You can call it Olympus Air, or how to turn your smartphone into a camera. It may look like a simple lens extension but it is actually an entirely new camera. It is possible the dream will now come true: a single device for professional photographing, for checking your email, or for playing Candy Crush. What could you want more?
How does it work? Well. You attach it to the back of your respective smartphone via a smartphone clipper. You connect it wirelessly. You download the dedicated app from Olympus. And… you shoot! Photos, that is.
We’ve seen the same idea behind a device in the Sony QX100, the Kodak Smart Lens, or the DxO One. But what this one does different is that it permits the user to attach Micro Four Thirds lenses. Besides these, the device has a 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor (17.3 x 13 mm), a TruePic VII image. These provide burst speed shooting at ten fps, ISO range of up to 12.800, and, logically, HD 1080p video capturing at 30 fps.
Focusing can be done by tapping the screen, using a FAST 81-point AF system. In addition, the app allows photo settings to be edited as you would have in a normal camera: you can play with exposure, ISO speed, white balance, apply filters, and you can also access the P, S, A, and M modes. Just like in a normal interchangeable lens camera.
Once you’ve taken the photos/videos, you have several options of storage: you can put them on a MicroSD, or you can upload them directly to the Amazon Cloud Drive, since Olympus Air has Bluetooth as well as Wi-Fi capabilities.
With a fully charged battery, the company says you can shoot about 320 photos – which is quite a lot. The camera measures 56.9 x 57.1 x 43.6 mm (2.2 x 2.3 x 1.7 in) and weighs only 150 grams. But if it’s still too heavy for you, you can mount it on the tripod which is included in the package… or just leave it where you will. Yes, the Air also allows the users to take photos from a distance! How cool is that?
So what do you think? Would you rather have this, or a normal, old fashioned DSLR?
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