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The DJI Air 2S is exactly what many drone enthusiasts have been asking for: a consumerdrone with a 1"-type camera sensor that's budget-friendly. Does it live up to the hype? In our opinion, yes.
|Setsuya Kataoka, General Manager of Olympus’s product and marketing planning division|
According to Setsuya Kataoka, future OM-D cameras will be able to create multi-shot high resolution images in such a short time that photographers will be able to use the feature handheld. Mr. Kataoka, General Manager of Olympus’s product and marketing planning division and the man behind the R&D of the OM film cameras and the E system, spoke to us recently in the Czech Republic during a European event to demonstrate the features of the new OM-D E-M5 ll. He went on to explain that he expected the R&D team to make rapid progress in the development of the High Res Shot feature and that in time Olympus will be able to create a system will take less than 1/60sec instead of the current time of about one second.
Mr. Kataoka says that the most important development of the OM-D E-M5 ll is not the High Res Shot mode itself, but the improvements that have been made to the 5-Axis image stabilization system that makes the High Res Shot function possible. The new system allows smaller and more accurate movements to be made to the sensor position so that it can be shifted by half a pixel in each direction to create the multi-sample image. He explained that the sensor has to be able to be moved and stopped so that each pixel is just 0.0002mm from its previous position – with a tolerance of +/-0.0001mm. Now that can be done, the next step will be to make the process of expose-shift-expose-shift happen more quickly.
Kataoka said that OM-D customers who buy small and light camera systems do not want to have to carry a tripod all the time, and that handheld photography is in the basic DNA of the OM-D system. It is essential, he said, to make this feature work without a camera support.
When asked how the technology will work should the company move to a higher resolution sensor, Kataoka said that they were currently investigating the process and determining whether the movements required to boost resolution needed shifts of half a pixel or the same 0.0002mm, and how many images would be needed to create enough detail. Working on the current system the R&D team had experimented with 2, 4, 6, 8 and 16-shot sequences, and found that beyond eight-shots the resolution added by further exposures was insignificant.
Kataoka said that Olympus’s tests had shown that the OM-D E-M5 ll High Res Shot system has a number of advantages over high resolution full frame camera systems. He said that users of sensors with a similar number of pixels to 40 million had to use a tripod all the time to make their images look sharp, but that OM-D users could switch between using a tripod and not, according to the resolution mode set on the camera.
The advantage that the improved 5-axis image stabilization system gives OM-D E-M5 ll photographers outweighs simply having more pixels because it produces better detail in images than a full frame DSLR can handheld, Kataoka claims. With no mirror action and no mechanical shutter in electronic shutter mode, the OM-D has no internal vibrations to contend with and so has a great resolution advantage. He said that resolution lost to camera shake in DSLRs reduces the advantage of having more pixels.
When questioned about the lack of an ISO 100 setting in the OM-D cameras Kataoka acknowledged that to make the most of a wide aperture lens on a bright day lower ISO settings were needed. He explained that it is the limitations of the sensor that prevent Olympus from offering ISO 100, but that the company had increased the shutter speed range to 1/16,000sec in electronic shutter mode, and to 1/8000sec in mechanical shutter mode, to help compensate. Sensor manufacturers have concentrated mostly on providing high ISO settings that are not often used, he said, and had neglected low settings in their favor, but Olympus hopes this will change very soon.
Other restraints placed on the company by outside suppliers include the limited area in which touch AF can be used. Kataoka explained that their suppliers are working on making the touch function available right to the edges of the screen.
Further discussions on the touch AF are being held internally at Olympus about the system used in the E-M5 ll. Sometimes the current overrides the user’s desired point by selecting one that the camera thinks more suitable. A touch-selected AF point does not always remain in position as the composition changes between shots. Kataoka said that there may be a firmware update to address this, depending on the result of their testing. Whether the AF point is automatically adjusted or not may become another user option.
We discussed the menu and button system of the E-M5 ll and Kataoka acknowledges that the user experience can be quite complicated. He said it is always a question of finding a balance between including all the features that customers demand and maintaining an easy to use interface - while still making the camera fully customizable. When asked if he would like to make a digital version of the OM-4, with minimal buttons and no rear screen he said that he would love to and that he had been thinking about it for a long time, but he added that he’d have to concentrate on products that make a profit first!
Look for more from Olympus on DPR soon - we also spoke with senior executives at the CP+ tradeshow and will have a full interview coming in the near future.
