Absolute Confidence: OM-D E-M1X

Absolute Confidence: OM-D E-M1X


Olympus Australia is pleased to announce the OM-D E-M1X. An addition to the Olympus OM-D line-up, this new professional model offers the ultimate combination of professional reliability, innovation and system mobility. Featuring the world’s highest1 image stabilisation performance with approximately 7.5 shutter speed steps of compensation, high-speed
burst shooting up to 60fps and a new auto focus system with intelligent subject detection, the E-M1X enables photographers to capture splitsecond images beautifully.

To meet the needs of the most demanding photographer ergonomics are at the forefront of the E-M1X design. An integrated vertical grip provides secure hold whilst maintaining system mobility through the Micro Four Thirds system design architecture. The OM-D E-M1X allows for quick operation through the viewfinder with a tactile button design that allows the photographer to easily change settings whilst shooting. This camera also includes two TruePic VIII image processors for stunning images and 4K video with OM-Log400 colour grading in post-production.

Pairing the OM-D E-M1X with the versatile, excellent image quality of the M.Zuiko lens line-up, including fisheye, super wide-angle, super-telephoto, and macro lenses, this compact, lightweight, high image quality camera system shows its true abilities in scenes where portability is essential, such as in sports and wildlife photography. The new Olympus OM-D E-M1X expands the OM-D camera line-up for professionals, positioned along-side the E-M1 Mark II which has received high praise for its high-speed, performance, mobility and excellent image quality.

Feature Highlights

  1. Integrated vertical grip delivers secure holding and high operability
  2. Comfortable AF system with the AF multi selector and All-cross-type On-chip Phase Detection AF sensor
  3. Intelligent Subject Detection auto focus technology
  4. Live ND Technology
  5. Pro Capture mode2 and 60 fps high-speed sequential shooting3 ensure photographers never miss a shot
  6. Double TruePic VIII image processors provide high-speed responsiveness and Handheld High Res Shot
  7. The world’s highest image stabilisation performance approximately 7.5 shutter speed steps of compensation result in excellent image quality
  8. 5.4Ghz Wi-Fi tethering to PC or Mac
  9. Impressive video capabilities with 4K & C4K
  10. New OM-Log400 for post production video editing

Ergonomic Design for Professional Photographers

Integrated vertical grip design, delivering an improved hand hold with a deep finger rest whether holding the camera horizontally or vertically, and an ergonomic design that reduces fatigue when shooting for long periods of time.

The layout, shape, and height of all buttons and levers have been completely redesigned to deliver controls that enable users to concentrate on shooting with 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.

Advanced Durability and Reliability

The weather sealing on OM-D E-M1X has been tested by Olympus’ rigorous in-house splash proof tests to beyond the industry standard IPX1 testing, to ensure the camera meets the needs of professional photographers no matter what conditions they find themselves in. Dust, splash, and freeze proof (-10°C) performance is maintained when connected to the remote cable, microphone, and headphone jacks. The SSWF (Super Sonic Wave Filter) which vibrates at 30,000 times per second to remove dust and dirt from the sensor features a new coating to further reduce the possibility of dust or dirt by an additional 10% compared to previous models. The construction of the E-M1X is designed to put photographer’s mind at ease with a shutter capable of 400,000 times4 actuations and the ability to dissipate heat when shooting movies and during sequential shooting in very hot conditions which can typically cause the temperature to rise and limit functionality.

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 (used also on the OM-D E-M1 Mark II). Users can capture up to approximately 870 shots5 and easily replace the batteries even when the camera is attached to a monopod or tripod. This is also the first camera in the world5 to support USB PD (power delivery), and power supply to the camera from a maximum 100 W USB PD standard power source. This makes it possible to charge the two BLH-1 batteries in the camera body in approximately two hours.

Intelligent Subject Detection

Deep learning, a type of Artificial Intelligence (AI), was utilised to develop the algorithms in this function. It detects three different types of subjects, including motorsports, airplanes, and trains, focusing on and tracking the optimal area. For example, it sets a pinpoint focus on the driver’s helmet during  motorsports, automatically detecting the subject, enabling improved autofocus precision so users can focus on the composition.

Live ND Delivers Slow Shutter Speed

Live ND is included on the OM-D E-M1X for slow shutter speed effects as though using an ND filter. This new technology combines multiple exposed images 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).

World's Highest Image Stabilisation Performance

The highest image stabilisation compensation performance when combined with M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO. The OM-D E-M1X’s new gyro sensor enables 5-axis sync IS, which delivers a maximum of approximately 7.0 shutter speed steps of compensation performance6 when using the body alone, and the world’s highest approximately 7.5 shutter speed steps of compensation when combined with the 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 night-time and indoor shooting.

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  1. Lens used: M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO, at a focal distance of 100mm (35mm equivalent: 200mm), halfway release image stabilisation: Off, conforms to CIPA standards, when corrected on 2 axes (Yaw and Pitch), current as of January 24, 2019.
  2. During Pro Capture shooting, the shutter speed is limited to the maximum speed (1 fps or higher) and the flash is disabled.
  3. AF and AE locked at first frame. Maximum of 18 fps during AF, AE link.
  4. According to Olympus tests.
  5. When using two BLH-1 batteries. Shooting with a Toshiba SDXU-D032G, IS on, flash not attached, CIPA testing standards. When using power saving shooting mode, Olympus testing conditions show approximately 2,580 shots based on CIPA testing standards.
  6. Lens used: M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO, at a focal distance of 40mm (35mm equivalent: 80mm). Conforms to CIPA standards, when corrected on 2 axes (Yaw and Pitch), current as of January 2019.
  7. Firing angle of 75 mm / standard light distribution mode, ISO 100/m.
  8. Batteries may not withstand lower temperatures. In such environments, keep batteries warm prior to use.
  9. When using rechargeable nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) batteries. Approximately 2.5 s when using alkaline batteries.
  10. Only when using OM-D E-M1X and OM-D E-M1 Mark II mechanical shutter. At a firing ratio of 1/16