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Olympus Stylus SH-50 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 16MP 24x Oct 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
One industry award
Nice design
Good quality pictures
29 Reviews + 1 Award
PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended

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Reviews

One Industry Award

The expert at review websites PhotographyBlog.com strongly endorse this camera and have given it their "Highly Recommended" award.

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on four expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Digital Versus, computerbild.de and Les Numeriques.com this Olympus digital camera has an overall expert rating of 67%.

Good Owner Reviews

Owners have rated this Olympus camera on average 89%. 13 reviewers gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars.

Olympus Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

We checked 4,447 expert and user reviews (including 623 verified purchases) for Olympus 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.


Design

Easy to Use

A number of customers who reviewed the product wrote that it was easy to use. Mrs. J. Wheeler said on Amazon three years ago “Love the Camera it replaced my Lumix which let me down ! It's easy to use, fool proof” in their review of this digital camera. Runeweaver said “The zoom is very quick and easy to use like most of the other functions on the camera” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. The Man 7 mentioned on Amazon three years ago “The touch screen comes in handy when you don't feel to be pressing buttons all the time” in their Olympus Stylus SH-50 review.

One Olympus Stylus SH-50 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good interface. Ash wrote on Amazon four years ago “Whilst they have improved the on-device interface”.

One customer thought this digital camera was easy to use the menus. Four years ago Chris Hoare wrote “After automatic comes Program mode which allows you to configure some of the camera settings; including a very impressive high speed shooting mode at 11 frames per second” in his review.

One Olympus Stylus SH-50 owner who reviewed it mentioned that it was easy to setup. Ian Wantling said “After charging via the usb (a good point to consider) the camera is surprisingly easy to set up via the on screem menus”. One customer concluded that it was comfortable and easy to hold. M. Smith rated it 80 out of 100 and wrote “I find it easy to hold.” in their review of the Olympus Stylus SH-50.

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Nice Design

A few customers reckoned that the product was good looking. Chris Hoare mentioned “Once you have the camera powered on the screen is bright; and pretty clear even outdoors” in his Olympus Stylus SH-50 review. J. Gould mentioned in their review of the Olympus Stylus SH-50 “Excellent zoom, manual override, easy to use, cool looking” and scored the product 5 stars. J. Gould also said “It is also particularly good looking in a slightly retro way”.

One customer who purchased it considered that it was neat. Ash wrote on Amazon “I was pleasantly surprised to find this particular model has a pop-up flash which neatly slots out of sight when not needed”.

One customer considered that this digital camera was smooth. Chris Hoare wrote in his review of the Olympus Stylus SH-50 “Even when using a panning head on my tripod to make it as smooth as possible there were visible missed joins in the image” .

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Good Product Quality

Four people agreed that it was good quality. Ash wrote in their review on Amazon “Always been moderately impressed with both the ease of use and camera quality”. Ash also said “Not only does it produce good quality photos in everyday casual use.”. Ash also said “Additionally the low-light performance was also admirable producing good quality photos although it was still evident that these were taken in low-light”.

Robust

A few Olympus Stylus SH-50 reviewers wrote that the Olympus Stylus SH-50 was well made. Four years ago M. Smith mentioned in their review on Amazon “Is very solid with no play to any of the moving parts”. Runeweaver said “Not enough to make it seem overly heavy, Its very solidly built” in their Olympus Stylus SH-50 review and rated this digital camera 5 stars.


Good Quality Lens

Twelve Olympus Stylus SH-50 reviewers who bought this digital camera considered that it had a good zoom. Ash wrote “The excellent zoom produces brilliant close-up” in their review of the Olympus Stylus SH-50. Four years ago Chris Hoare wrote on Amazon “The reasons for my high hopes are that the lens is fractionally quicker and the zoom is 20% longer” in his review of this digital camera. Chris Hoare also mentioned “The zoom itself is very good; Olympus have des”.

Five people said in their reviews that it had a good image stabiliser. M. Smith wrote in their review of the Olympus Stylus SH-50 on Amazon “The 3-axis stabilization is also as good as the best in class” and rated it 80 out of 100. Four years ago Yaz mentioned on Amazon “It has everything you wud need in a travel camera, very good photos, amazing image stabilizer”. Digital Versus wrote “Effective stabilisation system” in their Olympus Stylus SH-50 review nonetheless they only scored the Olympus Stylus SH-50 60 out of 100.

