Close
Share on
Olympus SH-21
Olympus SH-21
22 Images + 1 Video

Loading image...

Olympus SH-21 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 16MP 12.5x Apr 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
One industry award
Good size
Good quality lens
10 Reviews + 1 Award
Ephotozine Recommended

Available from international sellers only

Tell Me When It Becomes Available See International Prices
You are subscribed to price alerts for this product
Unsubscribe

Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Several Olympus SH-21 reviewers who bought the product wrote that it was compact. Ephotozine.com mentioned five years ago “The Olympus SH-21 was announced in January 2012 and is a compact camera with a 12.5x optical zoom lens”. Techradar.com said on Techradar also five years ago “Occupying the middle ground in the Olympus range of travel compact cameras” in their review of this digital camera.

One Olympus SH-21 reviewer reckoned that it was thin. Expert review site Ephotozine.com mentioned “Olympus SH-21 Features The SH-21 is a slim camera, packing in” in their Olympus SH-21 review.

One person who reviewed the product concluded that it was a good body shape. Cnet.co.uk scored the product 80 out of 100 and mentioned on expert website CNET.co.uk “With a long zoom, high resolution and a sturdy, no-frills body that feels like it could take a few bumps”.

One Olympus SH-21 owner who reviewed the product said that it was lightweight. Expert website Techradar.com/au/ wrote “Buying Guide Essential camera accessories Those looking for a compact, lightweight and inexpensive camera for taking on their travels could do a lot worse than the Olympus SH-21” in their Olympus SH-21 review however they only gave it a score of 60 out of 100.

Read more Less

Reviews

One Industry Award

This camera was given a "Recommended" award by review sites Ephotozine who thought that this digital camera was good.

Expert Reviews Are Average

Based on five expert reviews from sites including Ephotozine, Techradar, Digital Versus and CNET.co.uk this Olympus camera has an average expert rating of 68%.

Good Brand

We checked 4,467 expert and user reviews (including 627 verified purchases) for Olympus digital cameras and found that on average Olympus has good ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Olympus has good ratings specifically within its medium megapixel cameras range. 89% of those that bought a Olympus digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Good Quality Lens

Several customers wrote in their reviews that it had a good zoom. Digitalcamerainfo.com mentioned “The?UZ? Refers to "ultra zoom; " this camera aims to make an impact in the increasingly popular ultra zoom segment of the digital camera market with its 10” in their Olympus SH-21 review. Digitalcamerainfo.com also mentioned “Good 12.5x optical zoom, touch-to-shoot function”. Expert website Techradar.com/au/ said in their Olympus SH-21 review “A useful zoom”.

Good Quality Pictures

Some customers said in their reviews that it had a good ISO range. Techradar wrote “Decent at high ISO” but even so they only scored the product 3 stars. One Olympus SH-21 reviewer who bought it said that it was able to produce good images. Expert website Ephotozine.com wrote in their review “The camera takes a decent image” and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100.

One Olympus SH-21 reviewer who bought it thought it had a good picture resolution.

One Olympus SH-21 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good image sensor. Techradar.com said on expert review site Techradar “A 16-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor promises superior performance at high ISO sensitivities, especially when” in their Olympus SH-21 review but in spite of that they only gave this digital camera a rating of 3 stars.

Read more Less

Price

Reasonably Priced

A few Olympus SH-21 reviewers wrote in their reviews that the product was cheap. Cnet.co.uk scored it 4 stars and wrote in their Olympus SH-21 review on expert website CNET.co.uk “A great inexpensive choice”.


Features

Good Technical Features

Two customers who purchased the product concluded that it had good features. Ephotozine.com said in their Olympus SH-21 review on expert review site Ephotozine “The Olympus SH-21 packs a great range of features and is compact with an impressive zoom range”.


Support

Poor Technical Guidance

Several people who purchased the product said that it did not have good technical guidance. Digitalversus.com mentioned “It can be used to access the Live Guide or a few settings ava”.


Design

Easy to Use

One Olympus SH-21 reviewer who bought it considered that it was easy to use the menus. Cnet.co.uk said on CNET.co.uk “Good menus” in their review of this digital camera. One Olympus SH-21 reviewer who bought it thought it was easy to use.

