Last week, John Shingleton likened the rump of the Panasonic Lumix G9 to the overstuffed rear of the latest Porsche 911.
Now it looks as though Olympus is about to take the crown for the fattest backside in micro four-thirdsdom. The OM-D E-M1X has a built-in battery grip. No add-ons for the new Oly, it’s the complete package and this could be the start of a new trend, turning small-sensor cameras into DSLR lookalikes.
The E-M1X makes the G9 look positive petite, but again illustrates the professional demand for a substantial, grippy camera to support all those longer lenses. Even if they are shorter than their full-frame equivalents.
The Olympus web site shows the new camera in all its glory. It is the antithesis of the original m4/3 concept of small camera, small lenses. It seems that professional shooters, especially those who need a long reach, require a certain size of camera. The Leica SL looks more reasonable by the day.
In fairness, the new Olympus isn’t all that different from the current OM-D E-M1 Mk II, it’s just bigger to meet that demand that manufacturers are beginning to identify. Users of smaller lenses still have the option of buying the more compact version.
Yet size isn’t the only thing that is growing with m4/3 pro cameras. The price is keeping pace. And at £2,799, body only, the E-M1X is competing with full-frame cameras. Unlike Panasonic, which is hedging its bets with the L-mount full-framers, Olympus has only m4/3 to work with, so it has to offer a complete range of options, from the compact PEN to this new and mighty monster.
As I have said on several occasions recently, we live in interesting times.