Behold the new OM-D E-M1X! It weighs 997g and measures 144.4 x 146.8 x 75.4mm, easily dwarfing the E-M1 Mark II next to it. The E-M1X has a 20.4 MP Micro Four Thirds sensor, and improved 5-axis IBIS stabilization to give you up to 7.5 stops of compensation when paired with appropriate lenses.
In line with the camera's focus on speed, there are two high speed UHS-II SD card slots with the OM-D E-M1X. It's good to note that there's a lock on the cover to keep them more secure.
Two batteries in an innovative cartridge system allow the camera to capture up to 2,580 images before having to recharge. Featuring USB Power Delivery (USB-PD) from up to 100 W power sources, both batteries in the camera body can be fully charged in approximately two hours from a variety of sources while on the go.
Slightly unusual for a professional level camera, but completely in the OM-D DNA, the E-M1X maintains a flip out LCD screen that has limited touch capabilities. In our testing, it held up well both to the brightness of the mid-day sun and the continuous capture rate of the camera.
Where most cameras have just one focus joystick for quick adjustment of focus, the E-M1X comes with two so that there is always one accessible whether you're holding the camera in landscape or portrait mode. The implementation of Intelligent Subject Detection AF means you shouldn't have to use this much, but it's always good to have options.
The E-M1X comes with a new High-resolution shot mode that you can do handheld, giving you 50MP images instead of the 80MP images you get with the camera mounted on a tripod. More options for a wider variety of shooting situations.
As you can see, there's no top information LCD panel on the E-M1X. What you get instead, are more custom buttons you can assign features too. Four sets custom shooting settings can be accessed right from the top dial, making it easy to adapt to different scenarios.
Given that we were at the Sepang race track - the logical way to test the cameras was of course to shoot some racing cars and motorcycles! Enjoy the image samples that follow. (All copyright to SPH Magazines).
200mm at f/4.0, 1/2500s, ISO 400. (35mm equivalent)
200mm at f/4, 1/4000s, ISO 400. (35mm equivalent.)
600mm at f/9, 1/160s, ISO 200 (35mm equivalent)
600mm at f/14, 1/160s, ISO 200. (35mm equivalent)
Our brief time with the E-M1X only allowed us to really test out the Intelligent Subject Detection Feature of the camera. And this was most impressive, as was the detail you could get from the captured images. The fairly deep hand grips do help you to get better balance with the camera too, which is crucial for balancing against longer lenses. All in, a promising entry from Olympus!