One Olympus SH-21 reviewer thought it was easy to handle. Digital Versus wrote five years ago “Pleasant handling” in their review of the Olympus SH-21.

Read more Less

Not Robust

One person who purchased this digital camera considered that it was not strong and durable.

Good Product Quality

One person who reviewed this digital camera thought it was good quality. Digital Versus wrote five years ago “Picture quality could be better from 800 ISO upwards”.

Nice Design

One customer who bought it thought it was well designed. Digitalversus.com mentioned on expert review site Digital Versus five years ago “Nicely designed camera with a promising set of tech specs”.


Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

A few Olympus SH-21 owners who purchased it considered that it was noisy. Ephotozine.com wrote on expert website Ephotozine “Where the SH-21 does excel is noise at higher ISO”. Expert website Techradar.com/au/ wrote “It delivers good noise performance at high ISO sensitivities”.

Features Voice Recording

The Olympus SH-21 features voice recording. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera also feature voice recording.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Olympus SH-21 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been available for more than two years.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Other

Released Over Five Years Ago

This digital camera was released in April 2012.


Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

Medium megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago have display diagonals of between 2" and 4.8". With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Olympus SH-21 has one of the larger display diagonals amongst medium megapixel cameras of this age.

We compared all the other 3" screen digital cameras to this camera and we think the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, and the Fujifilm F800EXR which both of have better reviews are also worth considering.

If you want a camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the Df (£2,039) (3.2" and higher rated), the D4 (£4,225) (3.2" and higher rated), or the D4S (£3,379.99) (3.2" and higher rated) all from Nikon.

What does "display diagonal" mean? Less Chart Hide Chart Edit

Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

Across all the cameras of this type and age the display resolutions (numeric) range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. The display resolution (numeric) of the Olympus SH-21 of only 46,000 pixels is one of the lowest amongst medium megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Video

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Olympus SH-21 supports Full HD video. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera do not support Full HD video.

We compared all the other digital cameras which support Full HD video to this digital camera and we think because of their better review scores, the SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, and the SLT-A57Y both from Sony or the Casio EX-ZR400 are also worth considering.

What is Full HD video? Less Chart Hide Chart Edit

1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

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

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is in fact the best video resolution across all digital cameras of this age and type.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst video resolution amongst similar types of camera.

Read more Less Chart Hide Chart Edit

1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

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 common 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). Medium megapixel cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera video resolutions range from 320 x 120 pixels to 1920 x 1080 pixels.

What does "video resolutions" mean? Less Chart Hide Chart Edit

Other Features

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 cameras of this age and spec.

It may also be worth considering one of the other cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of their better review scores, the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, the Casio EX-ZR1000, or the Fujifilm AX600.

What is a built-in flash? Less Chart Hide Chart Edit

Features Date Imprinting

The Olympus SH-21 features date imprinting, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that came out around the same time as this camera.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Has an HDMI Port

The Olympus SH-21 has an HDMI port. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been around for more than two years also have an HDMI port.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Olympus SH-21 has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

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

Alternative cameras with an image stabilizer currently available that you might want to consider include because of their better review scores, the DMC-TZ30EF-W, or the DMC-FS40 both from Panasonic or the Nikon L120.

What is an image stabilizer? Less Chart Hide Chart Edit

4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus SH-21 has a higher still image resolution than most medium megapixel cameras that came out around the same time as it. This Olympus digital camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s), whereas most cameras of this age and type have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This digital camera also have still image resolution(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. Across all medium megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 360 (worst) to 4928 x 3264 (best).

Chart Hide Chart Edit

4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras of this spec and age.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

16 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 16 megapixels digital camera.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 16MP digital cameras and we think because of their better review scores, the Olympus VR-340, the Pentax X-5, and the Canon A3400 IS are also worth considering.

If you are looking for a higher megapixel then you might want to look at the Lumix G5 (16.05MP and higher rated), the DMC-GH3EC-K (16.05MP and higher rated), or the Lumix DMC-G6 (16.05MP and higher rated) all from Panasonic.

