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Olympus releases E-5, E-PL2 and XZ-1 firmware update

Olympus releases a first firmware update for the models E-5, E-PL2 and XZ-1. The E-5 firmware update resolves an issue with the LCD monitor color compensation being reset. The firmware update for the E-PL2 changed the default setting of Image Stabilizer (IS) to "On" when converter lens scene mode ([ FISHEYE EFFECT], [ WIDE-ANGLE], and [ MACRO]) are selected. The firmware update for the new XZ-1 resolves an issue that occurred when the POWER button of the dedicated flash units was operated...


Check out the Olympus XZ-1 specifications & reviewsDim the Lights and Get Ready to Shoot Brilliant Still Images and HD Videos With the X-tremely Bright, X-tremely High-Quality XZ-1

On the heels of the PEN® interchangeable lens digital camera revolution, Olympus takes their compact digital cameras to the X-treme with the introduction of an ultra-compact flagship camera and first of a new series, the XZ-1. Developed for the photographer or enthusiast who is looking for the ultimate high-quality, high-performance premium compact camera, the XZ-1 offers all of this, and more without sacrificing image quality. Never fear the darkness with the XZ-1's super-bright built-in Olympus iZUIKO lens – the first built-in Zuiko® lens on a compact digital camera. The X-factor that achieves this category-defying quality: A combination of three state-of-the-art features: the X-tremely large, super-sensitive CCD sensor, the X-tremely fast TruePic™ V image processor and the X-tremely bright, fast f1.8-2.5 iZUIKO digital lens. Further proof that Olympus lets you capture it all.

“The XZ-1 features one of the world's brightest built-in lenses on a digital compact camera to enable you to shoot high-quality still images and HD videos in any shooting environment, including difficult low-light conditions,” said Katie Roseman, product manager, Olympus Imaging America Inc. “This camera will give you the versatility needed to take on any challenge without weighing you down.”

Outstanding features:

• X-factor Style - full manual controls in a slim, stylish pocket-sized camera;
• X-ceptional Image Quality - a range of new features offer superior image quality, together with 10 megapixel CCD sensor with the TruePic™ V Image Processor to produce sharp photos;
• X-cellent Low-Light Performance - iZUIKO f1.8-2.5 6.0-24mm lens for improved shooting in low-light scenarios, enhancing image clarity and drastically reducing grain. Also featuring Dual Image Stabilization and an AF Illuminator to maximize performance in low-light settings; and
• X-treme Creativity - The XZ-1 offers six Art Filters, each of which uses different settings to create incredible photographic effects that would otherwise require additional lenses, filters or complex editing. Additionally, the Live Guide on-screen setting offers quick tips for shooting different subjects (kids, pets and flowers, for example) assists the photographer with some of the more complex in-camera settings (aperture, shutter speed and exposure compensation, for instance).

Additional information: Check out the Olympus XZ-1 specifications & reviews
March 5, 2011
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