Olympus E-M1X Field Test Part I: Shooting landscapes & wildlife with Olympus’ new flagship OM-D camera


posted Friday, March 29, 2019 at 3:46 PM EDT

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Olympus E-M1X Field Test Part I


Although both my colleague Dave Pardue and myself have had some hands-on shooting time with the big, beefy and pricey Olympus E-M1X, we thought it would be a great idea to have our resident landscape and wildlife photographer, Jeremy Gray, take the new high-performance E-M1X out for a proper Field Test. In his first Field Test installment, Jeremy explores the E-M1X's general performance capabilities when it comes to shooting both landscapes and wildlife subjects, testing out features such as Live ND, High-Res Shot mode and C-AF and burst shooting performance. He also dives into the camera's handling characteristics and general operability and ergonomics. 

Olympus 300mm f/4.0 IS Pro, f/4, 1/1250s, ISO 200

Although big, pricey and yes, housing a relatively small Four Thirds sensor, the experience using the E-M1X has, thus far, been quite positive. While the camera is indeed large by Micro Four Thirds standards, Jeremy found that the gripped design really helps with operability when using larger, longer lenses. The external controls work great with gloves, and the beefy weather sealing meant Jeremy didn't have to worry about cold temperatures and snow. (Yes, there's still ice and snow up in Maine!) The AF performance and the general speed of the camera were also stellar, making it a great camera, for the most part, when photographing wildlife. However, image quality, resolution and low-light performance, which Jeremy will get into in more detail in Field Test Part II, can be problematic on the E-M1X when compared to cameras with larger sensors.

Olympus 300mm f/4.0 IS Pro, f/4, 1/2500s, ISO 250

For all the details shooting landscapes and wildlife with the E-M1X, dive into Jeremy Gray's Olympus E-M1X Field Test Part I. And don't forget to browse the updated E-M1X Gallery Page for a bunch of new real-world sample images!

Olympus E-M1X Field Test Part IProduct Overview