The DSLR market has had several new additions this month for shoppers looking to move up to the DSLR world from the point-and-shoot. Last week Sony whipped out a trio of Alpha DSLR cameras that were notably lacking video recording capability. Today Olympus has announced a new entry-level DSLR.
Olympus have announced four new digital cameras, each packing 12-megapixels. The Olympus Stylus-7010 squeezes a 7x optical wide-angle zoom into a casing around an inch thick, and includes both optical and digital image stabilization. Meanwhile the Olympus FE series - the FE-5020, FE-4000 and FE-46 - have a range of in-camera "Magic Filters" such as "Pop Art" and "Pin Hole" together with AF Tracking.
Olympus have announced their new E-P1 Micro Four Thirds camera, as expected, and they're describing the 12.3-megapixel snapper as a "digital PEN" in honor of their classic PEN-range. Combining the scale of a point-and-shoot with the interchangeable lens system of a DSLR, the E-P1 boasts ISO 100-6400, 20 shooting modes including five exposure modes and a full automatic setting, and Olympus' TruePic V image processing engine.
Olympus’ E-P1 Micro Four Thirds digital camera is expected to make its official debut on Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to hear about the appealing snapper today if we can. The E-P1 is, according to the latest spec-leak, expected to have a 13-megapixel sensor, 200-6400 ISO range and 60-1/4000 shutter speed, together with supporting 720p video recording.
Olympus' E-P1 Micro Four Thirds camera has shown up in the wild, complete with a a 17mm f2.8 prime lens. Details regarding the camera are scant - in fact these images are pretty much all we have to go on - but it's suggested that Olympus will release the E-P1 in July this year.
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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)