bye bye Olympus cameras

Toronto. Olympus cameras have been around since 1936. Their big fresh egg last century was small SLR film cameras when most film SLRS were huge machines. The famous Japanese optical house founded in 1919 made many other instruments including well respected light microscopes.

I was sad to learn that Olympus has ended its camera business, selling it off to Japan Industrial Partners (JIP), the firm who bought Sony’s computer business a few years back. The deal was announced this past Wednesday and will complete this coming September. The Olympus line is the latest to fall victim to the evolution of smart phone digital cameras. With every smart phone coming equipped with a camera that will take very good photos, a standalone camera becomes unnecessary unless you are a professional taking photos beyond those suitable for smart phone cameras.

My iPod Touch has an 8MP camera with a lens equivalent to a 35mm lens on a 35mm film camera (a lens that I used about 80% of the time in my film days). Today, that little gadget is always nearby while higher resolution, zoom-lens-equipped cameras sit indoors on my shelf. Needless to say, most of my current photos are taken using the iPod Touch, Its simple air play set up sends them to my computer for saving and EXIF key wording via the Apple Photos App.

My thanks to good friend and palate extraordinaire John Morden for bringing this bit of history home via a link here to the web site Review Geek who reference Engadget in the article.

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