DPReview: Olympus OM-D E-M1X Review


DPReview reviewed the Olympus OM-D E-M1X and gave it a silver award. You can read the full review here or you can read the pro/cons below.

Ultimately, this camera is probably too niche for most customers, aside from those already heavily invested in the Micro Four Thirds system. If you’ve got the glass, the E-M1X is the best body in the system for sports, action and wildlife photography, which is why we’ve given it a silver award. But if you don’t need twin grips, the E-M1 II should serve you just as well. And if you’re starting out fresh and looking for something to shoot fast-moving subjects, larger sensor cameras with more reliable autofocus can be had for less money.

What we like What we don’t
  • 18 fps continuous shooting with AF
  • Good buffer depth
  • Minimal EVF blackout and a fast refresh rate make it easy to follow fast subjects
  • Sticky subject tracking in stills and video
  • Pleasing JPEG color
  • Good resolution and dynamic range for Micro Four Thirds
  • Hand-held high-res mode for added resolution of stationary subjects
  • Good quality Cinema 4K/24p
  • Excellent image stabilization in stills and video
  • Comfortable grip, good ergonomics, handling and customizability
  • Robust build with extensive weather-sealing
  • Minimal rolling shutter when using e-shutter
  • Two batteries provide adequate shooting time
  • Two UHS-II card slots
  • Microphone and headphone ports
  • USB charging
  • AF-C performance a bit behind competition
  • Larger sensor competition offers better dynamic range and noise performance
  • Log video capture includes less dynamic range than most rivals
  • No easy way to check charge of second battery without digging through menus
  • Menus can be overwhelming (and have lost some labels for navigation)
  • Can’t use ‘Live ND’ during interval shooting
  • Headphone/Microphone gets in way of LCD when flipped out

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