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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Digital Photography Review Tests the Olympus XZ-1

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:00 AM

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/OlympusXZ1/

"Back in 2001, when it was possible to charge $999 for a compact camera, Olympus produced the C-3040Z, C-4040Z and C5050Z which featured some of the brightest zooms to ever appear on such cameras. Sadly, as the years have gone on and prices have dropped, Olympus moved away from this part of the market and it's been a long time since we looked to it for class-leading compacts."

DPReview has their review of the XZ-1 up (I keep on typing ZX-1 for some reason), and they have reminded me of the old f/1.8 series of cameras that Olympus did. Those were some nice cameras for their time, but here is their successor, the XZ-1. Going by the naming convention, I'm also wondering if they are trying to draw a connection to their XA cameras? The review is favourable, and if I still use small sensor cameras, this could well be my top pick. Minor nit: The Bluetooth module that was announced with the E-PL2 will not work here; the connector apparently is different.


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Olympus XZ-1 Announced: Late, but Better Late Than Never

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:52 AM

http://www.dcresource.com/news/news...tem.php?id=4246

With Olympus's XZ-1, the premium fast lens compact group just got more crowded. Now all we need is Pentax and Nikon to join in the fray and it will be complete. The XZ-1 features a 10 megapixel CCD, similar to those in this group of cameras, and a Zuiko lens that goes from 28mm to 112mm equivalent. The neat thing is this lens is f/1.8 to f/2.5; it's a fast lens! In comparison, the similarly-sized Panasonic LX5 has a 24-90mm lens that goes from f/2 to f/3. Not a bad feat at all by Olympus. I just hope they did not sacrifice optical quality in the process.

The camera has a lot of neat things; there is a 3" OLED screen that is probably the same as the one on the Samsung EX1/TL500, sensor-shift stabilisation, 720p video, a ring around the lens that can be used for camera control (but not customisable unlike the Canon S95), built-in electronic level, an accessory port under the hotshoe that is the same as that on the Pen cameras (and supports the new Bluetooth dongle), and of course, Art Filters! Another interesting is that the camera charges the battery internally; in fact the camera comes with a USB charging plug. There is quite a bit more, so hit the link for more, as DCResource has done a preview. Priced at $500, and expected this month. Talk about fast.


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Olympus to Release LX5/S95 Challenger in XZ-1; E-PL2 Leaked As Well

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:54 PM

http://photorumors.com/2010/12/29/o...uiko-zoom-lens/

Rumour times are abound with CES 2011 just next week, so here's something fairly concrete from Olympus. First up is their premium compact entry, coming in to the party really late. It is quite an impressive one though, with a Zuiko-branded lens that is a 28-112mm equivalent f/1.8-2.5 which is mated. That's a nice fast lens. Other rumoured niceties include a 3" OLED screen and HD video. It better support RAW image output!

The other rumour is the E-PL2, the follow-up to the budget E-PL1. The most interesting tidbit is the dongle for Bluetooth (which slots into the hotshoe and uses the connector below it) that allows the camera to send images to your phone. I have been very impressed with what one can do with photos on smartphones, and I think this is a good step towards merging the best of both worlds; the quality of a proper camera and the software on the smartphone. I wish it was integrated though. Photo of the E-PL2 after the break.

Olympus XZ-1 compact camera with a fast f/1.8 Zuiko zoom lens

Olympus E-PL2 Surfaces

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