Overall Rating:

4.5

Olympus OM-D E-M1X


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Pros:

  • + Superb build quality and ergonomics make the camera a joy to shoot with
  • + Excellent JPEG output with well-judged exposure and attractive colour
  • + Incredibly effective in-body stabilisation keeps images sharp
  • + Very effective continuous autofocus and subject detection
  • + Huge range of useful additional photographic features

Cons:

  • - Bulky body
  • - Lower high-ISO image quality than larger-sensor peers
  • - Restricted top-quality telephoto lens range

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Price as Reviewed:

£2,799.99 (Body Only)

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Olympus OM-D E-M1X: Viewfinder and screen

As usual for an OM-D, the E-M1X sports a centrally mounted viewfinder above an articulated touchscreen. The EVF is huge, offering 0.83x magnification, but the choice of a 2.36-million-dot panel is surprising given that its competitors now all use 3.7-million-dot units at least. The firm’s explanation is that this aids driving the finder at 120 frames per second for lag-free action shooting, however the relative lack of crispness is clearly visible.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X

The E-M1X has a large viewfinder, but it’s lower-resolution than its competitors

Having said that, the viewfinder is still very good, giving an accurate preview of colour, exposure and depth-of-field. You can display plenty of useful information, including a live histogram, electronic levels, and highlight and shadow clipping warnings. It’s possible to choose whether exposure data is overlaid on the preview image, or displayed below to give a cleaner view.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X

The vertical grip and fully-articulated screen allow easy waist-level shooting in portrait format

One real advantage of the E-M1X over its competitors is its fully articulated LCD, which makes it much easier to shoot at unusual angles in both portrait and landscape formats. Touchscreen functionality is relatively limited, but includes the most important options including focus point selection, operation of the onscreen control panel, and image browsing in playback. One strange omission is the lack of a top-plate LCD status panel, as seen on an increasing number of high-end mirrorless models, especially as there’s a blank space where one could fit rather neatly.

  • Sensor: 20.4MP Live MOS, 17.4 x 13mm
  • Output size: 5184 x 3888
  • Focal length mag: 2x
  • Lens mount: Micro Four Thirds
  • Shutter speeds (mechanical): 60sec – 1/8000sec
  • Shutter speeds (electronic): 60sec - 1/32000sec
  • Sensitivity (standard): ISO 200-25,600
  • Sensitivity (extended): ISO 64-25,600
  • Exposure modes: PASM, B, Video, Custom x 4
  • Metering: Pattern, Centre Weighted, Spot, Highlight Spot, Shadow Spot
  • Exposure compensation: +/- 5EV in 0.3 EV steps
  • Continuous shooting: 60fps (fixed focus), 18fps with AF
  • Screen: 3in fully-articulated touchscreen
  • Viewfinder: 2.36m-dot, 0.83x magnification
  • AF points: 121, phase detection, all cross-type
  • Video: Cine 4K (4096 x 2160), 30p, 102Mbps
  • External mic: 3.5mm stereo
  • Memory card: 2x SD, SDHC, SDXC (both UHS-II)
  • Power: 2x BLH-1 Li-Ion
  • Battery life: 2850 shots
  • Dimensions: 144.4 x 146.8 x 75.4mm
  • Weight: 997g (with batteries and cards)

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