First Impressions: Olympus OM-D E-M1X

January 25, 2019

By Vee Shi

I was lucky enough to go to Hunter's Valley in Sydney last week to test out the Olympus OM-D E-M1X prior to its launch. I joined two Olympus Visionaries, Michael Hurren and Nick Ghionis, along with a cohort of media and retailers in the beautiful but hot (42 degrees) rally circuit.

Picking up the camera I was immediately taken by how it was solid and robust and similar to either the Nikon D5 or the Canon 1DX. I was very impressed with both the E-M1X's photo and video capabilities. The camera  features 7.5 stop stabilisation which allows live ND and 50MP high-resolution photography, revolutionary without a tripod. 

The ergonomic design of the dual grip easily allowed me to quickly rotate the camera between portrait and landscape orientation and I was really pleased by just how comfortable the camera felt in my hands.

We were shooting rally cars in a very dusty environment and the camera never missed a beat.  

When it comes to In-Body Image Stabilisation (IBIS) for videos, the Olympus OM-D E-M1X is definitely second to none on the market. I was able shoot all the videos completely handheld. Along with its much improved auto focus, Cinema 4K and OM-Log 400. 

The E-M1X serves as a perfect camera for any filmmaker who likes to pack light.

I interviewed Nick Ghionis about his experience the with OM-D E-M1X. Nick is a global award winning Melbourne based photographer and Australia's most sought after wedding photographer. He has made the switch to Olympus for his professional work completely.

I interviewed Michael Hurren about his experience, having used the camera for a few months already. Michael is a Melbourne-based cinematographer and founder of Filmic Productions. With over ten years of experience in the industry encompassing stills photography and video. He has been testing out Olympus E-M1X in the field for a few months now. 

Below is a sample of handheld with C-AF video showing the much improved video capability.

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