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Olympus Stylus SH-2 Digital Camera

£273.09
Bridge Camera 16MP 24x Mar 2015
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
One industry award
Nice design
Good image stabiliser
8 Reviews + 1 Award
optyczne.pl Editor's Choice
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Reviews

One Industry Award

This medium megapixel camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by review websites Optyczne.pl who thought that this camera was exceptional.

Expert Reviews Are Excellent

Camera expert review site optyczne.pl scored this Olympus digital camera 90 out of 100. That puts this camera in the top 3% of all the cameras of this age and spec.

Owner Reviews Are Good

This medium megapixel camera has an average owner rating of 88% based on 8 owner reviews. Over 75% of reviewers gave this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Olympus Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

We checked 4,447 expert and owner reviews (including 623 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 within its medium megapixel digital cameras range. 88% of those that bought a Olympus digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Reasonably Priced

Two people wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was good value for money. Ian Terry said in his review of this digital camera “It’s a bit bigger than the pocket compact cameras, to accommodate an amazing 24x optical zoom lens which is the best I've used on such a relatively inexpensive camera”. Ian Terry also said “I guess that it’s done this way to save cost and battery drain” in his review.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was expensive. Whitehatter said on Amazon “Olympus have got that expensive semi-retro thing going on” in their review of the Olympus Stylus SH-2.

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Design

Nice Design

Four people reckoned that it was good looking. Baristaphile wrote two years ago “Love the styling which is like a 35m Olympus film camera I used to have”. Whitehatter said in their review of this digital camera in the same month “So what Olympus have done is package some of their good quality tech into a pocket-size point and shoot camera, plus add a good dollop of cool styling” and rated it 7 stars.

Two people who reviewed it concluded that it was retro. Two years ago Leaving the Room... Mic Drop said in their review of the Olympus Stylus SH-2 “The camera has a retro style housing modern technology”. Ian Terry mentioned “The first impressions are of a retro styled leather camera of old” in his review of this digital camera.

One owner who purchased it concluded that it was neat. Whitehatter mentioned on Amazon “All in a neat little aluminium and faux-leather package with a quality rear screen for setting up or reviewing your pictures” and gave it a score of 7 stars.

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Easy to Use

Eight people wrote in their reviews that it was easy to use. Johnlewis.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Easy to Use”. Baristaphile said two years ago “It is very intuitive to use”. Arheddis Varkenjaab mentioned “The heart of the camera is the control dial at the top” in their review of the Olympus Stylus SH-2.

One owner reckoned that it was easy to use the menus. Ian Terry rated it 7 stars and he wrote in his review of the Olympus Stylus SH-2 “The controls are a menu are a mixture of screen tapping, manipulating the buttons”.

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Robust

Two owners who reviewed it wrote that it was well made. Whitehatter said “Extremely well put together photography all-rounder for your pocket”. Leaving the Room... Mic Drop said on Amazon “The camera is solid in construction and much more compact that expected” in their Olympus Stylus SH-2 review.

Good Product Quality

Seven people who purchased it thought it was good quality. Two years ago Whitehatter wrote “Just a good quality point and shoot camera” in their Olympus Stylus SH-2 review. In the same month Marieloua gave this digital camera a rating of 8 stars and said on Amazon “The small sensor can't satisfy someone who is used to high quality from professional cameras” in their review of this digital camera. Baristaphile gave the product a score of 6 stars and said in the same month “Very pleased with picture quality, I am using it instead of my heavier SLR”.


Features

Good Technical Features

One customer who reviewed the Olympus Stylus SH-2 considered that it had good features. Ian Terry rated it 8 stars and he mentioned on Amazon “It will take a while to explore all the features of this excellent camera”.


Power

Good Battery Life

One customer said in their reviews that the product had a good battery life.


Good Image Stabiliser

Three people considered that it had a good image stabiliser. Johnlewis.com mentioned in their review of the Olympus Stylus SH-2 “Image Stabilization”. Whitehatter said “Image stabilisation is a massive plus” in their review of this digital camera. Ian Terry mentioned in his review of the Olympus Stylus SH-2 on Amazon “The results are remarkable, coupled with a very effective image stabilisation that just works”.

Three people who purchased it considered that it had a good zoom. Baristaphile said “Zoom is good for wildlife” in their review of this digital camera. Two owners reckoned that it had a good lens. Two years ago Marieloua mentioned “The long lens caught charming candids of children” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Three owners reckoned that the product had a good screen. Marieloua said on Amazon “At screen size they looked terrific, with the attractive luminosity that I love from Olympus cameras” in their Olympus Stylus SH-2 review. One customer mentioned in their reviews that it had a good viewfinder. Baristaphile wrote “Would have liked a view finder though” in their review of this digital camera and rated it 8 stars.

Good Video Capture

One customer who reviewed it concluded that it was good for video recording.

Good Picture Resolution

Fourteen people who reviewed it thought it was able to produce good images. Marieloua mentioned on Amazon “It behaved pretty well in low light and contrasty sunshine and I was able to present my hosts with a good gallery of pics that rivalled the official photographers shots.”. Whitehatter wrote on Amazon “The pixel count is 16MP which, unless you are a pro and need to blow your pics up hugely, is more then enough for casual use” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of 8 stars. Marieloua also wrote “~The Sony produces very high quality images and video.” in their review.

