The Olympus Stylus XZ-10 is the smallest camera to offer a zoom lens which remains bright from wide-angle to telephoto. With a stabilized 5X wide-angle optical zoom lens with maximum F/1.8 aperture at 26mm-equivalent and F/2.7 at 130mm, the XZ-10 can shoot in lower light than most fixed-lens camera. Its lens is paired with a 12 megapixels CMOS sensor with fast 5 FPS continuous drive and full 1080p HD video-recording capability.
The advanced camera includes full manual-controls and dual control-dials. Its traditional mode-dial, customizable function button and touchscreen give it many more controls than the majority of compact cameras. Read the detailed review to find out how it performs.
Olympus recently announced the release of new firmware for the PEN E-PL5 and PEN E-PM2 which offers the following improvements:
Improved stability of touch panel operation during playback
Support for new VF-4 electronic viewfinder (automatic display switching by the VF-4 eye sensor is not supported)
New firmware has also been released for the OM-D E-M5, PEN E-P2, E-P3, E-PL1, E-PL2, E-PL3, E-PM1 and XZ-2 which offers the following improvement:
Support for new VF-4 electronic viewfinder (Automatic display switching by the VF-4 eye sensor is not supported)
There are two options for updating the firmware:
Simply launch the included Olympus camera software and connect the camera via USB cable to an internet connected computer. Choose the Update function from the Camera menu in the software to apply available updates for camera bodies, lenses and accessories.
Pixels for Pistols kicks off today, June 3, 2013, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:
The Toronto Police Service, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, and the City of Toronto are partnering with Olympus Canada and Henry’s to present the Pixels for Pistols gun amnesty program
Pixels for Pistols program will result in the safe recovery and disposal of firearms by the Toronto Police Service
This project has been made possible by a grant from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
The following video presents “Police ‘Pixels for Pistols’ pick-up” in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada:
Watch the Winnipeg Police carry out a gun pick-up as part of their Pixels for Pistols program on November 9, 2012
Beginning June 3, 2013, for a two week period, take advantage of the Pixels for Pistols program, that allows you to safely surrender an operational firearm(s) in exchange for an Olympus VG-160 digital camera from Henry’s.
Firearms CANNOT be brought into any police facility
Firearms CANNOT be exchanged at any Henry’s location
The gun amnesty is available to residents of Toronto only
Monday, June 3, 2013, 10 a.m.,
Headquarters, media gallery,
Launch of 2013 Gun Amnesty “Pixels for Pistols”
On Monday, June 3, 2013, at 10 a.m., in the media gallery, Chief William Blair will launch the 2013 Gun Amnesty “Pixels for Pistols” program.
Guest speakers will include Chief Blair, Ian Landy of Henry’s Camera; Rick Sasserath, Technical Specialist, PR for Olympus Canada; and Councillor Jaye Robinson for the City of Toronto.
The Toronto Police Service, in partnership with Henry’s Camera, Olympus Canada, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, has created an opportunity for Torontonians to surrender firearms to the Toronto Police Service and receive an incentive gift from Henry’s and Olympus for doing so.
The Toronto Police Service believes that every gun taken off the street is one less gun that can be put into the hands of a criminal.
The 2013 Gun Amnesty will provide an opportunity for citizens to become involved and contribute to the safety of our city.
“We are thrilled that Pixels for Pistols has been embraced in cities across Canada since its launch in 2008, and look forward to a second very successful camera−for−guns amnesty in Toronto,” said Ian Landy, President and CEO of Henry’s.
“Olympus is proud to partner with the Toronto Police Service and Henry’s to bring awareness to Pixels for Pistols. We are confident that our camera donation will not only help support a safer Toronto community, but educate local residents about this unique program as well as the joys of photography,” said Stephanie Sherry, Director of Marketing Communications for Olympus.
Today Olympus marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary PEN F with the launch of the new Olympus PEN E-P5, a digital update of a classic film camera designed with breakthrough technology and incredible performance advancements. Developed for photographers looking for superior image quality in a portable body, the PEN E-P5 delivers a stellar shooting experience with 1/8000th of a second shutter speed – a world-first for the Compact System Camera class – built-in Wi-Fi, autofocus advancements, easy-access manual controls and a host of other features.
The new optional high-definition VF-4 viewfinder provides an impressive 1.48X magnification, a 2.36 million dot LCD, eye detect to turn it on at the right time, and intuitive functionality that enable real-time viewing of shooting conditions.
Retro. The Olympus PEN E-P5 is the successor to the popular E-P3. It merges the cool retro design of the compact PEN F rangefinder camera with the high-end qualities of a [mirrorless] DSLR. New is the requisite Wi-Fi social sharing features (with easy set-up using QR code) we see cropping up in all new cameras. This allows Wireless Touch AF Shutter (view the image on your smartphone and use touch AF on smartphone to trigger the shutter on the camera) and Geo-tagging.
The distinctive styling of the PEN F rangefinder camera is carried over quite attractively. The use of high-quality textured metal for the top plate, shutter button, lens release button and arrow pad cover lends a premium look and feel to the camera. Olympus claims countless mock-up prototypes were used to finalize the design and placement of controls and dials. The PEN E-P5 will be available in an all-black, silver top and black, or white body.
