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Olympus OM-D EM-1X: huge teaser hints at release date for the pro sports camera

It looks like the countdown to Olympus' professional mirrorless sports camera has begun... We have reported on rumors of the so-called Olympus OM-D E-M1X at the end of last year.

But as Olympus kick off their centennial year, the first teaser video has been released on the web and it reveals that the camera might not be launched at CES 2019 after all. 

The 18 second YouTube movie doesn't tell us a lot... but it is clear that the camera has a big, seemingly built-in grip. And that it is obviously aimed at the professional sports photographer – as we see a female photographer shooting volleyball, water polo and   American football with the camera.

Clearly identified as a new OM-D camera, we can confidently assume that this is a Micro Four Thirds camera - continuing on the progression of the OM-D E-M1 pro family. Olympus have previously made it very clear that they are not planning on entering the now crowded full-frame mirrorless market.

The interesting bit is the date shown at the end of the teaser video.... January 24. We might have expected a January launch to have happened at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) which takes place in Las Vegas next week. But this appears to be slated for three weeks today.

We will keep you posted...

Still from the Olympus teaser video

Still from the Olympus teaser video
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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 


His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 8 Plus RED.