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$640m gets Sony 11% of Olympus: New 4K medical camera company formed

$640m gets Sony 11% of Olympus: New 4K medical camera company formed

Sony has squirted $640m into ailing Olympus, collaborating on imaging sensors for new digital cameras, and forming a new medical business for surgical cameras and more. The alliance will "combine Olympus’s lens and optical technologies, as well as the strength of its brand and R&D, with Sony’s broad range of technologies including digital imaging technologies and apply them in the rapidly growing medical market" the pair say [pdf link], in addition to Sony providing image sensors for future Olympus cameras, in exchange for lenses and mirror cells.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 17, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 17, 2012

Welcome to Monday evening, folks. Today, we entered the final few days before the iPhone 5 releases, and we found out that the device has netted 2 million pre-orders in its first 24 hours of availability. Some of those same pre-orders began shipping out from China over the weekend, and AT&T is claiming that the iPhone 5 is the most successful iPhone launch ever, which everyone could have probably already guessed. We take a look at the iPhone 5's already astounding success, while Samsung was busy comparing the iPhone 5 to the Galaxy S III in a new ad that was rolled out over the weekend.

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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60MM F2.8 “Nature Macro Lens” unleashed with classic partner

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60MM F2.8 “Nature Macro Lens” unleashed with classic partner

There are a couple new lenses out in the open today from Olympus, both of them with aspirations for greatness and a new generation of both control and limited edition coolness. The First of these is the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60MM F2.8 "Nature Macro Lens", made with dust proofing and splash proofing together with 1x magnification and a focusing distance of 19cm. The second is the Limited Edition M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f2.0 in Black, basically the same as the original M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f2.0 large-aperture, wide-angle, single-focal-length interchangeable lens, but this time in black.

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Olympus Stylus XZ-2 iHS revealed with flagship aspirations

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 iHS revealed with flagship aspirations

There's a brand new compact digital camera here in the Olympus camp and it's aiming for greatness with Stylus XZ-2 iHS on its name tag and high-performance point-and-shoot action on its list of checkmarks. This device has the lovely 4x optical / 4x Digital zoom iZUIKO DIGITAL f1.8-2.5 large-diameter lens favored by the predecessor to this device from Olympus and adds a hybrid control ring, a touch-sensitive tilt screen, and a TruePic VI image processor. You'll be rocking with Full HD movie recording as well as FlashAir compatibility to rock and roll with your smartphone or mobile-connected tablets instantly - social time!

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Olympus PEN cameras bring world’s fastest touch AF shutter

Olympus PEN cameras bring world’s fastest touch AF shutter

There's a couple more cameras in the world today that've got the next level on their minds, both of them with Olympus' PEN branding on their back. There's the Olympus PEN E-PL5 and the Olympus PEN E-PM2, both of them bringing superior image technology the likes of which we've not quite seen yet in our collective photography history - not in this combination, anyway. You've got ultra fast processing speeds, classic camera bodies, and super-simple controls for the point-and-shoot generation.

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Olympus E-PL5 and E-PM2 digital cameras leak

Olympus E-PL5 and E-PM2 digital cameras leak

This has been quite a week for digital camera leaks and unveils. Earlier this week, the rumored Sony RX1 full-frame digital camera was unveiled with a massive price tag to go with it. The little camera sells for almost $3000 and doesn't have interchangeable lenses. Olympus has now had a couple of its coming compact digital cameras that do have interchangeable lenses leak.

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Olympus LS-100 Sound Recorder Review

Olympus LS-100 Sound Recorder Review

It's time to take a peek at a sound recorder the likes of which we don't see very often around these parts, the Olympus LS-100, fully equipped to be your mobile recording studio on the go. What you've got here is a sound recorder that can act on its own completely independent of add-on accessories, or it can be the hub that brings your sound recording game up to professional level in a snap. Inside the box you've got the device, a strap to ring it around your wrist if you like, a simple manual, and a lovely Olympus carrying case - and that's all you'll need.

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Review

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Review

With the Olympus OM-D E-M5 you've got the manufacturer taking what was great about the original OM line of SLR units with a collection of fabulous add-ons that work perfectly well in the digital world. In this 4.8 x 3.5 x 1.69-inch beast that weighs in at just under a pound (supposing you've not added on tons of accessories), you've got a great combo. It's a device that's set out to bring you awesome image and video quality in a tiny package that's as powerful as it is cute.

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Olympus MEG4.0 Google Glass rival revealed

Olympus MEG4.0 Google Glass rival revealed

Google's Glass may not be headed to buyers until next year, but Olympus is wasting no time with its own alternative augmented reality display, the MEG4.0. The stem-like wearable features battery life of up to eight hours and floats a 320 x 240 virtual screen above the user's regular eye-line, hooking up via Bluetooth to a nearby smartphone or tablet.

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Olympus to suitors: We’ll take your cash but not your name

Olympus to suitors: We’ll take your cash but not your name

Olympus has been struggling recently, reporting massive losses while those within the company have been struggling to get the brand back to profitability. There have been rumors that Panasonic was a potential saviour for the company, with a plan to invest around $635 million in Olympus as part of a rescue package. Panasonic quickly denied the rumors, saying there were no plans to invest. Now an Olympus executive has said that even if it does acquire much-needed capital from another firm, the company will try to retain its brand.

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Panasonic denies Olympus rescue plans

Panasonic denies Olympus rescue plans

Panasonic has denied reports that it is readying an Olympus bail-out package, despite claims in the Japanese media that it was preparing to spend as much as $635m rescuing the ailing camera firm. "I don't know where that information came from, not from us," President Fumio Ohtsubo told Reuters this week, when asked about the speculation.

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Panasonic tipped for $635m Olympus rescue package

Panasonic tipped for $635m Olympus rescue package

Panasonic is readying as much as 50 billion yen ($635m) rescue injection into struggling Olympus, it's claimed, in part of what's believed to be an equity sell-off following the $1.7bn accounting fraud of 2011. Local press reported the potential deal, Reuters writes, which is expected to see Panasonic take shares in Olympus in a private offering. Such an agreement could extend a lifeline to Panasonic's business, too, giving it a stake in the healthcare industry.

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