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Olympus Stylus SH-50
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Olympus Stylus SH-50 Digital Camera

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16MP 24x CMOS Jan 2013
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
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31 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The reviewer at PhotographyBlog.com strongly endorse this digital camera and have given it their "Highly Recommended" award.

Good User Reviews

People who bought this camera rated this digital camera 87 out of 100 on average.

Good Quality Lens

Some Olympus Stylus SH-50 owners who purchased this digital camera thought it had a good zoom. John Kaiser Calautit mentioned in his Olympus Stylus SH-50 review on Amazon “Olympus Stylus SH-50 Digital Super Zoom Camera”. Three people said that it had a good image stabiliser. Four years ago Digital Versus mentioned “Effective stabilisation system” in their Olympus Stylus SH-50 review nonetheless they only gave it a rating of 3 stars.

Good Size

Some Olympus Stylus SH-50 owners who bought it concluded that it was compact. John Kaiser Calautit mentioned in his review on Amazon “High zoom compact cameraPros”. Four years ago expert review site Digital Versus wrote “For CES 2013, Olympus has announced three new compact cameras to beef up its Stylus Traveller line” in their Olympus Stylus SH-50 review.

One customer who reviewed it concluded that it was heavy and bulky. Icky said “It is compact, not too heavy, produces good images” in their review of the Olympus Stylus SH-50. One Olympus Stylus SH-50 reviewer considered that the product was a good body shape.

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Olympus Has Good Camera Reviews

Compact cameras built by Olympus have good reviews on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all cameras (not just compact cameras) and found that Olympus also has good reviews across its entire range.

Good Quality Pictures

Some Olympus Stylus SH-50 reviewers wrote in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution. Four years ago J. Gould gave the Olympus Stylus SH-50 a rating of 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “It makes shooting in very bright sunlight awkward.I like this camera mostly for the quality of the pictures.”. Expert review site Steve's Digicams said also four years ago “Quick TakeProsiAuto shooting mode is accurate” in their Olympus Stylus SH-50 review.

Several Olympus Stylus SH-50 reviewers concluded that the product was able to produce good images. J. Gould mentioned on Amazon four years ago “Takes really excellent photos easily” in their review of this digital camera. J. Gould also said “The zoom is particularly impressive and it has some clever stuff that manages to keep pics sharpish even at full zoom”.

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Nice Design

Several Olympus Stylus SH-50 owners who purchased the product considered that it was good looking. J. Gould wrote on Amazon “Excellent zoom, manual override, easy to use, cool looking” in their review of this digital camera. J. Gould also wrote “It is also particularly good looking in a slightly retro way”.

Good Support

Some people who reviewed the Olympus Stylus SH-50 considered that it had good technical guidance.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One Olympus Stylus SH-50 owner who reviewed the product thought it had a good viewfinder. J. Gould wrote on Amazon “The only feature I am not so keen on is the lack of a viewfinder” in their review and gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars.

One Olympus Stylus SH-50 reviewer considered that it had a good screen.

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Easy to Use

A few Olympus Stylus SH-50 reviewers who bought this digital camera considered that it was easy to use.

Good Video Capture

Two Olympus Stylus SH-50 owners wrote in their reviews that the Olympus Stylus SH-50 was good for video recording.

Robust

One Olympus Stylus SH-50 owner mentioned that it was well made.

Good Product Quality

One customer said in their reviews that the Olympus Stylus SH-50 was good quality.

Good Technical Features

One person who reviewed it said that it had good features. Expert website Steve's Digicams said “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 Olympus Stylus SH-50 review.

Fairly Large Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Stylus SH-50 has a quite large display diagonal compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago. The average display diagonal of comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as the Stylus SH-50 is 2.8".

We compared all the other 3" screen digital cameras to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm F800EXR[plb_1518759_price], and the Canon PowerShot G16[plb_1602829_price] is also worth considering.

If you want a digital camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77[plb_1836487_price] (3.5"), or the Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC110[plb_2083466_price] (4.8") which is also higher rated.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most frequently supported compatible memory cards on compact cameras that were released 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.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 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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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

Digital cameras of this age and spec have optical zooms of between 0.17x and 50x, and the average optical zoom is 9.3x. At 24 times zoom factor, the Olympus Stylus SH-50 has a fairly big optical zoom compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 24x optical zoom digital cameras currently available including the Olympus Stylus SZ-15[plb_1721132_price] which has better reviews.

If this Olympus digital camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Nikon Coolpix L320[plb_1939468_price] (26x and higher rated), the Panasonic DMC-TZ60[plb_2145753_price] (30x and higher rated), or the Sony DSC-HX60V[plb_2166574_price] (30x and higher rated).

