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Olympus E-M1X, meet the truly last jedi
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    • 20MP Four Thirds sensor
    • 121-point autofocus system with deep learning-based subject recognition
    • Hand-held high-res shot mode
    • Up to 60 fps Raw + JPEG capture (up to 18 fps with autofocus)
    • Pro Capture mode records frames before you hit the shutter
    • Up 7.5EV of image stabilization with supported lenses
    • 'Live ND' multi-shot mode simulates ND filters
    • Large 2.36M-dot LCD viewfinder able to work at up to 120fps
    • Dual BLH-1 batteries giving 870 shots per charge (CIPA)
    • Dual UHS-II SD memory card slots
    • Extensive direct control, dual AF joysticks, articulating touchscreen
    • UHD 4K/30p video and DCI 24p at up to 237Mbps
    • Extensive, IPX1-rated weather sealing
    • USB charging
    • Effective Resolution 20.4 megapixels
    • Continuous Shooting Speed 18 fps
    • 50 MP Handheld High Res shot functionality. Building on the HiRes innovation on the E-M1 MK II where a tripod was required, the E-M1X can now take a 50mp HiRes shot handheld. Using a tripod it can now produce 80mp images.
    • World's best Image stabilization: In combination with a M.Zuiko IS PRO lens, this technology enables the 5-axis sync IS to compensate for approx. 7.5 shutter speed steps.
    • Totally new AF system with various AF target modes and settings and intelligent subject tracking.
    • With locked AF, the E-M1X features high-speed sequential shooting at a maximum of 60 fps to capture split-second moments that the human eye cannot see. With AF/AE tracking, a maximum of 18 fps may be reached.
    • Key OM-D Movie video capabilities: 4K and C4K, OM-Log400, Different levels of IS, 120 fps high-speed shooting in Full HD
    • Anti-flicker shooting capabilities
    • Live ND feature for slow shutter effects without an external filter.
    • Dust, splash, & freezeproof. Weatherproofing maintained even when connecting microphone, earphone or remote control cable
    • Integrated field sensors to add detailed metadata to pictures and video
    • Two UHS-II SD card slots for high-speed responsiveness
    • Two batteries in innovative cartridge system and USB charging capabilities
    • The sensor dust reduction system now features an improved Super Sonic Wave Filter (SSWF) with a special coating which vibrates 30,000 times per second further reducing the possibility of dust or dirt ruining photos and equipment by factor 10
    • Capture up to 2,580 images before having to recharge. Featuring USB Power Delivery (USB-PD) from up to 100 W power sources, both batteries in the camera body can be fully charged in approximately two hours
    • A new Wi-Fi capture allows tethered shooting without a cable and makes it possible to transfer images wirelessly to a computer with the Olympus
    • Weight 997g
    • Body (WxHxD) 144.4 x 146.8 x 75.4mm
    • Price for body is ¥365,040 or £2,799, available April

    Available for $2999 at

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  • One thing I am proud is that PV sources had been 100% right.

    Same sources told me that Olympus actually do not plan any big production and consider it as their marketing flagship model intended for rich buyers, their official ambassadors and exhibitions.

  • Wonder if some of the feature will pass down to E-M5 III? That will be a game changer! Hybrid AF, Live ND, best IBIS in class.

  • @ntsan

    Inside companies people are not sure if such camera will happen at all :-)

    It is still huge pessimism inside and no much hope for this camera.

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  • The PRO body will not get the new 150-400 mm f4.5 lens until sometime in 2020. This is much worse than the most pessimistic rumours suggested (Q4, 2019). The rest of the lens roadmap is very vague.

    This was not at all the big telephoto lens splash that was hoped for. I guess that was very unrealistic.

