Olympus OM-D E-M1X vs Olympus OM-D E-M5 Compare

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Cameras which are being compared are Mirrorless cameras.

OM-D E-M1X vs OM-D E-M5 - Side by side

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Olympus OM-D E-M1X vs Olympus OM-D E-M5 Specs

OM-D E-M1X

  • Introduced in January 2019
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Four Thirds
  • 20 megapixel
  • 18 frames/second
  • 64 - 25600 ISO
  • 4096 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 76.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount Micro Four Thirds (MFT)
  • WiFi built-in
  • 144.4 x 156.8 x 75.4mm³ (5.7" x 6.2" x 3.0")
  • 997g (32.2 oz.)

All specs: Main page for OM-D E-M1X

OM-D E-M5

  • Introduced in December 2012
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Four Thirds
  • 16 megapixel
  • 9 frames/second
  • 200 - 25600 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 76.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount Micro Four Thirds (MFT)
  • No WiFi
  • 122 x 88.9 x 43.1mm³ (4.8" x 3.5" x 1.7")
  • 425g (13.7 oz.)

All specs: Main page for OM-D E-M5

OM-D E-M1X vs OM-D E-M5 Sensors

On the pictures below the sensor areas of cameras are highlighted.

This infographic highlights the sensor areas of both models compared to other common sensor formats:

Info graphic: OM-D E-M1X an OM-D E-M5 sensor comparison

OM-D E-M1X vs OM-D E-M5: Viewfinder

OM-D E-M1X has an electronic viewfinder and it's resolution is 2.36 megapixel with magnification of 0.83x.

OM-D E-M5 has an electronic viewfinder with resolution 1.44 megapixel, it's magnification is 0.74x.

Viewfinder magnifications of compared cameras. The black area shows a magnification of 1x, relative to native size; in red is a magnification of 0.85x.

OM-D E-M1X (0.83x)

OM-D E-M5 (0.74x)

Simulated viewfinder of the OM-D E-M1XSimulated viewfinder of the OM-D E-M5

Better choice: Olympus OM-D E-M1X

Olympus OM-D E-M1X VS Olympus OM-D E-M5 Other Specs Comparison

Why is Olympus OM-D E-M1X a better choice

OM-D E-M1X

OM-D E-M5

Wider resolution (5, megapixel)20.4016.10
Higher speed (4, frames/second)189
Auto Focus points (4)12135
Better sensibility (4)64 - 25600 ISO200 - 25600 ISO
Better viewfinder (4, Megapixel)2.361.44
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)1.040.61
Better Video (2)4096 x 21601920 x 1080
External microphone (2)
Longer battery life (3, photos)870750
WiFi (2)
USB 3.0 (2)
GPS (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the OM-D E-M1X are the higher resolution, that the camera is faster and the faster and more accurate auto focus. Additional pros for the Olympus are the larger sensitivity, the better viewfinder and that the display has a higher resolution. A nice touch is the superior video recording, the connector for an external microphone and that the battery has more stamina. Another advantage over the OM-D E-M5: the built-in wifi that permits remote shooting and image transfer without the need for a cable connection, the support for USB 3.0. HArdly a luxury, given today's image size and the requirements of 4K video and the built-in GPS.

The OM-D E-M1X scores 36 points.

Otherwise why to choose Olympus OM-D E-M5

OM-D E-M1X

OM-D E-M5

Weighs less (2)997g
(32.2 oz.)
425g
(13.7 oz.)
More portable (2)1707cm³
(108 cu.in.)
467cm³
(29 cu.in.)

Conclusion: Advantages of the OM-D E-M5 are the lower weight than the OM-D E-M1X and the more compact size.

Yields 4 points for the OM-D E-M5.

Common Specs for both cameras compared

OM-D E-M1X

OM-D E-M5

Sensor formatFour ThirdsFour Thirds
Sensor cleaning
Lens selection8080
Image stabilizer
Articulated screen
Touch screen
Environmental sealing
Olympus OM-D E-M1X VS Olympus OM-D E-M5 Dimensions

Look at front view of the OM-D E-M1X and OM-D E-M5

OM-D E-M1X und OM-D E-M5, front viewOM-D E-M1X und OM-D E-M5, front view

Top view of cameras

OM-D E-M1X und OM-D E-M5, view from aboveOM-D E-M1X und OM-D E-M5, view from above

Total scores

Here's the total score according to comparison above:

Olympus OM-D E-M1X

Olympus OM-D E-M5

36
4

We recommend Olympus OM-D E-M1X as better choice.

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