Olympus has just released a major new firmware update for the almost-three-year-old Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II. The firmware brings some features straight from the company’s flagship OMD E-M1X camera including improved autofocus, improvements in high ISO performance and L64 and L100 low ISO settings for “Detail Priority” when shooting jpg.
Two years ago, Olympus announced the Tough TG-5 rugged compact camera. And it was a pretty good camera for what it was. An underwater compact, with a 12-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor capable of shooting 4K video and 1080p at up to 120 frames per second. It was so good, that Olympus has essentially released the same camera all over again.
Today, Olympus has announced the Tough TG-6. Basically, it’s a TG-5 with a 1.04 million-pixel HD resolution LCD on the back, instead of the old 460K pixel LCD. TO be fair, they have also released a new fisheye adapter for it, though. Although, that’s an optional extra purchase.
Founded in Tokyo, Japan by Takeshi Yamashita in October 1919, Olympus is celebrating its 100th birthday this October. To mark this momentous anniversary, Olympus has released the above short film detailing its history and evolution over the past century.
In the video, Olympus pioneers, a used camera shop technician, and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, Jay Dickman, share their stories on how Olympus influenced the world of photography. And the company sure has come a long way.
Rumours were flying earlier this month out of Japan saying that Olympus wasn’t having a great time right now. In fact, they suggested Olympus was having such a bad time that they were considering leaving the digital camera market.
Well, now, according to a report on SankeiBiz, the Olympus president-elect, Yasuo Takeuchi, has stated with a pretty emphatic no, that Olympus will not be closing down its imaging business.
According to the latest reports, Olympus is doing badly. And it’s so bad, that the company could even leave the digital camera market. Reportedly, the company’s activist shareholders could force Olympus to exit the market and go into a different direction.
Those of us in the UK who grew up in the 1980s will mostly remember George Cole as the lovable rogue Arthur Daley in the TV show Minder, which ran from 1979 until 1994. But this wasn’t all he was doing. In the ’80s, he was also moonlighting in adverts for Olympus, along with legendary fashion and portrait photographer David Bailey.
These TV commercials advertise the fancy “new” all-in-one Olympus cameras, like the Olympus AZ 300 Super Zoom, Olympus Trip AF, and the Olympus AF-10, and they show that attitudes towards gear and elitism have never really changed. I think we all know people like this, even if just online if not in real life.
Well, there’s been a few rumours and leaks about this one. Some were right, some were a little off, but now it’s finally official. Today, Olympus has delivered on their teaser promise and announced their new sports & wildlife oriented Olympus OM-D E-M1X camera.
From the specs and some first impressions of the camera, the E-M1x looks like it can take a lot of punishment. With a rugged magnesium alloy body and IPX-1 rated weather sealing, it certainly appears to be able to handle some pretty extreme conditions. It’s also a bit of a speed demon, too, offering up to 60fps 20.4MP RAW.
We’ve not heard much from Olympus for a while. Since the last Olympus interchangeable lens camera announcement. The flagship Olympus E-M1 Mark II was released back in 2016. Since then we’ve had multiple major mirrorless camera announcements from Sony, Nikon. Panasonic, Fuji, Canon and others.
Olympus has kept fairly quiet, releasing only the E-M10 Mark III in 2017. Now, though, Olympus is teasing a new camera in the above video. It shows a silhouette shown that looks very much like the E-M1 Mark II, and it’s coming on January 24th (or at least being announced).
The video doesn’t really show much, but I think it’s a safe bet that it will be a Micro Four Thirds camera. Like Fuji, Olympus doesn’t seem to be jumping onto the full frame bandwagon just yet.
Looking at the footage shown in the sneak peek video above, it should be some kind of quick-paced body aimed at sports, action and wildlife photographers. Could this be the rumoured E-M1X?
Whatever’s coming, it’s coming on January 24th, so we’ll keep you posted as we hear more.
[via Imaging Resource]
It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything from Olympus when it comes to their higher end bodies. The last big announcement, really, was the OM-D E-M1 Mark II back at Photokina 2016. But now it looks like they have a new one on the way. The Olympus OM-D E-M1X. And the first photos of it have leaked via 43Rumors.