Olympus Digital SLR & Mirrorless Cameras




Olympus Digital SLR & Micro Four Thirds Cameras 2017

The Olympus Corporation was formed in Japan in 1919 & the company made its first camera in 1936. In the 1970s and 80s, Olympus was one of the big five camera manufacturers and its` OM system, characterized by beautifully crafted small 35mm camera bodies & high quality lenses, was highly popular. Cameras such as the OM-1, OM-2SP, OM-4 & others in the series are now regarded as classics of the period.

In recent times, Olympus worked with Kodak to create the Four Thirds 

standard for digital SLR cameras & lenses. The Four Thirds standard uses smaller 4/3 sensors allowing smaller digital SLR cameras & lenses to be produced. In 2003, Olympus released the professional E-1 digital SLR followed by other models culminating in the recently released OM-D E-M1 Mark II DSLR. All recent Olympus cameras are listed below.

Olympus digital SLR cameras for 2007 to 2009 can be viewed in the Olympus Digital SLR archives.

Olympus Digital SLR Cameras & Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Cameras 2010 - 2017

Olympus PEN OM-D E-M1 Mark II Micro Four Thirds Camera

- Available on the 12th December 2016 for $1,999 body only.
- 20.4 MP Live MOS sensor. Micro four thirds mount.
- 5 axis sensor shift image stabilzation. Truepic VIII processor.
- Electronic viewfinder with 2.36m dots. 3" 1.04m dot tilting LCD.
- Weather sealed body. Shoots at 60 fps S-AF. 18 fps C-AF.
- DCI 4k/24 and UHD 4k/30 videos. 4:2:2 video from HDMI port.
- ISO 64 to 25600. Shutter speeds 60 to 1/32000 electronic.
- USB3. Micro HDMI. Built in wifi. Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots.
- Size 134 x 91 x 67mm. Weight 574g including BLH-1 battery.
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Olympus PEN E-PL8 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Camera

- Released in October 2016 for $649 inc. 14-42mm IIR lens.
- 16.1 MP Live MOS sensor. Micro four thirds mount. TruePic VII.
- Image stabilization built in. Shoots at 8 fps. RAW and Jpeg.
- HD video at 1080p with stereo sound. H.264 & motion JPEG.
- ISO 200 to 25600. Shutter speeds 60 to 1/4000 sec.
- 3" tilting LCD with 1,037,000 dots. Live view. Face detection.
- SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. USB2 & micro HDMI. Wifi built in.
- Size 115 x 67 x 38mm. Weight 357g including BLS-50 battery.
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Olympus PEN F Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Camera

- Selling for $1,199 body only. Black or silver bodies.
- New 20.3 MP Live MOS sensor. 50 MP high res shot mode.
- 2.36 MP OLED electronic viewfinder. 5 axis image stabilisation.
- 3 inch vari-angle LCD with 1.037m dots. Built in wireless.
- Body is weather sealed against elements. Shoots at 10 fps.
- HD video in H.264, MPEG-4 & motion jpeg. USB2. Micro HDMI.
- High shot model offers 50 mp jpegs & 80 mp raw files.
- Shutter speeds 60 to 1/16000 sec. Shoots at 10 fps.
- SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. BLN-1 lithium ion battery.
- Size 125 x 72 x 37mm. Weight 427g including batteries.
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Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Micro Four Thirds Camera

- Available for $699 with 14-42mm lens. Black or Silver bodies.
- 16.1 MP 4/3 Live MOS sensor. Shoots at 8.5 fps. M43 mount.
- 2.36M dot electronic viewfinder. 5 axis image stabilisation.
- HD video upto 1080p in H.264 & motion jpeg. Stereo mic.
- Silent mode. TruePic VII processor. Live view. Raw & jpeg.
- Tilting 3 inch LCD with 1,040,000 dots. 100% coverage.
- Built in flash. Hotshoe. AE & WB bracketing. USB2. Micro HDMI
- Shutter speeds 60 to 1/16000. ISO from 100 to 25600.
- Built in wireless. SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. BLS-50 Li-on battery.
- Size 120 x 83 x 47mm. Weight 390g including batteries.
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Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Micro Four Thirds Camera

