New Video From Olympus Gives Further Insight Into Their Upcoming Mirrorless Release

Olympus has released a new video showing further insight into its upcoming release, the mirrorless OM-D E-M1X camera. Due for release on January 24, the clip shows off the camera, demonstrating some of the features that leaked last month and hints that it may be catered towards shooting sports.

If the content of the teaser clip is anything to go by, the new gear may be popular with sports photographers. The 18-second video shows a photographer shooting at a football stadium, aside a watersports pool, and on a sandy volleyball court. All of this would lead us to conclude that we can expect a solid, weather-resistant body that means the camera can be utilized in extreme conditions.

The clip also seems to confirm that images leaked last month of the body were indeed accurate.

According to 43 Rumors, a 20-megapixel micro four thirds sensor that shoots 18 fps will be featured inside. That, plus a rumored 7.5+ stop stabilization, 2 TruePic VIII processors, twice the processing speed of the E-M1 II, advanced autofocus features, an 80-megapixel high-res shooting mode at 1/60s, a live electronic ND filter, a larger EVF.                                                                              

Suggestions are that the price tag will be around the $3,000 mark. Will you be investing later this month?

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At 3000 $ I'm not sure who will buy this. Also if it's for sports, why the pixel shift at 1/60 s ? I would rather see it marketed towards travel photography, for landscapes and wildlife, after all the compactness of a micro 4/3 is what's useful and interesting here.

20 Mpx in M4/3 is all any sports photography needs. Light, compact and very high FPS with a fast autofocus are much more important than sensor size. A good M4/3 sensor can produce images that can be enlarged to poster size.

The question is not about what is enough. The question is about "What is worth $3000", "What else can you buy at around $3000" and "Is the difference between the Olympus option and the other option worth the money?"

Christian Durand's picture

I was not aware that Olympus as set a price for this camera ......

Leigh Miller's picture

m4/3 is dead...not today, not next week and maybe not even next year...but it's done. Sensor prices have come way down. Why would anyone pick a small sensor over APSc or FF for the same or even in some cases less money. And those lenses are starting to tell at least 90% of the truth: If you want image quality on par with larger sensor'ed cameras the lenses have to be big. Defeats the entire purpose (for the money). I sold off all my OLY gear late last year after using the h#ll out of it for 5 years.


The lens pictured is probably the rumored 150-400mm f4 that will be announced with the new OMD at the end of the month. Can you see anyone handling the CaNikSon 300-800mm f4 equivalent lens? That is the story for m43. Yes, the body is bigger than the usual m43, but that is to accommodate all the processing power needed to do what is camera is rumored to be capable of. M43 is not dead yet, there is still a viable niche for people that don't want to hearing around all the heavy FF gear.

Erin B.'s picture

M4/3 is a niche market. Always was and will be until dead. I have my full frame Nikon gear for my real photography. My Oly EM-5 mII + Panasonic 14 mm pancake is my walk-around rig that is on me 24/7 though.It serves its purpose, no more - no less.

Leigh Miller's picture

I think M 4/3 is good enough to be an "A" camera platform. My issues aren't with image quality since that's subjective and mostly irrelevant unless one is printing very large.

It's the rising price, the regular gaining or weight and size.

Those advantages are now largely gone as you can basically pick up a FF or APSc for similar why bother with the tiny sensor anymore.

Erin B.'s picture

My EM5 and pancake lens will actually fit in the cargo pocket of a pair of cargo shorts that I have. If I ever have to replace my lens, I am sure pancake lenses will be the same size. This isn't something I am going to be replacing every other year. I will have it until it is dead. It is replacing a Lumix GX1 that finally gave up the ghost. I bought both used. Its not my "getting paid" gear, just my camera that I always have on me. I will still bother with it because it is small and light. I agree with you about the rig in this post though. If you are going to spend that much and carry that much, might as well go full frame.

Walter Tinsley's picture

Either the photographer in that video has very small hands or the camera has gotten a lot bigger than the m-1 mark II.

Lee Stirling's picture

The new Olympus OM-D E-M1X, small enough to hide behind an unrealistically skinny model.

Xander Cesari's picture

I'll be interested to see this compared to the A9. This camera will have to absolutely smoke the Sony in terms of features to compensate for the smaller sensor. And with all the bells and whistles that Sony has to offer I can't imagine many pros going to M4/3.


Lens size had to be part of the equation. That lens she is carrying is either the 80-300mm (FF equivalent) f2.8 or the rumored 300-800mm (FF equivalent) f4 lens. Either way, can you see an A9 kit with comparable pro grade glass that small?

Xander Cesari's picture

Very much depends on how much pro sports photographers value size. It they're shooting from a monopod, maybe not much. I'm sure there are plenty who do but that's getting to be slim pickings to target a pro camera at.