According to latest rumors Olympus is testing a new type of PEN camera, the camera is rumored to feature a newly customized CMOS sensor with same size like the original film pens,
part of the article published at 43rumors.com
The pen line isn’t discontinued, rather it’s being taken back to it’s roots. One of the mockups has the sensor in a portrait orientation like the original film pens, the space saved by the shutter traveling sideways rather than vertically allowing a viewfinder above it (still in the center line of camera, which is hard to do with the vertical running shutter, almost all other mirrorless have the EVF on the left hand edge or a hump because of it).
But the source who published the information also suggest that the Olympus management may not approve the camera for final production because it’s too much “risk”.
Name is not confirmed yet but Olympus will soon announce Olympus Stylus 1 camera successor, the images is already leaked out and the announcement is expected within few days.
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The long rumored Olympus E-M1 sliver edition announced along with the new firmware update, but we are really surprised that there is no 4K video support added as rumored by rumor mills few days ago, however the new firmware adds new features and fix some old biting bugs..
The new firmware in E-M1 silver allows you to enable tethered shooting, in-camera ‘digital shift’ keystone composition, and the E-M10′s Live Composite mode.
Minor bug fixes and improvement include less lag in the display unit, introduction of the new remote shooting modes using the OI and you also get new Art and Movie Effect modes, The price of the new E-M1 is $1399.99
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ADVANCED FLAGSHIP MODEL FOR PROFESSIONALS
Olympus’ Award Winning OM-D E-M1® Combines a New Look with Tethering Capabilities Ideal for Studio Photographers
CENTER VALLEY, Pa., September 15, 2014 – The award-winning flagship Olympus OM-D E-M1®, with the world’s first 5-axis image stabilization, TruePic VII image processor and Live MOS sensor is now more iconic than ever before, with the introduction of new firmware Version 2.0, enabling tethered shooting, In-Camera Digital Shift and Live Composite, and much more, also now available in a sleek, classy silver body.
In response to market demand, the new Olympus OM-D E-M1, with firmware Version 2.0 is equipped with USB tethered shooting capabilities, ideal integration in the workflow for studio photographers, utilizing Olympus’ new Olympus Capture studio tethering application. The E-M1 connects to a computer via a USB cable, and the free Olympus Capture software mirrors the camera’s Live View on the computer monitor, enabling easier, stress-free collaboration and sharing with other parties involved in a photo shoot. The software also allows the photographer to operate the camera directly from the computer.
In-Camera Digital Shift
Using two dials, firmware Version 2.0 features in-camera Digital Shift, or Keystone Compensation, allowing you to correct the converging lines of trapezoidal distortion in Live View, without the need for a shift lens or post-processing. In combination with 5-axis Image Stabilization, Dual FAST AF and its dust, splash and freezeproof body, in-camera Digital Shift makes the Olympus OM-D E-M1 ideal for capturing images of buildings from a variety of angles, in virtually any condition.
New features, including the popular Live Composite Mode, previously introduced in the OM-D E-M10, expand the user’s creative potential. Live Composite Mode is a tool that offers previews of long exposures in Live View, a perfect tool for anyone looking to easily capture light trails when shooting a star-filled sky, or shooting fireworks in flight. Two new Art Filters, both with three types of finish, add to your creative options, with a total of 14 Art Filters. New Vintage and Partial Color, boost the potential for easy, artistic photos using on-camera effects. Vintage lends images a nostalgic charm, while Partial Color emphasizes a specific portion of the photograph, utilizing an intuitive color ring of 18 available color hues, leaving the remainder of the image black and white.
Designed with Detail
Inherited from the OM models of the film era, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is now available in a strikingly beautiful silver magnesium body with classy aluminum dials and controls.
Other New Features and Functionality
Other features for improved performance include improved EVF display time lag. The display time lag has been reduced to 16 msec when the frame rate has been set to high speed. New Photo Story themes “Zoom In/Out” and “Layout” have been added. The addition of a hold function has also made it possible to temporarily save a photo story while shooting, and complete it, later. Live Guide makes it possible to layer on multiple effects simultaneously*. Remote shooting features in the OI.Share™ App have been further advanced, with the addition of a self-timer sequential and interval shooting, allowing for rich variations in movement and expression. A new Scene Mode “Panning” allows you to set the optimal shutter speed automatically to match the movements of an object. “Shade” Art Effect inserts bands of shading on the left and right side of the image (or top and bottom) for a sense of wideness. A new Movie Effect “Old Film” turns your videos into flickering images with noise, scratches and dust, for the vintage look of old movies shot on film.
