The interchangeable lens camera has been an ever shrinking device from full-frame monsters, APS-C sensors to the miniature Micro Four Thirds (M.F.T) system cameras. Now, Olympus is introducing its smallest camera yet: the Olympus Air A01.


New Possibilities

The Air also inherits the E-M10’s 81 contrast auto focus points – the sensor detects different colors and levels of brightness automatically and True-Pic VII processing engine. One thing that has been upgraded is the burst rate, which has been increased to 10 frames per second, thanks to the Air’s electronic shutter. Compared to just about any smartphone camera, the Air resolves more detail, fuller colors, better shadows and general better dynamic range. That’s not to say you’ll be using this lens camera in a studio environment. However, this camera will up your photography game with better food photos, landscapes, group selfies and just about any picture you would normally take with a smartphone.

Don’t forget about the extra flexibility either. Because you can point the camera without having to look at the display, you can use the Air can take images from all sorts of new point of views.

Designing Of Olympus AIR A01

Instead of flicking dials and switches on the camera itself, you’ll spend the majority of your time in the Olympus Air smartphone app, tweaking exposure settings and setting up the shot. Thankfully, pairing a phone to the Air is a cinch through NFC or scanning the QR code printed on the device’s rear cover. The Olympus Air comes with a mount for your smartphone to make it one whole, albeit makeshift, camera. Unlike the Sony QX1, the mount does not hold mobile devices flush with the back of the lens camera. Instead, the Air grips smartphones at an angle, making it easier to take photos from overhead or below eye level. Users can also rotate the smartphone mount unlike the Sony QX1.

Final Verdict And Availability

That makes the US the third territory to officially sell the Air, following Japan and Canada. Olympus has yet to announce plans to launch the Air in the UK and Australia. A few years ago, lens cameras seemed like a strange fad, but with more and more Wi-Fi connected cameras cropping up, it’s beginning to make sense.

Having a camera that you can use completely independent of your line of sight to a screen or viewfinder opens up a whole new world a photographic probabilities.