- Selling for $1,099 body only. $1,898 with 12-40mm pro lens.
- 16 MP CMOS sensor. TruePic VII processor. M43 lens mount.
- 40 MP images possible using sensor shift IS system.
- 5 axis image stabilization. Jpeg & RAW. Full manual controls.
- Body is dust and splashproof. Built in wi-fi.
- ISO 100 to 25600. Shutter speeds 60 to 1/16000 sec.
- Shoots at 10 fps. AE and WB bracketing. Face detection.
- Electronic viewfinder. 2,360.000 resolution. 100% coverage.
- 3 inch articulated LCD with 1,037,000 dots. Live view.
- Hotshoe. No built in flash. Video with focus peaking.
- 1080p video in MPEG-4, H.264 & JPEG. Stereo microphone.
- USB2. Micro HDMI. SD/SDHC/SDXC. BLN-1 battery.
- Size 124 x 85 x 45mm. Weight 469g inc. batteries.
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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Micro Four Thirds Camera

- Available in February 2017 for $799 inc. 14-42mm lens.
- 16 MP Live MOS sensor. TruePic VII image processor.
- Sensor shift image stabilization (yaw/pitch/roll).
- ISO 200 to 25600. Jpeg, RAW & MPO file formats.
- Tilting 3 inch touchscreen LCD with 1,037,000 dots.
- Full manual controls. Various scene modes. Shoots at 8fps.
- Electronic viewfinder with 1.44 million pixels & 1.15 mag.
- Built in wifi. HDR and HDR bracketing. Art filters.
- Hotshoe. Built in flash. Flash sync at 1/200 sec.
- Full HD video 1920 x 1080. Stereo sound. H.264 & Motion jpeg
- SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. USB2. Micro HDMI.
- Size 119 x 82 x 46mm. Weight 396g inc. battery.
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Olympus Pen E-P5 Micro Four Thirds Camera

- Available from 14th June 2013 for $999 body only.
- 16 megapixel MOS four thirds sensor. Micro 4/3 lens mount.
- 3" 1.04m dot tilting LCD. Shoots at 9 fps. Built in wi-fi.
- ISO 100 to 25,600. Shutter speeds 60 to 1/8000 sec.
- Sensor shift image stabilization. RAW & jpeg. MPO (3D still).
- Full manual controls. Many scene modes inc. panorama.
- Built in flash. Hotshoe. Flash sync. at 1/320 sec.
- AE bracketing at plus/minus 5. WB bracketing.
- Full HD video at 1080p. Stereo sound. H.264. Timelapse.
- SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. Size 122 x 69 x 37mm. Weight 420g.
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Olympus Pen E-PM2 Micro Four Thirds Camera

- Available from October 2012 for $599 including 14-42mm lens
- 16.1 megapixel live MOS sensor. Micro four thirds lens mount.
- Fixed 3" LCD with 460k pixels. Touch screen.
- Superfast autofocus. TruePic VI processor. Shoots at 8 fps.
- Sensor shift image stabilization. Jpeg & RAW.
- ISO 200 to 25600. Shutter speeds 60 to 1/4000 sec.
- Full manual controls. Hotshoe. No built in flash. Scene modes.
- 11 art filters. Full HD videos at 1080p with stereo sound.
- Flash sync speed at 1/250 sec. Wireless EyeFi.
- BLS-5 li-on battery. SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. USB2. Mini HDMI
- Size 110 x 64 x 34mm. Weight 269g including batteries.
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Olympus Pen E-PL5 Micro Four Thirds Camera

- Same specification as Olympus Pen E-PM2 (see above) except that the Olympus E-PL5 has a larger body and comes in white, silver and black. Other differences include an articulating LCD and the body with 14-42mm lens will be priced at $699.
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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Micro Four Thirds Camera

- Available in April 2012 for $999 body only or $1099 with 14-42mm lens or $1299 with 12-50mm lens.
- 16.1 megapixel sensor. 5-axis image stabilization.
- Body is sealed against the elements for use in all weather.
- Micro four thirds lens mount. Articulating 3" OLED screen with 610k pixels. Eye sensor for switching between EVF & 3" screen.
- High resolution electronic viewfinder with 100% coverage.
- ISO 200 to 25600. Shutter speeds 60 to 1/4000 sec.
- World's fastest auto focus system with 3d tracking.
- Built in flash and hot shoe. Flash sync. at 1/250 sec.
- Full manual controls. RAW & jpeg. Art filters. Shoots 9 fps.
- Full HD video at 1080i with stereo sound. H.264 & AVCHD.
- Accessory port for external mic, penpal bluetooth adapter & macro arm light. AE bracketing. TruePic VI processor.
- SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. BLN-1 li-on battery. Mini HDMI. USB2.
- Size 122 x 89 x 43mm. Weight 425g including batteries.
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Olympus Pen E-P3 Micro Four Thirds Camera

