Olympus OM-D E-M1X Detailed Review

Olympus OM-D E-M1X

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In additional OM-D E-M1X was introduced by Olympus in January 2019. It belongs to the Mirrorless Cameras category.

Olympus is well-known and shouldn't require further introduction, please see our manufacturer's page for more digital cameras by Olympus.

BrandOlympus
CategoryMirrorless
Date01/2019
Sensor Properties

The OM-D E-M1X has a Four Thirds CMOS sensor with size of 17 x 13 mm² (0.68" x 0.51").

Picture of OM-D E-M1X's sensor compared to popular format.

Infographic: OM-D E-M1X comparing sensor sizes

The 1-Euro coin has a diameter of 23.25mm.

The OM-D E-M1X's sensor has resolution of 20 megapixel.

The Olympus supports taking images in RAW. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computer, using software like Adobe Lightroom or Olympus's RAW converter. This involves one extra processing step but almost always results in superior image quality. Some filters, like converting to monochrome (black and white) will only yield decent results when used with RAW images.

The OM-D E-M1X features a mechanism for automatic sensor cleaning.

FormatFour Thirds
Sensor area17.30 x 13.00mm²
(0.68" x 0.51")
TypeCMOS
Resolution (physical)21.80 megapixel
Resolution (effective)20.40 megapixel
Pixel size11.10 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 18 frames/second
Lens
Interchangeable lens
MountOlympus Micro Four Thirds (MFT)
Viewfinder Properties

The OM-D E-M1X uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.36 megapixel, an excellent value for a viewfinder like this which makes the camera a joy to use.

The magnifcation is c. 0.83x, an excellent value for an electronic viewfinder.

TypeElektronic
Coverage100%
Magnification0.83x
Resolution2.36 megapixel
Dioptric correction
Shutter

The OM-D E-M1X's shutter speed varies from 1/8000s to 60s.

Max. shutter speed1/8000s
Min. shutter speed60s
Sensitivity Properties

The OM-D E-M1X's sensitivity goes from 64 ISO und 25600 ISO, a very useful and practical range.

Automatic
Min. sensitivity64 ISO
Max. sensitivity25600 ISO
Exposure Modes

The OM-D E-M1X supports all general exposure modes.

The Olympus allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Multi
Center weight
Partial
Spot
Auto Focus Properties

The OM-D E-M1X's auto focus processor uses 121 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. when panning the camera).

Manual focus is also possible with the Olympus, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.

TypePhase Detection, Contrast Detection
AF points121
Manual focusing
Flash Specs

The OM-D E-M1X doesn't feature a built-in flash. That is not unsusual in this camera category.

A flash or a trigger for remote flashes can be attached to the Olympus's hotshoe.

Built-in
Hot shoe
Display Specs
OM-D E-M1X display and touch screen

The OM-D E-M1X display has a diagonal of 76.00mm (3.0 inches.) and a resolution 1.04 megapixel.

The camera display is intended for selfies or other occasion.

Display parameters:

TypeLCD
Size76.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution1.04 megapixel
Articulated
Touch screen
Video Specs

OM-D E-M1X video supported the resolution with 4096 x 2160 pixel.

Also the camera is equipped with an external microphone.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X Video parameters:

Max. resolution4096 x 2160 pixel
...with frame rates24 frames/second
25 frames/second
30 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

The OM-D E-M1X has Wi-fi connection. You can transfer photos to a mobile or laptop using wi-fi.

For photo transferring users may use Bluetooth option.

Eventually, if the wifi connection is disabled the wired connection may be used.

Connect the Olympus to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

USB 3.0 is already supported by the Olympus. USB 3.0 greatly speeds up transferring images and videos to the computer.

Connection parameters:

WiFi
Bluetooth
NFC
Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
Apps
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini
USB-C
Custom
Memory

The camera supports SD HC and SD XC cards.

Memory cards characteristics:

Slots2
Memory cardsSD
SDHC
SDXC
Battery

The Olympus OM-D E-M1X has a 2x BLH-1 LiIon battery. The battery provides a shooting life of 870 shots. It`s enough for one day or more.

The battery can be charged over USB while in camera. Very useful, especially on vacation when most people bring a USB charger for their smartphone anyway.

The OM-D E-M1X's battery battery parameters:

Type2x BLH-1 LiIon
Removable
In-camera charging
Battery life870 photos
Size

The Olympus OM-D E-M1X's dimensions are 144.4 x 156.8 x 75.4mm³. (5.7" x 6.2" x 3.0"). That's the body only, without lens. The camera's weight is a rather considerable 997 grams (32.2 oz.). Add to this the weight of the lens.

Here is front and top view of the OM-D E-M1X:

Olympus OM-D E-M1X Dimensions (Width / Height)
Olympus OM-D E-M1X Dimensions (Width / Depth)
Dimensions Comparison

For a better idea of the size of the camera, takes a look off camera and ID card comparison image.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X size comparison

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