. It also has a maximum frame rate of 120 frames per second and a lag time of 0.005 seconds, allowing for fluid and accurate movement rendering, as well as a maximum frame rate of 120 frames per second.
  • When working from a range of angles, the rear 3.0″ 1.037 million dot LCD monitor has a vari-angle design to accommodate working from a number of positions. It also has a touchscreen for easy menu navigation and picture playback. Additionally, while working in low-light environments, an LV Boost mode may be employed to improve the screen’s brightness and prioritize the frame rate over other considerations.
  • When shooting in either the horizontal or vertical mode, the integrated vertical grip provides a more ergonomic and stable design for holding the camera in any direction while shooting. As a bonus, this design provides a greater area for implementing two separate sets of physical controls, shutter releases, and the ability to operate on two different batteries.
  • In order to achieve longer shooting times, two BLH-1 lithium-ion rechargeable batteries are employed. These batteries are capable of delivering up to 870 photos per charge with conventional settings and up to an amazing 2580 shots per charge when the rapid sleep option is used.
  • In-camera charging of both batteries is possible through the USB Type-C interface; up to 100W of power may be provided in as little as two hours, and a dedicated Battery Status monitor will display charging statistics as well as battery deterioration information.
  • Due to the increased versatility provided by dual SD memory card ports, it is now possible to separate raw and JPEG data into separate cards, store duplicate files to both cards, or simply double your storage capacity with overflow recording. Additionally, regardless of which card slot is selected as the primary, both card slots are UHS-II compliant, allowing for rapid read/write rates.
  • The inclusion of headphone and microphone connectors, a PC sync flash terminal and top hot shoe, USB Type-C and micro-HDMI connections, as well as a 2.5mm port for extra remotes, ensures a high level of accessory compatibility.
  • Splashproof, dustproof, and freezeproof design combines significant sealing throughout the magnesium-alloy body to enable operating in challenging situations and adverse weather conditions, even when a cable, microphone, or a pair of headphones are connected.
  • The physical controls are conveniently located on top and back of the camera, allowing for simple access when working with the electronic viewfinder. It has also been duplicated to make it easier to use the multi-selector, control dial, and AFL/AEL button whether the camera is shooting in horizontal or vertical orientations.
  • When the lock lever is in the C-Lock position, you may specify which features are locked and which are left unlocked. When the lock lever is in the C-Lock position, the following features are locked: Alternatively, it may be used to lock the vertical position controls if you prefer to shoot exclusively with the horizontal orientation controls.
  • The employment of a Supersonic Wave Filter in conjunction with a dust-resistant coating significantly reduces the possibility of dust reaching the sensor.
  • The integrated heat pipe aids in the dissipation of heat generated by the imaging components, which is beneficial for recording video and taking sequential stills at high temperatures.
  • The shutter device is designed to withstand more than 400,000 actuations before failing.

