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Olympus SH-21 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 16MP 12.5x Apr 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
One industry award
Good size
Good quality lens
10 Reviews + 1 Award
Ephotozine Recommended

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Reviews

One Industry Award

The writer at websites Ephotozine wrote that concluded that they would endorse this camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.

Olympus Has Good Camera Reviews

Based on 4,447 expert and owner reviews (including 623 verified purchases), Olympus has good ratings for its digital cameras. Olympus also has good ratings specifically for its medium megapixel digital cameras compared to other brands. 88% of those that bought a Olympus digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on five expert reviews from sites including Ephotozine, Techradar, Digital Versus and CNET.co.uk the average expert rating of this digital camera is 68%.


Camera

Features Saturation Adjustment

The Olympus SH-21 features saturation adjustment. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also feature saturation adjustment.

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Has a Tripod Mountable

The Olympus SH-21 has a tripod mountable, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Features Histogram

The Olympus SH-21 features histogram. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera also feature histogram.

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Display

Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

Across all the medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for more than two years the display resolutions (numeric) range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. With a display resolution (numeric) of only 46,000 pixels, the Olympus SH-21 has one of the lowest display resolutions (numeric) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Olympus SH-21 has a pretty typical display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

Other 3" screen digital cameras currently available that you might also want to look at include the SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, or the NEX-6Y both from Sony or the Samsung SAMSUNG DV300F which has better reviews.

If this Olympus camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might want to consider the Df (3.2"), the D4 (3.2"), or the D4S (3.2") all from Nikon which also has a higher rating.

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Support

Poor Support

Several people who purchased the product said that it did not have good technical guidance. Digitalversus.com mentioned “It can be used to access the Live Guide or a few settings ava”.


Lens System

Four Aspheric Elements

The Olympus SH-21 is a four aspheric element camera. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera have between 1 and 12 aspheric elements.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Olympus SH-21 has one of the shorter minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) (only 24 millimeters) amongst similar spec cameras of this age. Medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera have minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 4.5mm and 40mm.

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Quite Small Digital Zoom

The smallest digital zoom of cameras of this type and age is 1x, the biggest is 120x, and the average digital zoom is 6.6x. The Olympus SH-21 has one of the smaller digital zooms (only 4 times zoom factor) amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age.

We compared all the other 4x digital zoom cameras to this camera and we think the L120, and the S6300 ($289) both from Nikon or the Samsung SAMSUNG WB850F ($399) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you want a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the 150F (5x), or the WB250 (5x) both from Samsung or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 (5x) which is also higher rated.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

When compared to other cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera, the Olympus SH-21's maximum aperture number of only 3 is one of the biggest. Comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera have maximum aperture numbers of between 2.5 and 38, and the average maximum aperture number is 7.4.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture Number

Across all the medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.7 to 22. The Olympus SH-21 has one of the largest minimum aperture numbers (5.9) amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 12.5 times zoom factor, the Olympus SH-21 has a pretty average optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this camera.

We compared all the other 12.5x optical zoom digital cameras to this camera and we think the Olympus VR-360, and the HP P550 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth considering include the Kodak Pixpro FZ151 (15x and higher rated), or the GE G100 (15x and higher rated).

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The Olympus SH-21 supports PictBridge. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera also support PictBridge.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Olympus SH-21 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Has a Hand Strap

The Olympus SH-21 has a hand strap, as do 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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Has a Batteries Included

The Olympus SH-21 has a batteries included, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera.

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Focusing

Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

The smallest closest focusing distance of cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera is 0.001m and the largest is 0.5m. At only 0.01 meters, the Olympus SH-21 has a fairly small closest focusing distance compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Olympus SH-21 has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras that are a similar age to this camera also have a built-in flash.

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 Fujifilm FinePix S4800 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Features Date Imprinting

The Olympus SH-21 features date imprinting, as do most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Olympus SH-21 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Olympus SH-21 has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Several Olympus SH-21 reviewers who bought the product wrote that it was compact. Ephotozine.com mentioned five years ago “The Olympus SH-21 was announced in January 2012 and is a compact camera with a 12.5x optical zoom lens”. Techradar.com said on Techradar also five years ago “Occupying the middle ground in the Olympus range of travel compact cameras” in their review of this digital camera.

One Olympus SH-21 reviewer reckoned that it was thin. Expert review site Ephotozine.com mentioned “Olympus SH-21 Features The SH-21 is a slim camera, packing in” in their Olympus SH-21 review.

