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Olympus AIR A01 Digital Camera

$299.00
Lens-Style Camera 16.05MP Live MOS May 2016
Camera Type Megapixel Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
Excellent user reviews
Good product quality
Good quality pictures
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Reviews

Excellent User Reviews

Based on 142 user reviews the average user rating of this camera is fantastic. 85 reviewers gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars and 93% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Good Brand

We checked 4,447 expert and user reviews (including 623 verified purchases) for Olympus digital cameras and found that on average Olympus has good reviews. We also found that Olympus has good reviews specifically for its medium megapixel digital cameras. 88% of those that bought a Olympus digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Sixteen customers considered that the product was compact. Two years ago Paragasd mentioned “Fast focusing great design compact body”. Kly mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “It's easy to use, compact and takes awesome photos” in their Olympus AIR A01 review. Louis gave the product a rating of 7 stars and he mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Not so good? I guess like any compact system”.

Ten Olympus AIR A01 reviewers thought it was heavy and bulky. Mo Han wrote on Bhphotovideo.com five years ago “The body is heavy and well balanced”. Travisimo scored it 7 stars and said in their review of the Olympus AIR A01 on Bhphotovideo.com “I can now comfortably replace my large and heavy Canon gear with this camera”. Three years ago Blue Heron said on Bhphotovideo.com “Also the charger needs a cord wich is too bulky compared to the petite size of the system” in their review of this digital camera.

Nine Olympus AIR A01 reviewers who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it was a good body shape. Neil wrote two years ago “Bought mainly as an emergency backup for my real camera body I actually find it cute to use”. John mentioned “Then Olympus has packed a lot of good stuff into that body”. Five years ago Travisimo wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “A weather-sealed stylish body” in their Olympus AIR A01 review.

Three Olympus AIR A01 reviewers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was thin. Zach said on Bhphotovideo.com “It has a slim design.”. Zach also wrote “Not to slim where it feels flimsy” in their review.

Three customers thought this digital camera was lightweight. Abby said in her Olympus AIR A01 review on Bhphotovideo.com “2) For such a lightweight camera” and scored it 7 stars. Abby also wrote “It's lightweight so perfect for traveling, hiking, etc” in her review. Acgp said in their Olympus AIR A01 review on Bhphotovideo.com “I hope to avoid taking my Olympus cameras on long trips - substituting the Olympus Air and one of my light-weight wide angle lenses in place of my heavier cameras”.

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Very Light

The Olympus AIR A01 is fairly light (only 146 grams) compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that came out in the last year. Across all the medium megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera the weights range from 100g to 610g, and the average weight is 290g.

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Good Quality Pictures

Eighty-five customers who reviewed it considered that it was able to produce good images. Mo Han rated it 8 stars and wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “It excels in street photography due to its blazing speed as well as general”. Meangreen wrote two years ago “My wife and I are loving this camera for its smaller size and superior picture”. Martin wrote “I have tried the 4/3s for fine art photography and think that it works better than the micro 4/3s” in his review of this digital camera.

Nine people who bought it reckoned that it had a good picture resolution. Andre Arthur wrote in his review of the Olympus AIR A01 “The back-grip is really useful and once you get used to its body, you won`t have any problems shooting with that”. George H wrote in his Olympus AIR A01 review on Bhphotovideo.com “The firmware is innovative with the optional live view and super control panel and both are needed for differeent shooting circumstances”. George H also said “Try shooting beautiful birds at a feeder thru glass” in his review.

Five Olympus AIR A01 owners thought the Olympus AIR A01 had a good ISO range. Stinndler scored the product 7 stars and mentioned five years ago “The higher ISO performance is a HUGE improvement”. Andre Arthur said in his review of this digital camera “AMAZING! High ISO (2400) was almost like 5d Mark II`s” and rated the Olympus AIR A01 7 stars. George H wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “So far I am getting some good shots at ISO 20,000 and high speed sequenctial shutter fire” in his review of the Olympus AIR A01.

Five customers who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good image sensor. Stinndler wrote “The sensor is great”. Ruscar said on Bhphotovideo.com five years ago “Not so happy about the limitations of a smaller sensor and fixed lens” in their Olympus AIR A01 review. Anthony wrote in his review of the Olympus AIR A01 on Bhphotovideo.com “And to have a high quality imaging sensor inside the beautifully designed small body is a definite selling point” and scored it 7 stars.

