Vintage is still in style baby, and the Olympus E-P5 rocks it like they did in the 1960s.
In the wake of the amazing Google Glass skydiving stunt and news that Apple has been granted a head mounted display patent, it's clear that the wearable computing field is heating up. Now adding its name to the list of companies vying for a piece this emerging market is Olympus.
If there is one trend sweeping the camera world, it's going mirrorless and designing hardware that looks and feels like the film cameras your parents owned. We didn't think Olympus could top its PEN E-P3 Micro Four Thirds camera, but they just did. The Olympus OM-D E-M5 takes its styling after the company's OM film cameras from the 1970s. Light, strong and — most important — fast, the E-M5 feels like a digital camera you'll want to keep until you're old or pass on to your kid, and that's a weird feeling to get from digital. The E-M5 is the first in what Olympus hopes is a family of OM-D series of digital cameras based on its enduring optical heritage. The reality is that the E-M5 is more akin to the E-5 DSLR tossed under a shrink ray.
Along with the mighty E-P3, Olympus also took it upon themselves to whip out the shrink ray gun, point it at the PEN camera and miniaturize it into two new digital cameras: the Lite and the Mini, respectively. Don't think just because they're small, they're a slouch.
In a top secret room, Olympus gave us a preview of its new flagship PEN cameras. We weren't given any free sandwiches at the briefing, but we did walk away with a hunger — for the EP-3's lightning fast autofocus, dual-core image processing, gorgeous 3-inch OLED touchscreen and live filter effect features. The timeless stainless steel PEN design inspired by the film PENs from the 1960s only sweetens the deal.
Flip may be dead, but don't worry, you'll still be able to buy a standalone handheld video camera. Olympus appears to be stepping in to fill the void with their LS-20M.
This is supposedly a leaked image of Motorla's upcoming Olympus, a Tegra 2 phone that will run Android. In other words, it's the next big, honkin' powerhouse phone.
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