Olympus has announced a new mirrorless Micro Four Thirds camera, the OM-D E-M1X, which further cements the company’s commitment to the platform, even as competitors like Canon, Nikon, and Panasonic are lining up to challenge Sony’s dominance in the full-frame mirrorless arena. The OM-D E-M1X isn’t a true successor to the OM-D E-M1 Mark II. With an added vertical grip and a more modest set of updates over its 2016 predecessor, it’s closer to a variant model of the Mark II for photographers who need a slightly different set of features. (Olympus says that it’ll continue to sell the E-M1 Mark II alongside the E-M1X in its product lineup.) Like its smaller cousin, the E-M1X has a 20.4MP sensor. It offers two TruePic VIII image processors, which Olympus says should allow the camera to boot almost instantly and enable some of the other new features on the camera. There’s also improved image stabilization (now with a maximum of 7.0 shutter speed steps of compensation). The E-M1X uses the same 121-point autofocus system as the E-M1 Mark II, and it supports up to 60 fps high-speed continuous shooting with autofocus and automatic exposure locked and up to 18 fps continuous shooting with AF/AE enabled. The biggest visual change is the new vertical grip, which is designed to make it easier to switch between shooting from landscape to portrait. Olympus has specifically designed the button layout to work with similar placement in both portrait and landscape, so actually using the camera should… [Read full story]
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