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    • Early this morning, Olympus revealed its new flagship camera — the OM-D E-M1X. There’s quite a bit of hype over what this camera can do, and I was lucky enough to have a pre-release copy that I used for about five weeks.

      Being that several camera manufacturers introduced mirrorless cameras last year, many expected Olympus to embrace the full-frame mirrorless market. But as I discussed with them at the PhotoPlus Expo back in October, Olympus is 100% committed to the micro four-thirds mirrorless realm. The E-M1X shows how Olympus has invested its time, preparing the company for the future and bringing photographers features that have never been seen before.

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    • Looks like a very nice camera with several very nice features - the handheld high res images, and the Live ND are both features I find very appealing. The $3K price tag seems to be a new high for m4/3s bodies though. I may wait and see how Panasonic responds. I really do want to like this camera, but $3K is a bit steep for a m4/3 body.

    • I think Panasonic is probably going to go by the wayside in terms of M4/3. I know they've said they're committed, but with them teaming up with Sigma and Leica to create a full-frame system, their efforts are going to be put into that first and foremost.

    • Thanks Bryan it will be interesting to see how it goes at that price point, certainly looks the goods, Waiting to see how Canon and Nikon respond to that especially Canon with there lack oh IBIS on the EOS R and this one doing 7 stops of stabilisation will certainly be handy with long lenses. Waiting to see what Scott Bourne does with this one I’m sure it will be magic. Certainly got my interest.

    • The 7 stops of stabilisation will be very handy for wildlife work, but also for long handheld exposure on the street and at night. The smaller size of long lenses and the lighter weight bodies in m4/3 really works well for wildlife shooters.

      While I am primarily a Canon shooter, I have sold about a dozen EOS lenses that I don't use frequently anymore, while I wait to see what else Canon will introduce this year re IBIS and more than one memory card.

      I also own several lenses ( 7mm -> 400mm ) and bodies in the m4/3 system so I am very interested in this new Olympus body, even at the high price mentioned. But the price still seems steep when one can get the OM-D EM1 Mark II for half that price and less physical weight.

    • Nice review, Bryan. I've had the impression that Photofocus reviews were on the less in-depth side, but this was great and it's so cool you had the camera to play with for 5 weeks. Bastard!

      I couldn't quite believe what I was reading about the specs of this camera. Unfortunately, part of that is I must not have stayed fully current because my eyes went wide when I read about flicker reduction. Wow! I so need that for the events I shoot. And then I found out my Nikon D850 already has it and I failed to turn it on for the last wedding I shot, which had flickering lights which drove me crazy in post.

      Anyway, for action, this camera looks so amazing if only Olympus had a long zoom. I dunno that I can live with a fixed 300.

    • Thanks Chris! We do in-depth reviews like this when it matters and makes sense. And new cameras certainly fit the bill! Our publisher, Rich Harrington, did something similar for the canon eos-r.

      In terms of the specs, I think they’re great! It’s been fun using the camera and seeing what it’s capable of for sure.

      That 300mm is a BEAST. I’ve got it on loan at the moment and just love it. I am looking forward to the 150-400 f/4.5 though when it comes out in 2020 :) Having that doll range will be amazing. Full frame equivalent of 300-800, with a built in 1.25x teleconverter is gonna be awesome!

      Thanks for reading.

    • 150-400 f/4.5

      I didn't know about that! Damn, that would do it for me. I have the Canon 200-400 f/4 with 1.4x teleconverter, which I LOVE, but it's hella heavy to shoot with all day with a Canon 1Dx attached. f/4.5 at equivalent 300-800 really shows off where I think Micro 4/3rds excels. The depth of field is shallow enough when the lens is long, what you need is less weight.

      I'm still shocked at the specs of the M1X. 60 fps?!

    • Yeah the 60fps is super impressive. However, it locks in the focus point and exposure at that rate (E-M1ii has it as well). Using low sequential (18fps) doesn't do this, so that's typically what I use for action shots. 18fps is PLENTY!

      Cool thing about that lens is that you'll be able to put the 2x teleconverter on it too (out this summer). That means up to 2000mm zoom range if you've got the 2x and 1.25x teleconverter. That's just crazy to think about in my mind.

      As an Olympus user, I'm very, very impressed with this camera. Ergonomics are the best I've ever had; it feels perfect. Image quality was already great on the E-M1ii, but this elevates it, especially in low-light.

      About to head out to the Lake Michigan shore to play around with Live ND mode, and hopefully capture a nice sunset later. Wish me luck that I don't get frostbite!

    • Yeah, to be honest, I did not agree with Fro's review. Some of the problems he experienced I have not. He blasted the EVF, which Olympus stated they stuck with an LCD for a higher frame rate and less delay (good for sports/action/wildlife). He's always been against M4/3 as a format.

      Believe it or not, Tony Northrup's review is actually very honest...and positive, which is surprising because he's blasted Olympus in the past. The E-M1X beat the A7R3 with high res shot (12 min in)!

    • Actually, now that you mention it, I trusted your views on the EVF and M4/3rds more. Fro didn't seem to pay much attention to lighter lenses but made a big deal out of shallow depth of field, even though with that 300 it's pretty damned shallow.

      From the Flickr Olympus 300mm group:

      Here is what the 200-400 f/4 looks like on my 1Dx:

    • Yeah, depth of field seems to always be a concern from full frame shooters. But if you know how to work with the system and the lenses, you can really achieve a similar depth of field. Olympus' prime Pro lenses at f/1.2 are absolutely amazing. But I can get shallow DoF with the 300 f/4 too.