A host of announcements from Olympus, including the Pen E-PL8 CSC and three lenses
Olympus Pen E-PL8
First up, the latest camera in the Olympus Pen series of stylish CSCs, the Olympus Pen E-PL8. With chic design combining with high-performance image-making, the E-PL8 is pitched as a fashion accessory as well as a tool.
Here Olympus explains the camera’s vision and style:
“The Olympus PEN family has a head-turning autumn debutante: the new E-PL8, which blends distinctly feminine curves with the seamless social skills of bloggers, fashionistas and other switched on millennials. The new shape and leather look finish add an eye-catching flourish to the most individual of outfits while Olympus technology makes it easier than ever to take and upload top notch still and video to social media – with image quality that stands out from the smartphone crowd. Despite its metal body and interchangeable lenses, the E-PL8 is light and compact enough to slip easily into a small bag.”
The body is lightweight, at a slender 326 grams, and features a flip-down LCD screen that’s designed to facilitate selfie-taking, with touchscreen controls included.
The E-PL8 features a number of creative Art Filters and in-camera editing modes for producing stylised, striking images. These can be instantly shared thanks to the built-in Wi-fi and the OI.Share app for smartphones. It also shoots Full HD video, which can be edited in-camera.
It can be paired with a number of Olympus fashion accessories. It’s available in white, black or brown.
The Olympus Pen E-PL8 is expected in October 2016.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm 1:1.2 PRO
This new Olympus prime lens promises pin-sharp image quality, fast autofocus and smooth bokeh. The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm 1:1.2 PRO is dust-, splash- and freeze-proof.
Olympus are promising edge-to-edge sharpness thanks to new optical technologies, while advanced Z Coating Nano reduces flare and ghosting. The pronounced bokeh effect is produced by the f/1.2 maximum aperture.
It has a minimum working distance of 19.5cm, a 0.11x maximum magnification, and a weight of 410g.
The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm 1:1.2 PRO will be available in October 2016.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm 1:3.5 Macro
This new macro lens from Olympus promises 2.5x magnification and a minimum focus distance of 9.5cm, which Olympus says is currently the best in its class.
It operates near silently and is designed to eminently portable, weighing just 128g. It carries a maximum aperture of f/3.5 and according to Olympus it will produce macro images of exquisite detail, with stunning bokeh.
Olympus promises images virtually free from distortion, and optical performance to match other lenses in the range.
When paired with certain Olympus cameras the lens can make use of a Focus Bracketing feature, and it is also compatible with the growing Olympus range of underwater housings.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm 1:4.0 IS PRO
Finally, the Olympus 12-100mm offers a wide zoom range in a conveniently compact package. It is weatherproofed like its stablemates, carries a constant maximum aperture of f/4 throughout the zoom range, and uses extensive optical image stabilisation to ensure sharp, blur-free images.
It’s the first lens to offer a constant aperture throough this focal range, and carries a close focusing distance of just 1.5cm.