Olympus has added an enthusiast superzoom camera to its line of compacts, the Olympus Stylus 1. Aimed at the enthusiast user, the camera combines a large sensor with an impressive 28-300mm f/2.8 lens. We got our hands on a pre-production sample.
Olympus has finally announced the OM-D E-M1, the company’s second OM-D Compact System Camera. We spent some time with a sample prior to its official announcement to put together a hands-on preview.
At Wex we do things properly. We didn’t test these cameras in some grey office block. No, we took them all canyoning in the Lake District to try them out properly in the sort of environment that they’re designed for. So seven tough testers for seven tough cameras and four hours of freezing cold canyonography with our specialist guide…
This morning Olympus have announced the new PEN E-P5 with a distinctly retro design, which pays homage to the 1960’s classic PEN F model. It doesn’t just look good though…
It isn’t big and grand but because it’s a cunningly designed little prime it can give a star turn which zooms can’t match. Compared to a kit lens it costs a little more money, but in comparison with lenses that can match it optically it is cheap.
Everyone wants to bring home great holiday shots, but many of us don’t want to lug our DSLR kit away with us. Thankfully, there are plenty of cameras out there that take up significantly less room than a conventional DSLR, but still enable you to get quality results.
The evolution of the mirrorless camera has driven a coach and horses through a market which was getting too comfortable and complacent. Before they arrived compacts were stagnating and SLRs getting ever larger. Now the middle ground is where some of the fastest, fiercest development is taking place and new ideas are coming from thick and fast.
In the last couple of years we have seen the (very welcome) return of creative compacts with decent lenses. After the pixel wars ended photographers proved their good taste by snapping up enthusiast compacts with bright glass. It’s obvious that letting more light in is a good thing and the TG-1 rewrites the class rules by adopting this mantra.
Advances in camera design count for nothing if you can’t take them to your chosen location, never more true than when that location is underwater. Olympus’ staunch support for divers leaves it standing high and dry as the only camera maker supporting anything more than its compacts underwater.