Olympus has announced updates for its OM-D E-M1 Mark II, OM-D E-M5 Mark II and Pen-F cameras in the lead up to CP+ 2018. On the list of updates are improvements to the E-M1 II's Pro Capture Mode, and the addition of in-camera Focus Stacking in the E-M5 II.
Olympus unveiled the details of two fairly significant firmware updates, both of which will be available for download, for free, come November. The flagship Olympus OM-D E-M1 will receive firmware version 4.0. while the not even one-year-old OM-D E-M5 II will receive firmware version 2.0. Read more
Olympus has released its financial results for the first quarter of the company's fiscal year, giving credit partly to its Imaging Systems Business for a 12.3% increase in net sales year-on-year. Its OM-D and Pen series cameras saw a 25% increase in sales volume, helping to compensate for a sliding compact market. Read more
Olympus USA has produced a spoof documentary that claims to highlight the problems faced by those who spend too long carrying heavy DSLR equipment. The hero of the films, Paul, suffers a condition called 'DSL-Arm,' which is characterized by a dramatic lengthening of the right arm as a result of carrying weighty camera bodies and lenses. Read more
Olympus has announced that it is is producing a new limited edition 'Titanium' OM-D E-M5 II camera. The Titanium E-M5 II will offer all of the same features and specs of the regular version, with its top and bottom plates swapped out for dark metallic versions that match those of the OM-3/Ti from 1994. Worldwide, 7,000 copies of the Titanium model will be made, though how many will be available in the US is yet to be announced. The company is also readying firmware updates for both the E-M1 and E-M5 II, related mostly to underwater shooting. Read more
The Sony Alpha 1 is Sony's flagship mirrorless camera for, well, just about anything. With a 50MP sensor, it gives you tons of resolution, but it also lets you fire off burst images at 30 fps for fast action sports. Add in 8K video capture and you have a really impressive package.
There are a lot of photo/video cameras that have found a role as B-cameras on professional productions or A-camera for amateur and independent productions. We've combed through the options and selected our two favorite cameras in this class.
What’s the best camera costing over $2500? The best high-end camera costing more than $2000 should have plenty of resolution, exceptional build quality, good 4K video capture and top-notch autofocus for advanced and professional users. In this buying guide we’ve rounded up all the current interchangeable lens cameras costing over $2500 and recommended the best.
If you want a camera that you can pick up and use without having to page through the manual first, then this guide is for you. We've selected seven cameras ranging from compacts to full-frame, all of which are easy to operate.
Family moments are precious and sometimes you want to capture that time spent with friends or loved-ones in better quality than your phone can manage. We've selected a group of cameras that are easy to keep with you, and that can adapt to take photos wherever and whenever something memorable happens.
If you're looking for a high-quality camera, you don't need to spend a ton of cash, nor do you need to buy the latest and greatest new product on the market. In our latest buying guide we've selected some cameras that might be a bit older but still offer a lot of bang for the buck.
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Since the dawn of recorded time, Pentax DSLRs has been known for being well-designed, rugged and full-featured. In this episode of DPReview TV, Chris and Jordan share their thoughts about Ricoh's latest DSLR, the Pentax K-3 Mark III.
Surely you've already watched our video review on the Pentax K-3 Mark III. Now it's time to take a closer look at some of the samples from its 25.7MP sensor.
The winning images were selected from more than 10,500 images captured around the world in more than 70 countries.
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The lens remains the widest shift lens for full-frame cameras, with the new Leica L and Pentax K mount versions rounding out the Canon EF, Canon RF, Nikon F, Nikon Z and Sony E mount options from launch.
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Canon's Larry Thorpe has seen lot of changes over his 60-year career in the industry. We spoke to him after his recent retirement, and in this interview he highlights some of the technological advancements he's seen during his career and discusses the convergence between stills and video.
Nikon's Z6 II is a really pleasant camera to use – so pleasant, in fact, that one of our editors took it on a road trip vacation down the west coast to the California redwoods. Check out some coastal scenes in our updated sample gallery here.
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Days Inn by Wyndham has brought back its 'Sunternship' program for 2021. This August, a selected photographer will be paid $10,000 and have their travel expenses covered during a customizable two-week trip within the United States.
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The update improves autofocus capabilities and adds a collection of new and improved video features to Leica's 24MP full-frame camera system.
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The Olympus OM-D E-M10 IV is a compact, stylish and low-priced Micro Four Thirds camera with a 20MP sensor and in-body stabilization. Chris and Jordan put it through its paces in the latest episode of DPReview TV.
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