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This article refers to a Japanese camera maker. For other meanings, see Olympus (disambiguation). Image File history File links Olympus Logo File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Olympus can refer to: a Japanese optics company: see Olympus company Rolls-Royce Olympus, a jet engine and marine turbine a codename for version 3. ...

Olympus Corporation (オリンパス株式会社 Orinpasu Kabushiki-Gaisha) (TYO: 7733) is a Japanese company specializing in optics and imaging. Olympus was founded in 1919, and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. It is named after "Olympus", the home of the gods in Greek mythology; see: Mount Olympus. The main trading room of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, where nowadays the trading is done by computers The Stock Exchange occupies a narrow site in Tokyos securities district The Tokyo Stock Exchange (abbreviated TSE) is a stock exchange market located in Tokyo, Japan. ... A company in the broadest sense is an aggregation of people who stay together for a common purpose. ... See also list of optical topics. ... Imaging refers to the science of obtaining pictures or more complicated spatial representations, such as animations or 3-D computer graphics models, from physical things. ... 1919 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... The modern skyline of Tokyo is highly decentralized. ... The term God is capitalized in the English language as a proper noun when used to refer to a specific monotheistic concept of a Supreme Being in accordance with Christian, Jewish )as G-d - cf. ... Greek mythology comprises the collected narratives of Greek gods, goddesses, heroes, and heroines, originally created and spread within an oral-poetic tradition. ... Mount Olympus Mount Olympus (also transliterated as Mount Olýmpos, and on modern maps, Óros Ólimbos) is the highest mountain in Greece, at 2,925 meters high; it is situated at 40°05′ N 22°21′ E. The name means The Luminous One in Classic Greek language. ...

Olympus has a history of groundbreaking camera and lens design. Their famous Zuiko lenses, first produced in 1936, were often years ahead of their time. Their camera designs have often been revolutionary. The company also invented the Microcassette. Categories: Stub | Audio storage ...

The first highly successful camera system from Olympus was the PEN system, which were very small and used a half-frame format, meaning you could take 72 shots on a standard 36 exposure roll of film.

The PEN system design team was led by Yoshihisa Maitani. The design ethos behind the PEN system led to the creation of the OM system, a full frame professional 35mm SLR system designed to compete with Nikon and Canon's best sellers. The OM system took the camera world by storm, being much more compact than its competitors and boasting a string of innovative design features. Eventually the system included 14 different bodies and approximately 60 lenses.

However, Olympus did not move into the autofocus market in the way their competitors did, and this ultimately led to their decline as a maker of professional camera systems. Their compact cameras have retained their great popularity, though, and in recent years their digital cameras have won great acclaim. Olympus is a supporter of the Four Thirds System standard for digital SLR camera design and development, and the Olympus E-1 is currently very highly sought-after. The Four Thirds System is a standard for digital SLR camera design and development. ... The Nikon Coolpix 950 The Nikon Coolpix 3200 compact camera Digital photography, as opposed to film photography, uses an electronic sensor to record the image as a piece of electronic data rather than as chemical changes on film. ... The single-lens reflex camera, more commonly known by the abbreviation SLR, uses a mirror placed between the lens and the film to project the image seen through the lens to a matte focusing screen. ... A camera is a device used to take pictures (usually photographs), either singly or in sequence, with or without sound, such as with video cameras. ... Design as a process can take many forms depending on the object being designed and the individual or individuals participating. ... Technology development is the process of research and development of technology. ... The Olympus E-1 was the first DSLR designed from the ground up for digital photography. ...

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The following is a partial, alphabetically-sorted list of products manufactured under the Olympus company brand. ... List of digital camera brands past and present, updated to 2005, but may miss some. ... xD-Picture Card compared in size with a US 1 cent coin The xD-Picture Card is a type of flash memory memory card. ...


  • Olympus Mailing List

External link

  • Olympus Global

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Olympus will also pay to Ampex quarterly running royalties in the future based on the sales value of digital still cameras that utilize its patents.
Ampex believes that a significant portion of cameras sold under the Olympus brand are manufactured by a company that is also a licensee of Ampex's patents and anticipates that royalties on these products will be paid by the supplier and not by Olympus.
Ampex Corporation, www.ampex.com, headquartered in Redwood City, California, is one of the world's leading innovators and licensors of technologies for the visual information age.
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