Photojournalists and documentary filmmakers get into a series of unpleasant, dangerous and even life-threatening situations on a daily basis. Seizing or steeling their cameras is very common, and the unprotected data on camera’s memory card can easily fall into wrong hands. This is why Freedom of the Press Foundation published an open letter to five of the world’s leading camera manufacturers: Nikon, Sony, Canon, Olympus and Fuji. They asked them to build encryption into their photo and video cameras, which could protect the filmmakers and photojournalists who use them.
I’ve had my little NEX 5n marvel now for 5 years and long ago came to grips with its charms and deficits and reached a point where most of its operation is totally intuitive. It’s been my main snap shooter and travel camera companion since early 2012 yet even today the files compare nicely with those from the A6000 and A6300. More recently however the NEX 5n has been relegated to classroom duties as a shiny new Olympus EM 5 mk 2 has been pressed into service for travel and casual shooting duties.
The EM5 is not the first M4/3 camera I’ve owned, I also have a GH2 which has principally served for video usage and has now become my wifes’ personal camera.
Knowing how well our camera produces jpg files might not be a high priority for a lot of photographers. If you’re only shooting raw, then what does it matter, right? Well, there are still a lot out there shooting jpg, and even pros may switch over to jpg for less important tasks. So, The Camera Store have challenged 8 popular cameras from leading manufacturers to the Great JPEG Shootout!
It’s an interesting comparison. Cameras from Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fuji, Pentax, Olympus and Panasonic are put head to head with an iPhone 7 Plus to see which produces the best looking images straight out of the camera. Perhaps not surprisingly, the iPhone didn’t do very well.
With Photokina coming it is no surprise that many announcements are reeling in. Olympus just Olympus announces the uber retro Pen E-PL8 Micro Four Thirds camera (pre-order here).
The PEN E-PL8, follows the Olympus line of retro cameras only doing it with more style. So this camera has quite a design dialog with the recently announced PEN-F. This leads me to think that Olympus is aiming to be a design and style oriented company. And specs may support this sentiment:
This Micro Four Thirds has a small 16.1MP sensor. Now, don’t get me wrong, 16MP is probably enough for everything you need, but it is smaller than competition, and offers no advance over the previous PEN E-PL7 . The PL8 also has the same 3-axis image stabilization and tilting LCD screen as the PL7.
For the past six months, I’ve been stuck in endless review holes to find the perfect camera for traveling AND blogging.
The perfect camera has to be light and easy to toss in my bag (unlike my current Nikon D90, which weighs about 2lbs with the lens). Also, the perfect camera can’t compromise quality just because it’s a smaller.
Well, after hours of research, I’ve found the ultimate camera for traveling and blogging– the Olympus PEN E-PL7. Read on to find out why it’s great for both traveling and blogging, or at the very least, scroll down to see some photos!
I’ve always found Olympus cameras to have excellent quality. But when I first picked up the PEN-F, it was immediately apparent that the quality of this camera is of a higher caliber. The PEN-F oozes quality. The attention to detail, the way it feels in my hand, the satisfying heft of the camera, I knew, was all deliberately designed. I wanted to find out more about the thinking behind the PEN-F because I felt that there was something special going on.
The allure of small cameras have always revolved around the possibility of having a high quality, precision photographic tool that doesn’t get in the way and thus, ready to go anywhere with you. There have been many small cameras over the years, especially point-and-shoots that were the mainstay for the general consumer for decades. Of course, these cameras fell by the wayside with the arrival of the smartphone. But the essence of small cameras, or compactness — of something that is well made and efficiently packaged — continues to entice photographers around the world. Like luxury watches and jewelry, small products have a magnetic quality that many people around the world feel drawn to.
The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-Tracker (we’ll just call it TG-Tracker), is the newly announced action camera from Olympus looking to take on the likes of GoPro for market supremacy.
Boasting a whole host of neat features and super rugged durability right out of the box and without the need for a protective case, it looks like it may well hit its mark, too.
As usual, market research and analysis firm BCN announced its annual BCN Awards, accolades given to photography equipment manufacturers based on sales volume, calculated from data gathered from thousands of retailers across Japan.
Of course, since this is based only on the Japanese market it doesn’t tell the entire story, but it’s interesting nonetheless to get such a broad perspective of how the camera market is doing and seeing who is selling what. [Read more…]
After months and months of rumors, Olympus has finally unveiled the Olympus PEN-F, a digital revitalization of its original Pen-F, a half-frame film camera that made its debut in 1963.
Like its other Pen siblings, the Pen-F is a retro-inspired mirrorless camera designed to combine the best of digital technology with the aesthetics of the analog days. Rather than replacing any of the current Pen cameras in Olympus’ lineup though, the Pen-F is meant to act as a premium option for those who want a little more bang for their buck. [Read more…]
Less than two weeks after it was proudly announced, and just several days after hitting the shelves, the Japanese company is suspending the sale of the “small, stylish, entry-level camera body”.
According to a statement released today by Olympus, a faulty manufacturing step is to blame, and it is working to fix the issue.
The company apologized and asked that customers who already received their E-M10 Mark II get in touch.