Olympus unveils new cameras for this week’s Expo Foto

Model Estefanía Martino Solono and one of the new cameras.

Employees from the Latin American branch of Olympus unveiled a new line of cameras Thursday at Expo Foto. The three new cameras are OM-D, Stylus XZ-2 iHS and TG-1. All the cameras use Japanese technology that has been developed over three years. They are easy to use for all persons whether professional photographers or not, said technical representative Roberto Garcia.

The OM-D is a new take on the digital SLR. These cameras have in the recent decade
replaced film cameras. By storing pictures on a memory card, persons are allowed to take more photographs and can later develop these images quickly by downloading them to a computer.

However, what was not changed about the cameras was the bulk of the body. The OM-D revolutionizes digital SLR cameras by being mirrorless and small, said the company’s Web site.

The 16 megapixel camera still has the interchangeable lens quality. Other features are the 5-axis image stabilization and auto focus that allows the camera to focus between quick movements and an electronic visor that performs under low light situations, said Garcia.

The other two cameras are both 12 megapixels and compact. The TG-1 takes pictures at the quality of a digital SLR camera and is made to be durable and waterproof. Stylus XZ-2 iHS allows a person the option to control the zoom, aperture and focus.

The cameras both take high quality photographs and high definition video.

The price of this new line ranges from $500 to $1,200 and the cameras will be available at Expo Foto, which begins today in the Antigua Aduana in east San José.

They can also be purchased in the United States. The prices may vary because of import taxes, said Garcia.

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