One person who reviewed the product concluded that it was a good body shape. Cnet.co.uk scored the product 80 out of 100 and mentioned on expert website CNET.co.uk “With a long zoom, high resolution and a sturdy, no-frills body that feels like it could take a few bumps”.

One Olympus SH-21 owner who reviewed the product said that it was lightweight. Expert website Techradar.com/au/ wrote “Buying Guide Essential camera accessories Those looking for a compact, lightweight and inexpensive camera for taking on their travels could do a lot worse than the Olympus SH-21” in their Olympus SH-21 review however they only gave it a score of 60 out of 100.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Olympus SH-21 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also have an image stabilizer.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including the DMC-TZ30EF-W, or the DMC-FS40 both from Panasonic or the Nikon L120 which has better reviews.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus SH-21 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras of this age and type. This Olympus digital camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s), whereas most similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this camera have still image resolution(s) of 1280 x 960, 1600 x 1200, 1920 x 1080, 2048 x 1536, 2560 x 1920 and 3264 x 2448 and 4608 x 2592. The worst still image resolution of all medium megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera is 640 x 360 and the best is 4928 x 3264.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on medium megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Video

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Olympus SH-21 supports Full HD video. Most of the other cameras of this type and age do not support Full HD video.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras which support Full HD video and we think because of it's better review score, the SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, and the SLT-A57Y both from Sony or the Casio EX-ZR400 is also worth considering.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Olympus SH-21 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 in fact the best video resolution amongst all digital cameras of a similar type and age to this camera.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst video resolution across comparable types of camera.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The Olympus SH-21 supports a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found 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 comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago the best video resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the worst is 320 x 120 pixels.

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Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

A few Olympus SH-21 owners who purchased it considered that it was noisy. Ephotozine.com wrote on expert website Ephotozine “Where the SH-21 does excel is noise at higher ISO”. Expert website Techradar.com/au/ wrote “It delivers good noise performance at high ISO sensitivities”.

Features Voice Recording

The Olympus SH-21 features voice recording. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Olympus SH-21 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other cameras of this type and age also have a built-in microphone.

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Design

Easy to Use

One Olympus SH-21 reviewer who bought it considered that it was easy to use the menus. Cnet.co.uk said on CNET.co.uk “Good menus” in their review of this digital camera. One Olympus SH-21 reviewer who bought it thought it was easy to use.

One Olympus SH-21 reviewer thought it was easy to handle. Digital Versus wrote five years ago “Pleasant handling” in their review of the Olympus SH-21.

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Good Product Quality

One person who reviewed this digital camera thought it was good quality. Digital Versus wrote five years ago “Picture quality could be better from 800 ISO upwards”.

Nice Design

One customer who bought it thought it was well designed. Digitalversus.com mentioned on expert review site Digital Versus five years ago “Nicely designed camera with a promising set of tech specs”.

Not Robust

One person who purchased this digital camera considered that it was not strong and durable.


Features

Good Technical Features

Two customers who purchased the product concluded that it had good features. Ephotozine.com said in their Olympus SH-21 review on expert review site Ephotozine “The Olympus SH-21 packs a great range of features and is compact with an impressive zoom range”.


Good Quality Lens

Several customers wrote in their reviews that it had a good zoom. Digitalcamerainfo.com mentioned “The?UZ? Refers to "ultra zoom; " this camera aims to make an impact in the increasingly popular ultra zoom segment of the digital camera market with its 10” in their Olympus SH-21 review. Digitalcamerainfo.com also mentioned “Good 12.5x optical zoom, touch-to-shoot function”. Expert website Techradar.com/au/ said in their Olympus SH-21 review “A useful zoom”.

Good Quality Pictures

Some customers said in their reviews that it had a good ISO range. Techradar wrote “Decent at high ISO” but even so they only scored the product 3 stars. One Olympus SH-21 reviewer who bought it said that it was able to produce good images. Expert website Ephotozine.com wrote in their review “The camera takes a decent image” and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100.

One Olympus SH-21 reviewer who bought it thought it had a good picture resolution.

One Olympus SH-21 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good image sensor. Techradar.com said on expert review site Techradar “A 16-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor promises superior performance at high ISO sensitivities, especially when” in their Olympus SH-21 review but in spite of that they only gave this digital camera a rating of 3 stars.

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Other

Released Over Five Years Ago

This medium megapixel camera has been on the market since April 2017.


Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00050332181489, 03610170636274, 03610170636403, 03610170779674, 04545350038694, 04545350038700, 04545350038717
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