- Out in August 2011 for $599 inc. 14-42mm or 17mm lens.
- 12.3 megapixel hi-speed live MOS sensor. World's fastest AF.
- Sensor shift image stabilization. Micro four thirds lens mount.
- Live view. Face detection. Full manual controls. Jpeg & RAW.
- Superb 3" OLED LCD with 614k pixels. Shoots at 3 fps.
- Shutter speeds 60-1/4000 sec. Auto bracketing.
- Body in silver, black or white. 10 art filters. Scene modes.
- Built in flash. Hotshoe. Flash sync upto 1/180 sec.
- Full HD videos at 1080/60i in AVCHD with stereo sound.
- SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. BLS-1 or BLS-5 Li-on batteries. HDMI.
- Size 122 x 69.1 x 34.2mm. Weight 369g inc. battery & card.

Olympus Pen Lite E-PL3 Micro Four Thirds Camera

- Currently available for $275 including 14-42mm lens.
- Similar specification to Olympus Pen E-P3. See above.
- Articulating widescreen 3" LCD with 460k pixels.
- No built in flash but small external flash is provided.
- Full HD 1080/60i movies with stereo sound.
- Hotshoe. Full manual controls. RAW & jpeg. Flash sync 1/160.
- Body comes in red, silver, white and black.
- Size 109.5 x 63.7 x 37.3mm. Weight 313g inc. battery & card.

Olympus Mini E-PM1 Micro Four Thirds Camera

- Availability to be announced.
- Similar specification to Olympus Pen E-P3. See above.
- Smallest and lightest Olympus Pen camera.
- Body available in white, purple, pink, brown, silver & black.
- 3" non-articulating LCD with 460k pixels.
- Simplified controls and user interface.
- Size 109.5 x 63.7 x 34mm. Weight 254g inc. battery & card.

Olympus E-PL2 Micro Four Thirds Camera

- Available January 2011 for $599 including MSC 14-42mm lens
- 12.3 megapixel live MOS sensor. Micro four thirds lens mount.
- 3" 460k LCD with live view and face detection.
- Full manual controls. RAW & jpeg. Shoots upto 3 fps.
- Shutter speeds 60 to 1/4000 sec. Truepic V image processor.
- Sensor shift image stabilization. Panorama setting.
- HD videos at 1280 x 720. Art filters. ISO from 200 to 6400.
- Built in flash. Hotshoe. X-sync at 1/180 sec. SD/SDHC cards.
- Size 115.4 x 72.7 x 42mm. Weight 362g. BLS-5 lithium battery

Olympus E-5 Professional Digital SLR Camera

- Ships in October 2010 for $1699 body only.
- 12.3 megapixel 4/3 live MOS sensor. Four thirds lens mount.
- 3" rotating flip out LCD with 920,000 pixels. TruePic V+.
- Sealed against elements. Splash and dustproof.
- Large viewfinder with 100% coverage. Live view.
- Full manual controls. RAW & jpeg, ISO 100 to 6400.
- Shutter speeds 60 to 1/8000 sec. Shoots at 5 fps.
- Wireless flash system. Built in flash. 10 art filters.
- Sensor shift image stabilization. HD movies at 1280 x 720.
- Dual memory slots for SD/SDHC/SDXC & compactflash.
- HDMI output. BLM-5 lithium battery. Built in electronic level.
- Size 143 x 117 x 75mm. Weight 892g inc. battery & card.

Olympus E-PL1 Micro Four Thirds Camera

- Available March 2010 for $599 including 14-42mm lens.
- 12.3 megapixel sensor. Micro four thirds lens mount.
- 2.7" LCD with 230k pixels. Live view & face detection.
- Built in pop-up flash with guide number 7. Hotshoe.
- Full manual controls. RAW & jpeg formats. Six art filters.
- 3 fps continuous shooting. Shutter speeds 1/2000 to 60 secs.
- HD movie recording at 1280 x 720 using M-JPEG codec.
- SD/SDHC cards. HDMI output. BLS-1 lithium battery.
- Size 115 x 72 x 42mm. Weight 334g inc. batteries.