Olympus’ Improved M.ZUIKO Interchangeable Lens Brings
Enhanced Optical and All-Weather Performance for Outstanding Results
CENTER VALLEY, Pa., February 5, 2015– Olympus continues to grow its interchangeable-lens lineup with the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 II (28-300mm, 35mm equivalent) lens. With 10.7x magnification, this versatile Micro Four Thirds® lens features incredible zoom capabilities in a compact, lightweight body. A dustproof, splashproof construction makes this lens durable enough to withstand the toughest shooting conditions when paired with the Olympus OM-D E-M1® or OM-D E-M5 Mark II®. With the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 II included, the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL dustproof, splashproof lens lineup now offers five exceptional lenses for all of your professional shooting needs.
An improvement upon the M.Zuiko 14-150mm f4.0-5.6, released in June 2010, this new lens also features ZERO (ZUIKO Extra-low Reflection Optical) Coating on the surface of the lens to eliminate scratches as well as reduce ghosting and lens flare, even in very bright situations, for the clearest images.
Covering focal lengths from wide-angle to telephoto, the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 II is perfect for capturing any type of scene, from portraiture to travel photography featuring a wide variety of subjects. The lens can capture subjects at all zoom ranges from a closest shooting distance of 20 inches (approx. 13 inches from the end of the lens). A maximum shooting magnification of 0.22x (35mm equivalent: 0.44x) is possible with close-up photography.
The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 II features an internal focusing system utilizing an MSC mechanism making high-speed, silent autofocus possible for seamless still-image and movie capture. The manual focusing mechanism is designed to offer a responsive feel, with the perfect amount of resistance to enable smooth, precise operation. With silent autofocus operation, nature photographers can get the shot they need without disturbing wildlife, while all photographers will benefit from clear audio while capturing video.
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Enhanced Rugged Performance, 180-Degree Flip LCD, Built-in Wi-Fi® and GPS, Full HD Video, Sportcam and Self-Portrait Modes, Ultra Wide-Angle 5x Zoom Lens
CENTER VALLEY, Pa., February 5, 2015 — Olympus brings an added degree of Tough functionality and photographic excellence to the renowned Stylus Tough lineup with the introduction of the ultra-rugged Stylus Tough TG-860. This tremendously powerful compact camera packs an ultra wide-angle 21mm lens with 5x optical zoom, allowing you to capture stunning landscapes and detailed portraits alike, along with offering improved video capture options, GPS with multiple satellite system support, built-in Wi-Fi, a variety of shooting modes and Art Filters for capturing and sharing expressive images directly from the camera. The camera features a 180-degree flip LCD for ease-of-use when capturing selfies. Two new customizable function buttons- one on the front and one on the back- allow for quick access to important functions like shutter release and boosting the brightness of the LCD screen.
True to the Tough series of rugged compact cameras, the Stylus Tough TG-860 is built to withstand extreme conditions; the camera is waterproof to depths of 50 feet (15 m), freezeproof to 14°F (-10℃), shockproof from 7 feet (2.1 m)*1, crushproof to 220 pounds (100 kgf) and dustproof. The Stylus Tough TG-860’s 21mm-105mm (35mm equivalent) f3.5–5.7, ultra wide-angle lens combined with its TruePic™ VII image processor, the same found in Olympus’ award-winning OM-D® series of interchangeable lens cameras, and a 16.0-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor capture incredibly sharp images with minimal noise, even in dim light.
The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 includes built-in Wi-Fi with an easy-to-use setup process and interface. An iOS® or Android® smartphone or tablet can be paired with the Stylus Tough TG-860 in just a few seconds by scanning the QR code displayed on the camera LCD. The free Olympus Image Share app synchronizes a user’s iOS® or Android mobile device with the Stylus Tough TG-860, enabling instant image and movie transfers, and a live view through the camera’s lens. You can also control the camera remotely by touching the smartphone or tablet’s display, as if it were the camera itself, and users can send selected images directly to websites and social media. For users who also want to track where in the world their adventures have taken them, the OI Track app allows users to update the camera’s GPS assist data, transfer GPS logs and pictures from the camera to your smartphone and manage them in albums.
The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 is also an incredibly capable video camera. Sportcam Mode makes four video options immediately accessible to the user. The camera captures Full HD 1080p video at 60 frames per second, with 720 60p and 480 60p options also available. Additionally, the Stylus Tough TG-860 can record High-Speed Movies at 120 frames per second at 854×480 (16:9) or 640×480 (4:3) or 240 frames per second at 640×360 (16:9) or 480×360 (4:3) resolution. A Time-Lapse Movie mode is also available, capturing images in 0.5, 1, 3, 6, 12 and 30-second intervals, while a Sport-Burst shooting mode allows photographers to capture sequential images with a shutter interval from 0.05 to 60 seconds.
Olympus Announces Firmware Version 3.0 for the Award Winning OM-D E-M1® with Improved Capabilities for Sequential Shooting
CENTER VALLEY, Pa., February 5, 2015 – The award-winning flagship Olympus OM-D E-M1, featuring 5-axis image stabilization, TruePic VII image processor and tethered shooting, is now more impressive than ever before. With the introduction of new firmware Version 3.0, the weather-resistant camera is now capable of an impressive maximum 9 fps in the C-AF sequential shooting mode when using a Four Thirds® or Micro Four Thirds® lens, improving the ability to capture moving subjects.
