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Olympus will work with other companies; is considering photography tours

Olympus will work with other companies;  is considering photography tours
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OM Digital Solutions, owner of the Olympus brand, has stated that it will partner with other companies going forward – and notes that it is looking beyond its main business to other areas of photography culture, such as running photo tours. 

The change in ethos comes as OM Digital Solutions, free from the large corporate structure of Olympus Corp, looks for ways to expand beyond its remit of producing the best Micro Four Thirds cameras and best Micro Four Thirds lenses

"I believe we can provide value to the photography activities and culture of our customers in areas other than cameras and lenses," said OM Digital's chief technology officer, Setsuya Kataoka, at CP+ 2021

"As a manufacturer, we may be able to add value by providing a bag or a strap. Or maybe photography tours. Because now we are free to be involved in the culture of photography, I would like to try some new things. 

"I’m interested in further exploring the potential of the optical technologies of cameras and lenses. as well as the audio technologies from IC recorder and other areas, exploring new avenues."

At this point, he was asked by photographer Koichiro Saito, "In other words, there is a possibility of collaborating with other companies?"

"That’s correct," replied Kataoka. "Instead of just doing things on our own, we will work with other partners when necessary. I also want to actively engage in creating new value going forward. 

"Although becoming a smaller company presents new challenges, there are no limits on what we can do. We are ready to take on new challenges. Of course, we will still focus on our main business, but we do not want to ignore the possibility of broadening our horizons."

While the prospect of running photography tours is a little left field, the idea of partnering with other companies makes a lot of sense. Hasselblad, for example, provides cameras for drones like the DJI Mavic 2 Pro (though of course, the former is owned by the latter), and Leica supplies the camera system for phones like the Huawei P40 Pro

On a more fundamental level, is Kataoka suggesting that Olympus might even partner with another manufacturer on a camera? It seems farfetched, but we've already seen technology partnerships between rivals Samsung and Xiaomi on camera phones – so stranger things could happen!

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Phot0: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.