Olympus OM-D E-M1X

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    Highlights

    • 20.4 MP Micro Four Thirds CMOS Sensor
    • 200 - 25,600 Native ISO
    • 121 Focus Points
    • 5-Axis Image Stabilization
    • 3.0" 1,037k dot Fully Articulated Screen
    • 2,360k dot Electronic Viewfinder
    • 15.0 fps Mechanical and 60.0 fps Electronic Continuous Shooting
    • 4096 x 2160 Video Shooting
    • 30 min Video Recording Limit
    • Built-in GPS
    • Built-In Wi-Fi
    • Wheather Sealed Body
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    Overview

    Olympus OM-D E-M1X was announced in 2019 and is a Micro Four Thirds (17.4 x 13 mm) Mirrorless camera with 20.4 Megapixel CMOS sensor. Its native ISO ranges from 200 to 25,600 and expands to 64 - 25,600 in boosted mode. The camera has a Fully Articulated 3.0" screen with 1,037k dot resolution and built-in Electronic viewfinder with 2,360k dot resolution. It has a built-in 5-Axis Sensor Shift in body image stabilization.

    Olympus OM-D E-M1X can capture video up to 4096 x 2160 resolution.


    Here is the Olympus OM-D series lineup, where you can view and compare the main specifications of the cameras within the same series.

    Olympus OM-D series lineup
    Model Date Sensor Native ISO Screen Price
    Image cannot be found Olympus OM-D E-M10 IV August
    2020
    20.3 MP
    Micro Four Thirds
    200 - 25,600 Tilting 3.0"
    1,040k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Olympus OM-D E-M1 III February
    2020
    20.4 MP
    Micro Four Thirds
    200 - 25,600 Articulated 3.0"
    1,037k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Olympus OM-D E-M5 III October
    2019
    20.4 MP
    Micro Four Thirds
    200 - 25,600 Articulated 3.0"
    1,040k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Olympus OM-D E-M1X January
    2019
    20.4 MP
    Micro Four Thirds
    200 - 25,600 Articulated 3.0"
    1,037k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Olympus OM-D E-M10 III August
    2017
    16.1 MP
    Micro Four Thirds
    200 - 25,600 Tilting 3.0"
    1,040k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Olympus OM-D E-M1 II September
    2016
    20.3 MP
    Micro Four Thirds
    200 - 25,600 Articulated 3.0"
    1,037k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Olympus OM-D E-M10 II August
    2015
    16.1 MP
    Micro Four Thirds
    200 - 25,600 Tilting 3.0"
    1,040k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Olympus OM-D E-M5 II February
    2015
    16.1 MP
    Micro Four Thirds
    200 - 25,600 Articulated 3.0"
    1,037k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Olympus OM-D E-M10 March
    2014
    16.1 MP
    Micro Four Thirds
    200 - 25,600 Tilting 3.0"
    1,037k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Olympus OM-D E-M1 October
    2013
    16.3 MP
    Micro Four Thirds
    100 - 25,600 Tilting 3.0"
    1,037k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Olympus OM-D E-M5 April
    2012
    16.1 MP
    Micro Four Thirds
    200 - 25,600 Tilting 3.0"
    610k dot
    Touchscreen

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV vs OM-D E-M1 Mark III vs OM-D E-M5 Mark III vs OM-D E-M1X vs OM-D E-M10 Mark III vs OM-D E-M1 Mark II.

    Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Olympus OM-D E-M1X.

    PROS

    •   Video Capture
    •   121 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus
    •   Vehicle Tracking Mode
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Fully Articulated Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Live Composition
    •   High Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/8000 sec
    •   High Max Shutter Speed (Electronic) - 1/32000 sec
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 60.0 fps
    •   High Video Resolution - 4096 x 2160
    •   Webcam Functionality
    •   High USB Speed
    •   HDMI Output
    •   Built-in GPS
    •   Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   Built-In Bluetooth
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   USB Charging
    •   2 Storage Slots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    CONS

    •   Small Sensor
    •   200 Lowest Native ISO
    •   Low Video Recording Limit

    And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

    AVERAGE

    •   Price
    •   Sensor Resolution - 20.4 Megapixel
    •   25,600 Highest Native ISO
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
    •   Viewfinder Resolution - 2,360k dot
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec
    •   Weight - 997 g (2.20 lb / 35.17 oz)
    •   Battery Life - 870 shots

    Screen and Viewfinder

    Fully Articulated Touchscreen

    Olympus OM-D E-M1X has a 3.0" Fully Articulated touchscreen with 1,037k dot resolution. Fully articulated screen makes this camera selfie and vlogger friendly and generally very useful for video shooting.

