Long-term Review of the Olympus E-M1X: A Wildlife Photographer’s Perspective

A Question of Size

For some, the E-M1X might seem like a bit of an enigma. For many years, Olympus and Panasonic championed the compact form factor of their micro four-thirds series cameras and the advantages that they offer in terms of portability over a DSLR. Over the past couple of years, Olympus has shifted its focus away from ultra compact lenses and bodies and  towards larger bodies and lenses for working professional and serious enthusiast photographers. Panasonic seems to be leaning this direction as well, if the release of the GH5 and G9 micro four-thirds flagship cameras and their recently released 10-25mm F/1.7 zoom lens are any indication. That brings us to the E-M1X, which is a clear deviation from Olympus’s compact micro-four thirds heritage. Is it worth considering with today’s full-frame craze?

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Crater lake landscapes

Earlier this year we made it up to Crater Lake in Oregon – and I just got around to processing this photo from the trip. It was a clear day with nice reflections. This photo was shot with the Sony A9 and the 24-105 G OSS lens. I’ve been renting and testing out different mirrorless camera setups, and the Sony offers impressive autofocus performance and good image quality – even though it’s not particularly known to be a “landscape camera”. The truth is, most mid-level to professional cameras are capable of excellent results, and it mainly comes down to personal preference.

Panorama stitching: the Sierra Nevada Landscape

Panorama stitching is one of my favorite ways to capture landscape photos, especially when I don’t have a wide angle lens with me. It sounds like a really involved process, but it’s actually quite easy to accomplish. Pretty much any lens under 100mm (35mm equivalent) can be used and still capture a wide scene without much effort.  All you need to do is snap a series of panoramic shots, upload them into Lightroom, and perform a photo merge, like this sequence from the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Lightroom performs the joining and merging automatically. There are many other technical aspects and techniques of panorama stitching for the more intrepid photographer, but that discussion is for another day…

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Import the photos into Lightroom, select all of the photos comprising the stitch, and then Right Click -> Photo Merge -> Panorama
The end result of a seven image stitched panorama.