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Why E-M1X?

Professional needs in focus

Perfectly meeting the needs of true professionals, the E-M1X delivers the absolute confidence every photographer comes to expect – with better control, ergonomics and stability throughout the shoot. The advanced system of innovative technology and features has been engineered to take the game a level higher.

Benchmark reliability and mobility

  • ICE
  • SAND

Freedom without compromise

Whether your assignment takes you on a wildlife journey, to a sports event or into the studio, the E-M1X has professional features which cater to any shooting style – every time.

Integrated vertical grip

Giving you everything you need in one, the E-M1X has an integrated vertical grip. As the design is the same on both the vertical and horizontal grip, the photographer enjoys the same intuitive hand movements in both portrait and landscape format shooting. With two battery units, it’s ideal for long-time assignments.

World’s best image stabilitation (IS)

The engineers at Olympus have taken IS yet another step forward to introduce the redeveloped gyro sensor. It delivers the precision that the E-M1X demands, with results unseen with other cameras. This advanced technology makes up to 7.5 shutter speed steps of compensation possible to eliminate the need for a tripod and enable free-hand shooting.

(Based on the CIPA standard, within system cameras, when the E-M1X is paired with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12–100mm F4.0 IS PRO lens, as of 1/2019)

World’s best weatherproof body

Thanks to renowned OM-D weather sealing in the E-M1X, professional photographers can take on any scene – in the rain, snow and sand – without a worry. Now also with additional sealing for the SD card slot and all other covers, as well as for the remote cable, microphone and headphone terminals.

(Based on the IEC standard 60529, paired with M.Zuiko water-resistant lens, as of 1/2019)

Haptic buttons and improved ergonomics

The specially designed height, shape and characteristics of each individual button and dial means you can easily feel the ones you need and fully concentrate on shooting through the viewfinder. The button layout and handling have both been enhanced to offer better ergonomics, which is especially convenient during long periods of shooting.

Class-leading Supersonic Wave Filter (SSWF)

The best in class has now become even better. The enhanced SSWF provides a higher level of reliability when you change lenses. Dirt and dust have even less a chance of ruining photos and equipment.

Long shutter life

After being put through stringent tests, the shutter curtain on the E-M1X has shown to provide a top-class operation life of 400,000 actuations.

Dual card slots

With two UHS-II slots, you can always be sure that the camera delivers the same performance even when one card is full. Professionals can save shots on both cards and always have a back-up, so a photo never goes lost.

USB charging

The E-M1X is the first Olympus camera to support USB power delivery of up to 100 Watts. This makes you independent of the power supply wherever you may be and have the option of charging the batteries using a powerbank. With double battery support, two batteries can be fully charged in-camera simultaneously in just two hours.

Long battery life

Up to 2,580

The duo battery power gives photographers the chance to shoot up to 2,580 images before having to recharge, which is ideal for long photo shoots and remote-location assignments.

“For action photography, I need a camera that’s robust, lightweight, portable, high quality and fast, and the OM-D E-M1X gives me all of that.”

Fernando Marmolejo
Olympus Visionary, Spain

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Re-developed autofocus

Precision with the right function

The OM-D autofocus (AF) system has been completely re-engineered for the E-M1X. From additional focal points for different scenes to a new focus algorithm, the AF lets the photographer concentrate on the composition.

Intelligent subject detection AF

Ideal for wildlife and fast-moving nature photography, Intelligent subject detection AF detects specific subjects for pinpoint focusing and tracking. With Firmware 2.0, you now also have Bird detection AF. It detects the eye of the bird and continuously focuses on it. So that you can concentrate on the composition and framing.

AF Low Intensity Limit

With down to –6 EV steps, this function takes the worry out of shooting in low light. The sensitive AF performs high-precision focusing also in dark scenes.

(Based on the M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm F1.2 Pro lens in S-AF mode at ISO 100)

Multi Selector (joystick)

Located on both grips, this intuitive joystick makes switching AF areas during sequential shooting and movie recording fast and easy, especially while shooting through the viewfinder.

AF Target mode

Single AF / Small AF

The grid is ideal for clearly capturing small subjects in any scene. With Small AF, fine pinpoint focusing is easy in macro photography.

Group 5-point

This AF mode was designed with sports in mind where there is a group of people and the goal is to get a medium-sized area into focus while the subject is moving.

Group 9-point

For larger moving subjects or sports, or events of all kind as well, this AF mode puts the focus on an enlarged area of 9 points.