One person who reviewed the product reckoned that it had a good autofocus. M. Smith mentioned on Amazon “However, most of the time it is great and the autofocus is spot-on too, as good as the Sony HX in fact” in their review.

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Good Quality Pictures

A number of Olympus Stylus SH-50 owners who purchased the Olympus Stylus SH-50 wrote that it was able to produce good images. Chris Hoare said on Amazon “The magic mode options do image processing and apply effects to your images such as sparkling on lights;” in his Olympus Stylus SH-50 review. Chris Hoare also said “Taking the picture results in a noticeable lag in writing a magic photo to the card”. Ian Wantling wrote on Amazon “My son shot a five minute video whilst riding his bike to test the claims of the camera that the recorded images were ultra stable”.

Some Olympus Stylus SH-50 owners reckoned that the product had a good picture resolution. J. Gould said in their review of the Olympus Stylus SH-50 on Amazon “It makes shooting in very bright sunlight awkward.I like this camera mostly for the quality of the pictures.”. Expert website Steve's Digicams said in their review of the Olympus Stylus SH-50 “Quick TakeProsiAuto shooting mode is accurate”.

One Olympus Stylus SH-50 owner wrote in their reviews that the Olympus Stylus SH-50 was good at handing highlights and shadows in pictures. Chris Hoare wrote in his review of this digital camera “Doesn't seem to gain much detail out of the shadows compared to fully automatic mode”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

A number of Olympus Stylus SH-50 reviewers who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it had a good screen. One Olympus Stylus SH-50 reviewer considered that it had a good viewfinder. J. Gould said in their review on Amazon four years ago “The only feature I am not so keen on is the lack of a viewfinder”.

Good Flash

A few people who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it had a good flash. Jenny Pea said on Amazon four years ago “On P mode there are on-screen adjustments for flash, timer, exposure, white balance, ISO, single/sequential/ shots” in her review.

Good Video Capture

A few Olympus Stylus SH-50 owners wrote in their reviews that the Olympus Stylus SH-50 was good for video recording. M. Smith said in their Olympus Stylus SH-50 review “Probably the best thing about this camera is the video performance” and scored the Olympus Stylus SH-50 80 out of 100.


Support

Good Support

Some Olympus Stylus SH-50 reviewers who reviewed the product thought it had good technical guidance. Jenny Pea mentioned “A pleasure to have a compact that has fully manual modes” in her review of this digital camera.


Price

Reasonably Priced

One Olympus Stylus SH-50 owner who reviewed it considered that it was a bargain for the price.

One person said in their reviews that it was good value for money. Three years ago Rosiebee said on Amazon “Very good value for money, in my opinion” in their Olympus Stylus SH-50 review and scored this digital camera very highly.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Two Olympus Stylus SH-50 reviewers who reviewed it thought it had good features. Four years ago Jenny Pea said “Success! The more I use the camera the more I get to enjoy it's many features”. Steve's Digicams mentioned in the same month “By Josh Fate Olympus's new Stylus SH-50 is a compact super-zoom camera, that boasts some appealing features in its pocket-sized frame” in their review.


Power

Good Battery Life

One customer said that the Olympus Stylus SH-50 had a good battery life. The Man 7 said on Amazon three years ago “The battery power in somewhat reasonable.” in their review of the Olympus Stylus SH-50 and rated the Olympus Stylus SH-50 4 stars.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

A number of Olympus Stylus SH-50 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the Olympus Stylus SH-50 was compact. Four years ago Ash said in their review “I have used a number of compact cameras and compact system cameras in the past”. Ash also mentioned “It is a fairly standard compact digital camera with no view finder”. Ash also mentioned “Macro shots far surpassing any compact digital camera I've used to date”.

One customer considered that this digital camera was heavy and bulky. Icky mentioned “It is compact, not too heavy, produces good images” in their review of this digital camera. One Olympus Stylus SH-50 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was a good body shape.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 269 grams, the Olympus Stylus SH-50 has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 269g cameras and we think the Olympus PEN E-PM2 (£392.64) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Smart TV

Poor Connectivity

One customer wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was not good in terms of USB connections. Chris Hoare wrote in his review of this digital camera “Sadly the USB cable uses a proprietary connector on the camera end; the socket end is a standard USB socket”.