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    Olympus OM-D E-M1X with Fully Articulated screen


    Electronic Viewfinder

    Camera has a built-in Electronic viewfinder with 2,360k dot resolution. It has a 100% coverage and 1.65x (0.83x 35mm equivalent) magnification.

    Sensor

    Olympus OM-D E-M1X features a 20.4 megapixel Micro Four Thirds CMOS sensor with dimensions of 17.4 x 13 mm and a total area of 226.2 mm2. Its native ISO range is 200 - 25,600 and expands to 64 - 25,600 in boosted mode.


    Here is a sensor size comparison chart where you can see how Olympus OM-D E-M1X's Micro Four Thirds sensor compares with other types of sensors:

    Sensor size chart
    Sensor Dimensions Area Aspect Ratio Crop Factor
    Image cannot be displayedMedium Format44 x 33 mm1452 mm24:30.79x
    Image cannot be displayedFull Frame36 x 24 mm864 mm23:21x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-H27 x 18 mm486 mm23:21.3x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C23.6 x 15.6 mm368.2 mm23:21.5x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C (Canon)22.3 x 14.9 mm332.3 mm23:21.6x
    Image cannot be displayedMicro Four Thirds17.4 x 13 mm226.2 mm24:32x
    Image cannot be displayed1-inch13.2 x 8.8 mm116.2 mm23:22.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/1.7-inch7.44 x 5.58 mm41.5 mm24:34.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/2.3-inch6.17 x 4.55 mm28.1 mm24:35.6x

    Photography Features

    Camera is equipped with Dual TruePic VIII processor and can take pictures up to 5184 x 3888 resolution.


    Lens Mount

    Olympus OM-D E-M1X has Micro Four Thirds lens mount. Due to Micro Four Thirds sensor its crop factor (also called lens multiplier) is 2x. This means that a 35mm equivalent focal length of the mounted lens will be equal to its actual focal length times 2.


    In-Body Image Stabilization

    The camera has a built-in 5-Axis Sensor Shift in-body image stabilization (IBIS) with 7 stops of compensation. This means that you are still getting vibration reduction when camera is paired with non-image stabilizied lenses. It also works with lenses with optical image stabilization and in combination can achieve even better compensation.

    Check out the cameras which are frequently compared to Olympus OM-D E-M1X.

    Connectivity, Battery and Storage

    Built-in GPS

    Olympus OM-D E-M1X has a built-in GPS (Global Positioning System) technology which allows you to automatically tag the location where you took your photos. You can later categorize, organize, and search for photos based on location. This is very useful for travel and outdoor photographers for documenting the locations where images were captured.
      Check out the cameras in our database that have built-in GPS.


    Built-in Wi-Fi

    Camera has a built-in Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi 5, 802.11ac/b/g/n, 2.4/5 GHz) which allows to easily transfer photos and videos from the camera to other Wi-Fi-enabled devices, such as smartphones, tablets, printers, or computers. This eliminates the need for cables and allows for quick and convenient media sharing and social media integration. It gives you the ability to control your camera remotely using a smartphone or tablet. This is particularly useful for taking self-portraits, group shots, or capturing images in challenging conditions without having to touch the camera. Firmware updates can also be downloaded and installed wirelessly.
      Check out the cameras in our database that have built-in WiFi.


    Bluetooth

    Camera has a built-in Bluetooth which lets you to connect the camera to a smartphone or a dedicated remote control device. This allows you to remotely trigger the camera, adjust settings and controls remotely through a paired mobile app. While Wi-Fi is generally faster for transferring larger files, Bluetooth can be used for small, selective transfers, it can provide real-time information about your camera's battery status, memory card capacity, and other key settings directly on your paired smartphone or smartwatch.
      Check out the cameras in our database that have built-in Bluetooth.


    USB Input and HDMI Output

    Olympus OM-D E-M1X has a USB 3.2 Gen 1x1 (5 GBit/sec) Type-C input for data transfer and battery charging. There is a Micro HDMI connector for video signal output.


    Battery

    Olympus OM-D E-M1X comes with BLH-1 battery pack with battery life of 870 shots.


    External Storage Slots

    The camera has Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II) card slots.

    Other Features

    Shutter

    Olympus OM-D E-M1X has Mechanical Focal Plane shutter and Electronic shutter. Shutter speed can go up to 1/32000 sec with electronic shutter and up to 1/8000 sec with mechanical shutter. Camera can shoot continuously up to 60.0 fps with electronic shutter and up to 15.0 fps with mechanical shutter.


    Exposure

    Camera's exposure metering ranges from -2 to +20 EV and you can set the exposure compensation within the ±5 EV range. You can also do exposure lock, exposure bracketing and manual exposure adjustment.


