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Olympus SH-21
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Olympus SH-21 Digital Camera

16MP 12.5x CMOS Apr 2012
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
Rich colours, low picture noise, excellent contrast the SH-21 is all about tremendous picture quality. The ultra-slim design ensures it never looks out of place at more sophisticated occasions and... More
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23 Reasons For

Good Brand

On average Olympus compact camera digital cameras have good reviews compared to other manufacturers as do all cameras produced by Olympus.

Fairly Large Screen Size

The Olympus SH-21 has a quite large screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. Cameras of this age and type have screen sizes of between 1" and 4.8".

We compared all the other 3" screen cameras to this camera and we think the GE J1455, and the Samsung WB800F which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a digital camera with a larger screen size then you might want to look at the Nikon Coolpix P520 (3.2" and higher rated), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 (3.5" and higher rated).

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3D Compatible

The Olympus SH-21 is 3D compatible, which is unusual. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the SH-21 are not 3D compatible.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 3D compatible digital cameras currently available including the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS, or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ36 which has better reviews.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

There are a number of other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available which you might want to consider including the Fujifilm FinePix X10, or the Nikon Coolpix S6800 (£189.46) which has better reviews.

If the memory card type of this compact camera camera is too bad for you then you might want to consider the Sony DSC-WX350 (£159.00) (MicroSD (TransFlash)|MicroSDHC|MicroSDXC|MS Duo|MS Micro (M2)|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Olympus SH-21 supports Full HD video, unlike most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the SH-21 which do not support Full HD video.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other cameras which support Full HD video currently available including the Fujifilm FinePix X10, or the Nikon Coolpix S9500 which has better reviews.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

Like most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the SH-21, the Olympus SH-21 supports video recording.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras which support video recording currently available including the Fujifilm FinePix X10, or the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS which has better reviews.

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 12.5 times zoom factor, the Olympus SH-21 has a fairly big optical zoom compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the SH-21. The optical zooms of compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the SH-21 range from 2.7x to 63x.

If you would prefer a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS (£99.00) (18x) which also has a higher rating.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Olympus SH-21 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the SH-21.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with an image stabiliser and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix X10, and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS40 is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Olympus SH-21 has a built-in flash. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago also have a built-in flash.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix X10 is also worth considering.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The number of HDMI connector types found on the Olympus SH-21 is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The most frequently found HDMI connector is Mini, but this HDMI connector is not found on this camera. The HDMI connectors Micro are also found on this digital camera.

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Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

At only 0.01 meters, the Olympus SH-21 has a fairly small closest focusing distance compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age. The average closest focusing distance of compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the SH-21 is 0.27m, and the closest focusing distances range from 0.01m to 30m.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus SH-21 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution which is higher than most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. Most cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. This Olympus camera also have still image resolutions of 1280 x 960, 1600 x 1200, 1920 x 1080, 2048 x 1536, 2560 x 1920 and 3264 x 2448 and 4608 x 2592. The best still image resolution of all compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SH-21 is 5152 x 3864 and the worst is 384 x 480.

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Olympus SH-21 is more than most comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the SH-21. The white balance modes "Fluorescent", "Sunny" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Olympus camera.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Olympus SH-21 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best video resolution across all cameras that have been around for more than two years.

A 320 x 240 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst video resolution amongst similar types of digital camera.

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Fairly Big Combined Zoom

The average combined zoom of compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago is 50x, and the combined zoom range from 3x to 1,600x. At 50 times zoom factor, the Olympus SH-21 has a fairly big combined zoom compared to most of the other cameras that were released around the same time as the SH-21.

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Quite Many Total Megapixel Count

The least total megapixel count of cameras of this age and spec is 10MP and the most is 48MP. With a total megapixel count of 16.8 megapixels, the Olympus SH-21 has one of the more total megapixel counts amongst cameras of this age.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Olympus SH-21 is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). Digital cameras of a similar type and age to the SH-21 video resolutions range from 320 x 240 pixels to 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution on compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Features One Light Metering Mode

The Olympus SH-21 has a greater number of light metering modes than most comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. The most commonly featured light metering mode is Centre-weighted, but this light metering mode is not featured on this Olympus camera. The light metering modes Spot are also featured on this camera.

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TFT Display

The Olympus SH-21 has a better display than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This camera has a TFT display, whereas most compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to it have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight. Across all similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago the best display is OLED and the worst is LCD.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

Similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SH-21 have minimum focal lengths of between 5mm and 120mm, and the average minimum focal length is 26mm. With a minimum focal length of only 24 millimeters, the Olympus SH-21 has a fairly short minimum focal length compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the SH-21.

