Panasonic and Olympus announced the results of their collaboration this morning at a press conference before the PMA show floor opened. They've been working, since January 13, 2005, to jointly develop "underlying components and key components". The two hard results of this collaboration are the Olympus E-330 and the brand new Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1.
In a very exciting development, Olympus has announced the Evolt E-330, the world's first interchangeable lens digital SLR with a live display on the LCD. In current digital SLR cameras, a mirror, blocking the image sensor, is used to provide the optical viewfinder with the shot. Once the shutter is released, the mirror swings out of the way so the sensor can capture the image. Olympus has managed to be the first to market with a product that overcomes the physical and technical hurdles of providing an optical viewfinder and live view LCD.
The Olympus SP-320 is the latest camera in Olympus' higher-end "SP" point and shoot line. The 7.1 megapixel camera has several manual modes to provide varying degrees of manual control for the photographer who wants to start experimenting around with settings. The camera, with a 3x optical lens and 2.5 inch LCD, also have several accessories to provide even more options to the user. The SP-320 will be available in March 2006 at an estimated street price of $299.99.
Adding to their entry level, easy to use, "FE" line, Olympus has announced the FE-115, FE-130, FE-140, which will be available in March. Designed for a beginning digital camera owner, the new FE cameras provide simple modes and on-camera help and tutorials to help you learn how to take great pictures. The FE-130 will have an estimated street price of $179.99 and the FE-140 will be available for an estimated $229.99. A $149 model, the Olympus FE-115 will also be available sometime in the spring of 2006.
The Sony Cybershot DSC-H1 is a perfect example of consumer driven product evolution. The H1's 5.1 megapixel resolution, 2.5 inch LCD screen, and Super Steady Shot (image stabilized) 12X optical zoom provide photographers with an incredible increase in performance, flexibility, and creative potential when compared to the Olympus C3000 -- and the H1 costs about a hundred bucks less than consumers shelled out for the C3000 in 2001! Is the H1 the best choice for you?
The Olympus EVOLT E-500 was announced today by Olympus. The follow-up to the E-300, the E-500 still includes their dust reduction system (that vibrates the dust off the sensor) and has an 8 megapixel sensor and 2.5 inch LCD to review images after they're taken. The camera features Olympus' Truepic Turbo Image Processor for quick camera response. The E-500 will be available in October 2005, bundled with either one or two Zuiko Digital Specific lenses. The E-500 with a 14-45mm f3.5/5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens will be available for $799. E-500 TWO Lens Outfit, with a 14-45mm f3.5/5.6 and 40-150mm f3.5/4.5 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens will be available for $899.
Welcome to another installment of "Users speak out..." This time, we're going to take a look at the Olympus Evolt E-300. The opinions will be chosen based on the value of the information (in our opinion) to our readers. We won't necessarily pick only the "positive" opinions or only the "negative" opinions. We'll pick the opinions that we think will be most helpful to you as you shop for and compare cameras. To see all opinions, click through to the product detail, and click the "View Opinions" link.
While highlighting the new Olympus SP-500 UZ (ultra-zoom), Olympus has added the SP line of cameras targeted the more advanced amateur photographer and enthusiast. The SP-500 UZ has a 10x optical zoom, 6 megapixel sensor and 2.5 inch LCD. The SP series will also give the photographer more power with the ability to shoot in manual mode. The SP-500 UZ will be available in October at an estimated street price of $379.
As part of their new product blitz, Olympus has announced it's new "FE" line of simple to use cameras. The Olympus FE-100 and FE-110 are 4 and 5 megapixel cameras, respectively, with a 1.5 inch LCD and 2.8x optical zoom lens. The FE-120 adds just a bit more, with a 6 megapixel sensor, 1.8-inch LCD, 3x optical zoom, and Olympus' TruePic Turbo imaging processor. All three models will be available in September at estimated street values of $149 for the FE-100, $199 for the FE-110, and $229 for the FE-120.
Welcome to another installment of "Users speak out..." This time, we're going to take a look at the Olympus C-8080. The opinions will be chosen based on the value of the information (in our opinion) to our readers. We won't necessarily pick only the "positive" opinions or only the "negative" opinions. We'll pick the opinions that we think will be most helpful to you as you shop for and compare cameras. To see all opinions, click through to the product detail, and click the "View Opinions" link.
Olympus has added another camera to it's "D" lineup, the Olympus D-435. The D-435 will be available in August 2005 at an estimated street price of $169.99. The camera can take pictures at 5 megapixels, has a 4x digital (only) zoom, 10 shooting modes, and a 1.5 inch LCD.
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