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Olympus Stylus SH-1 Digital Camera

£301.19
Compact Camera 16MP 24x May 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Expert reviews are average
Compact
Doesn't include external battery charger
26 Reviews
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Power

Doesn't Include External Battery Charger

Two customers wrote that it did not have a good battery life. Website Nothingwired.com mentioned two years ago “Doesn't include external battery charger” in their review of this digital camera. Three years ago Bomble said in their Olympus Stylus SH-1 review “I note a few minor concerns in the first few weeks of use - the battery life isn't brilliant even when you disable the Wifi” but even so they scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars.


Reviews

Expert Reviews Are Average

The average expert rating of this camera is 78% based on two expert reviews from sites including dkamera.de and optyczne.pl.

User Reviews Are Good

On average, people who bought this camera rated it as 85%. Over 77% of reviewers gave this camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars and 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Good Brand

We checked 4,467 expert and owner reviews (including 55 verified purchases) for Olympus digital cameras and found that on average Olympus has good reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Olympus has good reviews specifically for its compact cameras. 95% of those that bought a Olympus digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Price

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Reasonably Priced

Five owners considered that it was good value for money. Rog said “Apparently many compact cameras at this price point with aperture priority or full manual modes do the same”. They also wrote “It turns out that the camera does not have a proper diaphragm, instead there is simply a cheap and cheerful hole in a bit of metal or plastic” in their review. Amazon Customer mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon “A bargain a any price”.


Weight & Dimensions

Compact

Eight people agreed that the Olympus Stylus SH-1 was compact. Website Bestbuy.com gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and said “Small Compact” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Nothingwired.com mentioned “Compact cameras have reached all kinds of people over the past few years” in their review of this digital camera. Jmg wrote on expert website Amazon “And I have a tiny pocket compact which does a great job”.

Three owners wrote in their reviews that the product was heavy and bulky. Woodsideshutterbug gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and said on expert review site Bestbuy.com two years ago “Does not want to deal with the hassle of dealing with a bulky and heavy digital SLR and/or look like a tourist when traveling”.

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Average Weight

The Olympus Stylus SH-1 has a fairly typical weight (271 grams) compared to most of the other cameras that came out around the same time as this camera.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Stylus SH-1 supports video recording. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to this camera also support video recording.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolutions on digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

This digital camera was released in May 2014.


Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The Stylus SH-1 supports Wi-Fi. Most of the other compact cameras that have been available for more than two years also support Wi-Fi.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which support Wi-Fi currently available which you might want to consider including the Canon PowerShot G7 (£342.99) which has better reviews.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also support Wi-Fi including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70 (£343.99).

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Stylus SH-1 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras of this type and age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of their better review scores, the Canon PowerShot G7 (£342.99), or the Ricoh GR (£366.49).

Alternative cameras which also have a built-in flash that you might want to consider include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70 (£343.99).

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Stylus SH-1 has a fairly average display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera.

We compared this camera to all the other 3" screen digital cameras and we think because of their better review scores, the Ricoh GR (£366.49), the Casio EX-ZR800 (£363), and the Canon PowerShot G7 (£342.99) are also worth considering.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Stylus SH-1 has a touchscreen. Most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera also have a touchscreen.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The Olympus Stylus SH-1 has one of the lower display resolutions (numeric) (only 460,000 pixels) amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age. The display resolutions (numeric) of digital cameras of this age and type range from 230,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 860,000 pixels.

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Lens System

Fairly Big Optical Zoom

At 24 times zoom factor, the Stylus SH-1 has a quite big optical zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera. The average optical zoom of comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago is 7.7x.

If this camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70 (£343.99) (30x).

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Average Digital Zoom

The Stylus SH-1 has a pretty standard digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been available for more than two years.

We compared all the other 4x digital zoom cameras to this digital camera and we think the Casio EX-ZR800 (£363) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of cameras that came out around the same time as this camera is 250mm, and the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 28mm to 720mm. With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 600 millimeters, the Olympus Stylus SH-1 has one of the longer maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture Number

Cameras that have been available for more than two years have minimum aperture numbers of between 1.7 and 4.5, and the average minimum aperture number is 2.6. The Olympus Stylus SH-1 has one of the larger minimum aperture numbers (3) amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Stylus SH-1 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also have an image stabilizer.

There are a number of alternative cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might want to consider including the Canon PowerShot G7 (£342.99), or the Casio EX-ZR800 (£363) which both of have better reviews.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with an image stabilizer and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70 (£343.99) is also worth considering.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus Stylus SH-1 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most similar spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. Most digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s). This camera also have still image resolution(s) of 3264 x 2448 and 2048 x 1536 and 640 x 480.

A 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) is in fact the best still image resolution amongst all compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera.

The worst still image resolution amongst similar types of digital camera is 480 x 480.

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16 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 16 megapixels digital camera.

Digital cameras with a higher megapixel that might be worth considering include the Canon PowerShot G7 (£342.99) (20.2MP) which is also higher rated.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Olympus Stylus SH-1 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Has a Hand Strap

The Stylus SH-1 has a hand strap. Most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera also have a hand strap.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Stylus SH-1 has a batteries included, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to this camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Olympus Stylus SH-1 has an HDMI. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera also have an HDMI.

