Sony launched the QX10 and QX100 smartphone-controlled lens cameras back in 2013, and now Olympus is offering its own take on the concept. Dubbed the Olympus Air 01, the wireless camera features a 16-megapixel Live MOS that can take 320 photos on a single charge.
Olympus is marketing the Air series of lens cameras as an open source platform, and has mentioned that the Micro Four Thirds mount can accommodate any compatible lens to produce "SLR-quality" photos. The manufacturer is also allowing third-party developers to create applications tailored to the platform.
The open platform allows the Air lens cameras to connect to a wider range of devices wirelessly. The lens camera itself can be controlled through a series of apps that mimic the functionality of Olympus' standard Micro Four Thirds cameras.
For now, Olympus has mentioned that availability of the Air will be limited to its home market of Japan, with a launch slated for March 6. Pricing of the lens camera will commence at 33,800 yen ($289) for just the body, with a kit lens variant that includes a 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 lens running up to 49,800 yen ($425). Both versions will be available in black and white color variations.