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Olympus E-M1X vs Sony A9 II

Portability
54
Imaging
63
Features
93
Overall
75
Olympus OM-D E-M1X front
 
Sony Alpha A9 Mark II front
Portability
62
Imaging
78
Features
93
Overall
84

Olympus E-M1X vs Sony A9 II Key Specs

Olympus E-M1X
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • 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
  • Revealed January 2019
  • Older Model is Olympus E-M1 II
Sony A9 II
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Raise to 204800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 678g - 129 x 96 x 76mm
  • Launched October 2019
  • Previous Model is Sony A9
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Olympus E-M1X vs Sony A9 II Overview

Lets take a more detailed look at the Olympus E-M1X versus Sony A9 II, both Pro Mirrorless digital cameras by companies Olympus and Sony. The resolution of the E-M1X (20MP) and the A9 II (24MP) is relatively similar but the E-M1X (Four Thirds) and A9 II (Full frame) use totally different sensor size.

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The E-M1X was revealed 8 months prior to the A9 II and they are of a similar age. Both cameras come with the identical body type (SLR-style mirrorless).

Before diving in to a thorough comparison, below is a simple view of how the E-M1X matches up vs the A9 II in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-M1X over the Sony A9 II

 E-M1X A9 II 
Screen typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Sony A9 II over the Olympus E-M1X

 A9 II E-M1X 
LaunchedOctober 2019January 2019Newer by 8 months
Screen resolution1440k1037kCrisper screen (+403k dot)

Common features in the Olympus E-M1X and Sony A9 II

 E-M1X A9 II 
Manual focus Dial accurate focus
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen size
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Olympus E-M1X vs Sony A9 II Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to travel with your camera, you will need to factor in its weight and measurements. The Olympus E-M1X comes with external measurements of 144mm x 147mm x 75mm (5.7" x 5.8" x 3.0") along with a weight of 997 grams (2.20 lbs) and the Sony A9 II has proportions of 129mm x 96mm x 76mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 3.0") accompanied by a weight of 678 grams (1.49 lbs).

Look at the Olympus E-M1X versus Sony A9 II in our newest Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you have chosen during that time. Below is the front view proportions comparison of the E-M1X compared to the A9 II.

Olympus E-M1X vs Sony A9 II size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability score of the E-M1X and A9 II is 54 and 62 respectively.

Olympus E-M1X vs Sony A9 II top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-M1X vs Sony A9 II Sensor Comparison

Generally, it can be tough to see the difference between sensor dimensions only by going over specifications. The pic below should give you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the E-M1X and A9 II.

Plainly, both cameras have got different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The E-M1X having a tinier sensor will make getting shallow DOF harder and the Sony A9 II will deliver extra detail because of its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will help you crop shots much more aggressively. The more aged E-M1X is going to be behind when it comes to sensor innovation.

Olympus E-M1X vs Sony A9 II sensor size comparison

Olympus E-M1X vs Sony A9 II Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-M1X vs Sony A9 II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus E-M1X
Portrait photography with Sony A9 II
77
manual focus
megapixel count good (20MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
supports face detect focus
delivers RAW files
86
you can focus manually
sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
includes face detect autofocus
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-M1X Street photography info
Sony A9 II Street photography info
68
fully articulated screen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
provides touch to focus
environment proof
above average high ISO (25,600)
heavier than average (997 grams)
79
screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
provides focus via touch
weather proofing
above average ISO range (51,200)
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

Sports Comparison

Olympus E-M1X Sports photography highlights
Sony A9 II Sports photography highlights
81
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
quiet shooting (1/32,000s)
high max fps (60.0 frames/s)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count good (20MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
supports tracking focus
environment proof
great battery life (870 per charge)
comes with phase detect auto focus
89
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
silent mode (1/32,000s)
high fps (20.0 fps)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor resolution is decent (24MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
includes tracking focus
weather proofing
better than average battery power (690 per charge)
comes with phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-M1X as a Travel photography camera
Sony A9 II as a Travel photography camera
68
great battery life (870 shots)
environment proof
connects via bluetooth
provides touch to focus
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
selfie friendly screen
heavier than average (997 grams)
73
better than average battery power (690 per charge)
weather proofing
supports bluetooth
provides focus via touch
sensor resolution is decent (24MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus E-M1X
Landscape photography with Sony A9 II
80
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
above average high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW files
environment proof
great battery life (870 shots)
two card slots
87
you can focus manually
change lenses (Sony E mount)
nice screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
above average ISO range (51,200)
exports RAW formats
weather proofing
better than average battery power (690 shots)
two card slots
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus E-M1X
Vlogging with Sony A9 II
68
selfie friendly screen
touchscreen enabled
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
supports face detect focus
high quality video (4096 x 2160 resolution)
does have mic socket
heavier than average (997 grams)
36
touch screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
includes face detect autofocus
good video quality (3840 x 2160 pxls)
does have microphone socket
screen is not selfie friendly
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Olympus E-M1X vs Sony A9 II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-M1X and Sony A9 II
 Olympus OM-D E-M1XSony Alpha A9 Mark II
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Sony
Model type Olympus OM-D E-M1X Sony Alpha A9 Mark II
Class Pro Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Revealed 2019-01-24 2019-10-03
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Dual TruePic VIII BIONZ X
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Full frame
Sensor measurements 17.4 x 13mm 35.6 x 23.8mm
Sensor area 226.2mm² 847.3mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 3:2
Maximum resolution 5184 x 3888 6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 25600 51200
Maximum boosted ISO - 204800
Lowest native ISO 200 100
RAW data
Lowest boosted ISO 64 50
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 121 693
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds Sony E
Available lenses 107 121
Crop factor 2.1 1
Screen
Type of screen Fully Articulated Tilting
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 1,037 thousand dots 1,440 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,360 thousand dots 3,686 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.74x 0.78x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/8000s 1/8000s
Highest silent shutter speed 1/32000s 1/32000s
Continuous shooting rate 60.0 frames/s 20.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash modes Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync (1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync (2nd curtain), manual Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Red-eye reduction, Wireless, Hi-speed sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 237 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Maximum video resolution 4096x2160 3840x2160
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB Yes (USB-PD allows charging by laptop or external power bank) USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS Built-in None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 997 grams (2.20 pounds) 678 grams (1.49 pounds)
Dimensions 144 x 147 x 75mm (5.7" x 5.8" x 3.0") 129 x 96 x 76mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 3.0")
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 photographs 690 photographs
Form of battery Built-in Battery Pack
Battery ID - NP-FZ100
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom) Yes (2, 5, 10 secs + continuous, 3 or 5 frames)
Time lapse recording
Storage type - Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II compatible)
Card slots Two Two
Cost at launch $2,999 $4,498