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Olympus E-M1X vs Olympus SP-590 UZ

Portability
54
Imaging
63
Features
93
Overall
75
Olympus OM-D E-M1X front
 
Olympus SP-590 UZ front
Portability
72
Imaging
35
Features
38
Overall
36

Olympus E-M1X vs Olympus SP-590 UZ Key Specs

Olympus E-M1X
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 997g - 144 x 147 x 75mm
  • Released January 2019
  • Earlier Model is Olympus E-M1 II
Olympus SP-590 UZ
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 26-676mm (F2.8-5.0) lens
  • 413g - 116 x 84 x 81mm
  • Announced January 2009
  • New Model is Olympus SP-600 UZ
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Olympus E-M1X vs Olympus SP-590 UZ Overview

Below is a in depth comparison of the Olympus E-M1X versus Olympus SP-590 UZ, former being a Pro Mirrorless while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom and they are both designed by Olympus. There is a sizable difference between the resolutions of the E-M1X (20MP) and SP-590 UZ (12MP) and the E-M1X (Four Thirds) and SP-590 UZ (1/2.3") offer totally different sensor dimensions.

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The E-M1X was unveiled 10 years later than the SP-590 UZ and that is quite a significant difference as far as tech is concerned. Both the cameras have different body design with the Olympus E-M1X being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Olympus SP-590 UZ being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before we go straight to a detailed comparison, here is a simple synopsis of how the E-M1X matches up versus the SP-590 UZ when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-M1X over the Olympus SP-590 UZ

 E-M1X SP-590 UZ 
AnnouncedJanuary 2019January 2009More recent by 123 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution1037k230kSharper display (+807k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Olympus SP-590 UZ over the Olympus E-M1X

 SP-590 UZ E-M1X 

Common features in the Olympus E-M1X and Olympus SP-590 UZ

 E-M1X SP-590 UZ 
Manually focus More precise focus

Olympus E-M1X vs Olympus SP-590 UZ Physical Comparison

If you are going to lug around your camera frequently, you are going to need to factor its weight and size. The Olympus E-M1X features physical dimensions of 144mm x 147mm x 75mm (5.7" x 5.8" x 3.0") with a weight of 997 grams (2.20 lbs) whilst the Olympus SP-590 UZ has specifications of 116mm x 84mm x 81mm (4.6" x 3.3" x 3.2") accompanied by a weight of 413 grams (0.91 lbs).

Look at the Olympus E-M1X versus Olympus SP-590 UZ in our brand new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you choose at that moment. Underneath is a front view measurements comparison of the E-M1X vs the SP-590 UZ.

Olympus E-M1X vs Olympus SP-590 UZ size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the E-M1X and SP-590 UZ is 54 and 72 respectively.

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Olympus E-M1X vs Olympus SP-590 UZ Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it's tough to envision the difference between sensor measurements only by reading technical specs. The visual underneath will help provide you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the E-M1X and SP-590 UZ.

As you can tell, each of the cameras have different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The E-M1X having a larger sensor will make shooting shallow DOF less difficult and the Olympus E-M1X will offer you more detail having an extra 8MP. Greater resolution can also enable you to crop pics a bit more aggressively. The newer E-M1X will have a benefit with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus E-M1X vs Olympus SP-590 UZ sensor size comparison

Olympus E-M1X vs Olympus SP-590 UZ Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-M1X vs Olympus SP-590 UZ Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-M1X Portrait photography info
Olympus SP-590 UZ Portrait photography info
77
focusing manually
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with face detect focusing
saves RAW formats
37
has manual focus
exports RAW formats
external flash not possible
MP count low (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus E-M1X
Street photography with Olympus SP-590 UZ
68
screen articulates
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
has touch to focus
environment proof
very good ISO range (25,600)
heavier than competition in class (997 grams)
60
has image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
environment proof
no articulating screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-M1X Sports photography information
Olympus SP-590 UZ Sports photography information
81
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
silent mode (1/32,000 seconds)
high max fps (60.0 frames/s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with tracking focus
environment proof
good battery (870 CIPA)
has phase detect AF
38
excellent zoom range (26-676mm 26.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
environment proof
max fps very slow (6.0 frames/s)
MP count low (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-M1X Travel photography info
Olympus SP-590 UZ Travel photography info
68
good battery (870 shots)
environment proof
has bluetooth
has touch to focus
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
selfie friendly display
heavier than competition in class (997 grams)
58
environment proof
has built in flash
fairly wide (26mm)
long reach (676mm)
MP count low (12MP)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-M1X Landscape photography information
Olympus SP-590 UZ Landscape photography information
80
focusing manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
very good ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW formats
environment proof
good battery (870 CIPA)
has double storage slots
46
has manual focus
fairly wide (26mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
environment proof
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
small screen (2.7")
MP count low (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-M1X Vlogging highlights
Olympus SP-590 UZ Vlogging highlights
68
selfie friendly display
touchscreen capability
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
comes with face detect focusing
high quality video (4096 x 2160 pixels)
has mic port
heavier than competition in class (997 grams)
24
fairly wide (26mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
video res low (640 x 480 pixels)
no external microphone support
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Olympus E-M1X vs Olympus SP-590 UZ Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-M1X and Olympus SP-590 UZ
 Olympus OM-D E-M1XOlympus SP-590 UZ
General Information
Make Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus OM-D E-M1X Olympus SP-590 UZ
Type Pro Mirrorless Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2019-01-24 2009-01-07
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Chip Dual TruePic VIII -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 17.4 x 13mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 226.2mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 -
Maximum resolution 5184 x 3888 3968 x 2976
Maximum native ISO 25600 6400
Minimum native ISO 200 64
RAW files
Minimum boosted ISO 64 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 121 -
Lens
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 26-676mm (26.0x)
Max aperture - f/2.8-5.0
Macro focusing range - 1cm
Amount of lenses 107 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.9
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 2.7 inch
Resolution of display 1,037 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,360 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.74x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 seconds 15 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Highest quiet shutter speed 1/32000 seconds -
Continuous shooting rate 60.0fps 6.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 8.00 m
Flash settings Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync (1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync (2nd curtain), manual Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 237 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Maximum video resolution 4096x2160 640x480
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB Yes (USB-PD allows charging by laptop or external power bank) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Built-in None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 997g (2.20 lbs) 413g (0.91 lbs)
Physical dimensions 144 x 147 x 75mm (5.7" x 5.8" x 3.0") 116 x 84 x 81mm (4.6" x 3.3" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 870 images -
Battery style Built-in -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom) Yes (12 or 2 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage - xD Picture Card, microSD Card, Internal
Card slots Dual One
Price at launch $2,999 $249