Bird Photographer’s Field Review of the Olympus OM-D E-M1X

Intimate bird photography has usually been made possible by using some seriously hefty lenses paired with large pro DSLR camera bodies. Can a Micro Four Thirds system really be just as effective while physically being much smaller and easier to carry?

In this video from published bird photographer Tim Boyer, he reviews one of the more interesting camera releases in recent memory. The Olympus OM-D E-M1X is a souped-up Micro Four Thirds camera built to be rugged, fast, and versatile. On paper it sounds terrific, but it’s the results that matter the most. Boyer lists out the all the pros and cons with the camera for bird photography when paired with the Olympus M.Zuiko 300mm f/4 IS PRO lens and occasional assistance from the Olympus M.Zuiko 1.4x teleconverter.

While this field review mostly sticks to eyeing the results from shooting with the Micro Four Thirds combo, Fstoppers has you covered if you’re interested in a deeper dive of the OM-D E-M1X performance, image and video quality, and comparisons.

Would you ever give up the big guns and move to Micro Four Thirds for photographing birds or wildlife? A smaller kit that can be handheld all day absolutely has its advantages, but when it comes down to it and you are looking back at all your images I think the full-frame or even crop-sensor DSLRs will have the clear winning image quality that is too hard to give up. Let us know your own thoughts in the comments below.

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