The company just debuted the Olympus Air, a handheld interchangeable lens camera that is completely controlled with smartphones.
Someone has finally found a solution to the smartphone camera. By that I mean that we all own a much better digital or even DLSR camera, but somehow, it always sits at home, while we snap away our life on your smartphones.
Finally, though, Olympus solved this problem. The company just debuted the Olympus Air, a handheld interchangeable lens camera that is completely controlled with smartphones.
That’s right, a mirrorless camera accessory for your handset.
The Air A01 is a 16 megapixel camera is technically more an accessory than a mirrorless camera, but Olympus managed to stuff the sensor, storage, battery and everything else into a tiny handheld body that is around the same size as a normal DSLR lens.
The Air supports interchangeable lenses, but primary it will rely on the users’ smartphones to control the camera settings, image viewing, sharing, etc. Photographers can easily swap lens, all while using the smartphone as the controller.
The Air will mount to your smartphone, but technically, the two don’t need to be attached for you to be able to snap photos.
Obviously the camera is outfitted with WiFi and Bluetooth, and it has the same image processor and 16 megapixel sensor as the company’s primary mirrorless flagships. It has RAW capture, 1080 pixel HD video recording and a 1/16,000 shutter speed.
The accompanying app, available for both iOS and Android, will control shooting modes and other camera functions. Olympus has even opened the Air up to developers, for custom apps and accessories for the Air.
The Air will mount to your smartphone, but technically, the two don’t need to be attached for you to be able to snap photos. This is ideal for selfie snappers as they just throw up the lens to aim, and use the smartphone to control the shutter. However, for those desiring the perfect photo, the Air will be compatible with tripods as well. Which might be necessary, because it’s tiny size means that there is no image stabilization.
It also has a teeny battery, only 320 shots per charge. Actually, it’s not a terrible battery life, but in comparison to Olympus’s other flagships, it’s pretty wimpy.
The Air is available starting July 1 in the US and Canada. It starts at $299 for the body only, but it is $499 for the body and the 14-42mm lens.
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