Camera News
by Brad Soo on January 6 2011

Olympus brought out several new cameras today, with the stars of today’s show being the new E-PL2 interchangeable lens camera, which succeeds the PEN E-PL1 released a year ago, and the new XZ1 compact prosumer camera which sports a super-bright lens and larger than average imaging sensor.

Olympus PEN E-PL2
(Mirrorless interchangeable lens camera)

  • 12 megapixel Live MOS sensor (Micro Four Thirds, 2.0X crop factor)
  • Micro Four Thirds lens mount (adapters available for normal Four Thirds and Leica lenses)
  • Dust reduction
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • 3 inch LCD (460,000 pixels)
  • Full manual controls with RAW image mode
  • Built-in flash with external flash hotshoe and wireless flash control
  • Improved Live Guide mode for easy adjustment of camera settings
  • ISO range of 100 – 3200
  • 3 FPS continuous shooting
  • Accessory Port supports accessories for Olympus PEN cameras (including 2 new accessories announced today)
  • 720p HD (1280 x 720) 30 FPS movie mode with sound
  • Takes SD/SDHC/SDXC cards
  • Uses a lithium-ion battery
  • Available in February for $600 (with 14-42 mm “Movie-Still” kit lens) or $800 (with 14-42 mm and 40-150 mm lenses)
  • Comes in your choice of black, silver, white or red

Olympus has also released two new accessories that can be used with PEN cameras (and the new XZ1 below) with Accessory Ports. There’s a new Macro Light, which sports two extendable and flexibly mounted LED lights to illuminate close-up subjects, and a new PenPAL attachment, which is a Bluetooth connector for transmitting pictures back to your computer or mobile phone.

They are also making available a new 14-42 mm f3.5-f5.6 “MSC” kit lens. The lens is still retractable like its predecessor, but the new “MSC” designation (which stands for Movie-Still Compatible), means that the lens is able to autofocus silently and while recording movies, and supports conversion lenses (currently available are macro, wide-angle and fisheye attachments).

Olympus XZ 1
(Compact prosumer camera)

  • 10 effective megapixel high-sensitivity CCD
  • 28 – 112 mm (f1.8 – f2.5) 4X optical zoom lens
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • 3 inch OLED (614,000 pixels)
  • Full manual controls with RAW image mode and external flash hotshoe
  • 3 FPS continuous shooting
  • Lens ring lets you adjust camera settings
  • Accessory Port below the hotshoe supports same accessory range available for Olympus PEN cameras (ie external EVF, microphone)
  • 720p HD (1280 x 720) 30 FPS movie mode with sound
  • Takes SD/SDHC/SDXC cards
  • Uses a lithium-ion battery
  • Available in February for $500
  • Comes in your choice of black or white

Olympus SP610 UZ
(Ultra-zoom camera)

  • 14 effective megapixels
  • 28 – 616 mm (f2.8 – f5.6) 22X optical zoom lens
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • 3 inch LCD (230,000 pixels)
  • Intelligent Auto and scene modes; no manual controls
  • 3D mode for photos and Magic Filters
  • 720p HD (1280 x 720) 30 FPS movie mode with sound
  • Takes SD/SDHC/SDXC cards
  • Uses 4 AA batteries
  • Available in February for $230
  • Comes in your choice of black or silver

Olympus TG-310 and TG610
(Rugged compact cameras)

  • TG310: Waterproof (10 feet), shockproof (5 feet), freezeproof (14 F), dustproof
    TG610: Waterproof (16 feet), shockproof (5 feet), freezeproof (14 F), dustproof
  • 14 effective megapixels
  • TG310: 28 – 102 mm (f3.5 – f5.1) 3.6X optical zoom lens
    TG610: 28 – 140 mm (f3.9 – f5.9) 5X optical zoom lens
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • TG310: 2.7 inch LCD (230,000 pixels)
    TG610: 3 inch LCD (920,000 pixels)
  • No manual controls
  • Built-in LED lamp to illuminate photos and videos
  • 3D Picture mode can create a 3D photo out of two pictures
  • Magic Filters and Intelligent Auto
  • 720p HD (1280 x 720) 30 FPS movie mode with sound
  • Takes SD/SDHC/SDXC cards
  • Uses a lithium-ion battery
  • Available in February for $200 (TG310) and $300 (TG610)

Olympus VG120
(Entry-level camera)

  • 14 effective megapixels
  • 26 – 130 mm (f2.8 – f6.5) 5X optical zoom lens
  • 3 inch LCD (230,400 pixels)
  • Intelligent Auto and scene modes; no manual controls
  • Magic Filters
  • 720p HD (1280 x 720) 30 FPS movie mode with sound
  • Takes SD/SDHC cards
  • Uses a lithium-ion battery
  • Available in February for $130
  • Comes in your choice of silver, black, or red

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