Olympus has added the OM-D E-M1X to its OM-D line-up, offering the highest image stabilisation performance, a new autofocusing system and burst shooting at up to 60fps.

Angled view of the new OM-D E-M1X camera with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO lens. (Source: Olympus.)

Designed for professional photographers, the new camera will be especially well suited to sports and action shooters, thanks to its new autofocusing system, which is based on the  121-point All-cross-type On-chip Phase Detection AF sensor from the OM-D E-M1 Mark II. The new  Double TruPicVIII high-speed image processors coupled with deep learning, a type of Artificial Intelligence (AI), enables the camera to detect three different types of subjects (currently motorsports, airplanes and trains) and automatically detect and track the subject with high precision so users can focus on shot composition. Selectable focus modes include AF Target  with a new 25-point group target and custom AF target added to the settings. The AF area position settings when holding the camera vertically or horizontally and turning the focusing ring in C-AF AF  instantly switches to manual focus using C-AF+MF  mode.

This system is aided by a new gyro sensor for the 5-axis sync IS which delivers a maximum of approximately 7.0 shutter speed steps of compensation performance when using the body alone, and  7.5  steps with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4.0 IS PRO lens. This feature makes handheld shooting possible at lower shutter speeds than ever before, expanding the potential for night-time and indoor shooting. In addition to ultra high-resolution maximum 80-megapixel images that can be captured in Tripod High Res Shot, a new Handheld High Res Shot with a resolution of 50 megapixels is now available, due to many requests from landscape photographers.

Dual UHS-II SD card slots enable overall high-speed responsiveness and the new camera offers 60 fps high-speed sequential shooting with focus locked on the first frame and up to 18 fps with AF/AE tracking. Both can be used in silent mode for shooting at concerts and sporting events where silent shooting is required.   The Pro Capture Mode records up to 35 frames retroactively from when the shutter button is released with no blackouts (image loss) during shooting. Capturing with 20-megapixel resolution it supports raw file capture and is ideal for  shots of subjects that move unpredictably.

The powerful 5-axis IS and electronic stabilisation enable handheld 4K and cinema 4K video recording. The effect can be selected from three levels depending on the photographer’s posture and movement. The OM-D E-M1X supports OM-Log400 shooting, which allows for shooting without loss of details in shadows and highlights and facilitates post production colour grading for a high degree of freedom over video rendition.  The new camera also supports 120 fps high-speed movies at Full HD resolution for slow-motion playback.

Olympus has also upgraded its software with the new Olympus Workspace image viewing,  editing and raw file processing application available for downloading free of charge for users who own an Olympus camera.

The OM-D E-M1Xwill be available from late February 2019 at an RRP of AU$4499. Click here for more information.  Click here to read our detailed FIRST LOOK at the new camera and view arrange of sample images taken with it.