Olympus' latest micro four thirds camera has come out from behind the hand and had a proper announcement. The Olympus PEN E-PL1 shaves $200 off the original E-P1 despite using its 12.3-megapixel sensor and offering the same mixture of DSLR-style lens swapping and HD video recording.
Olympus have announced a pair of new super-zoom cameras, and if Fujifilm's FinePix HS10 thought it would have the 30x optical zoom market to itself, it should think again. The Olympus SP-800UZ packs a 14-megapixel sensor and a 30x optical zoom, but still manages to be the "world's smallest" such snapper; meanwhile the SP-600UZ slots in underneath it, offering a more budget-friendly 12-megapixel sensor and 15x optical zoom.
Someone warn Beyonce: Olympus' latest Stylus Tough digicams reckon they're the world's fiercest. The new Olympus Stylus Tough-8010 and Stylus Tough-6020 each pack 14-megpixel sensors, 5x wide-angle optical zooms and 2.7-inch sunlight-visible LCD displays, but the real headline grabbing features are the shockproofing, waterproofing, crushproofing and freezeproofing. Unlike Beyonce (we're guessing), the two point-and-shoots can withstand 220 pounds of direct pressure.
Remember Olympus' unusual camera teaser from earlier in the week? According to 43rumors you're looking at the knurled knob of Olympus' latest micro four thirds camera, freshly leaked to an Asian forum. Their tipsters have apparently confirmed that the incoming shooter will have the same sensor as the Olympus E-P1.
"You can't hide innovation" says Olympus, and then promptly proves themselves wrong by obscuring their latest digital camera behind an unfortunately-placed hand. The company's newest teaser has already got tongues wagging, with the rumor forerunner being a fresh micro 4/3rds camera.
Micro Four Thirds lovers, break open your piggy-banks now! Olympus' PEN E-P2 digital camera has finally gone on sale, having been announced all the way back in early November, but the price still isn't any easier to swallow. Amazon and various other retailers have the E-P2 - which packs a 12.3-megapixel sensor and interchangeable lens support into a compact body - priced at $1,099.
Thanks to previews on the company's own site, the launch of the new Olympus PEN E-P2 Micro Four Thirds camera comes as little surprise. Still, we've been waiting to see exactly what tweaks and changes - beyond an optional electronic viewfinder - the company has made, and while we'll save our final judgement until the reviews come in, right now it's looking like a reasonable upgrade. The PEN E-P2 adds a continuous autofocus tracking system which can be used in both still and video modes, and adds that all-important accessory connector port for various add-ons to the hot-shoe.
Olympus' own little Pen E-P2 tip may have been nothing more than a menu mention, but thanks to 43rumors we now have a better idea not only what the Micro Four Thirds camera might look like, but what its rumored rangefinder might look like. As for a timescale for the Pen E-P2's launch, Olympus have apparently sent out invitations for a press event on Friday November 13th at the Photo Fair in Stockholm.