Firmware Upgrade Availability
Firmware Version 2.0 is pre-installed on the Olympus OM-D E-M1 silver model. Existing OM-D E-M1 camera owners can also enjoy the features of this new firmware by upgrading their camera using Olympus Viewer software.
U.S. Pricing and Availability
The OM-D E-M1 in Silver will be available in September 2014.
Estimated Street Price: $1,399.99
Firmware Version 2.0 (pre-installed Olympus OM-D E-M1 silver body) will be available September 24, 2014 at 10:00pm ET at no cost.
Olympus Capture Studio Tethering Application will be available September 24, 2014 at 10:00pm ET at no cost.
For a complete list of specifications, visit the Olympus website: http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/digitalcameras/omd/e-m1.html
The Olympus E-PL7 camera just anno0unced few hours ago..details can be seen here and just after the announcement Olympus uploaded five high resolution images captured via Olympus E-PL7 camera… take a look at the image below the center part is cropped to 100% and aperture was set at F5.6, 13 sec shutter and ISO down to 200…
The image clarity really impressed me.. share your thoughts also and don’t forget to see the 5 high resolution sample images here.
The long rumored Olympus E-PL7 announced today, the E-PL7 is a entry level mirrorless camera packed with a 16 Megapixel CMOS sensor that supports ISO range from 200-25600, advance 3-axis image stabilization brought from the Oly E-M10 mirrorless camera.
Olympus E-PL7 features continuous shooting speed of 8 fps and records Full HD videos 1920 x 1080 (30p), the camera comes with a 180° tilting touch display unit for capturing selfie images.
The available in September, Body-only it will cost $599.99 and with kit lens (14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II) it will cost $699.99.
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Olympus E-PL7 Press Release
Capture, Connect and Create: 180-Degree Downward Flip LCD, Easy Self Portrait Mode and Advanced Performance in an Interchangeable Lens Camera for the Smart Phone User
CENTER VALLEY, Pa., August 28, 2014 — Olympus makes it easier than ever to shoot and share your stories in brilliant detail with the new PEN E-PL7®, an interchangeable-lens camera in a portable, compact and lightweight body, with a premium design. Featuring a new 180-degree downward flip touch LCD, Selfie-dedicated mode and built-in Wi-Fi®, combined with the enhanced Olympus Image Share app (OI.Share™), the PEN E-PL7 gives users the power to easily upload and share images instantly using their mobile devices.
Outstanding Image Quality
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 features much of the same technology as Olympus’s award-winning OM-D® line of cameras for a level of performance that rivals that of high-end interchangeable-lens cameras. The TruePic VII image processor combines with a 16.05 megapixel Live MOS sensor and M.ZUIKO® lenses to deliver beautiful image quality with high resolution, superior color reproduction and high sensitivity, all in a portable, compact and lightweight body, with the same high-level design and build quality of the PEN flagship, the E-P5.
The in-body 3-axis VCM image stabilization system is derived from the Olympus OM-D E-M10®. This powerful technology compensates for horizontal and vertical angular shifts (yam and pitch) as well as camera shake along the optical axis (roll) which is especially common in one-handed shooting scenarios. With the in-body image stabilization mechanism, camera shake can be prevented with any lens, allowing users to take beautiful, dynamic images, all the time.
The on-board FAST AF is Olympus’s fastest-ever AF system and uses 81 points that cover the whole image. Small AF Target and Super Spot AF modes make it possible to zoom in and focus accurately on small sections of the frame. The E-PL7 is also capable of capturing high-speed action with 8fps sequential shooting, the fast processor supports continuous capture of up to 20 RAW frames or an unlimited number of JPEG frames, and the Continuous Auto Focus with Tracking mode accurately tracks and captures moving subject as fast as 3.5 fps.
