From Film to Digital: All the Cameras Olympus Has Made Since 1936

After 84 years, Olympus is exiting the camera business.

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(SPOT.ph) It's a sad day for photography enthusiasts: renowned camera brand Olympus has announced that it will be exiting the camera business after 84 years. Olympus is currently in the process of selling its entire imaging division to Japan Industrial Partners (the same company that bought Sony's VAIO computers). This means that Japan Industrial Partners (JIP) will be able to utilize the technology Olympus has developed for their own reputable cameras, like the OM-D and Zuiko.

According to the memorandum of understanding released by Olympus, the evolution of smartphones affected Olympus' imaging business negatively. "Olympus has implemented measures to cope with the extremely severe digital camera market, due to, amongst others, rapid market shrink caused by the evolution of smartphones," the memorandum of understanding reads. "Despite all such efforts, Olympus’s Imaging business recorded operating losses for three consecutive fiscal years up to the term ended in March 2020."

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With that said, we're pretty sure you have fond memories of the brand—your favorite family pictures were probably taken by an Olympus camera (go, ask your parents!); maybe you might have just gotten into film photography and fell in love with the Olympus PEN or Olympus OM; or maybe your first digital camera was an Olympus!

To celebrate the popular camera brand's rich history, here's a look back at all the cameras Olympus has created since 1936, from film cameras to DSLRS:

Semi-Olympus I, medium format film camera (1936)
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Olympus 35 I, compact 35mm film camera (May 1948)
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Olympus Flex I, medium format film camera (August 1952)
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Olympus Wide, compact 35mm film camera (September 1955)
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Olympus Pen, half-frame compact 35mm film camera (October 1959)
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Olympus Pen F, half-frame SLR 35mm film camera (September 1963)
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Olympus TRIP 35, compact 35mm film camera (May 1968)
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Olympus 35DC, compact 35mm film camera (April 1971)
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OM-1, SLR 35mm film camera (July 1972)
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SLR OM-2, SLR 35mm film camera (November 1975)
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XA, compact 35mm film camera (May 1979)
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OLYMPUS AFL ("Picasso"), compact 35mm film camera (October 1983)
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OM-4Ti, SLR 35mm film camera (July 1986)
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O-product, compact 35mm film camera (December 1988)
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L-1, Integrated lens SLR 35mm film camera (August 1990)
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μ [mju] (Stylus), compact 35mm film camera (March 1991)
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CAMEDIA C-800L, compact digital camera (October 1996)
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CAMEDIA C-1400L, integrated lens digital SLR camera (October 1997)
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CAMEDIA C-2000 ZOOM, compact digital camera (April 1999)
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CAMEDIA E-10, integrated lens digital SLR camera (October 2000)
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CAMEDIA C-700 Ultra Zoom, compact digital camera (April 2001)
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μ-10 DIGITAL, compact digital camera (February 2003)
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E-1, digital SLR camera (October 2003)
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OLYMPUS E-330, digital SLR camera (February 2006)
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μ720SW, compact digital camera (February 2006)
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OLYMPUS E-30, digital SLR camera (December 2008)
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OLYMPUS PEN E-P1, mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (July 2009)
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OLYMPUS E-5, digital SLR camera (October 2010)
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OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5, mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (March 2012)
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OLYMPUS Tough TG-1, compact digital camera (June 2012)
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OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1, mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (October 2013)
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OLYMPUS STYLUS 1, compact digital camera (November 2013)
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OLYMPUS OM-D E-M10, interchangeable lens camera (February 2014)
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OLYMPUS PEN-F, mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (February 2016)
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OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1 Mark II, mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (December 2016)
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OLYMPUS OM-D E-M10 Mark III, mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (September 2017)
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OLYMPUS PEN E-PL9, mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (March 2018)
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OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1X, mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (February 2019)
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OLYMPUS Tough TG-6, compact digital camera (July 2019)

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