Modes of Photography

  • A single, bigger image is produced by merging eight successively recorded frames into a single, larger image in the Tripod High Res Shot mode, which produces the equivalent output of a 50MP JPEG or 80MP raw image. Each exposure is separated by a short period of time during which the sensor-shift stabilization mechanism moves slightly in order to acquire more information than would be possible in a single exposure. These frames are then composited together to create a final image with higher resolution and color detail. Because of the twin TruePic VIII processors, this procedure is made easier by accounting for any subject movement blur. This function may also be enabled to record 25MP photographs, allowing for more file size versatility.
  • Using the same technique as the Tripod mode, the Handheld High Res Shot mode creates a 50MP JPEG or raw file by combining many consecutively recorded images into a single image. With the Handheld High Res Shot mode, you may capture 16 independent frames instead of eight in the Tripod mode, and the little movement generated by hand-holding offers the range of movement necessary to produce the bigger final image.
  • Live ND simulates the effects of a neutral density filter by combining exposures to create the appearance of a single image captured at a slower shutter speed. This results in blurred subject movement as the subject moves. Five different exposure modes are available, each of which is particularly suited for capturing flowing water: ND2, ND4, ND8, ND16, and ND32. These modes allow you to modify the way movement is shown.
  • This is a one-of-a-kind long exposure option that allows you to progressively increase the exposure over time without overexposing important components inside the frame. As a result, it is great for capturing star trails or other moving light sources since it only records freshly detected light sources over time and lets you to watch the image grow as it is captured.
  • Using the Live Bulb and Live Time settings, you can create some really beautiful long exposure photography. You may use Live Bulb to keep the shutter open for up to one minute, and Live Time allows you to push the shutter button once to open the shutter and then press it again within a minute to bring the exposure to a conclusion.
  • Before fully depressing the shutter button, the camera enters Pro Capture Mode, which begins capturing and buffering full-resolution JPEG or raw photos before the shutter is fully depressed. Starting as soon as you half-click the shutter button, frames will begin to be recorded, and as you completely push the shutter button, the image will be stored together with the preceding 35 frames. Also possible in this mode is to keep the shutter button down in order to continue shooting constantly while employing the quiet electronic shutter feature.
  • Interval shooting is enabled for up to 999 frames with exposure intervals ranging from one second to twenty-four hours.
  • Anti-flicker shooting is essential. Detects the frequency and flicker of artificial lighting and triggers the shutter at peak brightness periods to provide exposures with consistent exposure and color, without the need for manual adjustment.
  • A subject will be automatically recorded eight times while the plane of focus is gently shifted, and these exposures will be composited into a single frame to provide an expanded depth of field. Focus Bracketing, on the other hand, allows you to capture between 3-999 frames with configurable focus steps in a 1-10 range for manual compositing during post-production, allowing you to save time. Working with M.Zuiko Digital ED gives you access to these modes only when you use it. 60mm f/2.8 Macro, 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO, 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO, 30mm f/3.5 Macro, 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO, 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO, 300mm f/4 IS PRO, 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO, and 150-400mm f/4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO lenses are among the new additions to the lineup.
  • When working in live view, you may use Keystone Compensation to account for convergence errors in your work. For the same reason, Fisheye Compensation allows you to utilize the M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F/1.8 Fisheye PRO lens as a wide-angle lens with no distortion by correcting and removing distortion in the image.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X Specs

Body type
Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
Body materialMagnesium alloy
Max resolution5184 x 3888
Image ratio w:h4:3
Effective pixels20 megapixels
Sensor photodetectors22 megapixels
Sensor sizeFour Thirds (17.4 x 13 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDual TruePic VIII
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
ISOAuto, 200-25600 (expands down to 64)
Boosted ISO (minimum)64
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes (4 slots)
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Image stabilization notes7 stops body only. 7.5 stops with 12-100mm lens.
CIPA image stabilization rating7 stop(s)
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsSuperfine, fine, normal
File formatJPEG (Exif v2.31)Raw (12-bit ORF)
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points121
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds
Focal length multiplier
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,037,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification1.65× (0.82× 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder resolution2,360,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic)1/32000 sec
Exposure modesProgramAperture priority shutter priorityManual
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (via hot shoe or flash sync port)
Flash modesRedeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync (1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync (2nd curtain), manual
Flash X sync speed1/250 sec
Drive modesSingleContinuousBracketingSelf-timer
Continuous drive60.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 12 secs, custom)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedHighlight-weightedSpotSpot AF-area
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±5 (5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes
Videography features
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Modes4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 237 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 202 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 202 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 202 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Storage typesDual SD/SDHC/SDXC cards (UHS-II supported)
USBUSB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
USB chargingYes (USB-PD allows charging by laptop or external power bank)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portYes
Wireless notes802.11ac + Bluetooth
Remote controlYes (via smartphone or wired remote)
Environmentally sealedYes (to IPX1 standards)
Battery descriptionTwo BLH-1 lithium-ion batteries
Battery Life (CIPA)870
Weight (inc. batteries)997 g (2.20 lb / 35.17 oz)
Dimensions144 x 147 x 75 mm (5.67 x 5.79 x 2.95″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPS notesAlso captures direction, temperature, pressure and acceleration

Olympus OM-D E-M1X Price

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