Olympus E-M1X Field Test Part II: A closer look at the E-M1X’s image quality and video performance


posted Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 3:55 PM EST

Click to read my Olympus E-M1X Field Test Part II


In my first Olympus E-M1X Field Test, I focused on the camera's excellent design, impressive autofocus performance and speedy shooting capabilities. I also discussed the camera's utility for landscape and wildlife photography. In my second Field Test, I now turn my attention to the E-M1X's image quality and its various video features.

Image quality is an interesting aspect of the Olympus E-M1X. It uses the same 20-megapixel Four Thirds sensor as the E-M1 Mark II, so there is not a lot new with respect to image quality performance. With that said, I was impressed by the camera's imaging capabilities, even in low light situations. While it may not offer the same high ISO performance as a full-frame camera, the E-M1X is no slouch. Further, the raw files proved to be quite flexible with respect to exposure adjustments and recovering shadows and highlights. 

Video quality from the E-M1X is good as well, although it is certainly a camera more oriented toward still photography. The E-M1X can record DCI 4K and 4K UHD video at up to 24 fps and 30 fps, respectively, but it can also shoot Full HD video at up to 120 fps. Video quality is quite good, particularly at lower ISO settings, and the autofocus system for video works quite well in most situations. I was also impressed by the camera's image stabilization capabilities, which allow for handheld video even when using a long lens such as the 300mm f/4 IS Pro.

Olympus 300mm f/4.0 IS Pro ED M.Zuiko lens (600mm equiv.), f/4, 1/2500s, ISO 1250. This image has been converted and processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw.

The E-M1X is a rugged, well-designed camera. It delivers very impressive performance in a wide array of situations. However, as I've mentioned, it's $3,000, which is an expensive price point for a Micro Four Thirds camera. At the end of my latest Field Test, I summarize my thoughts about the E-M1X after using it extensively. Is it the best Olympus Micro Four Thirds camera yet, and is it a must-buy? Read the Field Test to find out

Olympus E-M1X Field Test Part II