When Sony first unveiled its QX-series cameras at IFA 2013, they managed to gather plenty of attention from the industry and consumers alike. Even after close to two years since its debut, only a handful of other manufacturers out there such as Oppo and Kodak were dare enough to come out with their own take on the form factor.
Now, you can add Olympus to the list as well as the company has just unveiled its own lens-style camera called Olympus Air A01.
Just like previously released lens-style cameras in the market, the Olympus Air A01 is not equipped with its own display but instead, it is operated using connected smart devices via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The 147 grams camera also features a 16-megapixels LIVE MOS sensor and TruePicVII image processor as per Olympus OM-D and PEN line of cameras.
In addition to that, the Olympus Air A01 is also equipped with a physical shutter release button and tripod mount. Unsurprisingly, the camera is built to support Micro Four Thirds lens which was co-created by the company. That being said, Olympus does allow third party developers to create apps for Olympus Air A01 using SDK and 3D data that the company will release alongside the camera.
As interesting as the camera might be, Olympus currently has no immediate plan to release it outside of Japan. Nevertheless, the new camera will be made available on 6 March through Olympus Japan’s online store for JPY 36,504 (RM 1,118) if you really eager to get your hands on it. It is also can be obtainable as a kit set (shown above) which includes M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ lens for JPY 53,784 (RM 1,648).