One customer concluded that it had a good picture resolution. Johnlewis.com said in their Olympus Stylus SH-2 review “Great Resolution” . One customer who reviewed it considered that it was good in low light. Johnlewis.com said “Good in Low Light”.

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Weight & Dimensions

Compact

Three people thought this digital camera was compact. Johnlewis.com mentioned “Small Compact”. Leaving the Room... Mic Drop mentioned on Amazon “Compact, stylish camera”. One owner wrote that this digital camera was a good body shape. Whitehatter mentioned on Amazon two years ago “The lens sits slightly proud of the body”.

One owner wrote in their reviews that the Olympus Stylus SH-2 was heavy and bulky. One owner mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was good structurally.

One person who reviewed it considered that it was a good size. Leaving the Room... Mic Drop mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The screen is a good size and works well in most lights allowing good picture preview”.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 271 grams, the Stylus SH-2 has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

Alternative digital cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR (£228) (213g and cheaper); or the Sony NEX-3NL (£293.90) (210g and higher rated), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 (280g and higher rated).

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Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

This camera has been on the market since April 2017.


Camera

Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Stylus SH-2 does not have a GPS (satellite), although this is within the context that most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera also do not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a GPS (satellite) and we think the Coolpix S9700 (£282.13), or the P510 (£293) both from Nikon which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Audio

Unacceptable Noise Level

One customer wrote in their reviews that it was noisy.

Features Noise Reduction

The Olympus Stylus SH-2 features noise reduction, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

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Features Voice Recording

The Stylus SH-2 features voice recording. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Stylus SH-2 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The Stylus SH-2 supports Wi-Fi, as do most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera.

There are a number of other cameras which support Wi-Fi currently available which you might also want to consider including the Lumix DMC-GF6, or the Lumix DMC-GM1 (£319.99) both from Panasonic or the Nikon Coolpix S9700 (£282.13) which has better reviews.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Stylus SH-2 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

There are a number of other cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to consider including the Coolpix S9700 (£282.13), or the P510 (£293) both from Nikon or the Sony NEX-3NL (£293.90) which has better reviews.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Olympus Stylus SH-2 has a relatively average display diagonal compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera.

Other 3" screen cameras currently available that you might want to consider include a cheaper digital camera such as the Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR (£228), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 (£242.99) or you might consider a higher scoring digital camera such as the Sony NEX-3NL (£293.90).

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Has a Touchscreen

The Stylus SH-2 has a touchscreen. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera do not have a touchscreen.

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Video

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Olympus Stylus SH-2 supports Full HD video. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years do not support Full HD video.

It may also be worth considering one of the other digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including the Nikon P510 (£293), or the Sony NEX-3NL (£293.90) which has better reviews.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Olympus Stylus SH-2 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by cameras of this spec and age. In addition, this camera supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels. 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.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution across all medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

Across comparable types of digital camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 120 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Olympus Stylus SH-2 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best video resolution across all cameras of this age and type.

The worst video resolution across comparable types of camera is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Lens System

Quite Big Optical Zoom

At 24 times zoom factor, the Olympus Stylus SH-2 has a fairly big optical zoom compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. Across all the medium megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera the optical zooms range from 0.34x to 65x, and the average optical zoom is 14x.

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Quite Small Digital Zoom

Digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera have digital zooms of between 1x and 120x, and the average digital zoom is 6.6x. At only 4 times zoom factor, the Olympus Stylus SH-2 has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera.

We compared all the other 4x digital zoom digital cameras to this digital camera and we think the Lumix DMC-GM1 (£319.99), and the Lumix DMC-GF6 both from Panasonic or the Nikon Coolpix S9700 (£282.13) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Quite Small Maximum Aperture Number

The Stylus SH-2 has a fairly small maximum aperture number (20) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera. Digital cameras of this age and type have maximum aperture numbers of between 2.5 and 38, and the average maximum aperture number is 7.4.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Across all the digital cameras of this type and age the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 18mm to 1,500mm. With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 600 millimeters, the Olympus Stylus SH-2 has a fairly long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Stylus SH-2 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this camera also have an image stabilizer.

It may also be worth considering one of the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including the Nikon Coolpix S9700 (£282.13), the Sony NEX-3NL (£293.90), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 which has better reviews.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus Stylus SH-2 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. In addition, this digital camera have a still image resolution(s) of 3264 x 2448 and 2048 x 1536. Across all digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360 and the best is 4928 x 3264.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on cameras of this type and age.

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Technical Details

Has a Self-Timer

The Stylus SH-2 has a self-timer, as do most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Olympus Stylus SH-2 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera.

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Memory

Very Large Maximum Memory Card Size

Across all the digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years the maximum memory card sizes range from 4GB to 130GB. At 128 gigabytes, the Stylus SH-2 has a very large maximum memory card size compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Olympus Stylus SH-2 has an HDMI, as do most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Stylus SH-2 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Has a Hand Strap

The Stylus SH-2 has a hand strap. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera also have a hand strap.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Olympus Stylus SH-2 has a batteries included. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also have a batteries included.

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Battery

380 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Most cameras of this age and type take between 105 and 1,499 battery life (CIPA standard), including the Stylus SH-2 which takes 380 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Light Exposure

Supports Eight ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Olympus Stylus SH-2 is more than most medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivities 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 and Auto are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00050332189386, 00050332189423, 04545350048563, 04545350048600

Olympus Stylus SH-2 Review Sources

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