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 Stylus Tough 3000

Olympus Stylus Tough 3000

Introduced at CES 2010, the Olympus Stylus Tough 3000 is the latest update to Olympus’ deathproof line of cameras.

It’s got a 3.6x zoom, 12MP sensor, shoots 720p video and offers Image Stabilization built-in.  The Touch 3000 can withstand 5 foot drops, can be submerged in water up to 10 feet.  It can also deal with cold weather down to -14 degrees and can be eaten by polar bears and still come out firing.  While the polar bear part doesn’t come from Olympus’ press conference, I’m pretty sure that it’s capable after some hands-on time.

The Tough 3000 should be available in February 2010 and carries an initial retail price of $229.99.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

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

Olympus Stylus 7030, 7040 and 5010

Olympus Stylus 7040

More cameras from Olympus at CES 2010 include updates to the Stylus lineup. The 7030, 7040 and 5010 are the newest in the Olympus Stylus line.

The Stylus 7040 features a 14MP sensor, 7x zoom and captures HD video at 720p.  The 7040 should be available in February 2010 at an initial retail price of $249.99.  Check availability at Amazon.com.

The Stylus 7030 features a 14MP sensor and 7x optical zoom, but no HD video capture.  The 7030 should be available in February 2010 at an initial retail price of $199.99.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

Olympus Stylus 5010

The Stylus 5010 features a 14MP sensor and 5x optical zoom.  The 5010 also offers 720p video capture.  The 5010 should be available in February 2010 at an initial retail price of $199.99.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

All of these new Stylus cameras offer several new Magic Filters for shooting with special effects enabled like the popular Art Filters found on the Olympus DSLRs and Micro Four Thirds cameras.

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

Epson Stylus Photo R2880 Review at PhotographyBLOG

PhotographyBLOG has posted a brief review of the Epson Stylus Photo R2880 printer.

The Epson R2880 does feature a couple of very welcome enhancements that bring the printer up to the same output quality as the larger 4880, 7880, and 9880 models. The most obvious of these is the replacement of the standard magenta inks with the newest Vivid Magenta and Vivid Light Magenta. These new formulations increase the color accuracy and gamut of the printer, especially in blues and purples.