22 September 2016

Olympus unveils new cameras, lenses

Olympus has announced the development of the flagship OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera. The successor to the OM-D E-M1 flagship series which was launched in 2013, the Mark II is designed to surpass digital SLRs while bringing portability and image quality into the next level.

Source: Olympus. The OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera.
Source: Olympus.
Some of the new features include:

+ A maximum of 18 fps sequential shooting performance in AF/AE tracking,
+ Advanced DUAL FAST AF with 121-point all cross-type sensor and
+ A 20.4 megapixel Live MOS sensor with a new High-speed TruePic VIII image processor.

The camera features high speed sequential shooting with the newly-developed high-speed TruePic VIII image processor. The double quad core system - four CPU cores and four image processing cores - is approximately 3.5 times faster than the preceding TruePic VII version. Combined with the high pixel count of the 20.4 Megapixel Live MOS sensor and the 121-point all cross-type On-Chip Phase Detection sensor, the system achieves enhanced image capture plus a transfer speed that is approximately three times faster than the OM-DE-M1. This new Pro Capture Mode is also included for time lag-free shooting of full pixel images of split-second moments. The release time lag has been reduced to approximately 30% of the OM-DE-M1, achieving high-speed and excellent image quality.

The OM-DE-M1 Mark II also sports a new advanced DUAL FAST AF with 121-point all cross-type sensor which enables accurate detection of subjects and significantly improved focusing performance. By using both contrast AF and On-Chip Phase Detection AF together, fast and precise AF performance is enabled for previously challenging scenes where the depth of field is shallow and using the widest aperture settings for a large-diameter single-focal lens. Users can control the AF functions with the AF Target Mode*, AF Target Position, Face/Eye Priority AF which can easily be set with a single action. With an added 0.74x (35mm equivalent) high-magnification, high-definition electronic viewfinder, the OM-DE-M1 Mark II is set to rival that of high-end full-frame interchangeable lens cameras.

Source: Olympus. New colours for the PEN E-PL8.
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The Olympus selfie-ready camera series welcomes the PEN E-PL8 in a sleek new look and an enhanced Touch Selfie Mode. The latest addition to the PEN series sees the camera presented in three new colours, white, black, and brown.

The rounded edges and compact body modernise the camera, which also features a flip-down Selfie screen and an enhanced Touch Selfies mode. The revamped Touch Selfie Mode has an additional Movie Clips function that allows users to record selfie movies and edit them via the Movie Effect button. A dedicated Art Filter mode helps to eliminate editing time.

This camera is built for instant social sharing. Smartphone integration is seamless with the Olympus Image Share (OI.Share) app (compatible with all iOS and Android devices). OI.Share enables LiveView touch, making the phone a seamless extension of the camera. Tap the LiveView screen on the phone and the PEN E-PL8 instantly focuses and shoots. The PEN can even be controlled from up to 10m away for remote shooting. The zoom setting of the M.Zuiko 14-42mm electronic zoom lens can also be controlled from the phone.

Source: Olympus. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO zoom lens.
Source: Olympus.
The new M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO is the first high-magnification zoom lens with advanced image stabilisation (IS) in the M.Zuiko PRO category.

This compact, lightweight, high-performance, high-magnification professional zoom lens features a dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof (-10°) construction along with an image stabilisation mechanism. When combined with a compatible camera body, the in-body 5-axis sync IS is enhanced.

The new M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm F1.2 PRO (35mm equivalent: 50mm) is a large-diameter single-focal-length lens, which conforms to the Micro Four Thirds System standard. The dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof lens achieves enhanced resolution performance from the widest aperture setting of f1.2 by using 19 lenses including eight special lenses in an effective arrangement.

The new M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm F3.5 premium macro lens, which conforms to the Micro Four Thirds System standard, features a maximum image magnification of 2.5x (35mm equivalent) making it the highest in its class. The high powered magnification allows users the ability to approach subjects up to 1.4cm away from the end of the lens for new macro capabilities.

The FL-900R high-intensity flash also features a maximum guide number of 58 with the fastest sequential shooting tracking speed in its class at 10 fps. The Micro Four Thirds System-compliant flash is dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof (-10°C). The compact, lightweight structure also ensures portability.

*There are now four modes in AF Target, including the new five-point cross group pattern, All Targets, Single Target, and nine-point cross group pattern.

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