The newest firmware upgrade features an enhanced algorithm for phase-detection, raising the former C-AF sequential shooting speed of 6.5 fps to a maximum high speed of 9 fps. With this update, AF tracking performance is improved when using continuous-AF (C-AF) Sequential H mode. When set to C-AF, 37-point on-chip phase detection AF is used. Now, when capturing a quick-moving subject, photographers never need to miss the shot. A maximum 10 fps remains available when set to single-AF (S-AF) Sequential H mode.
The update also adds support for the latest Version 2.5 of the Olympus Image Share Android® and iOS® app. Users can now select Movie as a shooting mode, and record movies while viewing the Live View screen on a smartphone.
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16mm Focal Length (35mm Equivalent), Dustproof, Splashproof, Dedicated Underwater Lens Port
CENTER VALLEY, Pa., February 5, 2015 — Olympus announces the development of the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm f1.8 Fisheye PRO lens. This high-performance wide-angle lens conforms to the Micro Four Thirds® System standard and offers a 35mm equivalent focal length of 16mm. As with other lenses in the PRO series, the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm f1.8 Fisheye PRO features a dustproof and splashproof construction, enabling high-quality image capture in all weather conditions. A dedicated underwater lens port is also under development, allowing users to capture wide-angle images at depths of up to147 ft. (45 meters) when paired with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II® and PT-EP13 protective case.
U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm f1.8 Fisheye PRO lens is scheduled for availability in Summer 2015. Pricing is to be announced.
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The following video presents Season 2: Episode 1 – Shooting Seascapes:
The Anywhere Classroom Series is a virtual photography class where Olympus Visionaries and Trailblazers share their tricks and tips for taking amazing photos. In this episode, Olympus Trailblazer, Alex McClure will show you how to capture stunning seascape images. What are you waiting for? Class is in session.
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Olympus UK invites you to enter a draw for a chance to win a ticket to the following event:
February 10, 2015 @ 09:30 – 12:30
Olympus UK is inviting a lucky few photographers to take to the slopes on February 10th 2015, for an explosively action-packed morning event at Snozone, Milton Keynes. This will provide the perfect opportunity to thaw out those photography skills, as you capture snowboarders on real snow.
There will also be a selection of OM-D bodies and M.Zuiko lenses available to try on the day if you wish.
The highlights of this event include the following.
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The following video presents Peak Chapayev Summit 360:
Summit 360 of the first British solo of Peak Chapayev (6095m) using the Olympus TOUGH TG-3.
By Explorer Ed Farrelly
We’ve always said our Olympus Tough camera series was resilient, but find out just how tough it really is at an evening with young explorer Ed Farrelly at the Olympus Image Space, London on January 29th 2015.
The recent addition to the Olympus Tough camera series is the Olympus STYLUS TOUGH TG-3.
The following video presents Olympus Stylus TG-3 Concept Movie.
TG-3, the pinnacle of Tough cameras, perfectly captures the most amazing moments.
With an expanded system, more scenes than ever before are now in your grasp.
This video presents Stylus 1 In-depth Overview.
Today, Olympus released a FREE firmware upgrade that further enhances the specifications of the STYLUS 1 compact, a 2014 red dot design award winner.
The Firmware Upgrade v2.0’s enhancements include:
01/15/2015 • Hamburg, 15 January 2015 – Olympus has released a comprehensive firmware upgrade that further enhances the specifications of its category-straddling STYLUS 1 compact. The Firmware Upgrade v2.0 endows the 2014 red dot design award winner with a greater focal range, and boosts its wide-angle potential to 22.4mm*. The new firmware also gives STYLUS 1 owners the creative potential of the Interval Shooting and Time Lapse Movie modes that have proved so popular with users of Olympus’ flagship OM-D cameras. A host of other enhancements include compatibility with OI.Share v2.5, which adds remote wireless shutter release from a smartphone. The new firmware is available free of charge for download via the Olympus Digital Camera Updater.
The STYLUS 1 Firmware Upgrade v2.0 gives owners of this high-performance compact the ability to shoot impressive landscapes and indoor scenes without the need for weighty accessories. It makes the camera compatible with Olympus’ super-slim WCON-08X Wide Angle Converter Lens (and CLA-14 adapter) that together extend its focal length to 22.4mm* without affecting the 1:2.8 aperture. Photography lovers who like to travel light will also appreciate the new Step Zoom feature, that lets them easily set the zoom lever to common 35mm-equivalent focal lengths without the hassle of switching single-focal-length lenses. The focal length display in the Electronic Viewfinder now shows the 35mm equivalent familiar to D-SLR users.
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Join Olympus and professional photographer Robert Pugh for the following FREE photography courses on 21 January 2015:
Both courses last 30 minutes and run from 11:30 am to 3 pm. at
If one of your New Year resolutions for 2015 is to have more confidence when having your photograph taken, or if it is to take up a new hobby such as photography then let Olympus give you a helping hand.
The following video presents The Olympus PEN Generation.
This Video is about our new campaign – Olympus PEN Generation. We created this campaign for everyone who likes fashion, beauty and of course photography. Everyone that likes to share their images or get inspired by us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/olympus_pengener… or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OlympusPEN.E…
Our Ambassadors will share all their interesting stories about fashion, photography and lifestyle here: http://goo.gl/3bHTnB .
Please feel free to become part of our #olympusPENgeneration.