It was only a matter of time before Olympus brought out a silver version of their award winning EM1 camera. But with today’s announcement of this camera comes a fairly significant firmware update that they’re branding as 2.0. One of the biggest things that they’re boasting is enabling tethering with the camera and live tethering with a new piece of software that is also being released today called Olympus Capture. You’ll be able to tether with Lightroom and Capture One as well, but those pieces of software won’t give you the live view abilities on your computer like Olympus Capture will.
Besides the studio folks though, they’re also pushing a new keystone compensation feature that corrects vertical lines–like those when shooting buildings. Otherwise they’re adding two new art filters, a live composite mode that offers a preview of a long exposure, and EVF lag improvement.
Body only on the silver EM1 will be $1,399. But otherwise, current EM1 owners will be able to download the firmware update off of Olympus’s website.
More images of the new(ish) camera are after the jump.
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Around a month ago, we were called into Olympus’s offices to see one of their newest lenses targeted at the high end pro. They initially spoke about it when the EM1 was first introduced but said that it was still in the works. And today, the company is announcing their new 40-150mm f2.8 lens for the professional Micro Four Thirds camera user. As such, it features loads of pro oriented designs such as weather sealing, internal zooming and focusing, and even an interesting new collapsible lens hood that means that you never have to remove it and reverse it again.
As far as other features, the lens boasts 16 Elements in 10 Groups, close focusing to 0.7m, 9 aperture blades, a front filter of 72mm, weighs 760 grabs, 1 Aspherical ED lens, 2 Aspherical lenses, 1 SED lens, 3 ED lenses, and 1 HD lens. We’re not sure what the latter is to be honest.
Olympus is also announcing a 1.4x teleconverter for the Micro Four Thirds camera line; that otherwise is very scant of details.
When the drops on the market, it’ll be priced at $1,499.99. More photos are after the jump.
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Don’t go doing anything too dangerous with that new Pen E-PL7 as the company has just announced it will stop adding worldwide warranty support for its new digital cameras and accessories. While every piece of Olympus camera equipment has come with a worldwide warranty card since April 2014, now these globetrotting service packages will be reserved for a smaller set of products.
All Micro Four Thirds and compact cameras shipping out after September 2014 will now come with a local warranty card. Under the new policy users will have to take their camera to a participating repair or service center within the country it was purchased.
Considering the wait time for camera repairs usually can take up to weeks it should not be too much of a detriment for photographers traveling with their camera. The new policy change should only really affect users who have permanently moved to another country since purchasing their Olympus gear.
As for owners of older Olympus camera equipment, your worldwide warranties will still be valid. Users will still be able to bring in their gear for repairs as long as the damaged or faulty equipment still meets the warranty repair conditions. Olympus argues it had to make the policy change due to all the different law regulations and repair facility infrastructures within each individual country.
We have an announcement: upon reviewing what gear the staff of the Phoblographer owns, we’ve come to a big conclusion. Many of us use a mirrorless camera of some sort on a daily basis or it has at least has become one of our main cameras. Additionally, we all own at least one. While DSLRs are still seemingly the dominant cameras amongst many consumers, we’ve collectively agreed that it’s time for mirrorless cameras to shine even more than they do already.
And here’s why we all switched over.
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With so many options out there and camera manufacturers introducing new models all the time, it can be tough for someone to figure out what mirrorless camera they should get. It all begins not by saying to your sales guy, “What’s the best camera?” The truth is that they’re all damned good. In fact, the technology has come so far that it’s almost impossible for you to take a terrible image by conventional standards.
Instead, what you should be asking is what you need. That can open up a floodgate of even more questions. But just like buying a car, computer or even a fridge, you should take a look at what your options are.
Here’s how to pick the best mirrorless camera for you.
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Olympus has announced the PEN E-PL7, the company’s latest Micro Four Thirds camera since unveiling the OMD EM10 way back in January. The new compact system camera not only follows the OMD EM10 it also borrows much of its internals including a 16.1MP Live MOS sensor, TruePic VII image processor, and three-axis VCM image stabilization system. It’s not the most original camera from Olympus, but if the E-PL7’s image quality is on par with the OMD EM10, users will be very happy with camera indeed.
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 also features a new 3-inch, 104K dot touchscreen LCD that flips down a full 180-degrees. When fully flipped the screen sits below the camera body much like the Sony A77 Mark II and faces user for (what else, but) selfies. The new PEN also boasts 8fps sequential shooting without autofocus or 3.5fps with Continuous Auto Focus with tracking modes turned on.
On the software side, Olympus has improved its OI.Share smartphone software allowing users to control even more features of the E-PL7 though a Wi-Fi connected device. New features include a new custom self-timer for setting up a timelapse and “selfie interval shooting.” Olympus has also has added Live Bulb mode to OI.Share allowing users to control and monitor and control bulb photography from a mobile device.
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 will be available in late September in black and silver colors for $599.99 body only or $699.99 when kitted with the M.Zuiko 14-42 mm f3.5-5.6 II R lens.
Lastly Olympus is introducing a black version of its M.Zuiko digital 12mm f2.0 lens, which should pair nicely with Olympus’ all black OMD and PEN cameras. As with the silver version the blacked out 12mm f2.0 lens will retail for $799.99. Check past the break for more images and specs. [click to continue…]