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  • PR

    Today Olympus expands the OM-D series with the introduction of the OM-D E-M1X professional Micro Four Thirds® interchangeable lens camera. The Olympus OM-D E-M1X is packed with industry leading speed, performance, reliability and high-quality image output that rivals that of full-frame DSLRs. This new professional model, positioned alongside the award-winning Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, incorporates an integrated vertical grip to provide a secure grip and superior operability, whether held horizontally or vertically, and offers the world's highest image stabilization performance with approximately 7.5 shutter speed steps of compensation. Zero-lag Pro Capture Mode and 60 fps high-speed continuous shooting ensures photographers never miss a shot. Its dual TruePic VIII Image Processors provide for high-speed responsiveness and a handheld High Res Shot Mode. The camera's 121-point all-cross-type on-chip Phase Detection AF sensor and an AF Multi-Selector provides greater freedom over composition. When pairing the OM-D E-M1X with the versatile, excellent image quality of Olympus M.Zuiko lenses, this compact, lightweight, high quality camera system demonstrates its true capabilities in situations where portability is essential, including sports and wildlife photography.

    Main Features

    • Integrated Vertical Grip
    • Precise Autofocus system with AF Multi-Selector, All-Cross-Type On-Chip Phase Detection AF Sensor, and Intelligent Subject Detection AF
    • Pro Capture Mode and 60 fps High-Speed Sequential Shooting
    • Dual TruePic VIII Image Processors
    • The World's Highest Image Stabilization Performance

    Integrated Vertical Grip Construction

    To meet demands from professional users who place importance on a secure grip during shooting, the OM-D E-M1X features integrated vertical grip construction, designed to provide an improved grip with a deep finger rest whether holding the camera horizontally or vertically. The ergonomic design reduces fatigue when shooting for long periods of time.

    Redesigned Button Layout

    The layout, shape, and height of all buttons and levers have been completely redesigned to enable users to concentrate on shooting through the viewfinder. A multi-selector is included in both the horizontal and vertical positions so that users can quickly shift focus areas while looking through the viewfinder. A new C-LOCK lever allows the user to select and disable numerous buttons and dials on the camera when in the vertical or horizontal position to substantially mitigate any the risk of accidental changes in settings.

    High Magnification, High-Speed Viewfinder

    The viewfinder features a new optical design using an industry-leading magnification of 0.83x (35mm equivalent). This four-element configuration designed with aspherical and high reflective index lenses provides a clear, distortion-free display right up to the edge of the viewfinder. As found on the OM-D E-M1 Mark II, a 120 fps (progressive scan) high-speed frame rate with a 0.005 second latency are provided for stress-free moving subject photography.

    Advanced Durability and Reliability

    The OM-D E-M1X clears Olympus' in-house splashproof tests that are far more rigorous than IPX1 water ingress testing. The body is designed for shooting in the severe conditions professional photographers often find themselves. Dustproof, splashproof, and freezeproof (14°F / -10°C) performance is maintained even when the remote cable, microphone, and headphone jacks are in use, enabling shooting that is not affected by poor weather. A new coating is used on the Super Sonic Wave Filter, which vibrates at 30,000 times per second to remove dust and dirt, boosting dust removal effectiveness by 10% compared to previous Olympus models. The OM-D E-M1X also features durability and reliability to put pro photographers' minds at ease, including construction that dissipates heat when shooting video and during high speed shooting in very hot conditions, which can typically cause the temperature to rise and limit functionality, as well as a shutter life actuation counts of 400,000.

    High-Capacity Battery

    The OM-D E-M1X is equipped with a cartridge battery insertion system with the capacity for two BLH-1 lithium-ion batteries (also used in the OM-D E-M1 Mark II). Users can capture up to approximately 870 shots and easily replace the batteries even when the camera is attached to a monopod or tripod. The camera also supports USB-C power delivery from a maximum 100 W USB-C standard power source with no special adapter required. This makes it possible to charge the two BLH-1 batteries in the camera body in approximately two hours.

    AF Area Multi Selector

    A multi selector is included in both the horizontal and vertical positions on the OM-D E-M1X allowing users to quickly shift the AF area while looking through the viewfinder. A distinctive attribute of this joystick is that it allows for diagonal movement of the AF point, where most other cameras only allow for left, right, up and down movement, and in only one direction at a time. This feature makes it possible to smoothly shift AF areas during sequential shooting and video recording.