Four Olympus AIR A01 owners wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was good in low light. Five years ago Stinndler gave this digital camera a rating of 7 stars and mentioned “The AF is awesome in good light and pretty good in low light” in their review of this digital camera. Colin mentioned in his review of the Olympus AIR A01 two years ago “The sensor is crisp and performs beautifully in low-light situations” . Caedunavach gave the product a score of 5 stars and said on Bhphotovideo.com “Even the pictures in low light look pretty nice with high ISO”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Nine Olympus AIR A01 owners who reviewed this digital camera mentioned that it had an electronic viewfinder. Mo Han wrote in their Olympus AIR A01 review on Bhphotovideo.com five years ago “The EVF is bright and clear”. The Beginner mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “The EVF could be better” in their review of this digital camera and gave the product a score of 7 stars. Bpennphoto mentioned in their review of the Olympus AIR A01 on Bhphotovideo.com “It is packed with great new technology that I find very helpful (EVF, IS, Face & eye detect AF”.

Five Olympus AIR A01 reviewers who purchased it reckoned that it had a good screen. Three years ago The Beginner wrote in their Olympus AIR A01 review “• Touch screen is amazing”. Brian rated it 6 stars and he said “The touch screen LCD is also great”. Dr G mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “The focus through the touch screen is fast and fun to use”.

Five Olympus AIR A01 owners who reviewed this digital camera considered that it had a good viewfinder. Brian mentioned “The electronic viewfinder has great resolution, brightness” in his review of the Olympus AIR A01 and rated the product 6 stars. Andre Arthur said on Bhphotovideo.com “Viewfinder is really nice”. Andre Arthur also wrote “The problem with Lumix is the lack of an easy viewfinder” in his review.

Three Olympus AIR A01 reviewers who bought it thought it was mirrorless. Kw said on Bhphotovideo.com five years ago “Small flash included - Like all mirrorless, continuous AF in burst is not very good” in their review of the Olympus AIR A01. Kw also said “Battery life less than a DSLR (live view takes power) All in all, if you are looking for a mirrorless camera that does nearly everything right this is your camera.” in their review.

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Good Exposure Control

One Olympus AIR A01 owner considered that this digital camera had good exposure controls.

Good Quality Lens

Twenty-four customers concluded that it had a good lens. Five years ago Kw rated it 8 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera “The E-M5, along with the extensive lens collection available for micro-four-thirds, now easily can claim to be the best all around mirrorless camera”. John said on Bhphotovideo.com “Good lens selection - image quality on par with most DX DSLR's in a much smaller size - video is quite goo”. John also wrote “The attractive thing about the OMD has been the lens selection as you can get lenses both from Panasonic” in his review.

Fifteen people considered that this digital camera had a good autofocus. Two years ago Photo Mom wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “The autofocus is great on it as well” in their Olympus AIR A01 review. Pmaholch mentioned “The touch screen focus is just brilliant! I just select a focus point with my finger”. Stinndler gave it a rating of 7 stars and said “I even tried the continuous AF w/ face detection on a toddler the other day and it did quite good keeping a sharp focus for me” in their review of this digital camera.

Six Olympus AIR A01 owners concluded that the Olympus AIR A01 had a good image stabiliser. Jimmyb mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Hard to take a bad photo, though I keep trying! The stabilization is amazing, giving sharp shots in impossible situations”. Take&talkpics said two years ago “The 3 axis stabilizer is awesome and excellent with the video” in their Olympus AIR A01 review and gave it a rating of 8 stars. Colin rated it 6 stars and he wrote “The Olympus noise elimination system keeps the sensor clean and the image stabilization is built into the camera body, making it available with whatever lens you use”.

Four Olympus AIR A01 owners who purchased it thought it had a good zoom. Two years ago Mm wrote in their review of the Olympus AIR A01 on Bhphotovideo.com “Difficult to hold steady and to zoom the unit”. Fruchstuck said four years ago “Surprisingly good zoom, tiltable LCD screen, excellent power battery holder”.

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Good Flash

Five customers reckoned that the product had a good flash. Montana wrote in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “Pop-up flash is fine for me”. Two years ago M.maj mentioned “I used it for graduation party all pictures looked great I like to use its flash too I waiting for attachment that I ordered to attach to my microscope” in their review of this digital camera. Richio said in their Olympus AIR A01 review “BTW it is the only OMD camera that has a built-in flash”.

Good Video Capture

Four customers concluded that it was good for video recording. Ac gave the product a score of 6 stars and wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “A compact video light is required to be mounted for illuminance during shooting” in their review of the Olympus AIR A01. Georgemivanoff mentioned in their Olympus AIR A01 review on Bhphotovideo.com “EM-5 has solid image quality, EXCELLENT video stabilization” and rated it 8 stars. Ingo scored the Olympus AIR A01 9 stars and said on Bhphotovideo.com “The OMD-5 is faster and more responsive and has better video” in their Olympus AIR A01 review.


