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Olympus Stylus SH-50 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 16MP 24x Oct 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
One industry award
Good size
Good looking
29 Reviews + 1 Award
PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended

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Reviews

One Industry Award

This Olympus digital camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from review websites PhotographyBlog.com who concluded that this camera was very good.

Expert Reviews Are Average

The average expert rating of this medium megapixel digital camera is 67% based on four expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Digital Versus, computerbild.de and Les Numeriques.com.

Good Owner Reviews

On average, Stylus SH-50 owners rated this camera 89 out of 100. 13 reviewers (90% of all reviewers) gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars.

Olympus Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

Based on 4,467 owner and expert reviews (including 627 verified purchases), Olympus has good reviews for its cameras. Olympus also has good reviews specifically for its medium megapixel cameras. 89% of those that bought a Olympus digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Sixteen owners concluded that the product was compact. Expert review site Photographyblog.com wrote three years ago “The Olympus Stylus SH-50 is a high performance digital compact camera that's packed full of tech” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Digital Versus said “For CES 2013, Olympus has announced three new compact cameras to beef up its Stylus Traveller line” however they scored it 3 stars out of 5. Expert website Steve's Digicams mentioned “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”.

Four owners who bought it considered that it was heavy and bulky. Runeweaver wrote on expert website Amazon “The camera is a little heavier than the few others ive used.” in their review of this digital camera. Chris Hoare said on expert review site Amazon “On receiving the Olympus is quite noticeably larger and marginally heavier than the Canon; it still fits in a pocket” although he only gave it a rating of 3 stars out of 5.

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Average Weight

The Olympus Stylus SH-50 has a relatively standard weight (269 grams) compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

We compared this camera to all the other 269g digital cameras and we think the Olympus PEN E-PM2 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Features

Good Features

Three customers who reviewed it said that it had good features. Website Newegg.com wrote “All the features o”. Jenny Pea gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and she said on expert review site Amazon “Success! The more I use the camera the more I get to enjoy it's many features”.


Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

This Olympus camera has been on the market since October 2013.


Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Two people said in their reviews that this digital camera was noisy. Chris Hoare said “Laggy software and noisy images” in his review of this digital camera. M. Smith wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon “The sensor is also comparatively noisy, resulting in either speckles or lack of detail, or in some modes both, even at base ISO”.

Features Voice Recording

The Olympus Stylus SH-50 features voice recording, as do most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Stylus SH-50 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera.

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Design

Good Looking

Five owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was good looking. Website Newegg.com wrote three years ago “Beautiful G-Sync”. J. Gould scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned four years ago “Excellent zoom, manual override, easy to use, cool looking”. Chris Hoare said on expert website Amazon “Once you have the camera powered on the screen is bright; and pretty clear even outdoors” in his review of this digital camera however despite that he gave it a rating of 60 out of 100.

Well Made

Four owners who reviewed the Olympus Stylus SH-50 reckoned that it was well made. Website Newegg.com mentioned “Compact, solid - I carried an Olympus Pen FT in Vietnam for 320 days 46 years ago; it took a beating.” and scored it 5 stars out of 5. Runeweaver wrote in their review of this digital camera “Not enough to make it seem overly heavy, Its very solidly built”. M. Smith said “Is very solid with no play to any of the moving parts” .

Good Quality

Six customers who reviewed it wrote that it was good quality. Website Newegg.com mentioned “It is constantly sold out and there have been multiple reports of atrocious quality control”. They also said “Quality Monitor Stand” in their review. Ash mentioned “Not only does it produce good quality photos in everyday casual use.”.

Easy to Use the Menus

Seven owners who purchased it reckoned that it was easy to use. Runeweaver mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon “The zoom is very quick and easy to use like most of the other functions on the camera”. Three years ago Mrs. J. Wheeler wrote “Love the Camera it replaced my Lumix which let me down ! It's easy to use, fool proof” in their review of this digital camera and scored it a maximum of 5 stars. The Man 7 mentioned “The touch screen comes in handy when you don't feel to be pressing buttons all the time” and rated the product 80 out of 100.

Three people who bought it reckoned that it was easy to use the menus. Website Newegg.com mentioned “Easy menu to use” in their review of this digital camera. Chris Hoare said on expert review site Amazon “After automatic comes Program mode which allows you to configure some of the camera settings; including a very impressive high speed shooting mode at 11 frames per second” in his review of this digital camera.

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Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Stylus SH-50 has a quite large display diagonal compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that were released around the same time as this camera. Across all the medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera the display diagonals range from 2" to 4.8", and the average display diagonal is 2.9".

There are a number of alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available which you might want to consider including the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, or the Samsung SAMSUNG DV300F which both of have better reviews.

If you want a camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Df ($1,995.95) (3.2" and higher rated), the D4 ($4,299.99) (3.2" and higher rated), or the D4S (3.2" and higher rated) all from Nikon.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Stylus SH-50 has a touchscreen, which is unusual. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera do not have a touchscreen.

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Lens System

Fairly Big Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of cameras of this age and type range from 0.34x to 65x, and the average optical zoom is 14x. The Stylus SH-50 has one of the bigger optical zooms (24 times zoom factor) amongst digital cameras of this age.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 24x optical zoom cameras currently available including the Stylus SZ-15, or the SZ-14 both from Olympus which and both of have better reviews.

