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Nothing lasts forever, folks. Not the supposed 'Curse of the Bambino' that prevented the Boston Red Sox from winning a World Series title after the team traded away Babe Ruth, not Tom Brady's reign in New England, and not Toys R Us being the neighborhood toy store. Oh, and if another example is needed, Olympus is selling off its camera division. What makes this particularly noteworthy is that Olympus has a been a mainstay in the camera business for 84 years—the company released its first camera, the Semi-Olympus I, way back in 1936. And then for the next eight and a half decades, it continued to introduce new models, including many digital SLR cameras in the digital era. The ride is coming... Read more...
Olympus just announced the newest member of the Tough family, the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-Tracker. It is the first rugged experiential camera to include an advanced Field Sensor System, a 204° ultra-wide-angle F2.0 high-speed lens and Ultra HD 4K 30p video capture to record action video with corresponding activity data. The Field Sensor is capable of capturing location, altitude and depth, g-force, air, and water temperature while users record videos and still images. The Assist GPS can increase the speed of the system’s positioning calculations by downloading satellite information ahead of time. The information can be downloaded with the Olympus A-GPS Utility computer app or the Olympus Image... Read more...
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 Lag mode, ISO LOW setting, interval Shooting, Time lapse movies and a Level guide. With Red as a new... 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 already established. As part of the new business arrangement, Olympus and Sony will share certain camera... 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 $329.99. Olympus also added the new STYLUS TG-625, STYLUS VH-515, STYLUS VH-410, SP-720UZ, and SZ-14... 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 frenzy. The display would essentially display information, video, photos, and so on received... 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 course. There's a TruePic VI image processor, 10x zoom (digital), burst shooting -- a rare thing on... 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 here. Using a "revolutionary system of waterproof seals and gaskets," you can submerge the TG-810 in... 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 with the standard. In other words, Carl Zeiss will soon be making lenses that work for Panasonic... 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 the post-processing and do everything as they shoot. It also supports 720p HD movie recording,... 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 the 2GB of internal storage space, a 3" LCD and a 7x optical zoom. That's a fairly dense sensor... 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 Face Recognition functionalities. This 12-megapixel camera features a 3.6x wide-angle optical zoom... 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 the TruePic V Image Processor. The image sensor in the E-P2 is the same one used in the E-30 and E-620... 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 image stabilization modes. Designed for general shooting, the IS-1 mode adjusts the sensor on both the... 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, the cameras offer an intelligent auto mode that will automatically choose the most appropriate 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 as Art Filters and an articulating 2.7-inch screen. Click the link below and check it out...Olympus... 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 as Art Filters and an articulating 2.7-inch screen. The Olympus E-620 incorporates a Four Thirds... Read more...
Olympus’ latest camera is not a point and shoot, and it’s not a DSLR. Instead, the new E-P1 is the company’s first Micro Four Thirds camera. This 12.3 megapixel camera blends the high-quality image capabilities of a DSLR with high definition video capabilities, stereo Linear PCM audio recording, and in-camera creative options. What’s even better is that all of these features are packed into an ultra-portable body.“The E-P1 is designed for the mobile, visual generation that lives active lives online and off, and its portability ensures that it will go with you wherever life takes you,” said John Knaur, senior marketing manager, Digital SLR, Olympus Imaging America Inc. “As someone who has shot... Read more...
We do our best to protect our cameras, cell phones, MP3 players, and other electronics from extreme weather conditions, drops, force, and water. It makes sense to do so, given that most of these gadgets don’t stand a chance against a bucket of water, accidental drop, or extreme temperatures. Realizing that life brings its fair share of bumps, spills, and accidents, Olympus has launched an entire line of digital cameras that are designed to take a licking and keep on ticking.The Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 is the top model in Olympus' newly renamed "Tough" series of digital cameras that are made to survive the battles of everyday life. This camera is able to survive a drop from 6.6 feet, capture... Read more...
We do our best to protect our cameras, cell phones, MP3 players, and other electronics from extreme weather conditions, drops, force, and water. It makes sense to do so, given that most of these gadgets don’t stand a chance against a bucket of water, accidental drop, or extreme temperatures. Realizing that life brings its fair share of bumps, spills, and accidents, Olympus has launched an entire line of digital cameras that are designed to take a licking and keep on ticking. The Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 is the top model in Olympus' newly renamed "Tough" series of digital cameras that are made to survive the battles of everyday life. This camera is able to survive a drop from 6.6 feet, capture... Read more...
Olympus announced an upgrade to its E-420 compact DSLR today. The new E-450 builds on its predecessor’s popularity by adding a new processor, improved LCD, increased shooting buffer, and three new Art Filters. The E-450 features a small and portable design and easy to use controls for any skill level, including first time digital camera users. For increased creativity while shooting, the E-450 has three Art Filters: Pop Art, Pin Hole, and Soft Focus. The creative filters were introduced earlier this year on the Olympus E-30 prosumer DSLR. You can view the effects of an Art Filter on the camera’s 2.7-inch LCD when shooting in Live View mode. The E-450’s new and improved HyperCrystal II Technology... Read more...
Targeting consumers who are looking for an entry-level DSLR with a lot of extras, Olympus announced the new E-620 digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera. The E-620 inherits quite a few in-camera shooting effects previously found on the $1,299.99 E-30 announced in November, but at a much lower price. Some of these creative features include easy-to-use Art Filters and Multiple Exposure mode. With the creative Art Filters, you’ll get Pop Art, Soft Focus, Light Tone, Grainy Black & White, and Pin Hole modes. These Art Filters are available from the mode dial on the right side of the camera body. Thanks to the E-620’s Multiple Exposure function, you can overlay images directly in camera. This... Read more...
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