One-Touch Self Portraits
The 3-inch, 1.04 million-dot high-definition touch LCD monitor automatically turns into a mirror display and activates into its “Selfie Mode” when tilted downward in the 180-degree position, perfect for one-touch selfies. The shutter-release button appears on the screen so subjects can frame the image appropriately, shooting one second after the button is touched, and capturing beautiful selfies that could not have been captured with a smart phone alone. Selfie interval shooting provides a fun way to capture images with a custom self-timer switching button that defaults to deliver three shots at one second intervals, giving subjects time to strike different poses. When an electronic zoom lens is attached, the zoom automatically adjusts to the wide-angle position so that the user can quickly take their shot, incorporating the background as well.
The E-PL7’s built-in flash helps users take beautiful selfies against nighttime backgrounds, and e-Portrait can be activated with a single touch for more beautiful skin textures. iAuto has also been enhanced with selfies in mind: Portrait settings have been added to common scene modes to automatically detect 42 types of scenes to match the subject and optimize for the ideal image.
Easy Smart Phone Connection
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 includes built-in Wi-Fi, and connecting to a smart phone is simple. Using the Olympus Image Share app, along with a smart phone, and quickly scanning the QR code displayed on the camera’s LCD, the smart phone syncs with the Wi-Fi network created by the camera. OI.Share shooting functions have evolved, making it possible to easily operate the custom self-timer for sequential and selfie interval shooting. Live View can be displayed on the smart phone, and the camera can be controlled by touching the smart phone display as if it were the camera itself, then users can send selected images to their smart device for immediate sharing on social media sites.
Expanded OI.Share Capability
OI.Share has been enhanced with a number of remote shooting functions to expand the use of a variety of selfie options. Settings for single, sequential high and sequential low switching button, as well as controls for the timer bar and interval shooting, can all be easily accessed remotely on the user’s smart phone. A new movie button lets you quickly record a movie at customized settings, including customized time length for each movie clip. Live Bulb has been added to OI.Share, allowing users the ability to control and monitor the bulb photography process on a smart phone while the shutter is released. Images can also be geotagged through the OI.Share App, giving users a record of all of their adventures.
The PEN E-PL7 is equipped with several new creative features, including two new Art Filters. The “Vintage” art filter transfers everyday images into a photo that looks to have withstood the test of time, and “Partial Color” enables users to utilize an intuitive color ring to leave certain colors in an image while other colors are converted to monochrome to emphasize specific parts of a photo or subjects (18 colors are available). “Shade Effect” is a new art effect that adds bands of shadows on the left and right, or top and bottom of the image. Photo Story has also been expanded to include Layout mode for a photo-album-style arrangement. “Panning” is a new scene mode that matches the E-PL7’s movement to the subjects so users can track it for the optimal panning effect. And finally, a new movie effect, “Old Film Effect,” records video to look like old movies shot on film by adding noise, scratches and dust effects.
For photographers who prefer composing their shots using an eyepiece, the E-PL7 is compatible with the optional high-definition VF-4 viewfinder that 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 enables real-time viewing of shooting conditions.
New Micro Four Thirds® Lens and Accessories
Olympus is also introducing a black version of its popular M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 12mm F2.0 lens. This high-speed, single-focal-length, wide-angle lens, which was previously only available in silver, is ideal for shooting high-quality, dramatic landscapes and street scenes in low-light conditions. It has a beautiful full-metal body and a snap ring that enables photographers to pan focus with a distance indicator.
A genuine leather body jacket made especially for the OLYMPUS PEN E-PL7, the CS-45B, will also cover the camera’s grip. In addition to the utility of protecting the camera body from damage, it also offers a robust feel, thanks to the luxuriousness and craftsmanship that comes with the use of genuine leather. The jacket is available in light brown, brown, and black, and matches the new Genuine Leather Lens Cover LS-60.5GL (compatible with the M.Zuiko 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ lens) and is a great complement to the Genuine Leather Neck Strap CSS-S109LLII, which is already available. The special snap buttons are used to attach the jacket to the body, making the jacket smooth and easy to remove. The jacket can also be quickly removed when you want to use a tripod or insert or remove batteries or an SD card. You can also take selfies even with the jacket attached.
A waterproofing case optimized for the OLYMPUS PEN E-PL7, the PT-EP12, rated to handle water pressure down to 45m. works with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ, M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f2.0, M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f1.8, M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f1.8, and M.Zuiko Digital 45mm f1.8.
