Olympus has today announced a firmware update for its Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6, the Four Thirds System standard wide-angle zoom lens, to further improve ”IMAGER AF operation under certain conditions“.
To load the firmware, both camera and lens are required; for Olympus, update can be applied via the camera supplied software, while Panasonic user can obtain a firmware updater via Olympus website here.
What was the highlight of PMA 2009? The introduction of a new breed Samsung’s NX hybrid camera, or its counterpart Micro 4/3 standard from the Panasonic GH1 and Olympus E-620? The former gets Full HD recording at 24hz capability, while the latter boosts World’s most compact anti-blurred DSLR. We covered the Samsung and Panasonic briefly in previous posts, and now is Olympus's turn.
Since there’s no sight of new DSLR announced from the top-three so far, rugged cameras are probably one of the highlights in PMA 2009 asides from the Superzooms. Among the few, Olympus has the best presentation to simulate their 4th-gen Tough cameras workability in extreme conditions.
At the Olympus booth, we get to play with the only DSLR announced so far (E-620), but what caught our attention is the their tough cameras’ presentation. Last time our reader mentioned having video clip to show its ruggedness, you get your wishes, folks. The Rugged Camera Expert has put words in action. In this video demo, you’ll see the new Stylus Tough series cameras get pressed at 188lb, dropped from 6-feet, submerged completely in water, and nothing went wrong; it still worked. (video after the cut)
Olympus has today announced a new Four Thirds standard entry-level DSLR with features and price that would put smiles on many fans’ faces. The E-620 packed many of the features from E-30, which included the newly developed 12.3 MP “Live MOS” image sensor and a 2.7-inch tilt-swivel LCD, in a smaller and lighter chassis.
Olympus is readying two more cameras for the gauntlet - the STYLUS TOUGH-8000 and STYLUS TOUGH-6000. In case you haven't noticed, these cameras are supposed to be really tough.
Apparently the everything-proof Olympus Stylus SW cameras haven’t get enough publicity of it’s toughness in handling most challenging shooting grounds. The company has reinforced the shockproof, waterproof, freezeproof, crushproof and dustproof Stylus with a better title – Stylus TOUGH, a name with implication of roughness, message received!
Olympus’s Marketing director at Europe division said consumer is looking for digicams that define durability in additional to the core image features. Their existing Stylus SW series offer just that, a little twist in marketing drawing board would reflect the true nature of the SW series.
Olympus announced the development of a new Four-Thirds complaint Digital SLR back at Photokina, with an estimate launch date in the first quarter of 2009. The announcement has come early; folks at Cnet have jumped the gun with an officially launch of the New EVOLT but the article was later pulled. So there you have it, the unnamed prototype at Germany has an official title, a 12.3 megapixel Olympus midrange E-30 EVOLT to bridge the gap between the E-3 and E-520.
Can’t wait for the new E-System? Need a compact DSLR for the holiday’s season? Olympus is offering its limited edition E-420 Komachi Kit for the Holidays. A bundle kit comes with the company’s ultra compact 10-megapixel E-420 DSLR, a thin profile ZUIKO 25mm 1:2.8 Digital pancake lens with a retro handmade leather case and strap; packs together accessories like a 1GB CF card, LCD lens protector and a lens cloth. Is that not a perfect holiday gift box or what?
Put on your best outfit and get ready for bling themed party, and take along Olympus’s limited edition Stylus 1040 Crystal digicam to capture the cherished memories. Olympus has stamped its Stylus 1040 with limited feature to capture beauty from the glittering world of fashion with 98 Swarovski crystals on the sliding lens barrier. PS- sexy model not included.
Schedule to launch at Photokina is Olympus’s concept Digital SLR featuring the company’s joint ventured Four Thirds System with Panasonic. Few details are available at the moment, but the new body will sport a new light weight and designed E-system with mid-level features set - 11-point autofocus system, 5 stops in-body image stabilization, rotated LCD monitor, high-speed contrast detection autofocus system, face detection function, Shadow Adjustment Technology and supports highest shutter speed up to 1/8000s. The un-named Digital SLR will be Official introduced in the first quarter of 2009.