Published On: Thu, Jul 2nd, 2015

Olympus Air A01 Mirrorless Camera Into a Smartphone-controlled Lens

Olympus Air
Olympus introduced a new mirrorless camera on Tuesday, the Olympus Air, that could be a handheld interchangeable lens camera fully controlled with smartphones.

Officially called the Olympus Air A01, the 16MP camera is additional of smartphone camera accent than a typical mirrorless camera. Olympus has managed to cram the storage, sensor, battery and different camera functions into a handheld body that’s regarding a similar size as an average DSLR lens.

Like several of Olympus mirrorless camera offerings, the Air supports interchangeable lenses, although it depends on users’ smartphones to regulate image viewing, camera settings and different functions. Olympus says this provides photographers greater flexibility since they will simply swap out lenses whereas still exploitation their smartphone as a controller.

The camera itself is provided with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and has a similar image processor and 16MP sensor because the company’s different mirrorless flagships. It can capture RAW photos, 1080p HD video and has a 1/16, 000-second most shutter speed.

An attendant smartphone app, on the market for iOS and android, controls the shooting modes and different camera settings. Olympus is additionally opening up the Air to developers who wish to create custom apps and accessories for the Air with a software development kit (SDK).

Though the Air comes with a mount to connect your smartphone, the 2 do not really need to be connected to snap photos. Olympus says this can be significantly useful to avid selfie-takers as they will simply interference the lens to border their shot whereas using their smartphone to regulate the shutter. The Air is additionally compatible with tripods just in case you would like to a additional steady shot.

The Air are on the market within the U.S. and Canada starting on July 1. It starts at $299 for the body only or $499 for the body and a 14-42mm lens.

It will create some compromises for its size as like its lack of image stabilization. The battery life of Air is 320 shots per charge, isn’t nearly what you’d get from Olympus’ different cameras. If the Air looks like deja vu, you are not alone. Sony additionally sells a lens-shaped camera that works with smartphones, called the QX10. Kodak sells “Smart Lens” cameras too.

Subrat Sahu 1Subrat Kumar is a writer with expertise in content writing for websites and blogs, press releases, whitepapers and case-studies. He loves web development management and currently freelances from Bangalore. He’s the founder of Cross Zone, undertaking the bulk of articles on technology and gadgets.

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