Olympus SH-50 iHS Review

Review posted 08/08/2013

Quick Take
  • iAuto shooting mode is accurate and easy in all situations
  • Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record
  • Image stabilization is more than enough to support the full 24x optical zoom
  • 24x optical zoom is incredibly versatile
  • Overall image quality is very good
  • 3.0-inch Touch LCD is easy to use and see
  • Excellent Video Quality and 5 axis stabilization
  • Outstanding performance
  • Very good battery life
  • Competitively priced
  • Camera can be hard to operate with 2 hands when flash is popped up
  • Some noise in all images / Normal with most 16-Megapixel image sensors
  • Flash is weak at low ISO levels
  • No external audio input
Bottom Line
The Olympus Stylus SH-50 is a powerful and versatile compact digicam, designed for the person looking for the best balance between still images and videos. Great features, quality and performance make this a must see camera for the price. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
In early 2013 Olympus announced the SH-50 iHS, "a new premium, compact long zoom camera" with a host of impressive features trickled down from their flagship Micro Four Thirds cameras (like the OM-D E-M5). They begin with an upgraded, 16-megapixel backside illuminated CMOS image sensor, mated to the TruePic VI Image Processor developed for the Olympus PEN series, and a 24x optical zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent of 25-600mm.

If you like shooting HD video, the SH-50 has a number of great options, including shooting Fully HD 1080/60i video in normal mode, or you can fire up High Speed Movies and shoot 120 frames per second at a 720p resolution, which allows users to see extremely detailed and fluid slow motion as if they were watching a real Hollywood movie. The camera's 5-Axis video stabilization will also help to capture video while holding the camera in hand.

The SH-50 also features a 3.0-inch LCD touch screen with a helpful (and optional) Live Guide graphic user interface to help change settings and capture stunning pictures. If you're the type of photographer that likes to shake things up a bit or have as much control over your images as possible, you'll enjoy the 11 Magic Filters, Beauty Mode (with Make-up), HDR Backlight Adjustment, and Advanced Shadow Adjustment Technology. Smart Panorama is also included to capture wide vistas and full 360-degree surroundings.

Olympus SH-50 iHS Features
  • 16MP BSI CMOS image sensor
  • 24x optical zoom
  • TruePix VI Image Processor
  • Full HD Video Recording (1008/60i)
    • 120 frames-per-second 720p HD video recording
  • 3.0-inch Touch Screen LCD display
    • Live Guide
  • 5-Axis Video Stabilization (Hybrid Multi-Motion Movie IS)
  • 3-Axis Image Stabilization (for stills)
  • Hand-Held Starlight
  • Advanced Shadow Adjustment Technology
  • HDR Backlight Adjustment
  • Smart Panorama
  • 11 Magic Filters
  • Beauty Mode with Make-up
  • Li-ion battery (good for up to 300 shots)
  • SD memory card slot

Available in black, silver or white, the Olympus SH-50 iHS will have an estimated MSRP of $299.99. Click the Buy button at the top right of this page to see the most current online pricing.

What's in the box?:
  • SH-50 Camera body
  • LI-90B Battery
  • F-2AC AC Adapter
  • Strap (266 Strap-SA, VK2137)
  • USB Cable 521 (VQ8607)
  • 516 Touch Pen
  • Warranty Card
  • Set-Up Manual & Instruction CD
  • Quick Start Guide

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