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While DSLRs are still quite the rage, it's the interchangeable lens format that's seriously taking off. Olympus' Micro Four Thirds division has been one of the more popular ones, and the company's introducing the new PEN Lite E-PL6 line this week in order to advance that further. Scheduled to go on sale in June, this camera offers a 16MP sensor, TruePic VI processing engine, faster focusing, and a touch panel. The camera also features a range of substantial new functions that make photography more convenient and expand the shooting possibilities of the camera. These include a Short Release Time... Read more...
Sony and Olympus are kicking off the weekend by entering into a "business alliance agreement" and a "capital alliance agreement," which are essentially fancy ways of announcing a big time investment of one into the other. In this case, Sony is tossing about $645 million at Olympus in order to become the company's largest shareholder. After the investment is complete, Sony will own a 51 percent stake in Olympus, while Olympus will retain the remaining 49 percent. What's the point? For Sony, it gives the company easy entry into the profitable medical equipment business, a sector where Olympus is... Read more...
Olympus's latest addition to its ultra-zoom line is the new STYLUS SP-820UZ iHS. This camera is Olympus' flagship Ultra Zoom compact camera and features the company's most powerful optical zoom to date. The Olympus SP-820UZ iHS offers a 40x optical zoom (22.4- 896mm equivalent). Other key features of the camera include a  14-Megapixel CMOS sensor, 3.0-inch High-Resolution LCD, TruePic V image processor, 1080p Full HD and High-Speed Video, Dual Image Stabilization, Linear PCM audio recording, and an HDMI output. The Olympus SP-820UZ iHS will be available in silver and black in September for... Read more...
Google’s Project Glass, a pet project of Google co-founder Sergey Brin, is still in its prototype phase yet offers a glimpse into the future of wearable tech. (See the skydiving demo with the live video feed from the glasses at Google I/O.) Unsurprisingly, others have taken up the challenge of developing similar head-mounted technology, including Apple and Olympus. Apple received a patent yesterday for a “head-mounted display”, which, although it sounds like more of a killer peripheral for the iPhone that a standalone device, would no doubt whip Apple’s fan base into a must-have-it... Read more...
There's rugged, and then there's professional-grade. Sometimes, they mix, and in the case of cameras, Olympus is mixing the two quite well with the new Tough TG-1 iHS. This just might be the most impressive "rugged" camera we've seen yet, combining high-end photographic qualities typically reserved for nice mirrorless units with a hardened, trail-ready shell. The new cam fits into the Tough Series, making it waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof, crushproof and even dustproof. There's a high-speed f/2.0 lens, support for 1080p movie capturing and a 3" OLED display on the rear. More specs? Why, of... Read more...
Olympus has been kicking out cameras left and right lately, one of which is the company's "Tough TG-810." You might think Olympus is being a bit presumptuous by putting "Tough" on this camera's birth certificate, but you'd be wrong. The TG-810 was designed to withstand all kinds of abuse, whether you intend to go snorkeling or snap photos of that snowstorm that rocked your midwestern abode. According to Olympus, the TG-810 is impervious to dust, dirt, and other particles, which will come in handy if you're the outdoors-y type, or just don't like to vacuum. But we're only scratching the surface... Read more...
The Micro Four Thirds world is saying 'hello' to a new member today: Carl Zeiss. MFT took the world by storm a few years ago, but even today, the main players remain Panasonic and Olympus. Some other camera companies have produced rivaling interchangeable lens cameras, but your lens options for Micro Four Thirds cameras has been somewhat limited. Now, there's going to be some options. Carl Zeiss is a famed lens maker, already partnering with numerous camera makers. And now, Olympus and Panasonic are welcoming Carl Zeiss into the MFT world, with plans for the company to release lenses that are compliant... Read more...
Olympus has just introduced a new mid-level DSLR, and while the feature set is pretty impressive, we aren't too sure the price aligns with the competition. The new E-5 is a bold, big body that is splashproof and dustproof, with a magnesium alloy casing ensuring that professionals won't have to be extra careful when slinging this around. As for specifications, it has a 12.3MP Live MOS sensor, a TruePic V+ image processing engine, Supersonic Wave Filter Dust Reduction System, the first Full -Time Live View system and ten in-camera Art Filters that should help the creative types who would rather avoid... Read more...
In need of a new camera? Aren't willing to go the DSLR route? Olympus has three new point and shoot options out today, none of which are highly complex. But that said, they all include the basics, and they all posses a sense of style. And in a pinch, that's what you need to get you through. The new mju-7050, FE-5050 and FE-4050 have arrived, and all three are definitely entry-level pocket cams for those who just want something simple and compact to have for those spontaneous moments in life that deserve to be remembered. From the top, the 7050 has a 14MP sensor, HD movie option, SD slot for expanding... Read more...
In the midst of all of the point and shoot cameras announced at CES, it's always a bit difficult for one manufacturer to stand out among the crowd. Olympus' solution is to release not one, not two, not three, but six new compact cameras in hopes of attracting your attention. Among the new additions, you'll find a new STYLUS TOUGH-3000 that's shockproof, waterproof and freezeproof as well as two new FE models and three new Stylus models. The new STYLUS TOUGH-3000 is the first in the Stylus Tough series to offer HD video. It also features a new GUI for intuitive operation as well as Geotagging and... Read more...
Less than six months after the launch of its first PEN E-P1 Micro Four Thirds camera, Olympus is introducing the E-P2. Calling the new PEN "the world’s smallest 12.3-megapixel interchangeable lens system with In-body Image Stabilization," Olympus says the camera blends the image quality of a DSLR with High Definition video capabilities, stereo Linear PCM audio recording, and In-Camera Creativity controls. Key specifications of the E-P2 include a 12.3-megapixel image sensor, in-body image stabilization, fast Imager Autofocus, 3-inch full color HyperCrystal LCD, Olympus Dust Reduction System, and... Read more...
Olympus expanded its DSLR line-up today with the E-600. The E-600 is essentially a lower-cost version of the E-620 which was launched earlier this year, but with a few changes that help reduce the cost and differentiate between the two models. Targeting users who are moving up from a basic point-and-shoot, the E-600 offers a 12.3-megapixel image sensor along with Olympus’ TruePic III+ Image Processor and in-body Image Stabilization. You’ll find a 2.7-inch Live View HyperCrystal III LCD that can swivel 270 degrees on the E-600. To help eliminate blur caused by camera shake, the E-600 uses three... Read more...
Olympus is expanding its lineup once again, this time with three new FE Series models as well as a new STYLUS model. Among the additions to the FE Series, you’ll find the FE-5020 and FE-4000 models with wide-angle zoom lenses in a super-slim body. The new STYLUS-7010 packs a 7x wide-angle zoom lens. FE-5020, FE-4000, and FE-46Olympus’ new FE-5020, FE-4000, and FE-46 cameras feature a 12-megapixel sensor, in-camera Magic Filters, and a new AF Tracking feature that keeps your subject in focus. Some of the included Magic Filters include Pop Art, Fish-Eye, and Pin Hole modes. For no-fuss shooting,... Read more...
Olympus’ latest E-620 DSLR targets users who are interested in something better than a budget entry-level DSLRs, that don’t want to pay for an upper mid-range or semi-pro body. This new camera is packed with features from the higher-end E-30, but uses a body that’s closer in size to the compact E-420 DSLR. By combining high-end features in a compact body, Olympus addresses many of the complaints users had with the previous E-520 and E-420 models. In essence, The E-620 starts with the E-520’s popular built-in Image Stabilization and combines it with the higher resolution sensor of the E-30 as well... Read more...
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