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  • Olympus Air A01

    This is discontinued camera, but some people are intrigued by the concept and it's my camera of choice so I thought I might share some thoughts here.


    Pro photographers like their camera to feel like a solid piece of equipment, but I see it as something I can have handy in my handbag for those times when the cell phone camera just won't do.


    Size and weight is for me the overriding consideration and Micro Four Thirds sensor with minimal paraphernalia seems the sensible solution.



    Relying on the touch display of my cell phone keeps the price and weight down, but more importantly it gives me a remote view finder. Thus I can be be part of the scene but also it's nice to set the camera on a small tripod and take closeup macros or other shots from interesting angles without having to get down there with the camera.


    For me it's a learning opportunity to take my photography from point and click... to actually understanding trade-offs like aperture, shutter speed and ISO without major financial commitment. If I ever do need to print poster size images I suppose I could hire more professional gear and apply the same principles, but in general the 16Mpixel sensor is quite good enough for what I want.



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    There are some limitations and some I hope to address if I can. If it's Ok with U guys, I will add them to this thread so anyone who wants to know more about Oly Air can find them in one place.

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    Please do, I'm interested as I've never come across the Air before. At first glance it doesn't look very ergonomic when it comes to hand-held shooting but I may be missing something!
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    Richard

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    • #3
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      I vaguely remember reading about the Air A01. 16MP is plenty to print up to A3 size.
      Best wishes

      Wildwood

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          Re: Olympus Air A01

          Originally posted by Otto View Post
          Please do, I'm interested as I've never come across the Air before. At first glance it doesn't look very ergonomic when it comes to hand-held shooting but I may be missing something!
          It's designed to attach to a smartphone but you can operate it via the phone without the camera unit physically connected:



          You could even get a pistol grip for it.

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            Re: Olympus Air A01

            Originally posted by Otto View Post
            Please do, I'm interested as I've never come across the Air before. At first glance it doesn't look very ergonomic when it comes to hand-held shooting but I may be missing something!
            That is definitely one of the issues I have: It fits snugly in my hand, but it's a very unwieldy contraption and the cell phone viewfinder is laggy and unpredictable.


            One thing I want to try is 3D printing a pistol grip that operates the shutter release and a simple optical target sight for BIF (Bird in Flight photography) so it becomes exactly like shooting birds... just without actually hurting them

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              Is a pistol grip a safe method in this modern world?
              Its bad enough being questioned by security guys (yes they are usually male) in shopping malls when carrying a DSLR.
              Last edited by wanderer; 8th October 2019, 03:00 PM. Reason: added to
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                Originally posted by wanderer View Post
                Is a pistol grip a safe method in this modern world?
                Its bad enough being questioned by security guys (yes they are usually male) in shopping malls when carrying a DSLR.
                lol - IKR, but I shall avoid politics for now.
                My first real gripe is the lack of a timer in the app... It means I'm gunna be operating my cell phone remote in every picture I take.

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                • #9
                  Re: Olympus Air A01

                  It's almost like you're using a drone

                  Ian
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                    I recall the camera being launched but then the press interest died and I have heard little since. I would like to hear how you get on with it and how easy you find it to use.
                    Cameras: E-M5, E-PM2, OM40, OM4Ti
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                      Originally posted by Angelica View Post
                      lol - IKR, but I shall avoid politics for now.
                      My first real gripe is the lack of a timer in the app... It means I'm gunna be operating my cell phone remote in every picture I take.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Olympus Air A01

                        Originally posted by wanderer View Post
                        Is a pistol grip a safe method in this modern world?
                        Its bad enough being questioned by security guys (yes they are usually male) in shopping malls when carrying a DSLR.

                        I seem to remember a while back, someone designed and marketed a rifle grip for cameras which was literally a rifle stock with a camera mount. I wonder how long you would survive in any city centre using one of those now ?

                        Jax

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                          Re: Olympus Air A01

                          Originally posted by Jax View Post
                          I seem to remember a while back, someone designed and marketed a rifle grip for cameras which was literally a rifle stock with a camera mount. I wonder how long you would survive in any city centre using one of those now ?

                          Jax
                          Ah, that was either the Russian Photosniper accessory or the various Novoflex grips including their Follow Focus line.

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                            Re: Olympus Air A01

                            Originally posted by Jax View Post
                            I seem to remember a while back, someone designed and marketed a rifle grip for cameras which was literally a rifle stock with a camera mount. I wonder how long you would survive in any city centre using one of those now ?

                            Jax
                            IKR, especially here in Christchurch where I live... just around the block was a mass shooting in March... I don't suppose I will get away with putting a sight on it either then ... maybe I could make it look like a camera...

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                              Re: Olympus Air A01

                              Originally posted by Ian View Post
                              Ah, that was either the Russian Photosniper accessory or the various Novoflex grips including their Follow Focus line.

                              Ian
                              A bit like this you mean?
                              An old Soviet Zenit Fotosnaiper gunstock, with a home made Arca style clamp; seen here fitted with an E-M1 Mk2. 300mm F4 and a Red Dot Sight.
                              I never did have the 300mm Tair lens and modified Zenit B, but bought the gunstock as an ebay item on its own; The modified body had an extra shutter release on the base, set off by a little finger sticking upwards, and coupled internally to the trigger.

                              The kit is intended for Bird in Flight attempts, but since I've completed it, I've never been at a suitable venue, whilst having it with me.





                              Unfortunately, the E-M1 Mk2 has a deeper grip, so won't fit in the space available. Mk1 fits fine with the grip.

                              The trigger now, is internally coupled to a pair of contacts from an old relay, but I need to do more work on that, as there isn't enough feedback on the trigger from half to full press.
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