Olympus E-M1X

Olympus OM-D E-M1X front
  • 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
  • Introduced January 2019
  • Older Model is Olympus E-M1 II
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Olympus E-M1X overview

Olympus E-M1X is Olympus's Pro Mirrorless digital camera originally revealed on January of 2019. The camera has a 20MP, CMOS Four Thirds sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 5184 x 3888.

Olympus launched this model in an effort to improve the previous Olympus E-M1 II (Read Full Comparison)

The E-M1X is ranked #51 out of 70 in Pro Mirrorless cameras & all around #122 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. Remember to test our Smart camera finder to find camera listings based on your custom factors.

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The following is a chart of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Olympus E-M1X history

The Olympus E-M1X is part of a family of cameras. You can see the detailed range below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Olympus-OM-D-E-M10-IV front thumbnailOlympus E-M10 IV
E-M1X vs E-M10 IV
20MPFour Thirds8.7 fps2020
Olympus-OM-D-E-M1-Mark-III front thumbnailOlympus E-M1 III
E-M1X vs E-M1 III
20MPFour Thirds60.0 fps2020
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Olympus-OM-D-E-M5-III front thumbnailOlympus E-M5 III
E-M1X vs E-M5 III
20MPFour Thirds30.0 fps2019
Olympus-OM-D-E-M1X front thumbnailOlympus E-M1X20MPFour Thirds60.0 fps2019
Olympus-OM-D-E-M10-Mark-III front thumbnailOlympus E-M10 III
E-M1X vs E-M10 III
16MPFour Thirds8.6 fps2017
Olympus-OM-D-E-M1-Mark-II front thumbnailOlympus E-M1 II
E-M1X vs E-M1 II
20MPFour Thirds60.0 fps2016
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Olympus-OM-D-E-M10-II front thumbnailOlympus E-M10 II
E-M1X vs E-M10 II
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2015
Olympus-OM-D-E-M5-II front thumbnailOlympus E-M5 II
E-M1X vs E-M5 II
16MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2015
Olympus-OM-D-E-M10 front thumbnailOlympus E-M10
E-M1X vs E-M10
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2014
Olympus-OM-D-E-M1 front thumbnailOlympus E-M1
E-M1X vs E-M1
16MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2013
Olympus-OM-D-E-M5 front thumbnailOlympus E-M5
E-M1X vs E-M5
16MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2012
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Olympus E-M1X Pros and Cons

Below is a list of pluses and minuses of the Olympus E-M1X based on factors that are typically viewed as useful in a digital camera.

2 card slots
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
comes with phase detect auto focus
comes with touch focus
decent megapixels (20MP)
does have HDMI out
does have headphone support
does have mic support
environment sealing
great battery (870 shots)
great high ISO (25,600)
has bluetooth
has face detect focus
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
has manual focus
has tracking focus
high max fps (60.0 frames per second)
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
saves RAW formats
screen articulates
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
selfie friendly display
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
silent mode (1/32,000s)
touchscreen capability
very good screen resolution (1,037 k dots)
video res high (4096 x 2160 pixels)
heavier than average in class (997 grams)
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Olympus E-M1X Sensor info

The Olympus E-M1X is run by the Dual TruePic VIII chip. The sensor dimension in the Olympus E-M1X is 17.4mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 226 mm² sensor can resolve 5184 x 3888 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3. The camera has Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). Optical stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter might produce cropping.

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The CMOS sensor has 20MP and has a standard ISO range of 200 - 25600. This ISO can be extended electronically to a minimum of 64. RAW files are saved therefore you have wider margin for error.

The graphic below illustrates the E-M1X's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The E-M1X sensor has a crop factor of 2.1 and is shown in green.

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To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus E-M1X dimensions

Olympus E-M1X weighs 2.20 lb (997 grams or 35.17 ounces) & the sizing of the camera is 144mm x 147mm x 75mm (5.7" x 5.8" x 3.0"). The weight of normal Pro Mirrorless camera is 722 grams so the Olympus E-M1X is heavier when compared with various competitors.

