After introducing the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II and the Olympus 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6 II last week, Olympus brings new additions to its collection. This time, the models that are introduced are a rugged compact Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860, an Olympus Air, an Olympus 8mm f/1.8 PRO fisheye lens is announced to be in development, while the Olympus OM-D E-M1 receives new firmware.
Like its predecessor Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850, the new Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 is equipped with a 16MP BSI-CMOS sensor, a TruePic VII processor, a 21-105mm f/3.5-5.7 lens (5x optical zoom), a 3" 180-degree flip-up LCD, Full HD video at 60 fps, but in contrast to its predecessor, the TG-860 brings built-in Wi-Fi and GPS. Moreover, its stamina has been increased, so now it is freezeproof to -10C/+14F, shockproof from 2.1m/7ft, and crushproof up to 100kgf/220lbf.
Olympus Japan launched an Olympus Air, a camera that is attached on smart phones and functions in a similar way as Sony's QX series. The Olympus Air is characterized by a 16MP Four Thirds sensor, which is positioned behind the Micro Four Thirds mount, an 81-point AF system, superb 10 fps continuous shooting, and inside it a microSD and a lithium-ion battery can be placed. This camera is controlled solely via Wi-Fi from a connected smart device, which enables access to some options characteristic of Olympus, such as Art Filters.
Furthermore, Olympus announced that an Olympus 8mm f/1.8 PRO fisheye lens is under construction. This ultra-wide lens will provide a 16mm equivalent angle, and it will be compatible with Micro Four Thirds cameras. What is more, it will be resistant to dust and splash.
The exceptional MILC camera Olympus OM-D E-M1 obtains a new firmware version, 3.0. This improvement will bring a higher continuous shooting rate (from 6.5 fps, it will rise to 9 fps) in the Continuous AF (C-AF) mode when using Four Thirds or Micro Four Thirds lenses, while in the Single AF (S-AF), the continuous shooting frame rate will total 10 fps. This is a result of improving the 37-point phase-detect algorithm. This firmware update will also bring an ability to record videos when using the latest version of the OIS application.
The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 arrives in April, and its price will be $279.99. There is still no information about when the Olympus Air will be put up for sale, as well as whether it will be available outside Japan. Launching the Olympus 8mm f/1.8 PRO is scheduled for the summer, while the price is yet to be announced. The firmware Version 3.0 for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 will be available some time this month.