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Olympus SH-21
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Olympus SH-21 Digital Camera

16MP 12.5x CMOS Apr 2012
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer 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

Olympus Cameras Have Good Reviews

We checked 1,714 user and expert reviews for Olympus cameras and found that on average Olympus has good ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Olympus has good ratings specifically within its compact cameras range.

Quite Large Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Olympus SH-21 has one of the larger display diagonals amongst similar spec cameras of this age. The average display diagonal of cameras of a similar spec and age to the SH-21 is 2.8", and the display diagonals range from 1" to 4.8".

There are a number of alternative 3" screen cameras currently available that you might want to consider including the Fujifilm F800EXR[plb_1518759_price], or the Canon PowerShot G16[plb_1602829_price] which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77[plb_1836487_price] (3.5"), or the Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC110[plb_2083466_price] (4.8") 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. Most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to the SH-21 do not support Full HD video.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras which support Full HD video and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77[plb_1836487_price] is also worth considering.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most commonly supported compatible memory cards on compact cameras that came out around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon S9400[plb_1873860_price], the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ41[plb_2149949_price].

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Olympus SH-21 supports video capability, unlike most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the SH-21 which do not support video capability.

Alternative cameras which support video capability currently available that you might want to consider include the Fujifilm FinePix JX500[plb_1672380_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Olympus SH-21 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo[plb_1829795_price], or the GE E1450W[plb_1772835_price].

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

Across all the compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the SH-21 the optical zooms range from 0.17x to 50x, and the average optical zoom is 9.3x. 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 digital cameras of a similar age and type to the SH-21.

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the Nikon 610[plb_1714212_price] (14x), or the Kodak Pixpro FZ151[plb_2596074_price] (15x).

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Olympus SH-21 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SH-21.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector Type

The Olympus SH-21 has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most compact cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This Olympus digital camera has a Micro HDMI connector type, which is the most commonly found HDMI connector type found on digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is typical of many cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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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 compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SH-21. Across all the compact cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the SH-21 the closest focusing distances range from 0.01m to 0.2m.

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Has Four White Balances

The Olympus SH-21 has a greater number of white balance modes than most digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the SH-21. The white balances "Fluorescent", "Sunny" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Olympus camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Olympus SH-21 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This Olympus camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s), whereas most compact cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This digital camera also have still image resolution(s)s 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 digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the SH-21 is 5152 x 3864 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most commonly supported USB version on digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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Fairly Big Combined Zoom

The smallest combined zoom of cameras of this age and spec is 3x, the biggest is 290x, and the average combined zoom is 40x. At 50 times zoom factor, the Olympus SH-21 has a fairly big combined zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a comparable age to the SH-21.

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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 the most common maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best video resolution across all digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the SH-21.

Across similar types of digital camera the worst video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Fairly Many Total Megapixels

With a total megapixels of 16.8 megapixels, the Olympus SH-21 has one of the more total megapixelss amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age. The least total megapixels of digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the SH-21 is 10MP, the most is 48MP, and the average total megapixels is 16MP.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

The Olympus SH-21 supports a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels. 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). Across all digital cameras of this spec and age the best video resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the worst is 320 x 240 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 typical of many compact cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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TFT Display

The Olympus SH-21 has a better display than most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This camera has a TFT display, whereas most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec 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 cameras of a similar spec and age to the SH-21 the display ranges from LCD to AMOLED.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is typical of many digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 24 millimeters, the Olympus SH-21 has one of the shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s amongst compact cameras of this age. The average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of digital cameras of this type and age is 26mm.

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Quite Small ISO Sensitivity (min)

Cameras of this age and type have ISO sensitivity (min)s of between 10 and 160, and the average ISO sensitivity (min) is 93. With an ISO sensitivity (min) of only 80, the Olympus SH-21 has a quite small ISO sensitivity (min) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the SH-21.