The PEN E-P5 probably comes closest to match the high-end features of a DSLR: 1/8000 sec. max. mechanical shutter speed, Continuous Shooting at 9fps, 5 axis image stabilization, 1/320 sec. sync speed with the built-in pop-up flash, up to 1/4000 sec. sync speed with Super FP external flash, a high-speed AF (30% faster than E-P3), short release time lag mode, 3.0-in. 1.04 million pixels tiltable LCD, 0.5 sec. start-up, Focus Peaking function with use of manual focus lenses, optional external VF-4 EVF (2.36 million dot and 1.48x viewfinder magnification) with eye-sensor.
A new feature for those who travel a lot is the Photo Story theme that allows you to include multiple photos (or views of the scene) in a single one. Other features include Time Lapse and Art Filters. Continue Reading »
THE ONLY THING RETRO ABOUT IT IS THE WAY IT LOOKS: NEW OLYMPUS FLAGSHIP PEN E-P5® TAKES COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERAS TO A NEW LEVEL
Advanced Performance in a Classic Design: 1/8000th of a Second Shutter, Built-in Wi-Fi, Custom Control, Creative Functions, Optional VF-4 Viewfinder and More
CENTER VALLEY, Pa., May 10, 2013 – Olympus marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary PEN F with the launch of the new Olympus® PEN E-P5, a digital update of a classic film camera designed with breakthrough technology and incredible performance advancements. Designed for photographers looking for superior image quality in a portable body, the PEN E-P5 delivers a stellar shooting experience with 1/8000th of a second shutter speed – a world-first for the Compact System Camera class – built-in Wi-Fi, autofocus advancements, easy-access manual controls and a host of other features.
The new flagship in the Olympus PEN series exudes detailed craftsmanship, from a seamless design to an all-metal casing that houses many of the same award-winning technologies found inside Olympus’s premier Micro Four Thirds® camera, the OM-D E-M5®: 16-Megapixel TruePic VI Live MOS sensor, FAST AF, 5-Axis Image Stabilization and more. Continue Reading »
The Olympus XZ-10 occupies the lucrative premium compact camera space that seems to be ever-growing in the number of options available to consumers. These cameras offer much more than a bog-standard compact, and certainly much more than a smartphone. Generally offering full manual control, other inviting features include fast aperture lenses and raw format shooting.
The new Olympus TG-2, which replaces the Olympus TG-1, has all the usual tough credentials. It’s waterproof down to 15m (49ft), shockproof for drops from up to 2m (6.6ft), freezeproof down to -10C (14F) and crushproof to 100kg (22lbs).
An express review of the Olympus PEN E-PL5 review was just published at Neocamera. This compact mirrorless camera is the mid-level model among Micro Four-Thirds cameras and features a high-speed CMOS sensor with 16 megapixels and is capable of both 8 FPS continuous shooting and full 1080p HD video capture.
Find out how it performs in the E-PL5 review and take a look at images in the samples gallery to see how it performs at all ISO sensitivities.
An exclusive review of the flagship rugged camera from Olympus, the Stylus Tough TG-2 was just published at Neocamera. This is the toughest model from Olympus and is ready to go anywhere with a completely waterproof body that can be taken underwater to 15m below the surface, in the cold to -10C, dropped from up to 2.1m and survive 100kg of pressure.
The TG-2 is optimized for low-light performance with a bright F/2 lens paired with a 12 megapixels high-speed CMOS sensor capable of ISO 100 to 6400 and shooting continuous at 5 FPS. Needless to say, it can also capture full 1080p HD video.
“Today Olympus refines its X-Series with the extremely compact and lightweight Olympus STYLUS XZ-10, which incorporates many of the same high-performance features of the flagship STYLUS XZ-2 in a stealthier body. The new high-end compact is an ideal combination of optical brilliance and usability in a pocket-sized design that blends a super-bright f1.8 to 2.7 zoom lens, pro-style manual settings, ISO 6400, 12-Megapixel backlit CMOS sensor and powerful TruePic VI image processor.”
This video presents “Olympus Stylus XZ-10″:
THE OLYMPUS STYLUS XZ-10® IHS PROVES LESS IS MORE WITH LIGHTWEIGHT HIGH PERFORMANCE
New Ultra-Portable, Ultra-Bright High-End Compact Puts Power in Your Pocket at an Affordable Price
CENTER VALLEY, Pa., February 19, 2013 – Olympus refines its X-Series with the extremely compact and lightweight Olympus STYLUS XZ-10, which incorporates many of the same high-performance features of the flagship STYLUS XZ-2 in a stealthier body. The new high-end compact is an ideal combination of optical brilliance and usability in a pocket-sized design that blends a super-bright f1.8 to 2.7 zoom lens, pro-style manual settings, ISO 6400, 12-Megapixel backlit CMOS sensor and powerful TruePic VI image processor.
Its flexible 26-130mm* wide-angle iZuiko® Digital 5x optical zoom lens with excellent brightness, even at its maximum zoom, fits into a body that is about 40 percent smaller by volume** than its predecessor. Olympus’s advanced iHS image processing technology, and a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor combine with the large-aperture lens to deliver high-sensitivity, low noise and blazing auto-focus performance that translates to excellent image quality from a compact camera. Even at high ISO settings, iHS technologies deliver low noise and radiant colors with crisp details and rich gradation in both dark and light parts of the frame.
Today Olympus makes high-performance super-telephoto shooting more accessible than ever before with the affordable M.ZUIKO ED 75-300mm f4.8-6.7 II lens (35mm equivalent 150-600mm). Olympus has redesigned the lens to match the distinctive OM-D E-M5 and PEN Micro Four Thirds series cameras and added a new advanced ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating to keep scratches off, and eliminate ghosting and lens flare even in bright lights. Continue Reading »