Olympus Unveils Six New Products at photokina 2016

 
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Olympus PEN E-PL8

photokina was an exciting time for Olympus, they announced the PEN E-PL8, an entry-level 16MP mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with a 16MP sensor and in-body image stabilisation. The hardware is shared with the E-PL7, but the body has gone through some major design changes, with a new grip and top plate. The camera features 8 fps continuous shooting, a fast AF, a downward opening 180 flip-touch 1.04M-dot LCD monitor for selfies and various creative shooting functions like art filters. Users can also create photo stories, a feature that at allows them to combine multiple shots into a single image. Apart from that, the PEN E-PL8’s 16MP Live MOS sensor claims to retain details in shadow and represent night scenes and dark indoor scenes.The TruePicVII Image Processor promises excellent image and colour reproduction along with powerful VCM in-body image stabilisation.

The camera also has a built-in Wifi for remote shooting, wireless uploading, and sharing. It supports both RAW and JPEG format, and will be available for USD 650 (approx. Rs. 43,500) along with the M.Zuiko 14–42mm IIR kit lens.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Along with PEN 8, the company announced the development of their upcoming camera, the Olympus OM D E-M1 Mark II. The 20MP camera has 121 cross-type AF on-sensor phase detection points and is equipped with high-speed TruePic VIII image processor. It is a compact system camera with performance capabilities that surpass pro-level DSLRs. This camera can shoot up to in Raw, with autofocus or 60 fps at full-res Raw, if autofocus is not used.

The E-M1 Mark II has dual UHS-II SD slots and can shoot 4K video, including the wider aspect ratio ‘DCI’ Cinema 4K at up to 236mbps. It boasts a variety of shooting features like Pro Capture Mode for lag-free shooting, a 50MP High Res Shot Mode for images with incredible detail, 5 axis image stabilisation. The camera is weather resistant, shockproof and dust proof.

Olympus has also announced the launch of three lenses including the M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm f/1.2 Pro, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS Pro, and the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm f/3.5 Macro.

M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm f/1.2 Pro

M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm f/1.2 Pro

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm f/1.2 Pro is a standard prime lens that promises fast autofocus and controlled chromatic aberration. The advanced Movie and Still Compatible autofocus mechanism allows silent and smooth focusing and aperture performance, which is ideal for video capture. The lens is ground up splash proof and dust proof and will be available from October, priced at USD 1200 (approx. Rs. 80,000).

M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS Pro

M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS Pro

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS Pro is a zoom lens that can offer up to 6.5 stops of image stabilisation when combined with Olympus 5 axis ibis. The minimum working distance is 1.5cm, The lens is equipped with Olympus in-body 5-axis image stabilisation that helps in avoiding blur movements during handheld shots. Both dustproof and splashproof, the lens will be available from November, and will retail for USD 1300 (approx. Rs. 87,000).

M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm f/3.5 Macro

M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm f/3.5 Macro

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm f/3.5 Macro lens features a maximum magnification of 2.5x and claims to autofocus faster than the other macro lenses. The lens has a 7-blade aperture design and promises to be optically strong with minimal vignette.  Light weight, and weather resistant, this lens is compatible select Olympus underwater housings and lens ports. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm f/3.5 Macro lens will be available from October and is priced at USD 300 (approx. Rs. 20,000).

Olympus FL-900R Flash

Olympus FL-900R Flash

Lastly, the company announced its new external weather sealed Olympus FL-900R flash. With a guide number 58, this flash has a firing angle of 24-200mm and 14-20mm. It makes use of Olympus camera’s TruePic image processor and TTL metering to provide optimal lighting in a wide variety of shooting conditions. The charging circuits have been set for Ni-Mh rechargeable batteries, which helps in reduction of recycling time to 2.5 seconds.

This enables 10fps sequential shooting and tracking performance. The FL-900R is dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof. It also various modes including wireless, multi flash, focus tracking, and bracketing. The flash also has a built-in LED light for video capture with a power of 100 lux at one metre with a focal length of 12mm or higher. The FL-900R will be available from October and retail for USD 580 (approx. Rs. 39,000).

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