One customer who purchased this digital camera wrote that it was not wifi compatible. John Kaiser Calautit mentioned on Amazon “No RAW shooting- No built-in Wi-Fi- Touchscreen can't be used in menus- Images are soft in the cornersRating”.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

This Olympus camera has been on the market since April 2017.


Audio

Unacceptable Noise Level

Two Olympus Stylus SH-50 owners who reviewed the Olympus Stylus SH-50 reckoned that it was noisy. Chris Hoare mentioned “Laggy software and noisy images”. M. Smith mentioned four years ago “The sensor is also comparatively noisy, resulting in either speckles or lack of detail, or in some modes both, even at base ISO” in their review nonetheless they scored the product 80 out of 100.

Features Voice Recording

The Stylus SH-50 features voice recording, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Stylus SH-50 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

The display diagonals of digital cameras of this spec and age range from 2" to 4.8", and the average display diagonal is 2.9". With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Stylus SH-50 has a quite large display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 3" screen digital cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, and the Samsung SAMSUNG DV300F is also worth considering.

If this digital camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Df (£2,039) (3.2"), the D4 (£4,225) (3.2"), or the D4S (£3,379.99) (3.2") all from Nikon which also has a higher rating.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Stylus SH-50 has a touchscreen. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age do not have a touchscreen.

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Lens System

Quite Big Optical Zoom

The Stylus SH-50 has a quite big optical zoom (24 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera. The optical zooms of similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera range from 0.34x to 65x, and the average optical zoom is 14x.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 24x optical zoom digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Stylus SZ-15, or the SZ-14 (£104.99) both from Olympus.

If this digital camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Kodak Pixpro AZ251 (£80) (25x and higher rated), the Nikon 320 (26x and higher rated), or the Fujifilm FinePix S4800 (30x and higher rated).

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Average Digital Zoom

The Stylus SH-50 has a pretty standard digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera.

Alternative 4x digital zoom cameras currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Nikon L120, or the Canon 135.

If you want a camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the WB250 (5x), the 150F (5x), or the WB350F (5x) all from Samsung which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Stylus SH-50 has a fairly long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) (600 millimeters) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that came out more than two years ago. Across all the medium megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 18mm to 1,500mm.

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture Number

At 6.9, the Olympus Stylus SH-50 has a fairly small maximum aperture number compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this digital camera. The maximum aperture numbers of cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 2.5 to 38, and the average maximum aperture number is 7.4.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Stylus SH-50 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also have an image stabilizer.

We compared all the other cameras with an image stabilizer to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Nikon L120, and the Panasonic DMC-TZ30EF-W is also worth considering.

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Only 640 X 480 Still Image Resolution

This digital camera has a still image resolution(s) of 640 x 480|2048 x 1536|3264 x 2448, which is typical of many cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many cameras that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Olympus Stylus SH-50 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, and the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Stylus SH-50 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Olympus Stylus SH-50 has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Memory

Very Large Maximum Memory Card Size

The smallest maximum memory card size of cameras of this spec and age is 4GB and the largest is 130GB. When compared to other medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago that we have checked the maximum memory card size of, the Olympus Stylus SH-50's maximum memory card size of 128 gigabytes is one of the largest.

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Networking

Does Not Feature Bluetooth

The Olympus Stylus SH-50 does not feature bluetooth. Most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this camera also do not feature bluetooth.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Olympus Stylus SH-50 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera.

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Has a Hand Strap

The Stylus SH-50 has a hand strap. Most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this digital camera also have a hand strap.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Olympus Stylus SH-50 has an HDMI, as do most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera.

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Supports PictBridge

The Olympus Stylus SH-50 supports PictBridge. Most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera also support PictBridge.

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Light Exposure

Supports Seven ISO Sensitivities

The Stylus SH-50 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this Olympus camera. The ISO sensitivities 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 and 6400 are also supported by this camera.

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Video

1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Stylus SH-50 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is in fact the best video resolution amongst all comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

Amongst similar types of digital camera the worst video resolution is 640 x 480 pixels.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The Stylus SH-50 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). The video resolution of all digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera ranges from 320 x 120 pixels (worst) to 1920 x 1080 pixels (best).

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers olympus v107050wu000, sh50wit
Barcodes 00050332184985, 00050332185005, 00545350043193, 04545350043193, 04545350043209, 04545350043216

Olympus Stylus SH-50 Review Sources

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