Photography Information

Olympus Digital Cameras - Digging Into The History

One of the oldest companies, Olympus has had a long and historical journey. Olympus digital cameras are being used all over the world today. Let us take a look at the glorious history of Olympus here.

Olympus was started way back in the year 1919 under the name of Takachiho Seisakusho. In fact, the first optical product made by the company was not a camera, but a microscope! The name 'Olympus' was introduced in 1921 as a trade name for the company's optical products.

There is an interesting story attached to the name of Olympus. It has a deep, deep meaning attached to it as well. According to Greek mythology, Olympus is the mountain where the Gods live. And, Takachiho is the mountain where the Gods live according to the Japanese texts. In fact, all the names associated with Olympus cameras have a hidden meaning to themselves. For example, the first product made by Olympus for photographic purposes was the Zuiko 75mm/F4.5 lens in 1936. This is an abbreviation coined from the name of Olympus optical plant (Mizuho Kogaku-kenkyujo) and also has a hidden Chinese meaning.

In the '30s, Olympus introduced many different types of cameras. Due to the world wars, production suffered from time to time till the '40s. The Twins Reflex camera was introduced in 1950s and became instantly popular. In fact, hundreds of models based on this technology were developed by several manufacturers. But it was the Olympus Rolleiflex which set the standard for these cameras in the industry.

However, it was the Olympus PEN which was launched in 1959-60, which established Olympus as the manufacturer of small cameras in the market. The PEN was light, small, innovatively designed and could take 72 shots in one roll! It became increasingly popular and helped Olympus to gain hold of the market. After this, there was no looking back for Olympus and it went from strength to strength.

As far as digital cameras are concerned, by the 80's and '90s, the video camera and the consumer digital cameras were already present in the market. However, they were not of very high quality and could only used for web publishing or low-res prints. But, by the late '90s, technology had advanced greatly and prices had also dropped, hence consumers were now going in for digital cameras more and more. It was at this time, in the year 1996, that Olympus introduced its P&S style cameras which had a resolution of 810.000 pixels. Slowly and steadily, Olympus came up with a 2 mega pixel and then a 3 mega pixel camera by the year 2000. At this time, one of the significant launches of Olympus was the 2.11 mega pixel model C-211 which also had an in-built Polaroid printer.

Today, Olympus is considered to be one of the well-known digital camera manufacturers in the industry. The latest digital cameras by Olympus are:

D-Series: Simple point-and-shoot cameras for beginners.

C-Series: Digital cameras for advanced photographers.

Stylus: Stylish cameras in attractive colors and designs.

E-System Digital SLR's: Professional SLR's for digital cameras.

Kevin Rockwell worked as a network TV cameraman for 20 years shooting news and sports. Now a devoted fan of digital photography and video he works to gather information, tips and news for digital camera users. Oh and he loves to shoot pictures of his kids playing sports.

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at


The top 10 sights at The Photography Show 2018 | TechRadar
We had crowds, we had blizzards, but at The Photography Show 2018 we also saw some amazing camera kit.
Who Invented the Camera? A Lesson in the History of PhotographyMy Modern Met

all 3 news articles »


Accessing the world of photography
Tara Miller sees the world through the diameter of a straw, but that doesn't stop her from capturing the exact moment when a new bride throws her bouquet into the wedding crowd. Miller is a legally blind commercial photographer in Winnipeg, Manitoba ...
In the post-truth era, photographers use lies to spread factsCNN
What Should You Charge for Your Pro Photography? - PetaPixelPetaPixel (blog)
Alec Soth: Photography as an American DialectWUWM
My Modern Met -Mother Nature Network (blog)
all 38 news articles »

My Modern Met

Photographer Spends Years Capturing Incredible Up-Close Photos of Brown Bears
My Modern Met
Kamchatka, a peninsula located in the Russian Far East, is a fascinating land. Bordered by the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Okhotsk, filled with volcanoes, its subarctic temperatures have piqued the interest of explorers since the 17th century. But it ...
This Photographer Deleted His Social Media with 1.5 Million FollowersPetaPixel (blog)
Photography of Clarence White on display at Davis MuseumThe Patriot Ledger
Start a Beauty Revolution Through The Ways of Diane ArbusResource Magazine
Livemint -Huddersfield Examiner -Aiken Standard
all 30 news articles »

The State Press

ASU student documents her own medical journey through ...
The State Press
ASU journalism student and photographer Anya Magnuson has been documenting her medical journey through a camera lens.

and more »

McDermotts Continue Photography Passion on Trip to Middle East
EAGAN, Minn. – With a 2017 African safari in the rearview mirror, Kevin and Lauren McDermott's most recent journey took them to the sand dunes of the Middle East. The Vikings long snapper and his wife share an affinity for adventure, a wanderlust ...

Hollywood Reporter

'Isle of Dogs': The Environmental Photography That Inspired the Set
Hollywood Reporter
"The environmental critique was always at the forefront of our design process," he said, noting that the Isle of Dogs team took inspiration from two particular photographers who have devoted much of their work to capturing the impacts of waste on the ...
Wes Anderson's 'Isle of Dogs' is often captivating, but cultural sensitivity gets lost in translationLos Angeles Times

all 187 news articles »

PetaPixel (blog)

Nature Photography: Where Are the Women? - PetaPixel
PetaPixel (blog)
It's an undisputed fact; there are fewer women in the arena of nature photography than there are men. But why? Do men bring something special to the arena? Or is it simply a stereotype that this is a man's profession? There doesn't appear to be a clear ...


Making Money From Photography is Really Hard, But It Can Be ...
There are simply no shortcuts to building a career as a freelance photographer. Making money out of something you love is really hard, but it absolutely can be done. But before we get into how let's just acknowledge that we photographers have had it a ...

and more »

6 Pet Photography Tips
Snapping photos of your friends is as easy as telling them to smize. Getting your pets to prepare for their closeup? Well, that's a whole different beast. A BarkBox study found that dog owners post about their furry friends up to six times a week ...

and more »

Brenham Banner Press

Bluebonnets keep local photographer busy
Brenham Banner Press
Brenham photographer Ashley Jones Lonset loves that story. The legend was translated into a children's book she read to her daughters Marley and Davis and her son Norman. Norman is just four years old, so he is likely more interested in his Clifford ...

Google News

home | site map | Seashell Photography
© 2006