Yesterday I went out to Hendrie Valley for 2 hours to test the E-M1X’s Bird Detection AI function, capturing photographs of small, perched birds. I returned home in a state of stunned amazement. I have never captured so many usable images of small birds, so easily, so confidently, and so quickly in my life.
Until a photographer actually uses the E-M1X’s Bird Detection AI firsthand it is difficult to fully explain what the experience feels like. It is so completely liberating to not have to care about moving auto-focus points around while trying to photograph small, fidgety birds. The amount of time saved, and the additional photographic opportunities that are created as a result, is just incredible.
After my 2 hour visit I returned home with more usable photographs than I could have ever imagined. I have been completely spoiled by the experience!
Rather than drone on about these test images, I’ll just share a good selection of them for all of you to view.
To put all of the photographs in context I decided to display each of them as 100% captures without any cropping. This will give you a good idea of what can be created when using the E-M1X along with the M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS and MC-14 teleconverter… and that incredible Bird Detection AI!
NOTE: Click on images to enlarge.
I hope you enjoyed the selection of photographs in this article. They are only a sampling of the images I was able to capture yesterday within a 2 hour window of opportunity. The E-M1X’s Bird Detection AI is amazing technology that expands what is possible with bird photography.
My understanding… based on information in an E-M1X review done by Imaging Resource… is that the E-M1X’s Subject Detection AI is so data intensive that it takes two quad core processors to be able to run the algorithms. Those two quad core processors generate a significant amount of heat, which in turn needs to be dissipated. Dave’s hardware explanation starts at about 12:35 in the YouTube video.
So… if you own an Olympus camera other than the E-M1X, it would be prudent not to get your hopes up that this technology will somehow magically migrate down to other models. This appears to be more than a firmware upgrade issue. It takes serious hardware as well as heat dissipation, to run this technology. At the present time the only Olympus camera with two quad core processors and an internal heat pipe is the E-M1X.
Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Images were produced from RAW files using my standard process. A lens module for the M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS lens was not yet available for DxO PhotoLab 4 at the time of writing this article.
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