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Olympus E-M1X vs Sony ZV-E1

Portability
54
Imaging
62
Features
93
Overall
74
Olympus OM-D E-M1X front
 
Sony ZV-E1 front
Portability
80
Imaging
67
Features
89
Overall
75

Olympus E-M1X vs Sony ZV-E1 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 Max Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 997g - 144 x 147 x 75mm
  • Released January 2019
  • Old Model is Olympus E-M1 II
Sony ZV-E1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.00" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 80 - 102400 (Raise to 409600)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 1920 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 483g - 121 x 72 x 54mm
  • Introduced March 2023
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Olympus E-M1X vs Sony ZV-E1 Overview

Below, we will be contrasting the Olympus E-M1X versus Sony ZV-E1, both Pro Mirrorless digital cameras by competitors Olympus and Sony. There is a substantial difference between the sensor resolutions of the E-M1X (20MP) and ZV-E1 (12MP) and the E-M1X (Four Thirds) and ZV-E1 (Full frame) feature different sensor size.

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The E-M1X was manufactured 5 years before the ZV-E1 which is quite a big difference as far as tech is concerned. Both the cameras come with different body type with the Olympus E-M1X being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Sony ZV-E1 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before getting through a detailed comparison, below is a quick view of how the E-M1X scores versus the ZV-E1 for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-M1X over the Sony ZV-E1

 E-M1X ZV-E1 

Reasons to pick Sony ZV-E1 over the Olympus E-M1X

 ZV-E1 E-M1X 
IntroducedMarch 2023January 2019Newer by 50 months

Common features in the Olympus E-M1X and Sony ZV-E1

 E-M1X ZV-E1 
Focus manually More precise focusing
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFully ArticulatedFully Articulated screen
Screen dimension3"3.00"Identical screen size
Screen resolution1037k1037kEqual screen resolution
Selfie screen Both are selfie friendly
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Olympus E-M1X vs Sony ZV-E1 Physical Comparison

If you are planning to travel with your camera regularly, you'll need to factor in its weight and volume. The Olympus E-M1X enjoys outside dimensions of 144mm x 147mm x 75mm (5.7" x 5.8" x 3.0") with a weight of 997 grams (2.20 lbs) and the Sony ZV-E1 has sizing of 121mm x 72mm x 54mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 2.1") accompanied by a weight of 483 grams (1.06 lbs).

Take a look at the Olympus E-M1X versus Sony ZV-E1 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you choose at the time. Underneath is the front view proportions comparison of the E-M1X against the ZV-E1.

Olympus E-M1X vs Sony ZV-E1 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability rating of the E-M1X and ZV-E1 is 54 and 80 respectively.

Olympus E-M1X vs Sony ZV-E1 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-M1X vs Sony ZV-E1 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is tough to imagine the contrast between sensor dimensions only by looking at technical specs. The image underneath will help provide you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the E-M1X and ZV-E1.

As you have seen, both of these cameras have got different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The E-M1X due to its tinier sensor is going to make achieving bokeh harder and the Olympus E-M1X will give greater detail due to its extra 8 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop shots much more aggressively. The more aged E-M1X is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus E-M1X vs Sony ZV-E1 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-M1X vs Sony ZV-E1 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-M1X vs Sony ZV-E1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-M1X Portrait photography information
Sony ZV-E1 Portrait photography information
77
has manual focus
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports face detect autofocus
exports RAW formats
72
has manual focus
big sensor size (Full frame)
has face detect focusing
supports RAW files
low resolution (12 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-M1X as a Street photography camera
Sony ZV-E1 as a Street photography camera
67
screen articulates fully
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
provides focus via touch
weather proofing
good ISO range (25,600)
more heavy than average (997g)
84
screen articulates
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
big sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW files
features focus via touch
weather sealing
lighter than competition in class (483g)
good ISO range (102,400)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-M1X Sports photography features
Sony ZV-E1 Sports photography features
81
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
quiet shutter (1/32,000s)
high max fps (60.0 frames/s)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports tracking focus
weather proofing
good battery power (870 CIPA)
comes with phase detect autofocus
72
quiet shooting (1/8,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
big sensor size (Full frame)
has tracking focus
weather sealing
better than average battery pack (570 CIPA)
supports phase detect AF
low max shutter speed (1/ seconds)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-M1X Travel photography features
Sony ZV-E1 Travel photography features
68
good battery power (870 per charge)
weather proofing
connects via bluetooth
provides focus via touch
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
display is selfie friendly
more heavy than average (997 grams)
79
better than average battery pack (570 CIPA)
lighter than competition in class (483g)
weather sealing
has bluetooth
features focus via touch
selfie friendly display
low resolution (12 megapixels)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus E-M1X
Landscape photography with Sony ZV-E1
80
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
resolution is good (20MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
good ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW formats
weather proofing
good battery power (870 CIPA)
has dual storage slots
79
has manual focus
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
good sized screen (3.00 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
big sensor size (Full frame)
good ISO range (102,400)
supports RAW files
weather sealing
better than average battery pack (570 shots)
low resolution (12MP)
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-M1X Vlogging highlights
Sony ZV-E1 Vlogging highlights
68
display is selfie friendly
touch screen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
supports face detect autofocus
good video quality (4096 x 2160 pixels)
does have microphone jack
more heavy than average (997 grams)
85
selfie friendly display
has touchscreen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
has face detect focusing
high res video (3840 x 1920 pxls)
comes with mic jack
lighter than competition in class (483 grams)
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Olympus E-M1X vs Sony ZV-E1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-M1X and Sony ZV-E1
 Olympus OM-D E-M1XSony ZV-E1
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Sony
Model Olympus OM-D E-M1X Sony ZV-E1
Type Pro Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Released 2019-01-24 2023-03-29
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Dual TruePic VIII -
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Full frame
Sensor dimensions 17.4 x 13mm 35.6 x 23.8mm
Sensor area 226.2mm² 847.3mm²
Sensor resolution 20MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 5184 x 3888 4240 x 2832
Maximum native ISO 25600 102400
Maximum enhanced ISO - 409600
Min native ISO 200 80
RAW data
Min enhanced ISO 64 40
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 121 759
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds Sony E
Total lenses 107 195
Crop factor 2.1 1
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Fully Articulated
Display diagonal 3 inch 3.00 inch
Resolution of display 1,037k dot 1,037k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.74x -
Features
Min shutter speed 60 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/8000 secs -
Max quiet shutter speed 1/32000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 60.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash options Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync (1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync (2nd curtain), manual no built-in flash
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 237 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 120p / 280 3840 x 2160 @ 100p / 280 Mbps, XA3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 50p / 200 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 140 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 140 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 100p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Maximum video resolution 4096x2160 3840x1920
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, XAVC S, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB Yes (USB-PD allows charging by laptop or external power bank) USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 GBit/sec)
GPS Built-in None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 997 gr (2.20 lb) 483 gr (1.06 lb)
Dimensions 144 x 147 x 75mm (5.7" x 5.8" x 3.0") 121 x 72 x 54mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 2.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 870 images 570 images
Type of battery Built-in Battery Pack
Battery model - NP-FZ100
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom) Yes
Time lapse feature With downloadable app
Type of storage - SD/SDHC/SDXC + Memory Stick Pro Duo
Storage slots Dual Single
Retail price $2,999 $2,198