Fans of the Olympus PEN camera range have something to be excited about today. Three new cameras have been tipped for the range. A rumor points to three new camera models set to land. The rumor originated with PhotoRadar and claims that one of the new cams will have a touchscreen on the back.
Olympus is reportedly working on a new camera with single shot HDR capabilities, able to create a high dynamic range image from a single frame. Most conventional HDR systems - such as that on the iPhone 4 for example - combine at least three frames of varying exposures to form a single picture with extra detail in both brighter and darker areas. However, according to 43 Rumors' source, Olympus is developing an in-camera HDR system that can do it with just one original frame to work from.
Olympus' second camera of the day can't do anything as fancy as shoot high quality video and images simultaneously, but you can at least throw it under the nearest 100kg weight and still expect it to function. The Olympus TOUGH TG-810 arguably tempts fate by describing itself as "crushproof," and packs a 14-megapixel sensor, 5x optical zoom, dual-image stabilization and integrated GPS and electronic compass.
It's not the Micro Four Thirds camera we were hoping for, but Olympus has outed a pair of new Super Zooms which it claims are the first to shoot Full HD video and 16-megapixel stills simultaneously. The Olympus SZ-30MR and SZ-20 each have dual image stabilization and a backlit 16-megapixel sensor, which the SZ-30MR pairs with a 24x optical zoom and the SZ-20 with a 12.5x optical zoom.
When it comes to camera optics and lenses, one of the biggest names in the industry is Carl Zeiss. The company has announced that it will be entering into the micro four thirds market with Olympus. The new Zeiss HD video lenses will be launched at a later date for video cameras and at this point details on the new lens is scant.
As expected, Olympus' latest Micro Four Thirds camera, the PEN E-PL2, has made its official debut at CES 2011 this week. A 12.3-megapixel interchangeable lens camera, the PEN E-PL2 supports in-camera image stabilization, 720p HD video, a 3-inch 460k dot display with Live Guide II for photos and video, and ISO 6400 support. There's also a new iDetect feature, which goes one better than face detection and makes a subject's eyes the focus of the frame.
A second shot of the Olympus PEN E-PL2 has leaked ahead of the micro four thirds camera's official debut at CES 2011 next week, and it seems a Bluetooth dongle isn't the only unusual accessory the company has planned. 43Rumors' latest shot shows the E-PL2 with a Close Up Spotlight addition, two independently posable LED lights that attach to the hot-shoe.
A new Olympus compact camera has leaked ahead of its official release at CES 2011 next week, along with details on a new range of Sony shooters. The Olympus XZ-1, so 43rumors sources say, has the same 1:1.63 size 10.1-megapixel sensor as the Panasonic LX5 but paired with a 28-112mm f/1.8-2.5 lens.
Meanwhile, according to Sony Alpha Rumors, Sony will bring along compact cameras capable of 1080p60 recording in AVCHD format, while contrast auto-focus is tipped to be as fast as that on the Panasonic LUMIX GH2. In fact, the new models are expected to focus in just 0.1s.
A new micro four thirds camera has leaked, the Olympus PEN E-PL2, ahead of its official debut at CES 2011 next week. According to 43rumors, the E-PL2 has a new high-resolution 3-inch 460k-dot LCD and will be paired with a 14-42mm f3.5/5.6 MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) kit lens; optionally, it can also be used with the Olympus PENPAL, a Bluetooth dongle that attaches to the E-PL2's hot-shoe and wirelessly sends photos to Android or Windows Phone 7 smartphones.