    121-Point All-Cross-Type On-Chip Phase Detection AF Sensor The precise 121-point all-cross-type on-chip Phase Detection AF sensor currently available on the OM-D E-M1 Mark II is also featured on this model for more accurate and greater freedom for focusing in various situations. Olympus on-chip Phase Detection AF delivers Live View images and utilizes autofocus information from recorded images for quick tracking of unpredictable subject movement and changes in subject speed. The AF low-light limit when an F1.2 lens is attached is -6 EV, allowing for high-precision focusing in both dark situations and low-contrast subjects.

    Various Autofocus Settings

    Various autofocus settings are available on the OM-D E-M1X to meet the needs of professional photographers, including multiple AF Target Modes, AF area position settings when holding the camera vertically or horizontally, and turning the focusing ring in C-AF AF to instantly switch to manual focus using C-AF+MF Mode. The new 25-Point Group Target and Custom AF Target have been added to the available AF Target Modes for greater operating freedom.

    High-Speed Sequential Shooting

    The OM-D E-M1X features high-speed sequential shooting at a maximum60 fps for capturing scenes in high definition that even the human eye cannot see. Both the 60 fps high-speed continuous shooting in AF/AE Lock, and maximum 18 fps continuous shooting with AF/AE Tracking can be used in Silent Mode for shooting a variety of activities, performances and events where the photographer does not want to disturb others with the sound of the shutter.

    Pro Capture Mode

    Pro Capture Mode records up to 35 frames retroactively from when the shutter button is released with no blackouts (image loss) during shooting, recording at 20 million pixels and offers support for RAW capture. This feature has received high praise from professional photographers since its introduction on the OM-D E-M1 Mark II, and is effective for capturing artistic images of subjects that move unpredictably.

    Dual TruePicVIII High-Speed Image Processors

    The OM-D E-M1X is equipped with two TruePic VIII Image Processors, providing quicker start-up times and recovery from sleep mode, and supporting the two high-speed UHS-II SD card slots for overall high-speed responsiveness. This not only contributes to a faster camera, but also supports new camera functionality, including Handheld High Res Shot Mode, Live ND, and Intelligent Subject Detection AF.

    Handheld High Res Shot

    In addition to ultra-high-resolution maximum 80M[9] High Res Shot images that can be captured using a tripod, Handheld High Res Shot Mode is now available on the OM-D E-M1X, in response to many requests received from professional photographers. This feature is particularly useful for capturing high-definition shots in locations where it is impossible to use a tripod, including when moving from place to place, such as hiking.

    Live ND

    Live ND is included on the OM-D E-M1X for slow shutter speed effects without the need for an ND filter. This new technology combines multiple exposed images in camera to attain slow shutter effects. It is also possible to check the slow shutter effects in the viewfinder before shooting for improved efficiency. Effects can be set in five levels: ND2 (equivalent to one shutter speed step), ND4 (2 steps), ND8 (3 steps), ND16 (4 steps), and ND32 (5 steps).

    Intelligent Subject Detection AF

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) based Deep Learning technology was utilized to develop new algorithms for the Intelligent Subject Detection AF feature. It detects three different types of subjects, including motorsports, airplanes, and trains, focusing on and tracking the optimal area. For example, it sets pinpoint focus, locking onto the driver's helmet during motorsports, automatically detecting the subject, enabling improved autofocus precision so users can focus on the composition.

    World's Highest Image Stabilization

    The OM-D E-M1X's new gyro sensor enables superior image stabilization performance, delivering a maximum of 7.0 shutter speed steps of compensation performance when using the camera body stabilization alone, and the world's highest 7.5 shutter speed steps of compensation when combined with the stabilized M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO lens. This feature makes handheld shooting possible at lower shutter speeds than ever before, which is perfect for nighttime and indoor shooting.