    Flash

    Olympus OM-D E-M1X has no built-in flash but an external flash may be connected via Hot Shoe or PC Terminal. The fastest flash synchronization speed is 1/250 sec. Flash compensation can be set from -3 to +3 EV with 1/3 or 1/2 or 1 EV step increments.

    Physical Parameters

    Olympus OM-D E-M1X has dimensions of 144 x 147 x 75 mm (5.67 x 5.79 x 2.95"). It weighs 997 g (2.20 lb / 35.17 oz) which is neither heavy nor lightweight.

    144 mm (5.67")

    147 mm (5.79")

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    75 mm (2.95")

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    Olympus OM-D E-M1X dimensions

    Olympus OM-D E-M1X for Different Types of Photography

    We give scores to the camera for different type of photography based on its features and specifications. Let us see how Olympus OM-D E-M1X is suitable for six different types of photography.


    Landscape Photography

    EXCELLENT
    86

    Olympus OM-D E-M1X gets a score of 86 and is EXCELLENT choice for Landscape photography.

    •   Small Sensor
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
    •   Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing

    Sports Photography

    GOOD
    84

    Olympus OM-D E-M1X gets a score of 84 and is GOOD choice for Sports photography.

    •   25,600 Highest Native ISO
    •   121 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
    •   Viewfinder Resolution - 2,360k dot
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 60.0 fps
    •   Battery Life - 870 shots
    •   2 Storage Slots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Wildlife Photography

    GOOD
    80

    Olympus OM-D E-M1X gets a score of 80 and is GOOD choice for Wildlife photography.

    •   25,600 Highest Native ISO
    •   121 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
    •   Viewfinder Resolution - 2,360k dot
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 60.0 fps
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Battery Life - 870 shots
    •   2 Storage Slots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Portrait Photography

    EXCELLENT
    86

    Olympus OM-D E-M1X gets a score of 86 and is EXCELLENT choice for Portrait photography.

    •   Small Sensor
    •   121 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Street Photography

    EXCELLENT
    86

    Olympus OM-D E-M1X gets a score of 86 and is EXCELLENT choice for Street photography.

    •   Small Sensor
    •   121 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Fully Articulated Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
    •   Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 997 g (2.20 lb / 35.17 oz)

    Travel Photography

    GOOD
    83

    Olympus OM-D E-M1X gets a score of 83 and is GOOD choice for Travel photography.

    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Fully Articulated Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
    •   High Video Resolution - 4096 x 2160
    •   Low Video Recording Limit
    •   Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 997 g (2.20 lb / 35.17 oz)
    •   Battery Life - 870 shots

    Olympus OM-D E-M1X Evaluation

    We evaluate Olympus OM-D E-M1X and give score of 79 out of 100. We also give separate scores for 7 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new camera is added to the database.


    OVERALL
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    Sensor

    AVERAGE
    60

    We give Olympus OM-D E-M1X a score of 60 for Sensor parameters.

    •   Small Sensor
    •   Sensor Resolution - 20.4 Megapixel
    •   200 Lowest Native ISO
    •   25,600 Highest Native ISO

    Photo

    GOOD
    83

    We give Olympus OM-D E-M1X a score of 83 for Photo parameters.

    •   Image Stabilization
    •   High Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/8000 sec
    •   High Max Shutter Speed (Electronic) - 1/32000 sec
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 60.0 fps
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec

    Video

    AVERAGE
    66

    We give Olympus OM-D E-M1X a score of 66 for Video parameters.

    •   Image Stabilization
    •   High Video Resolution - 4096 x 2160
    •   Webcam Functionality
    •   Low Video Recording Limit

    Focusing

    EXCELLENT
    90

    We give Olympus OM-D E-M1X a score of 90 for Focusing parameters.

    •   121 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus
    •   Vehicle Tracking Mode

    Screen and Viewfinder

    EXCELLENT
    86

    We give Olympus OM-D E-M1X a score of 86 for Screen and Viewfinder parameters.

    •   Fully Articulated Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
    •   Viewfinder Resolution - 2,360k dot

    Connectivity

    EXCELLENT
    98

    We give Olympus OM-D E-M1X a score of 98 for Connectivity parameters.

    •   High USB Speed
    •   HDMI Output
    •   Built-in GPS
    •   Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   Built-In Bluetooth

    Battery, Storage and Physical

    GOOD
    73

    We give Olympus OM-D E-M1X a score of 73 for Battery, Storage and Physical parameters.

    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 997 g (2.20 lb / 35.17 oz)
    •   Battery Life - 870 shots
    •   2 Storage Slots


    For a full specification list please go to the specifications page:

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