Design

Nice Design

Nineteen Olympus AIR A01 owners wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was good looking. Leana said “Walked around NYC with it and was able to take a few shots that came out pretty decent” in her review of the Olympus AIR A01. T_s59 wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “The EVF is pretty amazing! One small problem is the front dial became loose shortly after I received it”. The One wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “The resolution of the 14-42 kit lens is pretty good” in their review of this digital camera.

Six Olympus AIR A01 owners considered that it was well designed. Five years ago Mark said in his Olympus AIR A01 review on Bhphotovideo.com “The size of the M4/3 design is amazing”. Nam the Hunter wrote in her review of this digital camera two years ago “Olympus always have the best design and the O-M10 is no exception”. Maria wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “Great performance and design, highly recommended for street photography”.

One person concluded that the product was retro. Nick wrote “First, I like the retro feel of this camera” in his review of the Olympus AIR A01. One customer wrote in their reviews that the product was ergonomic. Kaphinga rated the Olympus AIR A01 7 stars and wrote three years ago “The ergonomics are good for my small hands”.

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Good Product Quality

Fourty-seven people who reviewed it considered that it was good quality. Mm mentioned in their Olympus AIR A01 review two years ago “Even on line they are sparse Photo quality”. Mo Han wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “The image quality is outstanding”. Montana wrote in their review of the Olympus AIR A01 on Bhphotovideo.com “This camera is great for beautiful quality photos for everyday use” and rated it 8 stars.

Easy to Use

Thirty-five Olympus AIR A01 owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was easy to use. Mekee mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com five years ago “Great camera easy to use amazing photos” in their review of the Olympus AIR A01 and gave the product a score of 8 stars. Nick scored it 7 stars and he mentioned three years ago “Control dials are easy to get to and use” in his Olympus AIR A01 review. Nick also wrote “Electronic viewfinder very clear and sure comes in handy when very bright out” in his review.

Eight Olympus AIR A01 reviewers who purchased this digital camera mentioned that it was easy to use the menus. Phil mentioned in his review of the Olympus AIR A01 “The menu is easy to use”. Louis gave the Olympus AIR A01 a rating of 6 stars and he said in his Olympus AIR A01 review three years ago “So as your shooting manual, you can look at a numerical 'rating' of your exposure settings with 0 being ideal”. Roger Ramjet mentioned in his review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “The electronic viewfinder (easy to see settings in any light), touchscreen, dials, tilting LCD screen, bright LCD screen, nice on-screen control panel, good menu system.”.

Six Olympus AIR A01 reviewers who reviewed the Olympus AIR A01 reckoned that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Two years ago Mm wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “It was impossible to hold both”. Photo Mom said in their review of the Olympus AIR A01 “The camera is very easy to hold in your hand at any angle”. Louis wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “It can mean your struggling to find comfortable hand space when holding”.

Three Olympus AIR A01 owners who bought the product concluded that it had a good experience. 832@ said in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “Thank You B&H service for making it such a painless experience!”. Ah611 mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com in the same month “I highly recommend this product for all levels of experience just for the fun factor”. Inder gave it a rating of 6 stars and mentioned “Ona positive note, wonderful service experience as always with B&H Photo” in their review of the Olympus AIR A01.

Two customers reckoned that the Olympus AIR A01 was easy to setup. Photo Mom wrote “This camera was easy to set up”. Ruscar said in their review of the Olympus AIR A01 “I don't have time to set up and stage carefully composed scenes at these sites; I actually have no control over what's happening at all”.

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Robust

Seventeen customers who reviewed the Olympus AIR A01 concluded that it was well made. Nick wrote in his review of the Olympus AIR A01 “All metal, solid and well made”. Phil said in his review of the Olympus AIR A01 three years ago “The camera is well made, works real well” . Pete mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Solid camera”.

Three Olympus AIR A01 owners who bought the Olympus AIR A01 concluded that it was strong and durable. Two years ago Zach said on Bhphotovideo.com “Feels like it! It's a sturdy camera” and rated the product 7 stars. Maphdma wrote on Johnlewis.com “This is a sturdy and attractive machine” and gave the product a score of 7 stars. Ruscar wrote “I would recommend it as a serious contender for anyone looking for a very capable, reasonably rugged camera for work or hobby” and scored it very highly.

Two Olympus AIR A01 owners who reviewed the Olympus AIR A01 said that it was sealed. Four years ago Ingo mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “With a lens that is also weather sealed) The LCD is nice”. Ingo also mentioned “Worth it - of course weather sealed wich makes it ideal for street shooting when raining etc” in their review.