If you are looking for a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the Kodak Pixpro AZ251 (25x and higher rated), the Nikon 320 (26x and higher rated), or the Fujifilm FinePix S4800 ($200) (30x and higher rated).

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Stylus SH-50 has a pretty typical digital zoom compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera.

There are a number of other 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available that you might want to look at including because of its better review score, the Nikon L120.

If you want a camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the WB250 (5x and higher rated), the 150F (5x and higher rated), or the WB350F (5x and higher rated) all from Samsung.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Stylus SH-50 has a fairly long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) (600 millimeters) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera. Medium megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera have maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 18mm and 1,500mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 350mm.

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Quite Small Maximum Aperture Number

Medium megapixel cameras that were launched 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. The Olympus Stylus SH-50 has one of the smaller maximum aperture numbers (6.9) amongst cameras of this age.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Stylus SH-50 has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also have a built-in flash.

There are a number of other cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to look at including because of their better review scores, the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo ($799.98), or the GE A1455.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Stylus SH-50 has an HDMI port. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera also have an HDMI port.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Stylus SH-50 has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Stylus SH-50 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera also have an image stabilizer.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer and we think the Nikon L120, and the Panasonic DMC-TZ30EF-W ($375.99) which both of have better reviews are also worth considering.

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Only 640 X 480 Still Image Resolution

This camera has a still image resolution(s) of 640 x 480|2048 x 1536|3264 x 2448, which is the most frequently found still image resolution(s) on cameras that have been available for a similar time to it.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution on similar spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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16 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 16 megapixels camera.

If you want a higher megapixel then you might want to look at the Lumix G5 ($599.99) (16.05MP and higher rated), the DMC-GH3EC-K ($872.99) (16.05MP and higher rated), or the Lumix DMC-G6 ($549.95) (16.05MP and higher rated) all from Panasonic.

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Memory

Very Large Maximum Memory Card Size

The Stylus SH-50 has a very large maximum memory card size (128 gigabytes) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. Medium megapixel cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera have maximum memory card sizes of between 4GB and 130GB, and the average maximum memory card size is 36GB.

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Networking

Does Not Feature Bluetooth

Like most of the other medium megapixel cameras that came out more than two years ago, the Stylus SH-50 does not feature bluetooth.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Olympus Stylus SH-50 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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Has a Hand Strap

The Stylus SH-50 has a hand strap. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also have a hand strap.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Stylus SH-50 has an HDMI, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera.

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Supports PictBridge

The Stylus SH-50 supports PictBridge. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera also support PictBridge.

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Light Exposure

Supports Seven ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Stylus SH-50 is more than most medium megapixel cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivities 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 and 6400 are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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Video

1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Olympus Stylus SH-50 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.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is in fact the best video resolution amongst all cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

Amongst similar types of digital camera the worst video resolution is 640 x 480 pixels.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The Stylus SH-50 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). Similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera video resolutions range from 320 x 120 pixels (worst) to 1920 x 1080 pixels (best).

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Good Flash

Two owners thought this digital camera had a good flash. Jenny Pea mentioned “On P mode there are on-screen adjustments for flash, timer, exposure, white balance, ISO, single/sequential/ shots” .

Effective Stabilisation System

Twelve customers who reviewed this digital camera thought it had a good zoom. Rosiebee said “I have discovered how brilliant the zoom is and the panoramic shot feature is also superb” in their Olympus Stylus SH-50 review. The Man 7 wrote in their review of this digital camera “That's expected from a full zoom”. Four years ago Chris Hoare mentioned on expert review site Amazon “The zoom itself is very good; Olympus have des” but in spite of that he gave it a rating of 3 stars out of 5.

Five people who purchased it concluded that it had a good image stabiliser. Digital Versus mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Effective stabilisation system” . Yaz wrote on expert website Amazon “It has everything you wud need in a travel camera, very good photos, amazing image stabilizer” in their review of this digital camera and gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5. M. Smith said “The 3-axis stabilization is also as good as the best in class”.

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Good Video Capture

Three owners who reviewed the product thought it was good for video recording. M. Smith mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon “Probably the best thing about this camera is the video performance” and rated it 4 stars out of 5.

Good Screen

Nine customers agreed that this digital camera had a good screen. Website Newegg.com said in their Olympus Stylus SH-50 review “Very crisp display”. They also mentioned “You don't realize you have screen tearing until you don't” in their review. And also said “G-sync on the Display Port”.

Able to Produce Good Images

Sixteen customers thought the product was able to produce good images. Website Newegg.com mentioned three years ago “No dead pixels, Adjustable stand, Matte bezel, Uniform, Crisp and Vibrant image” in their review of this digital camera and gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5. Runeweaver scored it 5 stars out of 5 and wrote on expert review site Amazon “The pictures were sharp and clear”. They also said “I was able to take some great pictures indoors and out with only a press of a button” in their review.

Five customers concluded that it had a good picture resolution. Website Newegg.com mentioned “Ok ok, I realize the Asus' P 278Q monitor has a slight advantage with it's higher 1440p resolution.”. They also said “Good QA - no dead Pixels - no Bleed” in their review. Four years ago expert review site Steve's Digicams said in their review of this digital camera “Quick TakeProsiAuto shooting mode is accurate”.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers olympus v107050wu000, sh50wit
Barcodes 00050332184985, 00050332185005, 00545350043193, 04545350043193, 04545350043209, 04545350043216

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