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Olympus SH-21
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Olympus SH-21 Digital Camera

16MP 12.5x CMOS Apr 2012
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
Rich colours, low picture noise, excellent contrast the SH-21 is all about tremendous picture quality. The ultra-slim design ensures it never looks out of place at more sophisticated occasions and... More
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26 Reasons For

Olympus Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Olympus has good average ratings for its compact camera digital cameras as well as across its entire digital camera range compared to other manufacturers.

Quite Large Screen Size

The screen sizes of cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 1" to 4.8". At 3 inches, the Olympus SH-21 has a quite large screen size compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the SH-21.

There are a number of other 3" screen digital cameras currently available which you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix L120 ($299.50), the Fujifilm Finepix F800, or the Samsung WB800F.

If you are looking for a larger screen size then you might also want to consider the Nikon Coolpix P520 (3.2"), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 (3.5") which is also higher rated.

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3D Compatible

The Olympus SH-21 is 3D compatible. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SH-21 are not 3D compatible.

Other 3D compatible digital cameras currently available that you might also want to consider include the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 ($375.99), or the Nikon Coolpix P7700 which has better reviews.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many cameras that came out more than two years ago. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

Other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available which you might also want to look at include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 ($249.00), the Nikon Coolpix L120 ($299.50), or the Canon PowerShot N100 ($349.99) which has better reviews.

If the memory card type of this Olympus camera is not good enough for you then you might want to look at the Sony DSC-W800 ($88.00) (MicroSD (TransFlash)|MicroSDHC|MicroSDXC|MS Duo|MS Micro (M2)|MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also higher rated.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Unlike most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age which do not support Full HD video, the Olympus SH-21 supports Full HD video.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative cameras which support Full HD video currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS, or the Olympus Stylus SH-50.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The Olympus SH-21 supports video recording, as do most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras which support video recording and we think the Nikon Coolpix L120 ($299.50), and the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of cameras of a similar spec and age to the SH-21 is 9.3x, and the optical zooms range from 2x to 50x. The Olympus SH-21 has one of the bigger optical zooms (12.5 times zoom factor) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

Digital cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth considering include the Nikon Coolpix S9400 (18x) which also has a higher rating.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Olympus SH-21 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other digital cameras that came out more than two years ago also have an image stabiliser.

We compared all the other cameras with an image stabiliser to this camera and we think the Nikon Coolpix L120 ($299.50), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS40, and the GE A1455 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Olympus SH-21 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Nikon Coolpix L120 ($299.50), and the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The Olympus SH-21 has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This Olympus digital camera has a Micro HDMI connector, which is the most frequently found HDMI connector found on cameras of a similar age and spec to the SH-21.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is the most frequently found camera shutter on digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

At only 0.01 meters, the Olympus SH-21 has a quite small closest focusing distance compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. Across all the cameras of this age and type the closest focusing distances range from 0.01m to 30m.

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Olympus SH-21 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. This digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on digital cameras of this spec and age. The white balance modes "Fluorescent", "Sunny" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Olympus camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus SH-21 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution found on most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This digital camera also have still image resolutions of 1280 x 960, 1600 x 1200, 1920 x 1080, 2048 x 1536, 2560 x 1920 and 3264 x 2448 and 4608 x 2592. Across all comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the SH-21 the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360 and the best is 5152 x 3864.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most frequently supported USB version on compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Olympus SH-21 has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is in fact the best video resolution across all digital cameras of a similar type and age to the SH-21.

Across similar types of camera the worst video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Quite Big Combined Zoom

Across all the cameras of this age and spec the combined zoom range from 3x to 1,600x, and the average combined zoom is 50x. With a combined zoom of 50 times zoom factor, the Olympus SH-21 has a fairly big combined zoom compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the SH-21.

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Supports Three Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Olympus SH-21 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. The most commonly supported camera file system is Exif 2.3, but this camera file system is not supported by this digital camera. The camera file systems DCF, DPOF 1.1 and Exif 2.21 are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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Fairly Many Total Megapixel Count

With a total megapixel count of 16.8 megapixels, the Olympus SH-21 has one of the more total megapixel counts amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age. The total megapixel counts of digital cameras of this age and spec range from 10MP to 15,000,000MP, and the average total megapixel count is 52,000MP.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This digital camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is typical of many comparable spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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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 cameras of this spec and age.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Olympus SH-21 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 frequently found video resolution supported by comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the SH-21. 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 digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the SH-21 the best video resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the worst is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Features One Light Metering Mode

The number of light metering modes featured on the Olympus SH-21 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. The most commonly featured light metering mode is Centre-weighted, but this light metering mode is not featured on this Olympus camera. The light metering modes Spot are also featured on this camera.