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Supports PictBridge

The Olympus Stylus SH-1 supports PictBridge, as do most of the other compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Camera

Features Histogram

The Stylus SH-1 features histogram. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years also feature histogram.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Stylus SH-1 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera.

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Focusing

Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

At only 0.03 meters, the Stylus SH-1 has a quite small closest focusing distance compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type. Compact cameras that were released more than two years ago have closest focusing distances of between 0.01m and 0.1m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.057m.

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Memory

Very Large Maximum Memory Card Size

The smallest maximum memory card size of digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 8GB and the largest is 130GB. With a maximum memory card size of 128 gigabytes, the Olympus Stylus SH-1's maximum memory card size is one of the largest amongst cameras of this type and age.

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Very Small Internal Memory

With an internal memory of only 37 megabytes, the Stylus SH-1 has one of the smaller internal memory amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age. The internal memory of compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago range from 21MB to 8.2GB, and the average internal memory is 1.1GB.

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Light Exposure

Supports Eight ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Stylus SH-1 is more than most compact cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 320, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this Olympus digital camera. The ISO sensitivities 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 and Auto are also supported by this camera.

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Design

Robust

Two people wrote in their reviews that the product was well made. Ianw said “The construction of the camera is all you would expect from Olympus; a solid feel and attractive, slightly retro design” and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Retro Design

Five people who purchased this digital camera concluded that it was good looking. Jmg wrote “Other points i will mention are the styling, which I love”. Rog mentioned on expert website Amazon “It looks pretty impressive.”. Amit Karpe said in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon “It looks trendy as well”.

Three customers said in their reviews that the Olympus Stylus SH-1 was well designed. Two years ago website Nothingwired.com wrote “Stylish design”.

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Creative and Intuitive Modes

Eleven people mentioned in their reviews that the product was easy to use. Website Nothingwired.com wrote “Creative and intuitive modes” . Jmg said “So I researched hard on what I wanted - something ultra portable and easy to use” in their review of this digital camera and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Woodsideshutterbug mentioned on expert website Bestbuy.com “I decided to upgrade to the SH-1 because it has all of the SH-50's features ( and then some ), is quite easy to use”.

Two customers who bought the Olympus Stylus SH-1 said that it was comfortable and easy to hold. R De Bulat wrote “It has a good weight and feels comfortable to hold, even with my big hands”.

Two owners said in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to use the menus. R De Bulat gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote on expert review site Amazon “This is useful for set-ups with differential focus or super macro settings”. Rog said “Whistle-blow on faux manual control that has ONLY TWO aperture settings - in auto it has only ONE” yet they rated this digital camera 40 out of 100.

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Good Quality

Eight people who purchased the product agreed that it was good quality. Website Bestbuy.com said “Quality Photos On Auto”. Ms. P. Smith wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon two years ago “Easy to use and great quality photos with a number”. Three years ago Jmg mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon “With good picture quality”.


1080 60 Video

Three owners who purchased the product reckoned that it was good for video recording. Two years ago website Nothingwired.com mentioned “1080 60 video”. Three years ago Bomble wrote “The video mode is massively better than that of the XZ-1” and rated it 5 stars out of 5.

Good Zoom

Six customers agreed that the Olympus Stylus SH-1 had a good zoom. Website Bestbuy.com said “Great Zoom”. Jmg scored it a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon “The zoom is impressive, though of course at full stretch it is very difficult to hold steady enough to shoot without blur particularly in low lot”. Rog said on expert review site Amazon “These depend on zoom position, zoomed full out you get f3 or f8.7 zoomed fully in you get f6.9 or f20” in their review of this digital camera nonetheless they gave it a rating of 40 out of 100.

Two owners who bought this digital camera considered that it had a good lens. Woodsideshutterbug gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their review of this digital camera two years ago “It has an excellent lens with no aberrations or distortions, has excellent low light capabilities, very low "noise" when shooting at ISO 3200”.

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Photo Story and Art Filter Modes

Twenty-five people who bought it concluded that it was able to produce good images. Two years ago website Nothingwired.com said in their review of the Olympus Stylus SH-1 “Photo Story and Art Filter modes”. Jmg mentioned on expert website Amazon “I used to take my photography fairly seriously.” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars out of 5. R De Bulat wrote “I am impressed by the quality of the pictures and the smooth tones that it produces” in their review of this digital camera.

Two people who reviewed the product concluded that it was good in low light. Website Bestbuy.com wrote “Good in Low Light” and gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5. Two owners who reviewed it agreed that it had a good picture resolution. R De Bulat mentioned on expert review site Amazon “A small plastic stylus is supplied which is useful for shooting via the rear tough panel”.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers olympus v107080su000, olympus v107080we000, olympus v107080bu000
Barcodes 00012303861370, 00050332187818, 00050332187825, 00050332187832, 04017386283022, 04545350046354, 04545350046361, 04545350046378, 05054230766866

Olympus Stylus SH-1 Review Sources

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