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Olympus intros PEN E-PL5, E-PM2, new MFT lenses

09/17, 9:56am

OM-D bodies continue to shrink

Olympus has introduced several products, including two PEN mirrorless cameras, a Micro Four Thirds macro lens, a body cap lens and a new color option for an existing lens. The PEN E-PL5 and E-PM2 represent the evolution of the company's compact system cameras, utilizing the same 16.1-megapixel OM-D sensor and TruePic VI processing engine as the E-M5 but in smaller bodies characteristic of the PEN series.

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Lensbaby ships Composer Pro for mirrorless cameras

04/02, 8:15pm

Device provides isolated special effects

Lensbaby has begun shipping its Composer Pro special effects attachment for mirrorless, interchangeable lens cameras. With it, a photographer can reproduce tilt-shift or another specific effect without having to turn to a full DSLR. The Composer Pro works with Panasonic and Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras, Sony's NEX line, and Samsung NX cameras.

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Apple posts Mac OS X 10.7.3 with new languages, RAW

02/01, 4:40pm

Apple takes Mac OS X 10.7.3 live

Apple on Wednesday afternoon posted Mac OS X 10.7.3 (release notes). The Lion upgrade adds several languages, including Catalan for Spaniards as well as Croatian, Greek, Hebrew, Romanian, Slovak, Thai, and Ukrainian. RAW photo compatibility has expanded to several new cameras, including the Nikon J1 and V1, Olympus' current PEN cameras, and current Sony Alpha and NEX cameras, such as the NEX-5N.

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Olympus prices E-PM1 PEN Mini at $500 in US

08/25, 8:35am

Olympus E-PM1 PEN Mini due autumn for $500

Olympus has announced the pricing on its forthcoming E-PM1 PEN Mini. When the Micro Four Thirds camera launches in early autumn, with retail for $500. The E-PM1 PEN Mini is the smallest in the Olympus MFT range and features an ultra-fast 35-point auto-focus system.

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Olympus E-PL3 to ship in September for $700

07/27, 1:00am

Olympus prices, dates E-PL3 and VF-3

Olympus on Wednesday set out pricing and launch dates for some of the extra photography hardware from its PEN line remake. The middle tier of the cameras, the E-PL3 or PEN Lite, will ship for $700 when mated to either the 14-42mm zoom lens or the 17mm pancake. It won't arrive body-only but will have choices of black, red, silver, and white colors when it ships in September.

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Olympus E-PL3 Lite gets early pricing in UK

07/21, 12:55pm

Olympus E-PL3 Lite due in the UK this summer

The Olympus E-PL3 Lite camera introduced at the start of last month has just got an official release date and price in the UK. It arrives late this summer, priced at 550 (nearly $900) when bundled with a 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R zoom lens. It will be available in black, white, silver or red.

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Canon hints at mirrorless interchangeable camera for 2012

07/05, 8:15am

Canon exec says mirrorless cam in consideration

Canon's camera group lead Masaya Maeda hinted in an interview Tuesday that his company was at least investigating, if not making, a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The Japanese firm was "considering the technical aspects" of such a jump. There would be an "interesting product" with small dimensions next year, Maeda told Reuters, although he didn't say if that would be an interchangeable model.

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Olympus E-P3 strikes back with ultra-fast AF, touchscreen

06/30, 1:00am

Olympus E-P3 official with new sensor, dual-core

Olympus early Thursday remade its entire PEN camera line and headlined it with the E-P3. The camera uses a genuinely new 12.3-megapixel CMOS sensor and the first dual-core TruePic VI processor to reach much faster autofocus performance than not just other Micro Four Thirds cameras but most interchangeable lens cameras. It can supposedly outperform its higher-end rival, the Panasonic GH2, as well as full-fledged DSLRs like the Nikon D3100 and even the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV.

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Olympus PEN Lite, PEN Mini shrink MFT cams to compact size

06/30, 1:00am

Olympus intros E-PL3 and E-PM1 as tiny MFT cameras

Olympus went well beyond the E-P3 in its PEN camera introductions Thursday by launching two small models, one of which might claim a record for interchangeable lens cameras. The PEN Mini or E-PM1 is the star and is smaller even than the E-PL series, more closely approaching the size of a point-and-shoot camera. Even so, the Micro Four Thirds camera has the exact same upgraded 12.3-megapixel sensor and dual-core TruePic VI processor as the E-P3, giving both a very quick 35-point autofocus and better image quality.