    Other Features:

    • Field Sensor System and Built-In GPS: The OM-D E-M1X contains a built-in GPS® sensor, temperature sensor, manometer and compass, collectively known as 'field sensors'. In addition to location information, including longitude and latitude, these sensors detect and record the temperature, elevation, and direction of the camera for adding detailed shooting information to images.
    • Anti-Flicker Shooting and Flicker Scan: With anti-flicker shooting, the camera detects the flicker frequency of artificial light sources, including fluorescent lighting and activates the shutter at peak brightness to eliminate uneven exposures and coloring between sequential frames. Flicker scan suppresses striped patterns that can occur when using Silent Mode (electronic shutter) and when shooting movies, so that users can fine tune the shutter speed.
    • Olympus Capture: Olympus Capture camera control software now supports the transfer of recorded images over Wi-Fi®. This new feature makes it possible to transfer images wirelessly to a computer when shooting in the studio without connecting a USB cable. Both 2.4 GHz and high-speed communication 5 GHz bandwidths are available.
    • Handheld 4K and Cinema 4K: Powerful 5-Axis Image Stabilization and electronic stabilization enable ultra-smooth handheld 4K and cinema 4K video recording, without the need for stabilizing gear. Image stabilization effect can be selected from three levels depending on the photographer's posture and movement.
    • OM-Log400: The OM-D E-M1X supports OM-Log400 shooting, which allows for shooting without loss of details in shadows and highlights and without blowouts, along with color grading via a computer for a high degree of freedom over images.
    • High-Speed Movie (120 fps): 120 fps high-speed movies are now supported in Full HD. Slow-motion playback can make for more impressive imaging expressions.
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  • The OM-D E-M1X is a nice camera with a really big problem. The camera is totally overpriced when you consider all the options that people have these days for mirrorless cameras not to mention some good old DSLR's like the Nikon D500. I think they are trying to market this to people that shoot sports. The problem IMO is the sensor is just too small for indoor sports events.

    The sweet spot in terms of pricing for this type of camera with this sized sensor would be $1500.00. Anything higher then $1500.00 for a M4/3 sized sensor at this time will be a HARD sell given the current competition from all the camera companies. The camera might be really good (probably the best) in terms of weather sealing but extreme weather sealing alone will not sell this camera. Sometimes I really wonder about the people in charge of these companies? Are they totally clueless... $3000.00 for a M4/3 camera that's the size of a DSLR.... Crazy!

  • It's clearly aimed at a handful of wildlife/sport pros using m43 that also own a lot of native lenses. Nobody outside of m43 and who's sane at the same time will ever buy it. Hopefully Oly will come to their senses, forget about that flop and start concentrating on something that might actually sell - sensibly priced EM5III ($1K) and cheap PENs. Jeez, I just hope Panny learns from Olys mistakes.

  • The video capabilities of the E-M1X are almost identical to those offered in the E-M1 II so it’s no surprise that the resulting clips were similar in quality. The addition of Log capture should make it more competitive, although Olympus has yet to release a look-up-table to convert footage for use in popular video editing applications.

    M4/3 cameras have an advantage over competing ‘full frame’ DSLRs because the smaller frames are easier to use at full frame width without pixel skipping or binning. Unfortunately, the AF system was slightly slower and less consistent when tracking moving subjects in movie mode, particularly with the high-speed recording settings (an example is shown below). Aside from these modes, we found picture quality to be generally good.

  • @azo

    It's $1500 for the camera and $1500 for the weather sealing. ;-)

    Still it will not work under water. So let customers get their Nauticam housing if they want wheater sealing IMO.

  • @EspenB. Ok that makes it a lot easier for me to digest. LOL

  • Olympus 50mp mode really works, but it is not magic


    But has issues with moving objects or hairs/leaves



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  • Moving objects are an issue for ALL pixel shift cameras. This is a bit worse than a Panasonic but it's not intended for moving objects.

  • And we finally fucked up to heatpipes for cooling


    Main reason is that Japanese companies can't use any modern process for LSI. Most of them are made using 45nm, some 28nm and none use better process.
    It can happen that new modern Sony LSI we will see this year could make it to 14nm.

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  • Visual representation of Olympus camera division fate