Group 25-point

Customisable for any subject or scene, the AF Target mode also includes 25-point focusing, for when 121 points is too wide.


The most points of autofocus possible let the photographer capture quick shots, especially for when a group of subjects is moving across the entire scene.

My Menu

Customise a menu of your most frequently used settings – up to 35 – and always have them ready at hand without the hassle. The GUI has been specially designed together with professional photographers.

Pro Capture

  • The moment you want to capture

    Developed precisely for action photography, Pro Capture starts recording frames – up to 35 in the full-resolution RAW format – before the shutter button is pressed down completely. This enables the photographer to catch the exact moment with high image quality.

Handheld High Res Shot

Designed for photographers who don’t want to be limited by using a tripod, or whose assignments take them to places where a tripod is not permitted, this function generates a single high-resolution shot equal to that captured with a 50M sensor – without any signs of blur caused by handshake.

Live ND

In Live ND, photographers can get slow shutter effects without the need for an expensive external filter. The scene can be reviewed in the viewfinder and the effect edited before you ever shoot the photo.

Field sensor system

Particularly ideal for photographers who need shooting information for efficient image management, the E-M1X has a built-in system that records your location, time, altitude and direction.

Wi-Fi capture

Benefit from the effects of tethering – without being tethered. Wi-Fi lets you transfer photos from the E-M1X to the computer without the use of cables. This gives photographers more shooting freedom, particularly in the studio.

“Professionals are always on the lookout for an ultra-high-performance camera that delivers results on fast bursts and a super-quick autofocus, as well as an immense range of professional lenses. I found this with the E-M1X.”

Laurent Vu
Olympus Visionary, France

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  • Firmware Update 2.1

Get more out of your photography

Download the latest firmware update for your E-M1X and discover how new key features let you experience heightened photography and videography.

  • Bird detection AF

    Ideal for catching birds in flight or resting, this feature lets you focus on birds even if they are fairly hidden in a bush or forest – making handheld outdoor bird photography more flexible with easier framing. It detects the eye of the bird you want as your subject and continuously focuses on it for you. If the eye is not detected, it tracks the head or body. Bird detection AF also works with Pro Capture mode and all M.Zuiko Digital lenses.

  • Video RAW data output and improved IS

    With these latest features, you can enhance your videography experience. Firmware 2.1 supports video RAW data output to an external Atomos Ninja V Monitor Recorder via HDMI – giving you professional post-production. The output is in the 12-bit 4K 24/25/30P or Cinema 4K 24P format. And there is no need for a gimbal when using the external monitor thanks to the E-M1X’s improved IS for handheld video recording.

  • Focus Indicator

    The manual focus option opens up a world of creativity – and Focus Indicator gives you the information you need. While you are rotating the focus ring, the Focus Indicator feature lets you easily know the focusing direction and approximate focus position. The information is clearly displayed on the E-M1X’s monitor.

Superior video

Life doesn’t stand still

In addition to professional-quality photos, the E-M1X is a master at movie-making. It features all the extras videographers need to capture moments as they happen.

C4K Movie

With the ultra-high C4K (4096 x 2160) movie format, videographers not only have the highest recording resolution to date, but also more flexibility when it comes to post-production.

Full HD Ultra HD (4K) C4K

World’s best image stabilisation (IS)

Moving images require a flexible IS system which adjusts the compensation in harmony with how you pan the camera. The E-M1X is the world’s first camera to offer this flexibility to the videographer – at a quality level that no one else on the market can provide.

(Based on the CIPA standard, within system cameras, when the E-M1X is paired with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12–100mm F4.0 IS PRO lens, as of 1/2019)

World’s best weatherproof body

The E-M1X is fully sealed against rainy weather, freezing temperatures and dusty air. Thanks to additional sealing for the remote cable, microphone and headphone terminals, the need for a bothersome rain cover is eliminated.

(Based on the IEC standard 60529, paired with M.Zuiko water-resistant lens, as of 1/2019)


To counteract changing lighting conditions typical during documentary and nature shooting, the E-M1X enables log shooting. OM400-log delivers movies without loss of details in shadows or highlight blowouts, and greater freedom over video creativity through colour grading.

High-speed 120fps

Available for Full HD recording, this function provides more cinematic movies with a slow-motion perception. Movements made by the subject can be suspended to add dynamics to the film.

“With its image quality, with the way that it handles, its ruggedness, its stabilisation, which is a really big key feature, the E-M1X really allows me to free up the way I use the camera on the set and the way I structure scenes.”

Janne Amunét
Olympus Visionary, Finland

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