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Olympus adds 12mm f2 and 45mm f1.8 MFT lenses, new flash

06/30, 1:00am

Olympus MFT gets 12mm f2, 45mm f1.8, FL-300R flash

Olympus finished off a series of launches early Tuesday through the addition of a pair of very bright Micro Four Thirds lenses and a new flash. Both a 12mm f2 ED lens and a 45mm f1.8 lens give the PEN camera line bright lenses more flexible than the 17mm pancake that has defined the line. Olympus envisions the 12mm being used for wide-angle shots and darker street photography, while the 45mm is more a portrait lens that can produce bokeh (soft backgrounds from shallow depth of field) while still keeping a typical distance.

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Olympus E-P3 specs, photos leak out early

06/26, 9:20pm

Olympus E-P3 details arrive early

One of the cameras part of Olympus' June 30 event was exposed in large form on Sunday after two slips provided details and photos. The E-P3 is superficially similar to the E-P2 but should bring much improved image quality. From what Photo Rumors was told, it would have a new 12-megapixel sensor with a higher ISO 12,800 sensitivity limit, the rumored faster autofocus, and a built-in flash that had previously been limited to cameras like the E-PL2.

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Olympus E-PM1 PEN Mini leaks out

06/20, 8:10am

Claims faster autofocus than Panasonic GH2

A photo of the Olympus PEN mini E-PM1 has been leaked to 43 Rumors. The new Micro Four Thirds format camera compares in size with the Olympus XZ-1, being slightly larger in width and comparable height and depth. Olympus has promised the new PEN camera will feature an ultrafast autofocus that the company says is faster than the Panasonic GH2 AF and many DSLR cameras on the market today.

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Review: Olympus E-PL2

04/02, 7:05pm

We review Olympus' E-PL2 camera

The Olympus E-PL2 is a still-rare sequel to a MILC (mirrorless interchangeable lens camera). It promises to once again offer a way for relative beginners to get into serious photography as well as a possible sidearm camera for veterans. Now in its fourth iteration, has this series of Micro Four Thirds cameras just scratched the surface or run its course? Our E-PL2 review finds out.

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Olympus intros all-black E-P2 kits, new MFT lenses

08/31, 7:30am

Olympus Special Black EVF Edition arrives

Olympus preceded Photokina today by revealing a new version of the E-P2. The Special Black EVF and Flash Editions includes either a black viewfinder or flash add-on. In both cases, they come with a unique black 17mm f2.8 pancake lens with the "F" logo from Olympus' 1963 Pen F camera.

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Canon prepping mini DSLR to fight mirrorless cams

07/20, 10:35am

Canon to use SLR to tackle Micro Four Thirds

Canon's image group leader Masaya Maeda today confirmed that his company is developing a smaller pro camera to compete against mirrorless, interchangeable lens rivals. It was implied the camera would still use a DSLR approach rather than go mirrorless and would be smaller than cameras like the Rebel series to compete with the size of cameras like Olympus' PEN series or the Sony NEX line. Maeda saw the issue of size simply as a matter of design.

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Review: Olympus E-PL1

06/27, 2:00pm

Olympus 600-dollar MFT camera reviewed

About 47 years ago, Olympus went out on a limb to introduce a half-frame camera that featured interchangeable lenses and an image that measured 18x24mm rather than the movie film-derived 36x24mm film size. We are beyond film at this point, favoring digital image capture instead, but Olympus is still holding fast to its legacy, with their new, impossibly compact, E-PL1 interchangeable lens camera (ILC). At $600 with a lens, it may be both one of the cheapest and the smallest ways to get into serious photography well find out in our review if its the best.

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Olympus PEN update to speed up autofocus

04/15, 8:55am

Olympus MFT cameras get major firmware update

Olympus set out plans on Thursday for a major firmware upgrade for all its PEN Micro Four Thirds cameras. The E-P1, E-P2 and newer E-PL1 will all get faster autofocusing in still photos, regardless of the lens. The older E-P1 and E-P2 will also get the E-PL1's faster continuous autofocusing during movie recording, but only for the long-ranged 14-140mm and wide-angle 9-18mm lenses.

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Olympus E-PL1 brings pop-up flash, costs less

02/02, 1:05pm

Olympus E-PL1 fights high end compacts

In a premature launch, Olympus on Tuesday launched its third but potentially most significant digital PEN camera. The E-PL1 has the same 12.3-megapixel sensor as the E-P1 and E-P2 but improves on the earlier Micro Four Thirds cameras through a slew of major design changes. A pop-up flash is the most notable and saves photographers from having to give up flash either on the road or when using an optical viewfinder.

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