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  • Beating Up, Dunking, And Dropping The Olympus TG-2 Tough Camera

    Beating Up, Dunking, And Dropping The Olympus TG-2 Tough Camera

    While we normally focus on flagship hardware on TC these days, I thought this new Olympus tough camera – an upgrade to the TG-1 released last year – was interesting enough to feature. Why? Because it’s not every day you can hand a camera to a team of toddlers and get it back in one, working piece. Read More

  • Review: Olympus E-PL5 Micro 4/3s Camera Is A Slim, Multi-Lens Shooter

    Review: Olympus E-PL5 Micro 4/3s Camera Is A Slim, Multi-Lens Shooter

    For beginning shooters or experienced DSLR users interested in a street-style camera on a budget, Olympus micro 4/3 offerings like the new E-PL5 are an excellent choice. This particular model was just a bit too small and had a few weird quirks for my liking, but overall it’s an excellent update to an excellent line of cameras. If small size and a unique, tilting touchscreen seal the… Read More

  • Sony Invests $642 Million In Olympus, Becomes Largest Shareholder

    Sony Invests $642 Million In Olympus, Becomes Largest Shareholder

    Sony is expected to approve a plan to invest around $642 million (50 billion yen) in Olympus. As the Japanese manufacturer of cameras, optics and reprography products is currently facing a trial for having hidden investment losses for the past 20 years, it has been looking for a potential investor for months. By injecting that capital investment, Sony will become the largest shareholder. Read More

  • Olympus Yells “Me Too!” With The MEG4.0 Wearable Display Prototype

    Olympus Yells “Me Too!” With The MEG4.0 Wearable Display Prototype

    Watch out, Google. Here comes Olympus with the MEG4.0 and don’t dismiss this as a Google Glass knockoff. Olympus has been researching and developing wearable displays for more than 20 years. The MEG4.0 concept, and with that, its eventual production counterpart, has been a long time coming and could be a serious competitor in the space. Read More

  • Panasonic CEO: We Have No Plans To Invest $630M Into Olympus

    Panasonic CEO: We Have No Plans To Invest $630M Into Olympus

    On Wednesday, reports circulated that Panasonic was interested in injecting a $630 million capital investment into Olympus Corp, but Panasonic CEO Fumio Ohtsubo has stepped up to squash these rumors. According to Reuters, he said that “there isn’t any” plan to invest in Olympus. This is unfortuante news for the beleaguered camera company, which is most definitely in trouble. Read More

  • Fly or Die: Olympus OM-D E-M5

    Fly Or Die: Olympus OM-D E-M5

    The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is arguably the best micro four-thirds camera Olympus has to offer. We’ve had issues with past m4/3 iterations like the EP1 and EP3, like awful color reproduction and slow auto-focus. The same problems don’t persist here, and anything that impresses John on the photography front is a rare gem certainly worth consideration. Read More

  • Olympus Releases Rugged TG-1 Point And Shoot Camera

    Olympus Releases Rugged TG-1 Point And Shoot Camera

    The latest in what I like to call pro-point-and-shoots (I’d put the Canon G12 and the S95 in this category), the TG-1 from Olympus promises high-speed, f2.0 snapshots in a body that can take a lick and, potentially, keep on ticking. When we last saw Olympus, they were killing it with their micro 4/3s models. This one, at 12-megapixel shooter, is a little bit different but it still is… Read More

  • Olympus Brings Retro To Micro Four Thirds With The OM-D E-M5

    Olympus Brings Retro To Micro Four Thirds With The OM-D E-M5

    Olympus is building on its significant micro four-thirds IP (i.e. mirrorless cameras with the M4/3 sensor size) with a premium offering with a stylized, retro look. The OM-D EM-5, digital successor to the long-running OM series of film cameras, has a look straight out of the 70s but specs that should satisfy enthusiast photographers looking for a compact but powerful system. Their PEN series… Read More

  • The Nikkei: Sony Interested In Buying A 20%-30% Stake In Olympus

    The Nikkei: Sony Interested In Buying A 20%-30% Stake In Olympus

    More news on the Sony-Olympus alliance that’s supposed to be announced soon: Japan’s biggest business daily The Nikkei is reporting today that big S is interested in purchasing a stake as large as “20%-30%” in its potential, scandal-hit partner (that would be up from the 0.03% Sony currently owns). The capital and business alliance would be mainly aimed at bringing… Read More

  • Report: Olympus In Final Stages Of Negotiations To Partner With Sony

    Report: Olympus In Final Stages Of Negotiations To Partner With Sony

    It would be a tie-up between two giants: Diamond Weekly, a major Japanese business journal, is reporting [JP] on its website today that scandal-hit Olympus is about to ink a capital and business alliance deal with Sony. Olympus has been under fire for months, after it was revealed the company has covered up large losses for the past 20 years. At some point, Olympus was in danger of getting… Read More

  • Down From Olympus: What’s Going On At The Beleaguered Camera Company?

