I think we can honestly say “Mission Accomplished” in showing off just how durable the Olympus OMD EM1x is for photographers. This camera is the most durable that we’ve tested thus far, and we’re pretty proud to say that mostly anyone that uses it will find it to be reliable enough in pretty much any circumstance. The Olympus OMD EM1x is being rated to IPX1–which is incredibly durable for a camera of any sort. As it is, no other camera manufacturer discloses their IP numbers. Your smartphone is rated at a higher number than this–perhaps 6 or something like that.
But check out what we did.
During our testing, we decided that we’d take the Olympus OMD EM1x and cover it in dirt. That worked well enough. Then to ensure that it kept working and was clean, we ran it under a hose. Pretty crazy, right? This, to be honest, simulated a heavy rainfall. Oh, and we shot with it in a heavy rainfall too.
When it comes to reliability as it pertains to durability, we’re pretty confident that the Olympus OMD EM1x can do almost anything. Plus, if you stick a lens like the 12-100mm f4 on it, you’ll almost never need to change lenses. In this way, the durability will always be in tact.
As we stated in our review, it’s a pretty great camera. Though we had a few issues with the autofocusing at times and we don’t think that the high ISO output can match some full frame and APS-C options out there. Then there is the $3,000 price tag. We’re not sure who’s going to buy it.
Personally, I wanted another Pen F camera–and I wanted it to be weather sealed.