While Olympus was a no-show at Photokina 2018 in September, the Japanese camera manufacturer did issue a press release during the trade show affirming its commitment towards the micro four third sensor standard. The company also hinted that it was working towards developing a “professional camera system boasting great image quality while still being compact and featuring light weight”.
This announcement was followed with rumors suggesting Olympus could release a camera called the OM-D E-M1X as soon as January. The camera was said to be a 20MP Micro Four Thirds option aimed at wildlife and sports photographers which could replace the E-M1 Mark II.
Those rumors have seemingly been given more credence with leaked images of the Olympus OM-D E-M1X now circulating online.
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Photography news site 43 Rumors has published pictures of the Olympus OM-D E-M1X sent by a reader, with “trusted sources” confirming it’s the real deal.
While every leak and rumor needs to be taken with at least a grain of salt, 43 Rumors has a reputation for being reliable.
If the above images are authentic, they would confirm the rumors that the E-M1X would feature a built-in vertical grip for shooting in portrait orientation, giving the camera a bigger form factor. The images also show off a swiveling screen at the back of the snapper alongside a joystick – a first for Olympus.
As far as the specifications for the camera go, 43 Rumors reckons the body will be 144 x 147 x 75mm and will feature a 20MP sensor capable of 18fps burst speed. We could also see an 80MP high-resolution mode, 7.5 stops of stabilization, an autofocus system that employs artificial intelligence, a larger electronic viewfinder and double the processing speed of the current E-M1.
The rumors of a January launch for the Olympus OM-D E-M1X are still strong, with units expected to start shipping from February 2019. That could mean the camera will be released to commemorate Olympus’ 100th anniversary.