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  • Olympus OM-D E-M1x - a true Micro Four Thirds pro camera from Olympus at last?



    So here we are, ten days away from the rumoured unveiling of a new Olympus Micro Four Thirds camera, on 24th January, that looks like a 'pro' version of the E-M1 Mark II, with an integrated (non-removable) battery grip.

    The E-M1 Mark II already has the shooting rate and many other abilities to be deserving of a weight-saving place in the kit bags of press, sports and wildlife photographers. In reality, there is not much sign that this ambition has been realised yet. It seems to me that Olympus wants to see the E-M1 to earn serious consideration by such pros by packaging it accordingly.

    There are some headline reports of improved focusing and a bigger resolution-expansion mode thanks to a faster in-camera processor. The former would definitely be needed but I'm not sure an 80-megapixel mode that a press or sports photographer probably couldn't use in the field would add much appeal.

    Frankly, we know very little about the actual specification of this camera so speculation is rather futile. Examining the leaked photos does tease the mind, though. Is that a pop-up flash I see? Almost certainly, not, but the profile looks like it does.

    I'm probably not the first to notice some Olympus E-3/E-5 DNA in the way the shutter release. adjustment wheels and finger rest have been arranged, a clear departure from the E-M1s to date.

    Probably more important - will this camera be taken seriously by its intended market? While E-M1 Mark II image quality is very respectable, further improvements to the sensor may be required. Resolution may not be deficient, but some extra noise headroom would be welcome. Video performance, especially in the area of 4K, will need to pass muster as well. Olympus will also need to show it has the pro service infrastructure.

    After having recently visited the exhibition of finalists' work from the 2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, at the Natural History Museum in London, images produced with Olympus gear were conspicuous by their absence. That said, apart from Nikon and Canon, only Sony really provided some minor distraction to those same old marques. But we all know that Micro Four Thirds is capable of stunning results worthy of such competitions. Maybe the E-M1x will be the breakthrough? What do you think?


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    Last edited by Ian; 14th January 2019, 08:12 PM.
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  • #2
    As you say in your item Ian very little is known about the specifications.

    It will be interesting to see those comments made when known.

    I'm sure it will be built to a high standard as is the Olympus way IMHO.

    B

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    • #3
      It is something of interest & I hope the intended market will be reached. Unfortunately the loud voice of the FF crowd will be hard to shout above but I can see Olympus would like to be seen at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo where hopefully their gear will shine.
      Anyhow, hopefully the AF etc will be where it needs to be for this model, as well as expected video capabilities.
      Ross
      I fiddle with violins (when I'm not fiddling with a camera).
      Cameras: OM-D E-M1 & Mk II, Olympus Stylus 1, OM-D E-M5.
      Lenses: M.ZD12-40mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD40-150mm f2.8 PRO Lens with MC-14, M.ZD12-50, M.ZD60 Macro, M.ZD75-300 Mk II, MMF-3, ZD14-54 II, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM.
      Flashes: FL36R X2, FL50R, FL50.
      Software: Capture One Pro 10 (& Olympus Viewer 3).

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        And now they have the third teaser video out, but there are no animals in the expected "wildlife" themed video though.
        Last edited by Ian; 19th January 2019, 04:37 PM.
        Ross
        I fiddle with violins (when I'm not fiddling with a camera).
        Cameras: OM-D E-M1 & Mk II, Olympus Stylus 1, OM-D E-M5.
        Lenses: M.ZD12-40mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD40-150mm f2.8 PRO Lens with MC-14, M.ZD12-50, M.ZD60 Macro, M.ZD75-300 Mk II, MMF-3, ZD14-54 II, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM.
        Flashes: FL36R X2, FL50R, FL50.
        Software: Capture One Pro 10 (& Olympus Viewer 3).

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        • #5
          I've edited your post, Ross, to show the video in the post

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