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The following is a pic of the Olympus E-M1X alongside a softdrink to help you to get a feel for its scale.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X dimensions scale

The top view here will highlight the button design on the E-M1X.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X topview buttons dials

Olympus E-M1X Lens info

The E-M1X works with the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses currently available. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our database which will fit the E-M1X.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Samyang-10mm-f2.8-ED-AS-NCS-CS-Micro-Four-Thirds lensSamyang 10mm f2.8 ED AS NCS CS10mmf/2.8 580g
Panasonic-Leica-DG-Vario-Elmarit-12-60mm-F2.8-4.0-ASPH-Power-OIS lensPanasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH Power OIS12-60mmf/2.8-4 320g
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OM-System-40-150mm-F4.0-PRO lensOM System 40-150mm F4.0 PRO40-150mmf/4 382g
Olympus-Zuiko-Digital-14-54mm-f2.8-3.5 lensOlympus Zuiko Digital 14-54mm f2.8-3.514-54mmf/2.8-3.5 435g
Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-ED-17mm-F1.2-Pro lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 Pro17mmf/1.2390g
Rokinon-8mm-f3.5-Aspherical-Fisheye-Four-Thirds lensRokinon 8mm f3.5 Aspherical Fisheye8mmf/3.5 443g
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Voigtlander-Nokton-25mm-F0.95-Micro-Four-Thirds lensVoigtlander Nokton 25mm F0.9525mmf/0.95 410g
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Olympus E-M1X Connectivity

The E-M1X has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Cameras with NFC and Bluetooth support can easily be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to copy images and usually change camera settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.

Some applications even enable a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it could be connected to an external screen. Almost all cameras will allow you to charge the battery using the USB port.

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Olympus E-M1X Video info

The maximum video quality in the Olympus E-M1X is 4096 x 2160 and you can capture in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 2160p delivers an excellent quality for video. You are able to crop to Full HD in order to get improved video. Beware of the massive file sizes and ensure you get high quality SD cards that have fast write speeds. The body does feature both headphone and mic support making it very valuable whilst capturing sound.

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Olympus E-M1X Weather Sealing

Olympus E-M1X has environment sealing which makes it a great option for use for challenging places. This is especially beneficial any time you are not sure about the conditions you may face for outdoor photography.

Olympus E-M1X Screen and Viewfinder

The Olympus E-M1X has a 3" fully articulated display boasting a resolution of 1,037k dots.

It has a selfie friendly screen for self portraits and group shots when necessary. Additionally the display is touch friendly which means you are able to change focus point and change settings by using your finger.

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The ViewFinder details for Olympus E-M1X are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Resolution 2,360k dots
  • Coverage 100 percent
  • Magnification 0.74x

Viewfinders can be very beneficial for bright outdoor conditions which can easily make the camera screen washed out and difficult to see.

Olympus E-M1X Shutter info

Olympus E-M1X can shoot continuously at 60.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/8000 sec. The camera also has silent electronic shutter of 1/32000 sec. Beware that the electronic shutter might produce "rolling shutter" under certain conditions.

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Olympus E-M1X Flash and Hot shoe info

Olympus E-M1X has external flash ability but with no built in flash.

Olympus E-M1X Autofocus info

Olympus E-M1X has both Phase Detect Auto Focus plus Contrast Based Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more snappier and accurate when compared with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera has Face detection which can be valuable for people photography.

It has 121 focus points to select from. Olympus E-M1X has tap to focus. You can easily use your fingers in order to change focus. It also has Tracking Auto Focus for moving things. Olympus E-M1X has got manual focusing in case it is needed for low light or you want more exact focusing control.

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Olympus E-M1X Battery life

The battery on the Olympus E-M1X is fashioned to last for 870 photos according to the CIPA benchmarks which is above the usual ın comparison with its category. The general Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 460. Olympus E-M1X has the highest possible (870) battery life for this kind of cameras.

