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evolution of technologies used in Olympus camera gear

35mm film technologies

year introduced technology comments
1959 PEN half-frame 35mm film rangefinder cameras a more affordable and more compact “Leica rangefinder system” and the 1st half-frame camera made in Japan; designed by Yoshihisa Maitani
1963 1st to use rotary shutters PEN F series of half frame cameras
1972 1st compact 35mm film SLR system the OM-1 and OM system revolutionised the SLR world
1972 1st macro lens for a 35mm camera that incorporated floating elements OM 50mm f/3.5 macro
1972 1st macro lens for 35mm designed for 1:1 reproduction OM 80mm f/4 1:1 macro
1975 1st off-the-film (OTF) TTL flash metered camera OM-2
1984 8 point spot metering with highlight/shadow metering OM-2Spot, OM-3, OM-4
1985 1st 50mm macro with f/2 aperture OM 50mm f/2.0 macro
1986 1st macro with f/2 aperture in the 90-105mm range OM 90mm f/2.0 macro
1987 1st super-FP high speed flash sync (to 1/2000th sec) OM-4Ti
1995 fully manual SLR capable of OTF TTL auto flash OM-3Ti
2003 Olympus decides to stop making film cameras end of the OM range

digital technologies

year introduced technology comments
1996 Olympus' 1st digital cameras in production 0.8mp Olympus D-300L, 0.3mp D-200L
1999 2.5mp digital cameras 2.5mp Olympus C-2500L
2000 15fps 1.3mp digital camera with shutter to 1/10,000th sec 1.3mp Olympus E-100RS
2001 1st 4mp camera available 4mp Olympus E-10
2002 5mp camera support for 1Gb microdrives, automatic dark frame noise reduction, progressive scan mode, pixel mapping, flip out LCD 5mp Olympus E-20
2002 5mp, wide aperture, f/1.8-2.6 3x zoom len prosumer the very popular 5mp Olympus C5050
2003 Olympus, Panasonic and Leica start production of Olympus Four Thirds dSLR system dSLRs and the 1st sensor dust removal system (SSWF) 5mp Olympus E-1 dSLR with Kodak sensor
2003 new version of digital TTL flash Olympus FL-50 flash and macro flashes
2003 one of the sharpest lenses ever made Olympus ZD 50mm f/2.0 macro lens
2003 600mm field of view lens with f/2.8 aperture Olympus ZD 300mm f/2.8 super telephoto lens
2004 the best of the 8mp prosumer cameras of 2004; added EVF, larger 4x crop sensor and 28-140mm f/2.4-3.5 lens the very popular 8mp Olympus C8080WZ camera
2004 1st Olympus consumer level dSLR 8mp OlympusE300
2005 lightest and smallest dSLR 8mp OlympusE500
2005 1st 180-500mm field of view zoom lens with f/2.8 aperture Olympus ZD 90-250mm f/2.8 super telephoto lens
2005 1st 300mm field of view lens with f/2.0 aperture Olympus ZD 150mm f/2.0 super telephoto lens
2005 1st constant f/2.0 zoom lens Olympus ZD 35-100mm f/2.0 lens
2006 1st fulltime Live View or optical dSLR with fast AF, and 1st with a tiltable screen 8mp Olympus E330 dSLR - unique Live View sensor placed in porrofinder housing so no need to lock mirror
2007 1st dSLR with sensor-based image stabiliser and live view mode 10mp Olympus E-510 dSLR
2007 smallest and lightest dSLR 10mp Olympus E-410
2007 1st weatherproofed dSLR with swivel and rotate LCD screen 10mp Olympus E-3 dSLR with 11 cross-point AF sensors optimised for SWD AF
2007 new SWD AF technology in lenses eg. Olympus ZD 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 lens, Olympus ZD 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 SWD zoom lens
2008 1st constant f/2.0 zoom lens with SWD Olympus ZD 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD lens
2008 remote TTL flash - 1st for Olympus Olympus E-420, E-520, FL-36R, FL-50R flashes
2008 prosumer dSLR adds CDAF in Live View, Art Filters, digital level gauge, vertical panning mode for IS, and multi-exposure modes 12mp OlympusE30
2008 CD-AF compatible Four Thirds lenses eg. Olympus ZD 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 II zoom lens
2009 mid-level dSLRs 12mp Olympus E-600 and E-620
2009 1st Olympus Micro Four Thirds system camera 12mp Olympus E-P1 PEN (EP1)
2010 the last Olympus dSLR? - their 1st with HD video albeit only 720p 12mp Olympus E5 dSLR
2010 near silent a catalogue of Micro Four Thirds lenses for use in video designated MSC (Movie and Still Compatible)
2011 fastest S-AF of any camera with 3x zoom lens 12mp Olympus E-P3 PEN (EP3), Olympus E-PL3 PEN (EPL3)
2012 best mirrorless camera - fastest S-AF of any camera, best IS in any camera (new 5-axis technology), 9fps, unique Live BULB and timed BULB, tiltable touch screen, 20 Mbps 30p 1080 video, weatherproofed; new Sony sensor instead of Panasonic 16mp Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera
2013 new PEN with features of E-M5 but adds smaller AF zones with 800 points, 1/8000th sec, auto panning detection for IS, focus peaking, “Photo Story”, x-sync 1/320th, WiFi control by smartphones 16mp Olympus E-P5 PEN (EP5/EP-5)
2013 on-sensor phase detect AF = Dual AF; best IS in any camera; Color Creative; 24Mbps 30p video; no AA filter; autoHDR; improved IS, 2.4m dot EVF, full WiFi control by smartphones; 51 RAW buffer; sharpening to in-focus areas only; 16mp Olympus OM-D E-M1
photo/olympus_evolution.txt · Last modified: 2013/09/22 01:25 by gary1

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