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Olympus Stylus SH-50 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

It may also be worth considering one 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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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Stylus SH-50 has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Stylus SH-50 also have a built-in flash.

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Very High Motion JPEG Frame Rate

The motion JPEG frame rates of compact cameras that are a comparable age to the Stylus SH-50 range from 15fps to 240fps. The Stylus SH-50 has a very high motion JPEG frame rate (240 frames per second) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the Stylus SH-50.

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Very Large Maximum Memory Card Size

When compared to other comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as the Stylus SH-50 that we have checked, the maximum memory card size of the Stylus SH-50 of 128 gigabytes is one of the largest. Comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the Stylus SH-50 have maximum memory card sizes of between 1GB and 130GB.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 600 millimeters, the Olympus Stylus SH-50 has one of the longest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s amongst compact cameras of this age. The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Stylus SH-50 is 250mm, and the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 18mm to 1,000mm.

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Has Three White Balances

The Stylus SH-50 has a greater number of white balance modes than most digital cameras of this age and type. The most frequently found white balance is Auto, but this white balance is not found on this camera. The white balances Daylight, Fluorescent and Tungsten are also found on this Olympus camera.

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Quite Small Maximum Aperture Number

At 6.9, the Stylus SH-50 has a fairly small maximum aperture number compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Stylus SH-50. The average maximum aperture number of compact cameras that are a similar age to the Stylus SH-50 is 6.7.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most commonly supported USB version on compact cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Supports Seven ISO Sensitivitys

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Olympus Stylus SH-50 is more than most compact cameras that were released around the same time as it. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this digital camera. The ISO sensitivitys 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 and 6400 are also supported by this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum 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 frequently found video resolution.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best video resolution amongst all compact cameras that came out around the same time as the Stylus SH-50.

The worst video resolution amongst comparable types of digital camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Fairly Many Total Megapixels

Across all the compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Stylus SH-50 the total megapixelss range from 10MP to 48MP. With a total megapixels of 16.8 megapixels, the Stylus SH-50 has one of the more total megapixelss amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Fairly Long Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

The average slowest camera shutter speed of cameras of this age and type is 15s, and the slowest camera shutter speeds range from 0.12s to 250s. The Olympus Stylus SH-50 has one of the longer slowest camera shutter speeds (15 seconds) amongst cameras of this age.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the Olympus Stylus SH-50 is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by digital cameras of this spec and age. 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 compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Stylus SH-50 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 digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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13 Reasons Against

Average Expert Reviews

This Olympus camera has an average expert rating of 67 out of 100 based on four expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Digital Versus, computerbild.de and Les Numeriques.com.

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Poor Connectivity

One Olympus Stylus SH-50 owner who reviewed the Olympus Stylus SH-50 considered that it was not wifi compatible. Four years ago John Kaiser Calautit mentioned in his Olympus Stylus SH-50 review “No RAW shooting- No built-in Wi-Fi- Touchscreen can't be used in menus- Images are soft in the cornersRating”.

Does Not Support Video Capability

Most compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years do not support video capability. The Olympus Stylus SH-50 is no exception to this as it too does not support video capability.

It is worth considering other digital cameras which also support video capability including the Samsung SAMSUNG EX2F[plb_1609335_price].

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Stylus SH-50 does not support Full HD video, although this is within the context that most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Stylus SH-50 also do not support Full HD video.

It is worth also looking at alternative cameras which also support Full HD video including the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77[plb_1836487_price], or the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price].

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Stylus SH-50 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Stylus SH-50 also do not support wi-Fi.

Alternative digital cameras which also support wi-Fi that you might also want to look at include the Canon IXUS 265 HS[plb_2110773_price].

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Not 3D

Like most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Stylus SH-50, the Stylus SH-50 is not 3D.

If you are looking for a camera that is 3D then you might also want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ41[plb_2149949_price].

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Stylus SH-50 does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Stylus SH-50 also do not have a GPS (satellite).

Other cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) that you might want to look at include the DMC-TZ30[pl_1847857_price], or the Lumix DMC-TZ41[pl_2149949_price] both from Panasonic which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the Stylus SH-50, the Olympus Stylus SH-50 is not waterproof.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

Digital cameras that are a similar age to the Stylus SH-50 have digital zooms of between 1x and 810x. With a digital zoom of only 4 times zoom factor, the Stylus SH-50 has one of the smaller digital zooms amongst cameras of this age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 4x digital zoom cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the PowerShot A3200 IS[pl_1463972_price], or the IXUS 230 HS[pl_1504252_price] both from Canon.

If you are looking for a camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the GE G5WP[plb_1772971_price] (4.5x), or the Samsung 200F[plb_2071998_price] (5x).

