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Olympus SH-21
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Olympus SH-21 Digital Camera

16MP 12.5x CMOS Apr 2012
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer 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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24 Reasons For

Good Brand

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

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Olympus SH-21 supports Full HD video. Most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the SH-21 do not support Full HD video.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras which support Full HD video and we think the Fujifilm X10, the Nikon Coolpix P330, and the Sony KHX20BBGSFDI which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most commonly supported compatible memory cards on similar spec cameras that were launched 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.

Alternative cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available which you might also want to look at include the Fujifilm X10, or the Canon SX280 HS which has better reviews.

Cameras with a better memory card type that might also be worth looking at include the Sony DSC-H400 ($229.63) (MicroSD (TransFlash)|MicroSDHC|MicroSDXC|MS Duo|MS Micro (M2)|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC).

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Olympus SH-21 supports video capability, unlike most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec which do not support video capability.

We compared all the other cameras which support video capability to this camera and we think the Sony KHX20BBGSFDI which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Olympus SH-21 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with an image stabilizer and we think the Fujifilm X10, and the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo ($597.00) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

The Olympus SH-21 has a fairly big optical zoom (12.5 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the SH-21. The smallest optical zoom of cameras that were released more than two years ago is 3x and the biggest is 63x.

Digital cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth looking at include the Nikon 610 (14x), the GE G100 ($119.99) (15x), or the Kodak Pixpro FZ151 (15x).

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other cameras of this age and type, the Olympus SH-21 has a built-in flash.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash and we think because of it's better review score, the GE A1455 is also worth considering.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is the most frequently found camera shutter type on compact cameras that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector Type

The number of HDMI connector types found on the Olympus SH-21 is more than most similar spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. This digital camera has a Micro HDMI connector type, which is the most frequently found HDMI connector type found on compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

The smallest closest focusing distance of compact cameras that were released around the same time as the SH-21 is 0.01m and the largest is 0.2m. At only 0.01 meters, the Olympus SH-21 has a fairly small closest focusing distance compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the SH-21.

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Features Four Flash Modess

The Olympus SH-21 has a greater number of flash modes than most compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This Olympus camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to the SH-21. The flash modess "Fill-in", "Flash off" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this Olympus digital camera.

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Has Four White Balances

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

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Olympus SH-21 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most compact cameras that are a comparable age to it. Most cameras of this age and type have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This digital camera also have still image resolution(s)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. Across all comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 360 to 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 cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Quite Big Combined Zoom

Across all the compact cameras that have been around for more than two years the combined zooms range from 3x to 1,600x. With a combined zoom of 50 times zoom factor, the Olympus SH-21 has a quite big combined zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to the SH-21.

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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 frequently found video resolution.

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

The worst video resolution across similar types of camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Quite Many Total Megapixels

The least total megapixels of digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the SH-21 is 10MP, the most is 48MP, and the average total megapixels is 16MP. With a total megapixels of 16.8 megapixels, the Olympus SH-21 has a quite many total megapixels compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

The Olympus SH-21 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). Across all compact cameras that are a similar age 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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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 compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Features One Light Metering

The Olympus SH-21 has a greater number of light metering modes than most compact cameras that are a similar age to it. The most frequently featured light metering is Centre-weighted, but this light metering is not featured on this camera. The light meterings Spot are also featured on this Olympus camera.

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TFT Display

The Olympus SH-21 has a TFT display which is better than most compact cameras that have been available for more than two years. Most compact cameras that were released more than two years ago have an LCD display. 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. Across all digital cameras of this age and spec the worst display is LCD and the best is AMOLED.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Olympus SH-21 has one of the shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s (only 24 millimeters) amongst similar spec cameras of this age. The shortest minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SH-21 is 5mm, the longest is 39mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 26mm.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is typical of many cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

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Quite Small ISO Sensitivity (min)

At only 80, the Olympus SH-21 has a quite small ISO sensitivity (min) compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the SH-21. The ISO sensitivity (min)s of cameras of this spec and age range from 10 to 200, and the average ISO sensitivity (min) is 94.