One Olympus AIR A01 owner concluded that it was reliable. Ruscar wrote “I need photo equipment that's fast, reliable, easy to handle, compact” in their review of the Olympus AIR A01.

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Support

Good Support

Eleven people who reviewed it wrote that it had good technical guidance. Phil gave the product a rating of 7 stars and he wrote on Bhphotovideo.com three years ago “It has a 2 great manual focus modes which I think is very necessary with any contrast focus camera”. The One wrote two years ago “Works great with older manual lenses and fun to use”. Richio gave the product a score of 6 stars and wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “However, I was impressed by the manual”.


Features

Good Technical Features

Six people mentioned in their reviews that the Olympus AIR A01 had good features. Kw wrote “These other systems also have interesting features (hybrid VF in Fuji, focus peaking in NEX) not available on the E-M5” in their review of the Olympus AIR A01 and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. John mentioned “The OMD 5 like many call it is a super camera-the king of the hill in micro 4/3 cameras - it is very well built and full of features” in his review of the Olympus AIR A01. Travisimo wrote “Superb image quality, advanced features”.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The AIR A01 supports video recording, as do most of the other latest comparable spec cameras.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The AIR A01 supports Full HD video. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera also support Full HD video.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras which support Full HD video and we think the Sony Alpha A7S which has better reviews is also worth considering.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a Full HD video and we think the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II ($549.00) is also worth considering.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The AIR A01 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera. 1280 x 720 pixels is also supported by this Olympus camera. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail. Across all latest digital cameras the video resolution ranges from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 3840 x 2160 pixels (best).

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Smart TV

Good Connectivity

One person who purchased the Olympus AIR A01 concluded that it was good in terms of connectivity. Sandraramos said “The wi-fi connectivity to devices is nice.” and gave the product a score of 5 stars.


Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The AIR A01 supports Wi-Fi. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that came out in the last 12 months also support Wi-Fi.

We compared all the other cameras which support Wi-Fi to this digital camera and we think the Lumix GX85 ($601.99), and the Lumix DMC-GH4M ($1,197.99) both from Panasonic which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Features Bluetooth

The AIR A01 features bluetooth, which is unusual. Most of the other digital cameras that came out in the last year do not feature bluetooth.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The AIR A01 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera also have an image stabilizer.

Alternative digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available that you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix GX85 ($601.99).

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus AIR A01 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most medium megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. Most comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to it have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s).

A 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) is in fact the best still image resolution amongst all comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera.

Amongst similar types of digital camera the worst still image resolution is 640 x 480.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on cameras that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Two Olympus AIR A01 owners mentioned in their reviews that it was quiet. Vicbccac said “The zoom is silent and so much easier than zooming with the 14-140” in their Olympus AIR A01 review. Dixa said in their review of the Olympus AIR A01 on Bhphotovideo.com “The camera is responsive, customizable, light and quiet”.

One Olympus AIR A01 reviewer thought the Olympus AIR A01 was noisy. Eric mentioned “It's still a bit noisy”.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The AIR A01 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other recently released medium megapixel digital cameras also have a built-in microphone.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Six people said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good battery life. Maphdma mentioned “Its not light and the battery life is not great” in their Olympus AIR A01 review. Babbles rated it 5 stars and mentioned “I wish focus was faster (minus half a star) and I wish battery life was longer (minus half a star”. Abby said on Bhphotovideo.com “The battery charger is super bulky”.


Packaging Content

Has a Hand Strap

The Olympus AIR A01 has a hand strap. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera also have a hand strap.

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Light Exposure

Supports Two ISO Sensitivities

The AIR A01 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most medium megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to it. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivities 100 and 12800 are also supported by this digital camera.

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Camera

Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The AIR A01 does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched in the last year also do not have a GPS (satellite).

It is worth also looking at alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Olympus E-M10 Mark II ($549.00).

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Ports & Interfaces

Does Not Have an HDMI

The AIR A01 does not have an HDMI, unlike most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera which have an HDMI.

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Other

Released Eleven Months Ago

This Olympus digital camera has been on the market since April 2017.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers visipax prv208010bu000, visipax prv208010wu000, olympus v208010wu000, visipax v208010bu000, olympus v208011bu000, visipax v208010wu000, olympus v208011wu000, olympus v208010bu000, olympus a011442mm, olympus w1442mm
Barcodes 00050332188914, 00050332188938, 00050332188952, 00050332188976, 00756519765298, 00779184005681, 00779184005698

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