Japanese imaging company Olympus has introduced the new Air camera, which turns your smartphone into a camera in similar vein to the Sony QX-10. Basically turning any Android or iOS smartphone into a camera, the lens camera was originally launched during Photo kina 2014.

As specs go, the Olympus Air has a 16MP Live MOS sensor, a 1/16000 ultra high-speed shutter, 3x digital zoom and a lens mount that can hook up with any Micro Four Third lens and can take up to 320 shots on a charge. It will connect to your smartphone via either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. On it’s body it will feature a physical shutter button, tripod mount and microSD card slot. By the sounds of it it should be capable of SLR quality images depending on the lens attached.

A new definition for ‘camera phone’


There will also be eight apps designed specially for the Air and would offer a variety of special photography features once they are available as well as a software development kit for those who would like to develop apps for the camera.

The camera is set to go on sale in Japan on 6 March this year and it will retail for 33,800 yen for the body only (approximately RM 1,025) and 49,800 yen for a 14-42mm lens kit (approximately RM 1,510). The Olympus Air is described by the company as a new concept that allows for intuitive controls for shooting, image manipulation and allows for uploads to social media networks through the smartphone.

So what do you think of this neat bit of gear? tell us in the comments below!



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