Following is a number of Pro Mirrorless cameras that come with the best battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Olympus-OM-D-E-M1X front thumbnailOlympus E-M1X870 yesnoyes
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Canon-EOS-R3 front thumbnailCanon R3
E-M1X vs R3
760 yesnoyes
Nikon-Z9 front thumbnailNikon Z9
E-M1X vs Z9
740 yesnoyes

Olympus E-M1X for specific forms of photography

The following graph indicates a overview of the Olympus E-M1X for specific forms of photography. To check out more, browse to the specific section below.

Olympus E-M1X Portrait photography factors

The Olympus E-M1X has a points tally of 76 which is awesome, and means the camera is a outstanding option for portrait photography. Taking portraits leans greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW photos & potential to use external flash.

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has manual focus
megapixel count good (20MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
has face detect autofocus
delivers RAW formats

Olympus E-M1X Street photography info

Getting a very good points tally of 67, the Olympus E-M1X is a very decent fit to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera provides a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.

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screen can move to multiple angles
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
boasts touch to focus
weather proofing
great ISO range (25,600)
more heavy than competition (997g)

Olympus E-M1X Sports photography highlights

A awesome sports photography score of 80 suggests the Olympus E-M1X is a excellent fit for taking photos of sports. A camera needs very good tracking and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
quiet mode (1/32,000 seconds)
fast shooting (60.0 fps)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good megapixels (20MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers tracking autofocus
environment proofing
better than average battery power (870 shots)
sensor has phase detect auto focus

Olympus E-M1X Travel photography factors

Weight is extremely important in picking a travel camera. Overall, the Olympus E-M1X gets a nice 68 for a travel camera which makes it a respectable pick to buy for your holidays.

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good battery life (870 per charge)
environment proofing
connects via bluetooth
has focus via touch
megapixel count decent (20MP)
selfie friendly display
heavier than competitors in class (997 grams)

Landscape photography with Olympus E-M1X

For anybody who is looking to choose a digital camera for landscape photos, the most important factor will be image quality. The Olympus E-M1X and it's fantastic score of 79 as a landscape camera is a outstanding choice in the current marketplace.

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you can focus manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count decent (20MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
above average ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW files
environment proof
good battery pack (870 CIPA)
two card slots

Olympus E-M1X Vlogging factors

A camera for vlogging ought to posses a moving screen, mic input and ideally IBIS. Considering everything, the Olympus E-M1X is a respectable pick for vlogging as it delivers a nice rating of 68.

Photography Glossary
display is selfie friendly
has touchscreen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
includes face detection autofocus
video res high (4096 x 2160 pixels)
comes with external mic support
heavier than others (997 grams)

Olympus E-M1X Alternatives

If you are searching for alternatives to the E-M1X, below is a list of the top scored cameras which fall within the category of Pro Mirrorless.

The graph followed below provides you an overview of the E-M1X versus it's highest rated competitors suggested above.

Following are additional cameras you might have a look at as alternatives. To read through a complete comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Model type
Olympus OM-D E-M1X
Pro Mirrorless
Physical type
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
Dual TruePic VIII
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions
17.4 x 13mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
20 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Full resolution
5184 x 3888
RAW images
Max native ISO
Min native ISO
Min boosted ISO
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points
Lens support
Micro Four Thirds
Total lenses
Focal length multiplier
Type of screen
Fully Articulated
Screen diagonal
3 inches
Screen resolution
1,037k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Viewfinder resolution
2,360k dots
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
60 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/8000 seconds
Maximum silent shutter speed
1/32000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
60.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
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
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 237 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Max video resolution
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Yes (USB-PD allows charging by laptop or external power bank)
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
997 gr (2.20 pounds)
Physical dimensions
144 x 147 x 75mm (5.7" x 5.8" x 3.0")
Battery life
870 photographs
Battery style
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom)
Time lapse recording
Card slots
Pricing at launch