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Olympus SLR cameras

Mark Peters
PMA 2010 Report
Monday 5th, March 2007
Posted by: Mark Peters

Olympus Imaging Corporation is pleased to announce the plans to significantly expand the Olympus E-System, its industry-leading lineup of interchangeable-lens digital SLRs compliant with the Four Thirds System standard. Two new cameras are being announced today - the E-410, an ultra-compact, ultra-lightweight go-anywhere camera, and the E-510, a versatile, high-performance camera with advanced functions including new Mechanical Image sensor shift image stabilization A third, the eagerly anticipated successor to the revolutionary E-1 designed for professional use and destined to take over as flagship of the Olympus lineup, will make its debut this year.

Olympus SLR cameras

Olympus Fulltime Live View function
All three models incorporate the Fulltime Live View function, an enhanced rear panel LCD monitor that can be used to compose images while shooting, making these cameras suitable for both newcomers and professionals. These same capabilities, together with a wealth of professional level features and functions, will form the basis of the forthcoming successor to the E-1. As befitting a camera that will serve as the flagship of the Olympus lineup, the E-1’s successor will boast tremendous improvements in both performance and functionality, taking the excellent picture quality, mobility and reliability of the E-1 to new and unprecedented levels.

Olympus Four Thirds lenses
To support the new cameras, Olympus is also developing four interchangeable lenses. All will be fully compliant with the Four Thirds System standard, and three will incorporate the newly developed SWD (Supersonic Wave Drive) autofocusing system. Olympus also announces that it would be introducing a 2x teleconverter. These lens products are expected to be available from this year.

Olympus E-system SLR cameras at PMA 2007
The products under development will be exhibited as reference products at the PMA 2007 International Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas, USA from March 8 to 11, and at Photo-Imaging Expo 2007 (PIE2007) from March 22 to 25 at the Tokyo Big Site, Japan.

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Olympus E-1 digital SLR camera successor
The first chapter in the Olympus E-System story began in the fall of 2003 with the launch of the award-winning E-1. This not only marked Olympus's entry into the digital SLR camera market, it heralded the arrival of the world's first fully digital SLR camera system based on the Four Thirds System standard. Since then, the “designed for digital” Olympus E-System has continued to set new benchmarks for professional image quality, performance, mobility, and reliability thanks to compact, lightweight designs supported by innovative features like our advanced Dust Reduction System.

Olympus Zuiko Digital lenses
Today, the Olympus E-System has grown to include 17 Zuiko Digital lenses, and a wide range of accessories including a teleconverter lens and an extension tube, with sales of more than one million units worldwide.

Olympus E-System DSLR - Bodies, Lenses & Accessories
In Cologne, Germany in the fall of 2006 - three years after the E-1 made its debut - Olympus boldly proclaimed at Photokina 2006 that, “Chapter Two (in the history of Olympus E-System) will begin in 2007, we will continue to develop revolutionary features that extend the frontiers of DSLR photography, and to strengthen the Olympus E-System body, lens, and accessory lineup. A successor to our current E-1 flagship will also be introduced in 2007. We will continue to develop Olympus E-System bodies, lenses, and accessories for a wide range of genres, so that even more people are able to take photographs that could never be taken before.”

Olympus E-510 & E-410 - Dust Reduction System
One of the main elements distinguishing the products in Chapter Two from those in Chapter One is the incorporation of the Fulltime Live View function, In combination with the 100% Dedicated Digital Design and the Dust Reduction System that form the foundation of the Olympus E-System, the Fulltime Live View function brings a new level of usability to digital SLR photography. With the introduction of the ultra-compact, ultra-light E-410 for go-anywhere mobility, the versatile E-510 with enhanced features such as Mechanical Image sensor shift image stabilization and the in-development successor to the E-1 which will offer the high reliability required for professional use, Olympus hopes to offer a comprehensive camera lineup that will appeal to a wide range of uses and unlock the full potential of digital SLR photography. The excellent visibility and shooting versatility made possible by the "Live View" LCD screen not only make shooting as easy and simple as with a compact camera, they facilitate the creation of dramatically new photographic art with images shot from new and unique angles.

Olympus E-1 successor - Camera improvements
At the core of the lineup in Chapter Two will be the successor to the E-1, scheduled for release this year. Inheriting all the superb features that made the E-1 the reference point for digital SLR cameras, the new camera's performance has been enhanced with the addition of powerful new functions, a rugged design to withstand heavy-duty professional use, improved specifications and greater system extendibility.

Olympus telephoto zoom lens - Supersonic Wave Drive
In addition, the interchangeable lenses announced today also incorporate advanced new features such as the revolutionary SWD (Supersonic Wave Drive) which makes possible the world's fastest-class auto focusing, the enhanced super telescopic zoom capability that is one of the biggest advantages of the Four Thirds System standard. Olympus will continue to develop new products that will help users ”to take photographs that could never be taken before” the Olympus E-System.

Olympus cameras & lenses - Features
Interchangeable-lens DSLR camera E-1 successor model (Name undecided); An interchangeable-lens, Four Thirds System Standard-compliant DSLR camera designed for professional use, incorporating the Fulltime Live View function. Detailed specifications for this product will be announced this year.
Zuiko lenses Zuiko Digital ED 12-60mm (24-120mm) F2.8-4.0 SWD; An HG (High-Grade) series 5x telephoto zoom lens with wide angle equivalent to a 24 mm lens on 35 mm film camera. With a maximum aperture of F2.8 at the widest angle of 12 mm, this lens boasts brightness that's at the top of the class among zoom lenses covering such a wide angle.
Zuiko lenses Zuiko Digital ED 50-200mm (100-400mm) F2.8-3.5 SWD; An advanced, high-performance 4x telephoto zoom lens also belonging to the HG series. While improving the color blur property of the current Zuiko Digital ED 50-200mm F2.8-3.5 lens and incorporating the new SWD mechanism in the AF drive, this new lens maintains the same high image quality with excellent resolution and contrast throughout the zoom range.
Zuiko lenses Zuiko Digital ED 14-35mm (28-70mm)F2.0 SWD; The world's first standard zoom lens to feature a wide aperture of F2.0 throughout the zoom range, this lens also boasts the top-level image quality and operability unique to the SHG (Super High Grade) series. This lens completes the series of Zuiko Digital zoom lenses with fixed F-stop that cover ultra wide-angle to super-telephoto photographing together with the ED 7-14mm F4.0, ED 35-100mm F2.0 and ED 90-250mm F2.8.
Telephoto zoom lens Zuiko Digital ED 70-300mm (140-600mm) F4.0-5.6; A 4.3x telephoto zoom lens that covers the super-telephoto area equivalent to a 600 mm lens for 35 mm film cameras. Boasting excellent cost efficiency, this lens will be released as part of the Standard series.
Teleconverter Zuiko Digital 2.0x Teleconverter EC-20; A teleconverter that doubles the focal length of the master lens

Newly introduced Olympus cameras
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