    Down From Olympus: What’s Going On At The Beleaguered Camera Company?

    Riding high from a series of mid- to high-level successes in its 2010 and 2011 camera line, Olympus execs could be excused for feeling good. However, as 2011 winds down, Olympus is not in the news for medical imaging devices or micro 4/3s lenses. Instead, it’s in the news for a scandalous affair that threatens to sink the company and has already claimed the company’s board. It was… Read More

  • Olympus Has Been Hiding Investment Losses For The Past 20 Years

    Olympus Has Been Hiding Investment Losses For The Past 20 Years

    After months of uncertainty and allegations thrown out left and right, Olympus admitted today that it has been hiding company losses for the past two decades. Here’s what’s up: Including the 2008 takeover of medical equipment maker Gyrus, the company used four acquisitions to cover up losses on securities investments, as well as advisory fees. Bloomberg reports that the company… Read More

  • The Olympus E-PL3: DSLR Power In A Point-And-Shoot Package

    The Olympus E-PL3: DSLR Power In A Point-And-Shoot Package

    Short Version
    It’s hard to recommend the E-PL3 over the more powerful and touchscreen-capable E-P3 but if you’re in the market for a much more compact micro 4/3s shooter and you can survive without a built-in flash, this may be the camera for you. Read More

  • Hands-On: At The U.S. Open With The Olympus E-PM1

    Hands-On: At The U.S. Open With The Olympus E-PM1

    Olympus is trying to do with their new E-PMT1 PEN Mini camera what other manufacturers already have: bring DSLR power to the masses. It’s their smallest Micro Four Thirds camera to date, and it’s definitely got its proverbial sights set on the mass market — and the fact that it comes in six colors certainly doesn’t hurt. Olympus was kind enough to let me play with an… Read More

  • The Olympus PEN PEN E-PM1 Shipping In September For $500

    The Olympus PEN PEN E-PM1 Shipping In September For $500

    Olympus has just announced the US availability in September of the PEN E-PM1, the “mini” version of the PEN line. This camera is the smallest micro 4/3s shooter available and is compatible with all of Olympus’ current M4/3 lenses. I’ll be testing the E-PL3 this week for review next week but I can’t wait to get ahold of the E-PM1. The size, compatibility, and… Read More

  • Olympus E-PL3 Gets Price And September Shipping

    Olympus E-PL3 Gets Price And September Shipping

    Olympus first announced the E-PL3 late in June, but at the time only the E-P3 (which we recently reviewed) had a price and a date. No longer! The E-PL3 is now officially coming to the US in September, though Oly didn’t want to get any more specific than that. At $700, the E-PL3 is $200 cheaper than the E-P3; the two share the same sensor, image processor, and general camera… Read More

  • The Olympus PEN E-P3: Making Cameras Fun Again

    The Olympus PEN E-P3: Making Cameras Fun Again

    Short Version
    As a long-time fan of Olympus’ Micro 4/3s series of cameras, I came to the E-P3 expecting good things. I was not disappointed. The camera is like Mini Cooper or a Smart car: it gets you where you need to go, you have fun on the way, and the resulting savings in size, bulk, and, in some ways, price makes it a great second camera for a DSLR buff or a great first camera… Read More

  • The PEN Is Mightier Than The Point And Shoot: Olympus Announces New M4/3 Line


    Olympus just announced the new PEN E-P3, PEN E-PL3, and PEN E-PM1. Why so many, you ask? Well, this is a full range of M4/3s cameras in various sizes – the granddaddy P, the “light” PL, and the mini PM. The E-P3 costs $899 with 12.3-megapixel Live MOS Image Sensor and 14-42mm lens. Only the E-P3 has been priced but here are some specs on the other, smaller cameras. In… Read More

  • Do Not Swallow: Olympus Releases Tiny E-PL Promotional Cameras

    No, you cannot take pictures with these tiny E-PL1 and E-PL2 cameras, but you can, feasibly, buy one and carry it around on your keys. Sadly, you can’t take pictures with these tiny, removable-lens cameras, although that would be amazagasmic. And remember: “It’s love, It’s a pen.” Read More

  • Retractable Cap For Olympus XZ-1 Looks Evil, Practical


    Olympus’s XZ-1 competes with models like the Canon S95 and Panasonic LX-5 in the “primo point and shoot” market, and looks good doing it. But having a manual lens cap can sometimes be a pain: it’s either dangling from a lanyard, taking up space in your pocket, or getting lost somewhere. This excellent retracting lens cap fits over the lens and splits apart to get out… Read More