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13 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most cameras of this age and type do not support wi-Fi. The Olympus SH-21 is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

There are a number of other cameras which also support wi-Fi which you might also want to consider including the Canon IXUS 265 HS[plb_2110773_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SH-21 do not have a GPS (satellite). The Olympus SH-21 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) to this digital camera and we think the DMC-TZ30[pl_1847857_price], or the Lumix DMC-TZ41[pl_2149949_price] both from Panasonic is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The Olympus SH-21 is not waterproof. Most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to the SH-21 are also not waterproof.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of only 4 times zoom factor, the Olympus SH-21 has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the SH-21. The smallest digital zoom of digital cameras of this age and type is 1x, the biggest is 810x, and the average digital zoom is 11x.

We compared all the other 4x digital zoom digital cameras to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Olympus VR-340[plb_1686246_price], the Panasonic DMC-FT4[plb_1353102_price], and the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price] is also worth considering.

Digital cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might also be worth looking at include the GE G5WP[plb_1772971_price] (4.5x), or the Samsung 200F[plb_2071998_price] (5x).

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Only Two Number of Diaphragm Bladess

Most cameras that are a similar age to the SH-21 have between one and eight number of diaphragm bladess, including the Olympus SH-21 which has two number of diaphragm bladess.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

Compact cameras that were released more than two years ago have display resolution (numeric)s of between 1 pixels and 16,000,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 440,000 pixels. When compared to other compact cameras that came out around the same time as the SH-21, the Olympus SH-21's display resolution (numeric) of only 46,000 pixels is one of the lowest.

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the Olympus SH-21 is more than most cameras of this age and spec. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on cameras that have been around for more than two years. The flash modess "Fill-in", "Flash off" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

The Olympus SH-21 has one of the bigger maximum aperture numbers (only 3) amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age. Cameras of a similar age and type to the SH-21 have maximum aperture numbers of between 1.8 and 72, and the average maximum aperture number is 6.7.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modess

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

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Very Short Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

At only 4 seconds, the Olympus SH-21 has a fairly short slowest camera shutter speed compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been available for more than two years. The average slowest camera shutter speed of compact cameras that are a comparable age to the SH-21 is 15s.

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Only Features One Light Metering

The number of light metering modes featured on the Olympus SH-21 is more than most cameras of a similar type and age to it. This camera features an Spot light metering, which is the most frequently featured light metering featured on similar spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Very Small Normal Focusing Range (wide)

At only 0.1 meters, the Olympus SH-21 has a quite small normal focusing range (wide) compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age. Across all the digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the SH-21 the normal focusing range (wide)s range from 0.01m to 0.8m, and the average normal focusing range (wide) is 0.43m.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture Number

The minimum aperture numbers of cameras that have been available for more than two years range from 1.3 to 22, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.2. With a minimum aperture number of 5.9, the Olympus SH-21 has one of the largest minimum aperture numbers amongst compact cameras of this age.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Olympus SH-21

Released Over Four Years Ago

This camera was released over four years ago.

Average Megapixel

The Olympus SH-21 has a relatively average megapixel (16 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the SH-21.

We compared all the other 16MP digital cameras to this digital camera and we think the Olympus VR-340[plb_1686246_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this compact camera digital camera megapixel is too low for you then you might want to look at the Casio EX-ZR300[plb_1713952_price] (16.1MP) which is also higher rated.

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MOS Sensor Type

The Olympus SH-21 has a MOS sensor type which is better than most comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to it. Most digital cameras of this type and age have a CCD sensor type.

Other cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available that you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Sigma DP3 Merrill[plb_1904405_price], or the Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC110[plb_2083466_price].

If the sensor type of this camera is not good enough for you then you might want to consider the Nikon Coolpix 5900[plb_2162_price] (CCD and higher rated).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Material
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Type
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Combined Zoom
Number of Aspheric Elements
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Focus
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
Camera
3D
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Image Editing
Camera File System
Tripod Mountable
Camera Playback
Saturation Adjustment
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Level Indicator
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Hand Strap
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
Date Imprinting
Interface
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Cable Type
Aperture Range (F-F)
On/off Switch
Camera Shutter Speed
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

Barcodes 00050332181489, 03610170636274, 03610170636403, 03610170779674, 04545350038694, 04545350038700, 04545350038717

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