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Olympus 2016 Financial Report - A Mixed Bag

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Olympus posted full year and last quarter results.. Financial report of Olympus says the company is facing loss in overall operating profit, but the good news is Mirrorless sales are up +5% compared to previous finical year.

Olympus report says

In the mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera field, the OM-D series and “OLYMPUS PEN-F,” etc. increased sales, with sales also boosted by a contribution from the high performance interchangeable lenses “M.ZUIKO DIGITAL PRO” series with additions of new models bringing the lineup to five models. Meanwhile, in the compact camera field, the Company continued to limit the number of units sold in response to market shrinkage. Consequently, sales in the Imaging Systems Business overall decreased year on year.

Olympus is also preparing to announce fullframe mirrorless cameras in future that will compete with Sony A7 series and will sure boost its market share.

Also see – Q1 Operating Profit of Canon Falls 39%

via – 43Rumor | Source – Olympus Global

Olympus Working on A Fullframe Mirrorless Camera

oly 28mm fullrame imageSurprise: Finally The Creators of 4/3 format moving towards a bigger sensor. Olympus may be working on fullframe sensor based mirrorless camera project, since a latest lens patent document surfaced over the web revealed a fullframe sensor based Lens with 28mm focal length and F2 aperture. Take a look at the patent details below…

  • Patent Publication No. 2016-6469
    • Published 2016.1.14
    • Filing date 2014.5.26
  • Example 1
    • f 28.83 28.66 28.00
    • FNO. 2.06 2.05 2.00
    • 2ω 79.64 77.07 70.21
    • IH 21.633 21.633 21.633
    • FB (in air) 15.65 14.70 12.01
    • Total length (in air) 79.14 78.19 75.50

Olympus Working on A Fullframe Mirrorless Camera

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Olympus E-M10 II at DXO Mark Score

Olympus E-M10 II imageOlympus E-M10 II score surfaced over DXOMark Lab, the overall score of the camera matches with Panasonic GX8, however the Sony A6000 sensor is big, hybrid and the score is still better.

With the addition of the vaunted 5-axis stabilization (albeit a modified version), an improved high-res viewfinder and some worthwhile tweaks to the handling, including the useful AF targeting pad, the E-M10 II no longer feels like a entry-level model. Combined with an accessible price and a sensor performance that’s similar to the mid-range E-M5 II which in turn is close to the very best 4/3 format sensors there’s little doubt the E-M10 II is an attractive option and solid choice.

source – DXO

Future Olympus Camera will Automatically Dehaze Your Images

In an recent patent surfaced over web by a patent hunting website egami, Olympus is working on in-camera haze removal algo.

Dehaze-imageUpcoming Olympus camera of future will automatically Dehaze your captured images. To remove haze form the image Olympus developed a haze removal algorithm that will run on your images to remove haze automatically.

Description, self-interpretation of the patent literature

  • Patent Publication No. 2015-154102
    • Published 2015.8.24
    • Filing date 2014.2.10
  • Olympus patents
    • And the estimated correction the shade of fog component
    • And dividing the image into small areas
    • To determine the degree of deterioration due to each small area
    • Detection of the degree of deterioration, it does from the degree of high-brightness and low saturation
    • And corrects and contrast enhancement of the tone in accordance with the degradation degree

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Olympus M10 II vs. Sony A6000 - High ISO Test

Sony A6000 vs Olympus E-M10 Mark II,  lot of difference present among the Sony A6000 and E-M10 Mark II. The Sony A6000 features APS-C size Hybrid CMOS sensor on the other hand the Olympus E-M10 II have a 4/3 size sensor, we don’t have a doubt that Sony A6000 will going to perform theoretically.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II vs. Sony A6000 5The Olympus E-M10 showing bit more details compared to A6000 whereas the Sony A6000 show less noise with more flat image, Sony may be implemented a strong noise reduction filter algo. Both camera image is usable upto 6400 only.

Buy Olympus E-M10 Mark II from Amazon | B&H || Buy Sony A6000 from Amazon

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Olympus Announces 7-14mm and 8mm Wide-angle Lenses

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Olympus finally announced two new lenses, both the lenses belonged to PRO series, the first lens is M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm F2.8 and 8mm F1.8 Fisheye Pro.

The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO lens will be available in June 2015 (black) for an estimated street price of $1,299.99 (US) and $1,599.99 (Canada).