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the Stylus SH-50 is more than most cameras that have been around for more than two years. This digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The flash modess "Fill-in", "Flash off" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this Olympus camera.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modess

The Stylus SH-50 has a greater number of shooting modes than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This Olympus digital camera has an Auto shooting modes, which is the most commonly found shooting modes found on compact cameras that have been available for more than two years. The shooting modess "Manual" and "Scene" are also found on this camera.

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Only Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The Stylus SH-50 has a greater number of audio formats than most digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The most commonly supported audio formats supported is WAV, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this Olympus camera. The audio formats supporteds LPCM are also supported by this digital camera.

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Only Features One Light Metering

The Olympus Stylus SH-50 has a greater number of light metering modes than most compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This camera features an Spot light metering, which is the most commonly featured light metering featured on digital cameras of this age and spec.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Olympus Stylus SH-50

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this camera was released.

Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 16 megapixels, the Stylus SH-50 has a relatively standard megapixel compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Stylus SH-50.

Alternative 16MP cameras currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm F660EXR[plb_1409997_price].

Cameras with a higher megapixel that might be worth considering include the Casio EX-ZR700[plb_1722253_price] (16.1MP), or the Nikon Coolpix L320[plb_1939468_price] (16.1MP) which is also higher rated.

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MOS Sensor Type

The Olympus Stylus SH-50 has a MOS sensor type which is better than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. Most compact cameras that were released more than two years ago have a CCD sensor type.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including the Sigma DP3 Merrill[plb_1904405_price], or the Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC110[plb_2083466_price] which has better reviews.

Digital cameras with a better sensor type that might also be worth considering include 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 Structure (elements/groups)
Number of Aspheric Elements
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Closest Focusing Distance
Manual Focusing Range (wide)
Manual Focusing Range (tele)
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Maximum Memory Card Size
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Second Display
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
HDMI
USB Version
Camera
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Self-Timer Delay
Image Editing
Camera Playback
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Hand Strap
Networking
Bluetooth
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity

1 Award

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Expert Reviews

(9)
31 January 2014

As well as stills, the Olympus SH50 also shoots 1080p / 1080i (Full HD; 1,920 x 1,080 pixel) high definition movies, at a rate of either 30 frames or 60 interlaced fields per second. These are... Read more…

8 August 2013

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. One of which is a new image stabilization system, which is a...

24 July 2013

The Olympus SH-50 seems to be counting on its five-axis stabilisation feature to turn heads. Thankfully, this works very well. Other than the new TruePic VI processor which brings a boost to...

24 July 2013

The Olympus SH-50 seems to be counting on its five-axis stabilisation feature to turn heads. Thankfully, this works very well. Other than the new TruePic VI processor which brings a boost to...

Films 1080p HD video
Easy to use
Effective stabilisation system
Responsiveness
Fun creative modes
Lens quality
Touchscreen isn't used to its full potential (can't be used in menus)
Images are dull and could be sharper

Le SH-50 mise tout sur sa stabilisation 5 axes qui par bonheur fonctionne à merveille. A part un processeur TruePic VI qui booste sa réactivit&#233, le reste de l'appareil transpire le déjà vu...

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User Reviews

(9)
Reviewed 5 December 2014 by Alfred G.
(Verified Purchase)

Make sure you have a rig fast enough to get the benefits out of this monitor. A video card has to have a display port and be G-sync ready for it to work. Make sure you cap games at 120fps, if... Read more…

Practically the best 1080p Monitor on the market. If you haven't tried G-sync, do yourself a favor and do what you can to get one
No dead pixels, Adjustable stand, Matte bezel, Uniform, Crisp and Vibrant image
144Hz, G Sync, mobility, sturdy
Zero flicker
Bright screen
Costs 23 of what my whole rig did (worth every penny
I have to put the case on it after use or else I can't sleep at night
My first monitor was from the September 2014 batch and had a number of issues. Dead Pixel, Power button didn't function correctly, 3D light kept coming on and off, scan lines, heavy flickering, unsmoo
Default settings give a weird red glow if you view the monitor, even a little, from below. Now that I've customized everything it's gone
Changing from G Sync to normal or vice versa can take some seconds. (first world problem
Reviewed 1 December 2014 by Peter Emery
(Verified Purchase)

Best camera i have brought.

Reviewed 26 August 2014 by Zorro
(Verified Purchase)

This is brilliant.

Reviewed 20 January 2014 by Mike Colwell
(Verified Purchase)

Lovely camera but after less than a year the Zoom isnt woking properly. I am not sure how to get it repaired under warranty.

(Verified Purchase)

I bought this camera to take on holiday and in situations where I didn't want to carry my DSLR. It is small enough to slip into a pocket and takes really excellent photos easily. The zoom is... Read more…

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Manufacturer Part Numbers sh50zil, sh50wit, olympus v107050su000, olympus v107050wu000
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