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The history of Olympus and untold stories of its product development since its foundation.

Back in 1993 Olympus launched its first digital still camera, the VC-1000 digital. It was Olympus' first digital camera for commercial use, had a resolution of 380,000 pixels and was equipped with a 2x zoom lens. The 2-megabyte IC memory cards could store 31 images. This and many more interesting milestones and untold stories of its product development from the history of Olympus can be found on the Olympus History Website...
Visit the Olympus history websiteJust a taste from the Olympus camera history...

Medium-Format Cameras

Olympus established a tradition of quality manufacturing with the development of its microscope. Olympus continued this tradition through the development of camera lenses, starting in 1934. Two years later the Zuiko lens was born. Zuiko lenses were used in the Semi-Olympus and the Olympus-Six, as well as in the Olympus Reflex 2-lens reflex camera. With these cameras, Olympus laid the foundations of its future role as a camera manufacturer.


Digital Cameras

Initially, digital cameras were treated as peripheral devices for computers. However, the priority for Olympus was to develop digital cameras with sufficiently high resolution to be used in place of conventional film cameras. This work in 1996, led to the introduction of the first affordably priced high-resolution digital camera. Users were impressed by the high quality of the images, and the camera became a major hit. Olympus continued to improve the image quality and resolution of digital cameras, and within a few years the digital camera market had overtaken the conventional camera market.


Digital SLR Cameras

With its amazing image quality, the C-1400L had a major impact on the digital single-lens reflex camera market. Olympus made this camera the starting point for the development of a series of fixed-lens digital single-lens reflex cameras with high-performance zoom lenses. In 2003, it moved into the exchangeable-lens digital single-lens reflex market. While competing manufacturers remained bound to their existing 35mm single-lens reflex cameras, Olympus began to develop compact, high-performance lens systems designed specifically for digital cameras and based on the Four Thirds System. For its cameras, it introduced full-frame CCDs with wide dynamic ranges and enhanced gradation. This approach led to the creation of high-quality exchangeable-lens single-lens reflex cameras that would impress even professional photographers. Olympus also introduced a dust reduction system to solve the problem of specks in images caused when the CCD image sensors are contaminated by dust and other foreign material entering the camera during lens changes. This innovation has been warmly welcomed by the market as an excellent answer to a problem that was previously seen as a fatal flaw in digital single-lens reflex cameras with exchangeable lenses.

Additional information: Visit the Olympus history website
February 2, 2006
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