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Olympus Stylus SH-50
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Olympus Stylus SH-50 Digital Camera

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16MP 24x CMOS Jan 2013
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
The SH-50 has plenty to boast about, but it has one special feature that 's going to change point-and-shoot cameras forever: its groundbreaking, super-sharp image stabilisation (IS) technology.... More
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31 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The writer at one expert review site concluded that this camera was very good. This Olympus camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from PhotographyBlog.com.

Good Quality Lens

Four people said in their reviews that the Olympus Stylus SH-50 had a good zoom. John Kaiser Calautit scored the product 80 out of 100 and he mentioned in his review of the Olympus Stylus SH-50 on Amazon “Olympus Stylus SH-50 Digital Super Zoom Camera”.

Some Olympus Stylus SH-50 reviewers who purchased this digital camera said that it had a good image stabiliser. Digital Versus mentioned “Effective stabilisation system”.

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Good Quality Pictures

A few people who reviewed it agreed that it had a good picture resolution. J. Gould wrote in their review on Amazon “It makes shooting in very bright sunlight awkward.I like this camera mostly for the quality of the pictures.”. Expert website Steve's Digicams mentioned “Quick TakeProsiAuto shooting mode is accurate” .

A few Olympus Stylus SH-50 reviewers who reviewed the Olympus Stylus SH-50 considered that it was able to produce good images. Three years ago J. Gould mentioned “Takes really excellent photos easily”. J. Gould also mentioned “The zoom is particularly impressive and it has some clever stuff that manages to keep pics sharpish even at full zoom”.

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Good Size

Several Olympus Stylus SH-50 reviewers said in their reviews that the Olympus Stylus SH-50 was compact. John Kaiser Calautit mentioned “High zoom compact cameraPros” . Expert review site Digital Versus said three years ago “For CES 2013, Olympus has announced three new compact cameras to beef up its Stylus Traveller line” in their review of the Olympus Stylus SH-50 but in spite of that they only scored it 60 out of 100.

One Olympus Stylus SH-50 reviewer wrote in their reviews that the Olympus Stylus SH-50 was a good body shape.

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Good Brand

Based on 1,711 expert and owner reviews, Olympus has good ratings for its digital cameras. Olympus also has good ratings specifically for its compact cameras compared to other manufacturers.

Nice Design

Two Olympus Stylus SH-50 reviewers who reviewed it thought it was good looking. J. Gould mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Excellent zoom, manual override, easy to use, cool looking” and scored it 5 stars. J. Gould also said “It is also particularly good looking in a slightly retro way”.

Good Support

Two customers who reviewed the Olympus Stylus SH-50 concluded that it had good technical guidance.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One Olympus Stylus SH-50 reviewer who reviewed the product considered that it had a good viewfinder. J. Gould said in their Olympus Stylus SH-50 review “The only feature I am not so keen on is the lack of a viewfinder”. One Olympus Stylus SH-50 reviewer who purchased this digital camera said that it had a good screen.

Easy to Use

Two Olympus Stylus SH-50 owners who reviewed it thought it was easy to use.

Good Video Capture

A few people who bought it considered that it was good for video recording.

Robust

One customer wrote in their reviews that the Olympus Stylus SH-50 was well made.

Good Product Quality

One customer reckoned that the product was good quality.

Good Technical Features

One Olympus Stylus SH-50 owner thought it had good features. Expert review site Steve's Digicams said “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” in their review of the Olympus Stylus SH-50.

Fairly Large Display Diagonal

The display diagonals of compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years range from 1" to 4.8". The Stylus SH-50 has one of the larger display diagonals (3 inches) amongst compact cameras of this age.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 3" screen cameras currently available including the SAMSUNG DV300F[pl_1513072_price], or the WB30F[pl_1598460_price] both from Samsung or the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price] which has better reviews.

If this Olympus digital camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77[plb_1836487_price] (3.5"), or the Samsung EK-GC100[plb_2075290_price] (4.8") which also has a higher rating.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many digital cameras of this spec and age. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We compared all the other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the Nikon Coolpix S9700[plb_2173237_price], and the Canon SX280 HS[plb_2126239_price] is also worth considering.

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

Across all the digital cameras that have been around for more than two years the optical zooms range from 3x to 63x, and the average optical zoom is 9.3x. At 24 times zoom factor, the Stylus SH-50 has a quite big optical zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 24x optical zoom cameras currently available including the Stylus SZ-15[pl_1721132_price], the SZ-14[pl_1686232_price], or the SZ-31MR[pl_383788_price] all from Olympus which has better reviews.

Cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth considering include the Coolpix L320[pl_1939468_price] (26x), or the D810[pl_2077436_price] (26x) both from Nikon which also has a higher rating.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the Stylus SH-50, the Olympus Stylus SH-50 has an image stabilizer.

Alternative cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might also want to consider include the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo[plb_1829795_price], or the GE C1233[plb_1772801_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Stylus SH-50 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Stylus SH-50.

We compared all the other cameras with a built-in flash to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], the Olympus VR-350[plb_1835931_price], and the GE C1433[plb_1772802_price] is also worth considering.

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Very High Motion JPEG Frame Rate

At 240 frames per second, the Olympus Stylus SH-50 has a very high motion JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the Stylus SH-50. The lowest motion JPEG frame rate of compact cameras that were released more than two years ago is 15fps and the highest is 240fps.

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Very Large Maximum Memory Card Size

When compared to other compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago that we have checked, the maximum memory card size of the Olympus Stylus SH-50 of 128 gigabytes is one of the largest. The smallest maximum memory card size of similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Stylus SH-50 is 1GB, the largest is 130GB, and the average maximum memory card size is 29GB.

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Features Four Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the Stylus SH-50 is more than most compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on compact cameras that are a similar age to the Stylus SH-50. The flash modess "Fill-in", "Flash off" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this Olympus digital camera.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of compact cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Stylus SH-50 is 18mm, the longest is 1,000mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 250mm. When compared to other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the Stylus SH-50 that we have checked, the Stylus SH-50's maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 600 millimeters is one of the longest.

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Has Three White Balances

The Stylus SH-50 has a greater number of white balance modes than most digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. The most frequently found white balance is Auto, but this white balance is not found on this digital camera. The white balances Daylight, Fluorescent and Tungsten are also found on this Olympus digital camera.

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture Number

The average maximum aperture number of digital cameras of this age and spec is 6.9, and the maximum aperture numbers range from 1.8 to 87. With a maximum aperture number of 6.9, the Stylus SH-50 has a fairly small maximum aperture number compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a comparable age to the Stylus SH-50.

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2 USB Version

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

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Supports Seven ISO Sensitivitys

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Stylus SH-50 is more than most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this Olympus camera. The ISO sensitivitys 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 and 6400 are also supported by this digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum 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 a 1280 x 720 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best video resolution amongst all compact cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Stylus SH-50.

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

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Quite Many Total Megapixels

The Olympus Stylus SH-50 has one of the more total megapixelss (16.8 megapixels) amongst compact cameras of this age. The least total megapixels of cameras of this age and spec is 10MP, the most is 48MP, and the average total megapixels is 16MP.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the Stylus SH-50 is 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 similar spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years the video resolution ranges from 320 x 240 pixels (worst) to 1920 x 1080 pixels (best).

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on compact cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Features One Light Metering

The number of light metering modes featured on the Stylus SH-50 is more than most compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as 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 digital camera.

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10 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on four expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Digital Versus, computerbild.de and Les Numeriques.com this camera has an overall expert rating of 67 out of 100.

Poor Connectivity

One Olympus Stylus SH-50 reviewer wrote in their reviews that the Olympus Stylus SH-50 was not wifi compatible. John Kaiser Calautit said in his review on Amazon “No RAW shooting- No built-in Wi-Fi- Touchscreen can't be used in menus- Images are soft in the cornersRating” but even so he gave the Olympus Stylus SH-50 a score of 80 out of 100.

Does Not Support Video Capability

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Stylus SH-50, the Olympus Stylus SH-50 does not support video capability.

It is worth considering other cameras which also support video capability including the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], the Sony KHX20BBGSFDI[plb_1543754_price], or the Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS[plb_1658031_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most cameras that have been around for more than two years do not support Full HD video. The Stylus SH-50 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

It is worth considering other digital cameras which also support Full HD video including the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price], or the Sony DSC-HX10V/R[plb_1543755_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Stylus SH-50 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also do not support wi-Fi.

Other digital cameras which also support wi-Fi that you might also want to look at include the ST200[pl_378406_price], the Galaxy Camera EK-GC110[pl_2083466_price], or the SAMSUNG WB150F[pl_1682907_price] all from Samsung.