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11 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Olympus SH-21 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other compact cameras that have been available for more than two years also do not support wi-Fi.

We compared all the other cameras which also support wi-Fi to this camera and we think the Galaxy Camera EK-GC110, or the SAMSUNG WB150F both from Samsung which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the SH-21 do not have a GPS (satellite). The Olympus SH-21 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Nikon Coolpix P330, the Canon IXUS 140, or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ41.

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Not Waterproof

The Olympus SH-21 is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other cameras that were released around the same time as the SH-21 are also not waterproof.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The smallest digital zoom of compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to the SH-21 is 1x, the biggest is 810x, and the average digital zoom is 11x. The Olympus SH-21 has a quite small digital zoom (only 4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to the SH-21.

Alternative 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available which you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Olympus VR-340 ($189.50), or the Samsung 850F.

If this camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the GE G5WP (4.5x), or the Samsung 200F (5x).

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The display resolution (numeric)s of similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the SH-21 range from 230 pixels to 16,000,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 450,000 pixels. When compared to other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the SH-21, the Olympus SH-21's display resolution (numeric) of only 46,000 pixels is one of the lowest.

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Only Two Number of Diaphragm Bladess

The Olympus SH-21 is a two number of diaphragm blades digital camera. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the SH-21 have between one and eight number of diaphragm bladess.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

The maximum aperture numbers of compact cameras that are a comparable age to the SH-21 range from 1.8 to 87, and the average maximum aperture number is 6.9. When compared to other compact cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the SH-21 that we have assessed, the maximum aperture number of the Olympus SH-21 of only 3 is one of the biggest.

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Only Supports One Audio Formats Supported

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

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Only Has Three Shooting Modess

The number of shooting modes found on the Olympus SH-21 is more than most compact cameras that were released around the same time as it. This Olympus digital camera has an Auto shooting modes, which is the most commonly found shooting modes found on digital cameras of this age and type. The shooting modess "Movie" and "Program" are also found on this camera.

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Very Short Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

The Olympus SH-21 has one of the shorter slowest camera shutter speeds (only 4 seconds) amongst similar spec cameras of this age. The slowest camera shutter speeds of comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SH-21 range from 0.12s to 250s.

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Very Large Minimum Aperture Number

With a minimum aperture number of 5.9, the Olympus SH-21's minimum aperture number is one of the largest amongst cameras that are a similar age to the SH-21. The minimum aperture numbers of compact cameras that are a comparable age to the SH-21 range from 1.3 to 6.9.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Olympus SH-21

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Olympus SH-21 has a fairly typical display diagonal compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 3" screen cameras currently available including the 115 HS, or the S120 ($449.66) both from Canon which has better reviews.

If this camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 (3.5"), or the Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC110 (4.8") which also has a higher rating.

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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 Olympus SH-21 has a pretty typical megapixel compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the SH-21.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 16MP cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Olympus VR-340 ($189.50), or the Canon A810.

If this camera megapixel is too low for you then you might want to consider the Casio EX-ZR300 (16.1MP), or the Nikon Coolpix L320 ($232.88) (16.1MP) which also has a higher rating.

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MOS Sensor Type

The Olympus SH-21 has a MOS sensor type which is better than most digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. Most cameras of a similar spec and age to it have a CCD sensor type.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including because of it's better review score, the Casio Exilim EX-ZR400.

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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 Type
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Combined Zoom
Number of Aspheric Elements
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Focus
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
Camera
3D
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Image Editing
Camera File System
Tripod Mountable
Camera Playback
Saturation Adjustment
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Level Indicator
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Hand Strap
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
Date Imprinting
Interface
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Cable Type
Aperture Range (F-F)
On/off Switch
Camera Shutter Speed
Trimming

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 info v107010re000
Barcodes 00050332181489, 03610170636274, 03610170636403, 03610170779674, 04545350038694, 04545350038700, 04545350038717
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