Olympus is engaged on a Sony-type distant lens digital camera, too
It has been a yr since Sony launched its vary of lens cameras, WiFi-enabled zoom lenses that hook up with your smartphone and supply much better footage than your constructed-in snapper. For its second era hardware, the corporate went one additional and constructed the QX1, which enabled you to swap in any E-mount optic. I say all of this as a result of Olympus has, maybe belatedly, cottoned on to the concept there is perhaps one thing in one of these know-how, which is why the corporate is displaying off its Open Platform prototype right here at Photokina.
Should you’re already conversant in the QX1, then you definitely’re already in control on what the Open Platform is designed to do. Broadly talking, the hardware has a Micro 4 Thirds sensor, digital sign processor, WiFi module, battery and, erm, that is it. It is designed to attach wirelessly to an Android or iOS smartphone, with the boxy hardware able to taking any suitable lens from the corporate’s vary and, presumably, Panasonic’s MFT lenses as nicely. The prototype was designed with MIT’s Media Lab, and is a part of a undertaking to “broaden the sector of software for an enormous number of hardware.” We might take that to imply that the entire level of Open Platform is to democratize and open up the varied makes use of of digital imaging in ways in which transcend simply pointing a DSLR at issues.
As we stated earlier than, the boxy unit has no display of its personal, and as an alternative depends upon your telephone to play the a part of the viewfinder. You’ll be able to, in fact, shoot blindly with out it, just by pushing the silver shutter launch button on the highest of the system. The one different technical function value mentioning is the recent-shoe mount within the prime nook, opening the system up so as to add much more equipment like flashes.
As a prototype, and one which was stored behind glass, there’s various uncertainties concerning the hows, whens and whys surrounding the Open Platform hardware. For example, there isn’t any phrase on a megapixel rely, battery life or if we’re more likely to see Olympus come out with a shopper model of the gadget. As for the longer term, the corporate goes to be taking Open Platform on the street, asking the gang at numerous concept, make and hack-a-thons to provide you with progressive ways in which a distant lens might be used — and, presumably ignoring anybody who simply whips out a QX1.
Steve Dent contributed to this report.