Olympus E-PM1, E-PL3 and E-P3 Unveiled

Olympus has opened up its Micro Four Thirds line of cameras to three new cameras.  The Olympus E-PM1, E-PL3 and E-P3 (shown above) essentially make up the small, medium and large categories for the series.  Of course, “large” is a relative term with respect to the Olympus Micro Four Thirds line as a whole.

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New Olympus PEN Cameras Incoming, Teaser Site Launched

The Olympus E-PM1, E-PL3 and E-P3 are expected to be launched later this week.  So, it makes sense that we are seeing a teaser campaign from Olympus, which is (right now) just a short video of a cloth draped over a camera.  The corner of the fabric lifts up, revealing a tiny portion of what has to be a new PEN camera, and then the video cuts off.

Of course, images the E-PM1 have already been leaked – and it is tiny.  [Read more...]

Olympus PEN Your Short 48 Hour Film Contest

Olympus has been rolling out the results of its 48 hour short film contest, which was part of the 2011 Vail Film Festival.  “During the contest, 19 teams of filmmakers from around the country were challenged to create a film, from start to finish, in a 48-hour timeframe with the powerfully simple Olympus PEN camera and a variety of lenses and accessories.”  Olympus is using this opportunity to pimp its HD-shooting PEN cameras, like the new Olympus E-PL2.

This week, Olympus revealed the runner-up short film, Der Bürgermeister.  You can check it out, along with some commentary from the filmmakers, below. [Read more...]

Olympus E-PL1s Announced, But Only for Japan

Olympus Japan has announced a new E-PL1s Micro Four Thirds camera as a slight tweak to the popular E-PL1.  The E-PL1s adds an ISO 6400 sensitivity setting and now comes in a red body.

Along with the E-PL1s, Olympus announced a new 14-42mm II f/3.5-5.6 kit lens with improved internal focusing for faster and quieter AF.

[Olympus Japan via Photo Rumors]

Olympus: “No More Entry-Level DSLRs”

Not that this should really surprise anyone, but Olympus seems to have gone on record to confirm that the company is no longer interested in developing entry-level DSLRs in light of its successful PEN series, which are based on the Micro Four Thirds system.

“We do not have concrete plans to replace the E-620 and other recent SLRs. The entry level SLR class can be completely replaced by the Pen system in terms of performance.” -Toshiyuki Terada, Product manager of SLR Olympus Planning Department

Terada went on to say that Olympus plans on developing an advanced-PEN camera and, at some point, Olympus expects to phase out DSLRs entirely in favor of the mirrorless Micro Four Thirds cameras.

[via Photo Rumors]

Olympus E-PL1 Reviews and Resources

Olympus PEN E-PL1

The Olympus PEN E-PL1 is a 12.3MP Micro Four Thirds camera that features a number of improvements over the original E-P1.  The E-PL1 features a built-in pop-up flash, a direct record button for recording HD video, along with expected features like sensor-based image stabilization and full time live view on the 2.7-inch LCD.  The E-PL1 will be offered in a kit with a 14-42mm f3.5/5.6 zoom lens.

The Olympus E-PL1 was first available in March 2010 at an initial retail price of $599.99.

Olympus E-PL1 Availability

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Photography Bay Resources

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Olympus E-PL1 Hands-On Review

Olympus E-PL1 Reviews

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Let’s Go Digital

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The Digital Story

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Wacom Adds Multi-Touch To Bamboo Tablets

Wacom Bamboo Multi-touch Tablet

Wacom has added multi-touch capabilities to its popular line of Bamboo tablets. There are now 2 tablets in the Bamboo family that now offer multi-touch capabilities – the Bamboo Touch; and the Bamboo Pen and Touch.

With the new Bamboo Touch, you can navigate your PC or Mac in a totally different manner than using a mouse.  It works much like the multi-touch screen on an iPhone.  The Bamboo Touch uses 9 key gestures to do things like click, zoom, scroll and rotate.  It also has 4 programmable buttons to take care of common actions.

Bamboo Pen and Touch has two sensors, one for pen and one for multi-touch.  What’s more, the tablet automatically recognizes when you are using your fingers or pen on the tablet’s surface.

The Wacom Bamboo Touch carries an initial retail price of $69, while the Bamboo Pen and Touch runs $99.  Check availability on Amazon.com:

Bamboo Touch

Bamboo Pen and Touch

My first take on these multi-touch products is that they are quite cool and could be used productively.  I have an older Bamboo tablet that I break out for image editing sometimes, but the multi-touch capabilities of this new series give me the hope that I might one day soon be able to ditch my mouse for good.  We’ll have to wait and see how the product performs in real world use to make that call, but I happily welcome effort from Wacom  on this new feature.

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