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TFT Display

The Olympus SH-21 has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight. The best display of all compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SH-21 is AMOLED and the worst is LCD.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

The average minimum focal length of similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the SH-21 is 27mm. At only 24 millimeters, the Olympus SH-21 has a fairly short minimum focal length compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto focus, which is the most frequently found focus on cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

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11 Reasons Against

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most cameras of this spec and age do not support WiFi connectivity. The Olympus SH-21 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Nikon Coolpix S9500 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Olympus SH-21 does not have a GPS. Most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the SH-21 also do not have a GPS.

Alternative cameras which also have a GPS that you might also want to consider include the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

The Olympus SH-21 is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the SH-21 are also not waterproof.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

At only 4 times zoom factor, the Olympus SH-21 has a quite small digital zoom compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. Similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago have digital zooms of between 1x and 810x, and the average digital zoom is 10x.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 4x digital zoom cameras and we think the Coolpix L120 ($299.50), and the Coolpix 8800 both from Nikon or the Canon PowerShot A800 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you want a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to consider the Samsung WB150F (5x) which also has a higher rating.

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Only Two Diaphragm Blades

Most similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as the SH-21 have between one and eight diaphragm blades, including the Olympus SH-21 which has two diaphragm blades.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Olympus SH-21 is more than most cameras of this spec and age. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the SH-21. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture

Comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the SH-21 have maximum apertures of between 2 and 130. When compared to other cameras of a similar spec and age to the SH-21 that we have assessed, the maximum aperture of the Olympus SH-21 of only 3 is one of the biggest.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modes

The Olympus SH-21 has a greater number of shooting modes than most compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. This camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most commonly found shooting mode found on cameras of this age and spec. The shooting modes "Movie" and "Program" are also found on this digital camera.

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Only Supports One Audio Format

The Olympus SH-21 has a greater number of audio formats than most digital cameras of this spec and age. The most frequently supported audio format is WAV, but this audio format is not supported by this camera. The audio formats AAC are also supported by this Olympus digital camera.

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Very Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

The Olympus SH-21 has a fairly short maximum camera shutter speed (only 4 seconds) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. Across all the compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the SH-21 the maximum camera shutter speeds range from 0.12s to 250s, and the average maximum camera shutter speed is 13s.

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Very Large Minimum Aperture

Digital cameras of a similar type and age to the SH-21 have minimum apertures of between 1.3 and 6.9, and the average minimum aperture is 3.2. When compared to other similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago, the minimum aperture of the Olympus SH-21 of 5.9 is one of the largest.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Olympus SH-21

Released Over Four Years Ago

This Olympus digital camera was released over four years ago.

Average Megapixel Count

The Olympus SH-21 has a pretty standard megapixel count (16 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the SH-21.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 16MP digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Olympus VR-340, or the Canon PowerShot A810 ($299.99).

If this camera megapixel count is too low for you then you might also want to look at the Casio EX-ZR300 (16.1MP and higher rated), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 ($249.00) (16.1MP and higher rated).

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MOS Sensor Type

The Olympus SH-21 has a MOS sensor type which is better than the CCD sensor type found on most cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available that you might also want to consider including the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS, or the Samsung NX20 ($369.42) which has better reviews.

Digital cameras with a better sensor type that might be worth considering include the Nikon Coolpix L120 ($299.50) (CCD and higher rated).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Body Material
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens
Lens Structure
Combined Zoom
Aspheric Element
Diaphragm Blades
Focusing
Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range
Focus
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Self-Timer
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Other Features
Interface
Video Out Port
Focal Length
Cable
Aperture Range
Camera Shutter Speed Range

Expert Reviews

12 May 2012

Die Olympus SH-21 hat 16 Megapixel Auflösung, nimmt Videos in Full-HD auf und schießt sogar 3D-Fotos. Erhältlich ist die kompakte Digitalkamera in den Farben der Deutschen Flagge: Schwarz, Rot... Read more…

Good 12.5x optical zoom, touch-to-shoot function
USB charging
Price
Menus
Video mode
Noisy photos at low ISO, flat-looking HDR shots
Noise (in low light images)
Touch snap system
Detail reduction due to camera processing
Shiny screen

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sh21gou, info v107010be000
Barcodes 00050332181489, 03610170636274, 03610170636403, 03610170779674, 04545350038694, 04545350038700, 04545350038717
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