New Olympus Digital Cameras Give You Clearer Skin, Dramatic Eyes

Olympus has rolled out a line of "?" (mu) mini digital cameras that go one step beyond fixing the mistakes made by casual photographers. Now it's the subject who gets improved! The top of the line Olympus ?9000 features a "beauty mode", which adds that extra touch of beauty we all seem to lack.

Professional photographers have had access to a raft of airbrush style, touch-up tools for some time now. School photos now offer purchasers a clean-up option that removes blemishes better than any store-bought cream, for example. Olympus now gives amateurs the same tricks of the trade.

There are several different tools in the Beauty Mode, ranging from the usual red-eye removal and light adjustment to the aforementioned "clear skin" airbrushing. There's something else, however that (pardon the pun) caught my eye... Olympus refers to these features as Shiny Eye and Dramatic Eye.

The former adds highlights to the subject's pupils that supposedly make the eyes look more lively. Sort of like the glistening eyes of anime girls. I'm sure there's no coincidence... or is there? Moving on to "Dramatic Eye", the ?9000 camera software appears to enlarge the subject's eyes! Doing a quick measure of the image, the width of both Before and After eyes is the same but the height increases by about ten percent.

This eye-opening feature isn't all that odd if the popularity of extra-large contact lenses is any indication. Combined with the  Olympus ?9000's many other image modifying features, weekend photographers (and their subjects) just got better without even trying. Olympus, on the other hand, IS trying - 2008 World Figure Skating champion figure skater Mao Asada and her photogenic sister Mai have signed on as spokes-models for the new ? slim digital cameras. Cool!

UPDATE: The  Olympus ?9000 (known as the Olympus Stylus 9000) is now available here in the U.S. at Amazon and other retailers. 

 (via Rakuten, images via BCN Ranking and DCFever)

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Mar 6, 2009
by Anonymous


they should make an olympus digital camera for nature photographers that want to be pro's but cannot afford a pro camera. Perhaps even help them to reach their goals in some ways.

Mar 16, 2009
by Anonymous


hahahhahaha this just makes it that much easier for all the myspace "hotties" to make themselves better... once upon a time they had to use photoshop now all they have to do is press a damn button! ah the world gets more beautiful on the internet... just another reason to stay inside instead of interacting with REAL people. now if you will excuse me i have to photoshop a professional wrestelers body onto my ex girlfriend and post it on facebook.