Olympus E-M5 Mark II Review: The Original Retro Camera, Refined to a Tee

Beautiful retro design. Pro-level controls. So small. The Olympus OM-D E-M5 was the mirrorless camera for discerning photographers. Three years later, it's finally getting a update in the form of the new E-M5 Mark II. It provides some welcome improvements in feel and operation, plus a flashy trick or two. Is that… » 3/20/15 1:00pm 3/20/15 1:00pm

Here's the Motherlode of New Cameras Announced This Week

The photography trade show known as CP+ is about to take place in Japan. It's prior to this when many camera makers trot out their shiny new wares. And that they have! Here are the best of the lot so far: » 2/06/15 8:00am 2/06/15 8:00am

Olympus Air A01 Turns Your Phone Into a Lens-Swapping 16 MP Shooter  

Olympus just announced a new Japan-only product that mimics what Sony did last year with their QX line. It's a camera sensor and lens mount that's controlled completely by your smartphone. The Air A01 uses a hot 16 megapixel micro four-thirds sensor and is compatible with all lenses for that system. » 2/05/15 10:27am 2/05/15 10:27am

Olympus E-M5 Mark II: Whoa, 40 Megapixel Photos Out of Thin Air

Small, retro, stylish: the Olympus OM-D EM-5 was one of the first mirrorless cameras to charm discerning photographers. The new E-M5 Mark II brings all that back, plus a wild new mode that magically gives you 40 megapixel images from a 16 megapixel sensor. And that's just one of the improvements. » 2/05/15 1:00am 2/05/15 1:00am

The Best Camera for Every Parent

If you have kids, the impulse to document every instant of their waking lives is nearly as powerful as the impulse to feed and shelter them. I'll help you find the perfect camera to freeze those priceless moments. » 12/17/14 4:40pm 12/17/14 4:40pm

5 Camera Features You Think You Want, But Are Actually Bad Ideas

Camera geeks are a needy bunch. They all have their opinions and won't hesitate to shout at manufacturers to include their pet requests. But that doesn't mean all those requests are good ideas. Here are five commonly desired camera features that are better left to the trash heap of design. » 11/14/14 2:24pm 11/14/14 2:24pm

Olympus E-PL7: Great Imaging Guts, Now With a Slick Selfie Redesign

Olympus interchangeable-lens cameras are some of the best out there, and that doesn't change with the new Pen E-PL7. As with the E-PL5, you get amazing imaging tech crammed inside a very small body. What's surprising is that the redesigned selfie-friendly LCD screen—usually an eye-roller feature—is so well-conceived… » 8/28/14 1:00am 8/28/14 1:00am

Olympus SH-1: High End Image Stabilization in a Point and Shoot

The Olympus SH-1 seems at first like any other compact point and shoot camera with a long zoom. But it includes a signature feature usually found in the company's interchangable-lens bodies: 5-axis on-sensor image stabilization. » 3/31/14 1:00am 3/31/14 1:00am

​Olympus OM-D E-M10 Review: A Classic Camera Made Adorably Small

With cameras, smaller is generally better—until you get so small that you sacrifice key features for the sake of miniaturization. The Olympus OM-D E-M10 mirrorless camera tries to strike the right balance, and gets a lot of things right. » 2/13/14 4:50pm 2/13/14 4:50pm

OLYMPUS SP-100 Is a 50X Superzoom Camera With a Red Dot Sight Like a Gun

If point-and-shoot cameras have a future it's all about zoom, and Olympus just innovated the super long super zooms with a badly needed addition we didn't even know they needed: A red dot zoom like a sniper rifle. That sounds horrible and murderous, but it's really just good for killing photos. » 1/29/14 1:00am 1/29/14 1:00am

Olympus OM-D E-M10: The Sub-$1000 Compact Camera We've Been Waiting For

Olympus first introduced the OM-D E-M5 a few years ago to photographers that were eager for a compact interchangeable-lens camera that felt as powerful as they knew these cameras could be. Two years later we're getting a great OM-D at a price we can actually afford. » 1/29/14 1:00am 1/29/14 1:00am

Leaked Images of New Olympus OM-D Show Smaller But Similar Body

Last year saw the release of the Olympus OM-D EM-1, a body built for pros with a huge grip and tons of bells and whistles. It looks like Olympus is starting out 2014 with another OM-D body, this time built for a slightly less advanced tier of buyers. These leaked images show the goods. » 1/17/14 10:54am 1/17/14 10:54am

You Can Start and Stop This Wi-Fi Voice Recorder From Your Smartphone

It's hard to get excited over a dedicated voice recorder these days, especially when smartphones have tried to step in and fill that role. But when it's vital that you capture every word in an interview, a voice recorder is still the best tool for the job. And Olympus has now made them even better with built-in Wi-Fi… » 1/14/14 1:40pm 1/14/14 1:40pm

Nikon Df: A DSLR Monster With a Slimmed Down, Old-School Streak

Even at the top echelons of professional photography, the lumbering DSLR is becoming a bore. Smaller shooters with big camera specs are the trend, and with that mandate in mind, Nikon's releasing the Df. The new DSLR—yes, DSLR, not the full-framed mirrorless monster of rumors—inherits its key guts from Nikon's… » 11/04/13 11:01pm 11/04/13 11:01pm

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review: Robust, Utilitarian, and Wonderful

It was only a year and a half ago when Olympus showed that a small, stylish camera with no mirror and a little sensor could hang in the big leagues. Many photographers instantly fell in love with the OM-D E-M5. Now, with the E-M1, nearly every bar has been raised for even the most demanding shooters out there. » 10/07/13 10:00am 10/07/13 10:00am

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Hands-On: So Hot You Won't Believe It's Mirrorless

The interchangeable-lens OM-D E-M1 is so much camera you won't believe it's mirroress. The E-M1 is the successor to 2010's E-5, the last Olympus camera with a mirror box and an optical viewfinder. I just shot with one of the first units in the world at the Oly launch event in New York, and I'm certain that almost… » 9/10/13 12:00am 9/10/13 12:00am

Olympus Pen E-P5: A Retro-Styled Mirrorless Camera Made Amazing

Olympus has been teetering on the edge of nailing mirrorless camera design for years. In fact, many would argue that last year's retro-fantastic OM-D E-M5 bordered on perfection. Aesthetes fell in love with its looks at the same time that real, serious photographers were amazed at its spectacular image quality. » 5/10/13 1:00am 5/10/13 1:00am

Rumored First Picture of Olympus E-P5 Continues Vintage Design Trend

The very first picture of what is purported to be Olympus's upcoming E-P5 mirrorless camera has surfaced, and has more of the retro touches we have come to expect know and love. » 4/25/13 11:51am 4/25/13 11:51am

Olympus Officially Made the Worst Lens In the World

Here it is, ladies and gentleman, the worst camera lens in the world. The benchmarking authority, DXO Labs, has spoken, and the new Olympus 15mm body cap lens is the worst lens it has ever tested. It scored just a 4/40, earning the ranking of "Poor." Its official rank amongst all the lenses ever made: 2872. » 1/30/13 10:09am 1/30/13 10:09am