March 31st, 2014

Olympus Unveils Rugged Stylus Tough TG-3 Waterproof Compact Camera

Olympus unveiled the latest in its series of rugged “Tough” compact cameras last night: the Stylus Tough TG-3. The 16-megapixel TG-3 features a 25-100mm equivalent lens with a maximum f/2.0 aperture on the wide end. It also has built-in Wi-Fi, GPS and new macro functions for close-up photography.

Olympus-TG-3_RED_FRONTThe Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3 is freezeproof to 14°F (-10℃), waterproof to 50 feet (15 m), shockproof from seven feet (2.1 m), crushproof to 220 pounds (100 kgf) and dustproof.

The TG-3 can also shoot 1080p HD video; sports a 3-inch, 460,000-dot LCD on back, and is powered by Olympus’ TruePic VII image processor.

The TG-3 is available in black or red and goes on sale in June 2014 for $349.99. Fish, as seen in the Olympus-supplied press image below, not included.

More info here.

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January 29th, 2014

Olympus Announces Ultra-Compact E-M10 Mirrorless Camera and Two New Lenses

Olympus-E-M10-frontIf you thought Olympus’s mirrorless, compact system cameras were small already, they got even smaller this morning with the new, ultra-compact E-M10. Along with being tiny in stature, the 16-megapixel E-M10 features an Olympus Micro Four Thirds sensor, which is smaller than even the APS-C-size sensors in consumer digital SLRs.

In the past, the trade-off to stuffing those petite Micro Four Thirds sensors into Olympus’ compact, interchangeable lens cameras has been more noise in images shot at higher ISOs in low light. Things have improved in more recent OM-D models such as the top-of-the-line Olympus E-M1, which we reviewed favorably last year.

Let’s hope this is the case with the new Olympus E-M10, which resembles a junior version of the flagship E-M1 and a step smaller than the already very compact E-M5.

Tiny & Tough
While the Olympus E-M10 is tiny, it’s designed to be tough, fast and feature-rich. It has an all-metal body; a TruePic VII image processor; built-in Wi-Fi; a tilting 3-inch touchscreen on back; an electronic viewfinder on top; and a built-in flash.

To steady shaky shots, the E-M10 uses 3-axis image stabilization built into the camera body. Meanwhile, a revamped autofocus system that uses 81 target points should be pretty quick on the draw. The camera can shoot at a maximum of 8 frames per seconds in high-speed burst mode.

Olympus-E-M10-backThe Olympus E-M10′s 16MP Live MOS sensor can shoot from ISO 100-25600, but we’ll reserve judgement on whether we recommended shooting at the high end of that scale until we can test out the camera.

The Olympus E-M10, goes on sale in March 2014 for $699.99 body only and is available in black or silver. You can also buy it as a kit with the with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42 mm f3.5-5.6 II R lens for $799.99.

New Lenses
Speaking of lenses, Olympus also introduced two new Micro Four Thirds lenses this morning. The slim M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ is a “pancake” zoom lens that measures just .9 inches thick. Olympus calls it “the world’s slimmest standard zoom lens.” Olympus also unveiled the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 25mm f1.8 portrait lens this morning.

More info on the new Olympus E-M10 here.

September 10th, 2013

Olympus Reveals New OM-D E-M1 and Two New Lenses

EM1__front_M1240_BLK________Last night, Olympus announced the new Micro Four Thirds 16-megapixel OM-D E-M1. The new camera is the successor to the OM-D E-M5 and takes the position as the company’s flagship camera. The E-M1, slightly larger and heavier than the E-M5 (but not as hefty as the E-5 DSLR), features a new Dual Fast AF system with 37-point contrast AF and 81 point on-chip Phase Detection AF. With the new system, the E-M1 will automatically detect the lens that promises faster AF performance than the E-M5 particularly when standard Four Thirds lenses.

Continuous shooting speed has been improved as well. The E-M1 can capture up to 10fps in single autofocus mode for a maximum of 41 Raw images. In continuous AF, the continuous capture is rated at up to 6.5fps for up to 50 Raw images. In addition to providing faster continuous shooting speeds, the new TruePic VII image process also promises improved high ISO performance and better reduction of color loss.

The E-M1 also features built-in wi-fi and is compatible with Olympus’ Image Share 2.0 free iOS and Android app. Communication between smartphone and camera is initiated by scanning a QR code on the camera’s LCD with a smartphone.

Olympus also announced the development of two new Micro Four Thirds lenses, forming a new Pro category for its optics: a 12-40mm, f/2.8 zoom Pro (24-80mm 35mm equivalent) and a 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro (80-300mm 35mm equivalent).

For more information on what’s new about these products, as well as pricing, check out the full story, now on PDNOnline.com.

May 10th, 2013

Olympus Announces PEN E-P5 Micro Four-Thirds Body

P5_best_si+14-42Olympus today announced a very retro looking addition to its PEN lineup, the E-P5. While many of us thought the original Olympus PEN E-P1 styling harkened to the company’s half-frame PEN cameras, the E-P5 does it one better. An all metal casing contains a number of upgraded features:

  • 16MP MOS Four Thirds sensor
  • Dual top plate control dials with a “2×2″ function changing option
  • 1/8000 sec top shutter speed (first in a mirrorless body) and 1/320 sec flash sync
  • ’5-axis’ image stabilization with automatic panning detection
  • ISO 100-25600
  • Up to 9fps shooting (5.0 fps with continuous AF)
  • Focus ‘peaking’ display for manual focus lenses
  • Intervalometer and Time Lapse movie creation
  • 1.04m dot 3″ LCD touchscreen display
  • Built-in Wi-Fi for remote shooting and image transfer to smartphone or tablet

After a short hands-on experience with the camera, the dual control dials, focus peaking, 9fps, and remote shooting/wifi features jump out as being the most interesting. But there is no denying that Olympus has done a good job overall with the E-P5. Just on style alone, it should find its way into many a camera bag. But the added features and improved specs should give even the popular OM-D E-M5 a run for its money.

The Olympus PEN E-P5 will be available in May 2013 in the following configurations:
Body only, available in Black, Silver or White, $999.99
Black or Silver body with black M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm f1.8 lens and VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder lens, $1449.99

More information and images can be found at:

http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/digitalcameras/pen-omd/e-p5.html