November 28, 2019 by Tom
Purchased a second E-M1X
Update: After 6 months of ownership I have been completely satisfied with my first OM-D E-M1X. After considering various OM-D options for a back-up camera for my client video business, I decided to purchase a second E-M1X. This is simply the finest, most capable, and innovative camera that I have ever owned. Nothing else compares. --- Original Review: A superb camera in so many ways --- I have owned a number of different cameras in various formats over the years, including full frame. The Olympus OM-D E-M1X is simply the finest camera that I have ever had the pleasure to use. The ergonomics and handling are outstanding. I am out with my camera regularly for 6 to 8 hour time periods doing client video/photo assignments or my own field work for personal projects. Even though the E-M1X is considered ‘large’ by micro four thirds standards, it is very comfortable to use for extended periods. I never get fatigued even after full days of hand-held use. It is true that a micro four thirds sensor does not have the low light performance, dynamic range or colour depth of a full frame sensor. The 20MP sensor in the E-M1X is excellent, and more than good enough for my varied needs. I have no hesitation at all shooting my E-M1X up to ISO-6400 in RAW. I love the overall design of the E-M1X. This is a camera that was engineered by folks that understand what professional photographers want and need. The dual grip design is excellent and provides comfort in both landscape and portrait orientations. Button placement is logical and very functional. Even though I have never owned an Olympus camera before I was able to become accustomed to the control placement by the second day of use. The E-M1X is a technological chameleon. I absolutely love the flexibility of this camera! The E-M1X is packed with special features like Live ND, Keystone control, Pro Capture and the Hand-held Hi Res Mode. Some reviewers view these as little more than gimmicks. From my perspective these are all wonderfully practical features that allow me to do my work faster and better. Of special note are Pro Capture and Hand-held Hi Res. Without a doubt Pro Capture has allowed me to capture photographs of birds that few other photographers can get with confidence. I regularly use the Hand-held Hi Res Mode for landscape, flower, still life, birds and other animal subjects. I’ve even been able to get very good results when shooting hand-held hi res macro images with the M.Zuiko 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens. Obviously timing and technique are important… but this is a fantastic feature that gives photographers the ability to create 50 MP hand-held hi res images when they need them. If you do tripod work the Hi Res mode produces wonderfully detailed 80 MP images. The hi res modes also do a wonderful job dealing with noise, even at ISO-6400. The auto focusing is quick and accurate. The E-M1X is the only camera I’ve ever owned that made me feel confident when photographing swallows in flight. The AF point joystick is quick and easy to use. Battery life is excellent and I have been regularly able to capture more than 2,500 bird-in-flight images and still have plenty of battery life left. The frame rates are ideal for the work that I do, and were important purchase criteria for me. I’ve read some reviews that complain about issues like the resolution of the rear screen and EVF. These strike me as quite petty complaints given the other amazing capabilities and features of the E-M1X. The OM-D E-M1X is the first interchangeable lens Olympus camera that I have ever owned. I married it up with the trio of M.Zuiko PRO f/2.8 zoom lenses, as well as the 60 mm f/2.8 macro. Overall, my kit is relatively small and light. It provides me with all kinds of flexibility when doing personal as well as client work. Having this much photographic/video power in a kit that weighs less than 3 KG in total is incredible. For photographers/videographers like me who hate to use a tripod and other camera supports, the E-M1X is a godsend. The IBIS in the E-M1X is simply superb and far surpasses anything else that I’ve used. When using M.Zuiko lenses like the 7-14 mm f/2.8 and 12-40 mm f/2.8 multiple second hand-held images are easily done. The E-M1X makes shooting hand-held video a practical reality. Overall build quality of the OM-D E-M1X is superb. As soon as you hold this camera in your hands you can feel the quality and ruggedness. No doubt… this is a professional piece of kit. Pigeonholing the Olympus OM-D E-M1X as a ‘sports and wildlife’ camera does it a great disservice. The E-M1X is an incredibly well-rounded, time saving, professional piece of gear that excels with all kinds of subject matter… in all kinds of shooting conditions. It is impossible to fully appreciate the capabilities and ergonomics of the Olympus OM-D E-M1X until you actually hold it in your hand and use it out in the field. When you do… you will understand the power of this camera. But… be forewarned. If you do use the E-M1X for a little while you stand a very good chance of getting hooked on it! There simply is nothing else out there that can do everything that the OM-D E-M1X can do.
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October 2, 2019 by Domit
This is a camera that is going to up your shooting game
This camera has been a game changer for me. The quality of my images, and the capabilities of this camera to handle my shooting style blew me away. The camera just feels right in my hands, and its fairly intuitive in the control placements for when you are shooting. Its easy enough to customize the controls to your style of shooting. Paired with the M.ZUIKO ED 40-150MM F2.8 can't go wrong for shooting portraits and senior photos outdoors
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August 30, 2019 by Howard
Great investment
Excellent piece of technology. I was hesitant to spend the money but once I took it out shooting, wow, I was amazed. I picked it up on a Thursday, and the first time I used it was on a Friday, shooting a CFL game in Ottawa. Money well invested. Handles like a dream. Easy to pick up most of the menu items from using the EM1. There will still be a learning curve so I can take advantage of all the features. Looking forward to learning!
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August 27, 2019 by Buddy
Great for Africa Wildlife.
I've been shooting the E-M1X now for 5 months. I'm a wildlife photographer specializing in Africa. The camera has really been great. Historically, I've shot a full frame dSLR and lenses. After a few weeks 'in the bush' my arms are aching. With this gear, the weight is so much easier on the body. The numberous f/2.8 lens mated with the body also allows great low light shooting. Camera body fits the hands really nicely also. My mage quality has been very good. No complaints on that.
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August 17, 2019 by Eric
Incredible Camera Body!
When Olympus first came out with the E-M1X, I wasn’t sure due to the size. I can safely now say the size is actually perfect for shooting with the larger Olympus Pro lenses hands free. The grips are extremely comfortable to hold and the body is quite thin. I am very pleased with my purchase.
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