The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO lens will be available in June 2015 (black) for an estimated street price of $999.99 (US) and $1,249.99 (Canada).

Take a look at the press release —

OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO® DIGITAL ED 7-14MM f/2.8 AND 8MM f/1.8 FISHEYE PRO LENSES FOR COMPACT EXPLORING

Excellent Optical Performance, Ultra-Wide, Compact and Lightweight for Ultimate Mobility, Dustproof and Splashproof Construction, Underwater Accessory Compatibility

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., May 12, 2015 — Today, Olympus is pleased to announce the availability of two new premium M.ZUIKO DIGITAL PRO lenses. The M.ZUIKO Digital ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO is an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 14-28mm, while the M.ZUIKO Digital ED 8mm Fisheye PRO, the world’s first with an f/1.8 aperture, features a minimum working distance of just 2.5cm and offers excellent bokeh with wide-angle macro shots. Both lenses are equipped with Olympus’ legendary weather sealing, providing peace-of-mind while shooting in extreme weather conditions with an OM-D® camera.

The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO is the ideal lens for wide-angle shooting needs in any condition. This premium lens includes weather sealing in 11 locations, enabling use in rain and snow, or even on the beach, where other lenses may not be able to withstand ocean spray or dust penetration. At 534 grams, or just under 19 ounces, the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO is about 45 percent lighter than similar competitor products, eliminating heavy equipment that may slow the user down.

The lens also includes premium close-up shooting capabilities, thanks to the minimum working distance of just 7.5cm, offering extremely sharp capture capability, even at the very edges of an image. Three Super ED lenses, one ED lens and two EDA lenses help to minimize peripheral chromatic aberration, while the ZERO (Zuiko Extra-Low Reflective Optical) Coating aids in minimizing ghosting. The lens also boasts an L-Fn button with 27 assignable functions and a Manual Focus Clutch with built-in Focus Distance Meter. The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO lens comes with a fixed lens hood and pinch-style lens cap LC-79 for added protection.

Hobbyists, photo enthusiasts and professionals alike will be captivated by the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm f/1.8 PRO Fisheye lens’ 180-degree diagonal angle of view. Like the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO, this lens includes dustproof and splashproof construction, for unlimited wide-angle adventure. The lens is also compatible with a custom dome port for use with an Olympus underwater housing.

The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm f/1.8 PRO Fisheye lens is constructed of 17 elements in 15 groups and can capture high resolution at the very edges of an image, even at the maximum aperture of f/1.8. ZERO Coating minimizes optical flares and ghosting. The lens also comes with a fixed lens hood and a pinch-style lens cap LC-62.

Both of the lenses’ compact size, brightness and weight reflect Olympus’ mastery of precision engineering. When used in conjunction with core OM-D technologies, like 5-axis image stabilization, the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO and M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm f/1.8 PRO Fisheye open the user up to new possibilities for long exposure hand-held shooting.

Underwater Lens Port, PPO-EP02
The PPO-EP02 glass dome lens port is a great accessory to the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 8mm f/1.8 PRO Fisheye lens, enabling the user to capture the widest shot possible underwater with the OM-D E-M5 or OM-D E-M1 underwater housings. The PPO-EP02 is 15 percent smaller and 30 percent lighter than Olympus’ previous lens port model, the PPO-E04, allowing for more compact and lightweight underwater shooting. Also, the hood section can be removed to reduce waves for over-under shots. (Rear Cover (PRPC-EP02) and Front Cover (PBC-EP02) are bundled).

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO lens will be available in June 2015 (black) for an estimated street price of $1,299.99 (US) and $1,599.99 (Canada).

The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO lens will be available in June 2015 (black) for an estimated street price of $999.99 (US) and $1,249.99 (Canada).

Olympus E-PL6 Available in US

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On May 10th, 2013 Olympus announced the E-PL6 PEN in Japan. On July 10th, 2014 the E-PL6 landed on UK and finally the camera arrived on US today, the camera available for pre-order on B&H

The E-PL6 features same sensor as recently announced Olympus E-P5 and E-M5 Mirrorless Camera, but to cut cost the camera doesn’t have 5 axis image stabilization and WiFi lik E-P5, so we can say that E-PL6 is a affordable version of E-P5 Mirrorless camera.

Also see – Olympus E-PL6 Sample Images