Olympus SH-50

January 8, 2013 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | CES 2013, Digital Compact Cameras | 4 Comments |
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The 16-megapixel Olympus SH-50 is the new flagship of the manufacturer’s Stylus Traveller range, featuring 24x optical zoom and a hybrid 5-axis Movie image stabilisation system. First seen in the Olympus OM-D E-M5 compact system camera, the manufacturer’s 5-axis Movie IS allows users to record shake-free video footage even when hand-holding the camera - and also helps when taking still photographs. Other highlights include 1080/60i/30p Full HD movie recording with sound as well as 720p HD with 120fps or HVGA with 240fps high-speed movie recording for slow-motion playback of fast-action scenes; a telemacro mode for shooting close-ups from as far as 40cm from the subject (great for timid creatures or stinging insects), “M” mode for manual adjustment of aperture and exposure time, and FlashAir compatibility for transferring password-protected images to selected smartphones and social networks. The Olympus SH-50 will be available from mid-March for £249.99.

Olympus Press Release

SH-50 Sharper images and movies. New Olympus STYLUS Traveller flagship features world-beating IS system to all but eliminate blur

The new Traveller flagship SH-50 comes with manual settings and multiple-axis image stabilisation (IS), a technology that can claim two world firsts for compact digital cameras.

Hybrid 5-axis Movie IS compensates for movement around the axis of the lens in addition to the usual yaw and pitch, as well as horizontal and vertical shift.

With 5-axis Movie IS, you can record a blur-free full HD movie literally on the run, while 3-axis Photo IS can counteract movement around the rotary axis, the imaginary line that runs straight through the lens from the front of the camera to the back. This is vital with handheld shots at high zoom ratios where even the slightest tremble can be magnified disproportionately to cause unsharp images.

Other key features
24x optical zoom and 16mp CMOS Sensor
1080 Full HD 60i or 30p movie with sound for choosing the very best movie format
720p HD with 120fps or HVGA with 240fps high-speed movie recording for dramatic slow-motion playback of fast-action scenes
Tele-macro for shooting fascinating close-ups and detail from as far as 40cm from the subject
M mode for manual adjustment of aperture and exposure time
FlashAirâ„¢ compatible for transferring password-protected images to selected smartphones and social networks

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#1 Tina Edwards

I'm glad that Olympus have decided to include a manual control option in this camera. It'll be interesting to see how useful/effective this will be. The image stabilization functions sound promising as well. Sounds like good news for Olympus users.

10:59 am - Wednesday, January 9, 2013

#2 Julie

Can anyone tell me what battery life is like please.

I can easily shoot 200 images thru the windscreen in 200km on my way home from shopping. I won't want to stop and change a battery.

The other camera I was thinking of is the Canon SX280, but have heard battery life not good.

Also - reading What's in the Box. Couldn't see a battery charger listed, as such. Sounds like you have to plug the camera in to recharge the battery. I don't know why they do this.

1:07 pm - Monday, September 23, 2013

#3 Julie

Bump, is there anyone out there who owns one of these? Comments appreciated good and bad.

9:40 am - Tuesday, September 24, 2013

#4 Luke

I would like a review of this camera, it looks good enough to substitute my hx20v.
It has more:
- a bit faster lens;
- less megapixels (can only be good!!)
- touch screen
- seems faster
- olympus colors
- 4x more zoom (irrelevant...)
- hi-speed video (720p @ 120fps!!!!)

7:21 pm - Tuesday, November 26, 2013