Olympus Pen

PEN cameras are designed to shoot to your requirements. Buttons and dials are positioned in intuitive locations. Touch LCD controls allow you focus and shoot with a single finger tap. The PEN-F’s customizable dials and custom modes let you instantly recall preferred settings without removing your eye from the brilliant electronic OLED viewfinder. While built-in Wi-Fi makes instant wireless sharing a breeze.

Olympus 35mm Micro 4/3, Pen, OM-D Mirrorless Camera Systems

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Olympus is one of the leading digital camera manufacturers

The Olympus’ range of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras consists of two primary designs. The OM-D line-up is modeled after the classic OM-1 film camera from the 1970s, while the Pen range whose design was inspired by the original Pen F half-frame 35mm SLR cameras.

Although OM-D and Pen cameras use very similar technology, they are easily distinguishable by their design. All OM-D cameras feature an electronic viewfinder inside a centrally placed hump while the Pen cameras either have an electronic viewfinder positioned on the left or more commonly, no viewfinder at all.

Olympus manufactures the most Four-Thirds lenses which are built using the Zuiko brand; which are renowned for their excellent optical quality and compact size.  Mar 24, 2011 ✓

Olympus developed its first camera body in 1938, in addition to building its own lens and shutter device, as this was the first totally pure Olympus (the Semi-Olympus II camera) it was an important event. The design which opened on the side of a pressed sheet-metal encasement was a unique feature on a medium-format camera. The camera also included a Galileo reverse tubular viewfinder.

 

Semi-Olympus II with mounted KOHO (1938)

 

Olympus dust removal system wins Japanese invention award

Friday, 18 June 18, 2010
Olympus's dust reduction system, incorporated both in its E-series DSLRs and Micro Four Thirds cameras has won an award in Japan's National Invention Awards 2010. The awards are organized by the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation (JIII) every June to honor the most significant patents of awarded in the previous year. Olympus Development Division manager Kawai Sumio will receive the award sponsored by national newspaper Asahi Shimbun, for the dust reduction system. The original patent application was made in December 2000, with the technology first appearing in the company's E-1 DSLR in 2003.

Click to read the press release (in Japanese)

The Olympus E-System DSLR cameras are designed with revolutionary features that that expand the frontiers of digital photography. From our flagship E-3 aimed at working professionals as well as advanced amateurs, to our more affordable digital SLR models like the E-520 and E-420, you're sure to find an E-System camera that fits your needs.


Image Sensor Sizes
The full size Four Thirds system was discontinued in 2013 replaced by the Micro Four Thirds System. Four Thirds was a standard created by Olympus and Kodak for digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR) design and development.

The system provided a standard that, with digital cameras and lenses available from multiple manufacturers, allowed for the interchange of lenses and bodies from different manufacturers. U.S. Patent 6,910,814 seems to cover the standard. it was claimed to be an open standard; it is however only accessible to companies and under a non-disclosure agreement.

Unlike older SLR systems, Four Thirds was been designed from the ground up to be entirely digital. Lens design were tailored to the requirements of digital sensors, most notably through telecentric designs. The size of the sensor is slightly smaller than for most DSLRs (see drawing) and this implied that lenses, especially telephoto lenses, can also be smaller. For example, a Four Thirds lens with a 300 mm focal length would cover about the same angle of view as a 600 mm focal length lens for the 35 mm film standard, and is correspondingly more compact. That is, the Four Thirds System is said to have a crop factor (focal length multiplier) of about 2.


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Newest Olympus Interchangeable Cameras


Olympus OM-D E-M5 III

Oct 17, 2019 20 megapixels | 3″ screen | Four Thirds sensor

Olympus OM-D E-M1X
Announced Jan 24, 2019 20 megapixels | 3″ screen | Four Thirds sensor

Olympus PEN E-PL9
Announced Feb 7, 2018 16 megapixels • 3″ screen • Four Thirds sensor
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Olympus PEN Digital Cameras

Olympus PEN E-PL1

Olympus PEN E-PL1

Feb 3, 2010
12/30/2011 ✓
12 MP • 2.7″ screen
• Four Thirds sensor
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Olympus PEN E-PL2 Mirrorless Camera


Olympus PEN E-PL2
 
Announced Jan 6, 2011✓
12 MP • 3″ screen
• Four Thirds sensor
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Olympus PEN E-PL5 Mirrorless Camera

Olympus PEN E-PL5

Sep 17, 2012
16 MP • 3″ screen
• Four Thirds sensor
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Olympus PEN E-P2 Mirrorless Camera
Olympus PEN E-P2

 Jan 20, 2011 ✓
12 MP • 3″ screen
• Four Thirds sensor
$289
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Olympus PEN E-P3 Mirrorless Camera

Olympus PEN E-P3

Jun 30, 2011 ✓
12 MP • 3″ screen
• Four Thirds sensor
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Olympus PEN E-P5 Mirrorless Camera
Olympus PEN E-P5

May 10, 2013 ✓
16 MP • 3″ screen
• Four Thirds sensor
$866 - $2,248
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Olympus Pen E-PL-7 Mirrorless Camera
Olympus Pen E-PL-7

Aug 28, 2014 ✓
16 MP • 3″ screen 
• Four Thirds sensor
$599 - $699
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Olympus PEN E-PL8 Micro Four Thirds Camera
Olympus PEN E-PL8
Announced September 19, 2016 16 megapixels • 3″ screen • Four Thirds sensor $649.00
5 Star RatingV
Olympus PEN-F Mirrorless Camera
Olympus PEN-F
Announced Jan 27, 2016 20 megapixels • 3″ screen • Four Thirds sensor $1,200
5 Star RatingV

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Camera
Olympus OM-D E-M1

Sep 10, 2013 - Page
16 MP • 3″ screen
• Four Thirds sensor
$1,299 - $2,298
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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Digital Camera

Olympus OM-D E-M5
 
Mar 9, 2012 ✓
16 MP • 3″ screen
• Four Thirds sensor
$599 - $1,299
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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mirrorless Camera
Olympus OM-D E-M10

Jan 29, 2014
16 MP • 3″ screen
• Four Thirds sensor
5 Star RatingV

Olympus OM-D E-M10 III
Announced Aug 31, 2017 16 megapixels • 3″ screen • Four Thirds sensor
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Olympus PEN E-PM1 Mirrorless Camera


Olympus PEN E-PM1

 Aug 25, 2011 ✓
12 MP • 3″ screen
• Four Thirds sensor
$399
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Olympus PEN E-PM 2 Mirrorless Camera

Olympus PEN E-PM 2

Sep 17, 2012
16 MP • 3″ screen
• Four Thirds sensor
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Olympus Evolt Digital SLR Cameras

Discontinued
Olympus E-5 DSLR

Olympus E-5

Announced Sep 14, 2010
12 MP • 3″ screen
• Four Thirds sensor
Olympus Evolt E-30
Olympus E-30

Announced Nov 5, 2008
12 MP • 2.7″ screen
• Four Thirds sensor
$1,500 - $1,999
Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Mirrorless Camera
Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

Announced Feb 5, 2015
16 megapixels • 3″ screen • Four Thirds sensor
$1,099


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