Olympus OM-D E-M5 Version 1.5 Firmware Update

Olympus OM-D E-M5

Olympus has issued a firmware update for the OM-D E-M5, which offers the following improvements:

1)      Decreased operating sounds in photo ready mode

2)      Improved 5-axis stabilization when using OM lenses with an adapter, even in Movie mode

3)      All updates up to version 1.2 are included

You can get the firmware update through Olympus’ software updater.

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 Unveiled

Olympus XZ-2

The Olympus Stylus XZ-2 is a follow-up to the popular and powerful XZ-1.  The XZ-2 adds a new hybrid control ringer and touch controls similar to what is found on the Olympus OM-D E-M5.

Olympus Stylus XZ-2 Key Features

  • 12MP BSI CMOS sensor
  • 4x optical zoom (24-96mm equivalent)
  • Fast aperture f/1.8-2.5
  • 3-inch swivel touchscreen LCD
  • 5fps burst mode
  • ISO 100-12800
  • 1080p HD video capture
  • RAW image capture
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • Hot shoe
  • Olympus Art Filters

The Olympus XZ-2 should be available in November 2012 for $599.99.  Check availability here at B&H Photo.

Olympus E-PL5 Officially Announced with Ultra-thin 15mm Lens

Olympus E-PL5

The Olympus E-PL5 is a new Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera with a 16MP LiveMOS sensor.  The new mirrorless camera sports an all-metal body, a 170-degree tilting LCD and captures 1080i HD video.

Olympus also introduced a new body cap alongside the E-PL5 that sports a built-in 15mm f/8 lens, which means you can grab a quick shot without a bulky lens (you know, since it’s a lens too…).

Olympus E-PL5 Key Features

  • 16MP Live MOS Sensor
  • TruePic VI Image Processor
  • RAW Image Capture
  • 8fps Frame Rate
  • M. Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5 Lens
  • 3.0″ Flip Portrait LCD w/ Touch Control
  • Full 1080i HD Video
  • F.A.S.T. Auto Focus
  • In-Body Image Stabilization
  • ISO Range to 25600
  • 12 In-camera Art Filters
  • Includes FL-LM1 Flash Unit

The Olympus E-PL5 should be available in October for $699.  Check availability here at B&H Photo.

Olympus E-PL5, E-PM2 and New Lens Pricing Confirmed

Olympus E-PL5

Olympus E-PL5

Samy’s Camera has product pages and pre-orders listed for the Olympus E-PL5 and E-PM2, as well as new lenses with US pricing info confirmed.

The Olympus E-PM2 with 14-42mm kit lens is priced at $599 (link).  The E-PL5 with 14-42mm kit lens is priced at $699 (link).  As previously reported, both new cameras will sport a 16.05MP Live MOS sensor (apparently the same one used in the OM-D EM-5).

A pair of new lenses, the 60mm f/2.8 Macro (link) and the 12mm f/2 Limited Edition (link) are priced at $499 and $1099, respectively.

Expect official announcements on these products to hit tomorrow.

Olympus XZ-2 Compact Camera Leaks Out

Olympus XZ-2

The Olympus XZ-2 compact camera is expected to be announced on Monday ahead of Photokina 2012.

It’s predecessor, the Olympus XZ-1 was one of the best little compact cameras available this past year, and the XZ-2 seems to be a rather incremental upgrade.  The key features of which include a 12MP backside illuminate sensor and a bright 28-112mm f/1.8-2.5 lens.

Check out the rest of the specs below. [Read more...]

Olympus STYLUS SP-820UZ iHS Packs a Whopping 40x Zoom

Olympus SP-820UZ iHS

Olympus just launched the Stylus SP-820UZ iHS, its flagship Ultra Zoom compact camera. It features a 40x optical zoom lens (22.4-896mm equivalent) a 14MP CMOS image sensor.

The zoom is further magnified by what Olympus calls Super-Resolution Zoom, which doubles the focus distance, enabling up to 80x zoom magnification.

The SP-820UZ iHS also sports a 3-inch LCD 1080p HD video, as well as 720p video at 60fps for smooth slow motion footage.

The Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS should be available in September 2012 at a retail price of $329.99.  You can order the SP-820UZ here at B&H Photo.

Full specifications below. [Read more...]

Olympus 75mm f/1.8 Micro Four Thirds Lens Announced

Olympus 75mm f/1.8 Lens

Olympus has unveiled a new M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm f/1.8 Micro Four Thirds lens.  Due to the 2x crop factor, the new lens provides 150mm equivalent field of view, which makes for a long portrait lens or a niche low-light event or sports lens.

The Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens retails for $899.99 and should be available later in Summer 2012.  Check availability at B&H Photo.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]