What does "megapixel" mean? Less Chart Hide Chart Edit

Lens System

Average Optical Zoom

At 12.5 times zoom factor, the Olympus SH-21 has a pretty average optical zoom compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been available for more than two years.

We compared this camera to all the other 12.5x optical zoom cameras and we think because of their better review scores, the Olympus VR-360, and the HP P550 are also worth considering.

If you want a camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Kodak Pixpro FZ151 (£94) (15x and higher rated), or the GE G100 (£159.99) (15x and higher rated).

What does "optical zoom" mean? Less Chart Hide Chart Edit

Quite Small Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera is 6.6x, and the digital zooms range from 1x to 120x. The Olympus SH-21 has a quite small digital zoom (only 4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 4x digital zoom cameras currently available including the Nikon L120, the Canon A3200 IS, or the Panasonic DMC-FS45 which all of have better reviews.

If this digital camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the 150F (5x and higher rated), or the WB250 (5x and higher rated) both from Samsung or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 (£242.99) (5x and higher rated).

What does "digital zoom" mean? Less Chart Hide Chart Edit

Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

At only 3, the Olympus SH-21 has a very big maximum aperture number compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that came out more than two years ago. The average maximum aperture number of cameras of this age and type is 7.4.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Four Aspheric Elements

Most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera have between 1 and 12 aspheric elements, including the Olympus SH-21 which has four aspheric elements.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

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 lengths (35mm film equiv) amongst digital cameras of this age. Across all the digital cameras of this age and spec the minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 4.5mm to 40mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 26mm.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Fairly Large Minimum Aperture Number

The average minimum aperture number of similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera is 3.4, and the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.7 to 22. When compared to other medium megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago, the minimum aperture number of the Olympus SH-21 of 5.9 is one of the largest.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Focusing

Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

Digital cameras of this type and age have closest focusing distances of between 0.001m and 0.5m. At only 0.01 meters, the Olympus SH-21 has a quite small closest focusing distance compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Camera

Features Saturation Adjustment

The Olympus SH-21 features saturation adjustment. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera also feature saturation adjustment.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Has a Tripod Mountable

The Olympus SH-21 has a tripod mountable, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Features Histogram

The Olympus SH-21 features histogram. Most of the other cameras of this type and age also feature histogram.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Olympus SH-21 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that were released around the same time as this camera also have an AC adapter included.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Has a Hand Strap

The Olympus SH-21 has a hand strap. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera also have a hand strap.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Has a Batteries Included

The Olympus SH-21 has a batteries included, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The Olympus SH-21 supports PictBridge, as do most of the other cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Product Identifiers

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

Olympus SH-21 Review Sources

To prepare this Olympus SH-21 review we compared this digital camera to 1,217 other models. For each digital camera that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 298,997 product attributes, 171,823 digital camera reviews and 3,191,700 historical digital camera prices from 0 digital camera retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this digital camera compared to the other models as well as any areas where this digital camera is lacking.

Other Digital Cameras to Consider

Panasonic DMC-TZ55 vs Olympus SH-21

Panasonic DMC-TZ55 vs Olympus SH-21
Panasonic DMC-TZ55 Olympus SH-21
£ 134.99 £0.00
22 Months Newer
Significantly Smaller Maximum Aperture
26s Longer Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
27mm Shorter
31.6mm Thicker
Bigger Minimum ISO Speed

Nikon Coolpix S9700 vs Olympus SH-21

Nikon Coolpix S9700 vs Olympus SH-21
Nikon Coolpix S9700 Olympus SH-21
£ 282.13 £0.00
22 Months Newer
270MB Bigger Internal Memory
Smaller Minimum Aperture
17.5x Bigger Optical Zoom
45 Bigger Minimum ISO Speed
Thicker

Benq G1 vs Olympus SH-21

Benq G1 vs Olympus SH-21
Benq G1 Olympus SH-21
£ £0.00
4.1 Smaller Minimum Aperture Number
95% Higher Display Resolution (numeric)
Longer Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
0.2m Bigger Normal Focusing Range (wide)
7.9x Smaller Optical Zoom
Significantly Shorter Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Feedback