Compatible with the external flash bundled with the E-PL7, you’ll be ready for underwater photography with the PT-EP12. You can also now switch to underwater mode using the arrow pad, allowing you to concentrate on taking photos stress-free even underwater. An even greater variety of underwater photos can be taken if you use the Underwater Macro Converter PTMC-01 or the Underwater Wide Converter PTWC-01, both of which can be attached directly. A brand new dedicated underwater flash, the UFL-3, operates with high-performance, is compact and reaches a guide number of GN22. With a charging time of approximately two seconds, this flash is pressure resistant to water at a depth of 75m. It’s compatible with the wireless flash controller and is bundled with a dedicated diffuser. This is a next-generation all-in-one underwater photography system that condenses all of the options needed for underwater shooting in a compact body.
A new lithium-ion battery BLS-50 with increased capacity, from 1150 mAh (BLS-5) to 1210 mAh (BLS-50), replaces the BLS-5. The BLS-50 is the same shape as the BLS-5 and can be used in Olympus models that support it.
U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 will be available in late September 2014 in the following configurations:
Estimated Street Price
$699.99 Body in Black or Silver with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II R lens
$599.99 Body only in Black or Silver
$799.99 M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 12mm f2.0 lens in Black
$59.99 Body Jacket (Available in October)
$44.99 Leather Lens Jacket (Available in October)
$749.99 PT-EP12 Underwater Housing (Available in October)
$499.99 UFL-3 Underwater Flash (Available in October)
Olympus E-PL7 Full Specification
|PEN E-PL7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera
||Micro Four Thirds
||16 MP Live MOS
||Not specified by manufacturer
||Not specified by manufacturer
|Top Continuous Shooting Rate
||Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Program, iAuto, Art Filters, Scene Modes
||Not specified by manufacturer
||FAST AF with Small Target AF
||3-Axis In-Body VCM Image Stabilization
|Number of Focus Points
|External Flash Interface
||Yes, Full HD
||3.0″ 1.04M-dot 180° downward flip LCD touchscreen
||USB / AV Output
||BLS-50 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.2 VDC, 1210 mAh)
||4.5 x 2.6 x 1.5″ / 11.4 x 6.6 x 3.8 cm
||10.9 oz / 309 g without battery and card
As we have told you earlier that the SLIVER Olympus E-M1 coming soon, today we have just received the Sliver image of E-M1 camera of the camera.
Olympus to enable 4K recording in E-M1?
We are still not sure that Olympus will enable 4K video in the current E-M1 camera via firmware update or not but if they did, Panasonic GH4 will lose its leadership for sure, Since the E-M1 have built in 5-axis image stabilization that will eliminate the need of holding heavy video stabilizer during hand-held shooting.
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EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association) published the list of 2014-2015 award winners, as you can see the Nikon and Canon won 1 Award only, Fuji won 2 award, Panasonic Won 3 Award and … see the details below
PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS LIST
EUROPEAN CONSUMER DSLR CAMERA 2014-2015
Canon EOS 1200D
EUROPEAN LIFESTYLE CAMCORDER 2014-2015
Canon LEGRIA mini X
EUROPEAN ADVANCED COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERA 2014-2015
EUROPEAN COMPACT SYSTEM LENS 2014-2015
Fujinon XF56mmF1.2 R
EUROPEAN PHOTO ACCESSORY 2014-2015
EUROPEAN PROFESSIONAL DSLR CAMERA 2014-2015
EUROPEAN COMPACT SYSTEM ZOOM LENS 2014-2015
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm F2.8
EUROPEAN CONSUMER COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERA 2014-2015
Olympus OM-D E-M10
EUROPEAN ADVANCED COMPACT CAMERA 2014-2015
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000
EUROPEAN PHOTO & VIDEO CAMERA 2014-2015
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4
EUROPEAN TRAVEL COMPACT CAMERA 2014-2015
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ60
EUROPEAN ADVANCED DSLR CAMERA 2014-2015
EUROPEAN SMARTPHONE CAMERA 2014-2015
Samsung Galaxy K zoom
EUROPEAN CONNECTED CAMERA 2014-2015
EUROPEAN DSLR LENS 2014-2015
Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM [A]
EUROPEAN PROFESSIONAL COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERA 2014-2015
Sony Alpha 7R
EUROPEAN COMPACT CAMERA 2014-2015
Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 III
EUROPEAN DSLR ZOOM LENS 2014-2015
Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD
EUROPEAN DSLR TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS 2014-2015
Tamron SP 150-600 mm F5-6.3 VC USD