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14 Reasons Against

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most cameras that have been around for more than two years do not support WiFi connectivity. The Olympus SH-21 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Canon IXUS 240 HS, or the Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC110 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Olympus SH-21 does not have a GPS, although it is worth noting that most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years also do not have a GPS.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have a GPS to this camera and we think the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2, the Canon IXUS 140, or the Sony DSC-HX400V which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The Olympus SH-21 is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the SH-21 are also not waterproof.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The Olympus SH-21 has a quite small digital zoom (only 4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec. The digital zooms of compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 1x to 810x.

There are a number of other 4x digital zoom cameras currently available which you might want to look at including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4, or the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS which has better reviews.

Digital cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might also be worth considering include the Samsung WB150F (5x) which is also higher rated.

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Only Two Diaphragm Blades

The Olympus SH-21 is a two diaphragm blades camera.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

With a display resolution of only 46,000 pixels, the Olympus SH-21's display resolution is one of the lowest amongst cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SH-21. The average display resolution of cameras that were released around the same time as the SH-21 is 400,000 pixels, and the display resolutions range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The Olympus SH-21 has a greater number of flash modes than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the SH-21. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture

Cameras that have been available for around the same time as the SH-21 have maximum apertures of between 1.8 and 87, and the average maximum aperture is 6.8. With a maximum aperture of only 3, the Olympus SH-21 has a fairly big maximum aperture compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the SH-21.

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Only Features Three Auto Focus

The Olympus SH-21 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This Olympus camera features a Face detection auto focus, which is the most commonly featured auto focus featured on digital cameras of this type and age. The auto focus "Spot Auto Focus" and "Tracking Auto Focus" are also featured on this Olympus digital camera.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modes

The Olympus SH-21 has a greater number of shooting modes than most cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most commonly found shooting mode found on digital cameras of this spec and age. The shooting modes "Movie" and "Program" are also found on this digital camera.

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Only Supports One Audio Format

The number of audio formats supported by the Olympus SH-21 is more than most cameras of this age and type. The most frequently supported audio format is WAV, but this audio format is not supported by this digital camera. The audio formats AAC are also supported by this camera.

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Very Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

Compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago have maximum camera shutter speeds of between 0.0005s and 250s, and the average maximum camera shutter speed is 14s. With a maximum camera shutter speed of only 4 seconds, the Olympus SH-21 has one of the shorter maximum camera shutter speeds amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Only Has Three Playback Modes

The number of camera playback modes found on the Olympus SH-21 is more than most cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera has a Movie playback mode, which is the most frequently found playback mode found on compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the SH-21. The playback modes "Single image" and "Slide show" are also found on this Olympus camera.

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Very Large Minimum Aperture

The Olympus SH-21 has one of the largest minimum apertures (5.9) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age. Across all the digital cameras of this type and age the minimum apertures range from 1.3 to 6.6, and the average minimum aperture is 3.2.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Olympus SH-21

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this compact camera camera was released.

Average Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 16 megapixels, the Olympus SH-21 has a relatively standard megapixel count compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the SH-21.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 16MP cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Olympus VR-340 (£75.99), or the Fujifilm FinePix F660 (£181.00).

If you want a higher megapixel count then you might want to look at the EX-ZR300 (16.1MP), or the Exilim EX-ZR700 (16.1MP) both from Casio which is also higher rated.

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MOS Sensor Type

The Olympus SH-21 has a better sensor type than most compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This digital camera has a MOS sensor type, whereas most compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a CCD sensor type.

We compared all the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor to this camera and we think the Fujifilm FinePix X10, and the Casio Exilim EX-ZR400 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If the sensor type of this camera is too bad for you then you might also want to consider the Nikon Coolpix L27 (£68.00) (CCD).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Body Material
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens
Lens Structure
Combined Zoom
Aspheric Element
Diaphragm Blades
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range
Focus
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Format
Voice Recording
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
HDMI Port
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
3D Compatible
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Self-Timer
Histogram
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Tripod Mount
Playback Mode
Saturation Adjustment
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Battery Level Indicator
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Included Cable
Battery Included
Included Battery Charger
Hand Strap
Other Features
Video Recording
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
Date Imprinting
Interface
Focal Length
Cable
Aperture Range
On/off Switch
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Trimming

Expert Reviews

12 May 2012

Die Olympus SH-21 hat 16 Megapixel Auflösung, nimmt Videos in Full-HD auf und schießt sogar 3D-Fotos. Erhältlich ist die kompakte Digitalkamera in den Farben der Deutschen Flagge: Schwarz, Rot... Read more…

Good 12.5x optical zoom, touch-to-shoot function
USB charging
Price
Menus
Video mode
Noisy photos at low ISO, flat-looking HDR shots
Noise (in low light images)
Touch snap system
Detail reduction due to camera processing
Shiny screen

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers info v107010be000
Barcodes 00050332181489, 03610170636274, 03610170636403, 03610170779674, 04545350038694, 04545350038700, 04545350038717

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