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Not 3D

Most cameras of this age and spec are not 3D. The Olympus Stylus SH-50 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

Digital cameras which are 3D that might also be worth considering include the Olympus VR-360[plb_362476_price], the Panasonic DMC-TZ30[plb_1847857_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price].

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Olympus Stylus SH-50 does not have a GPS (satellite), although keep in mind that most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Stylus SH-50 also do not have a GPS (satellite).

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) that you might want to look at including the Nikon 9500[plb_1721861_price], the Samsung EK-GC100[plb_2075290_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40[plb_2046319_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

The Stylus SH-50 is not waterproof, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec are also not waterproof.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of only 4 times zoom factor, the Stylus SH-50 has a quite small digital zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to the Stylus SH-50. Digital cameras of this spec and age have digital zooms of between 1x and 810x, and the average digital zoom is 11x.

There are a number of other 4x digital zoom cameras currently available which you might want to consider including the PowerShot A3200 IS[pl_1463972_price], or the 115 HS[pl_1526810_price] both from Canon or the Nikon 3200[plb_1729050_price] which has better reviews.

If this camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might also want to consider the G3WP[pl_1772968_price] (4.5x and higher rated), or the G5WP[pl_1772971_price] (4.5x and higher rated) both from GE or the Samsung 200F[plb_2071998_price] (5x and higher rated).

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Only Has Three Shooting Modess

The number of shooting modes found on the Stylus SH-50 is more than most digital cameras of this age and type. This digital camera has an Auto shooting modes, which is the most commonly found shooting modes found on compact cameras that came out around the same time as the Stylus SH-50. The shooting modess "Manual" and "Scene" are also found on this Olympus camera.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Olympus Stylus SH-50

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when Olympus released the Stylus SH-50.

Average Megapixel

The Stylus SH-50 has a relatively standard megapixel (16 megapixels) compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to the Stylus SH-50.

We compared all the other 16MP digital cameras to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Olympus VR-370[plb_1721828_price], the Canon A2500[plb_1564196_price], and the HP P550[plb_1609839_price] is also worth considering.

If this camera megapixel is not high enough for you then you might also want to look at the Coolpix P510[pl_2071647_price] (16.1MP), or the L27 + Case + 5Y[pl_1968351_price] (16.1MP) both from Nikon or the Sony DSC-W570[plb_2128686_price] (16.1MP) which is also higher rated.

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MOS Sensor Type

The Stylus SH-50 has a MOS sensor type which is better than the CCD sensor type found on most cameras of this age and type.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], the Casio Exilim EX-ZR400[plb_1892885_price], or the Samsung EK-GC100[plb_2075290_price].

If the sensor type of this Olympus digital camera is too bad for you then you might also want to consider the Samsung 90[plb_1216_price] (CCD), or the Nikon 28[plb_1877145_price] (CCD) which is also higher rated.

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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 Structure (elements/groups)
Number of Aspheric Elements
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Closest Focusing Distance
Manual Focusing Range (wide)
Manual Focusing Range (tele)
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Maximum Memory Card Size
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Second Display
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
HDMI
USB Version
Camera
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Self-Timer Delay
Image Editing
Camera Playback
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Hand Strap
Networking
Bluetooth
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity

1 Award

PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended

Expert Reviews

(9)
31 January 2014

As well as stills, the Olympus SH50 also shoots 1080p / 1080i (Full HD; 1,920 x 1,080 pixel) high definition movies, at a rate of either 30 frames or 60 interlaced fields per second. These are... Read more…

8 August 2013

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. One of which is a new image stabilization system, which is a...

24 July 2013

The Olympus SH-50 seems to be counting on its five-axis stabilisation feature to turn heads. Thankfully, this works very well. Other than the new TruePic VI processor which brings a boost to...

24 July 2013

The Olympus SH-50 seems to be counting on its five-axis stabilisation feature to turn heads. Thankfully, this works very well. Other than the new TruePic VI processor which brings a boost to...

Films 1080p HD video
Easy to use
Effective stabilisation system
Responsiveness
Fun creative modes
Lens quality
Touchscreen isn't used to its full potential (can't be used in menus)
Images are dull and could be sharper

Le SH-50 mise tout sur sa stabilisation 5 axes qui par bonheur fonctionne à merveille. A part un processeur TruePic VI qui booste sa réactivit&#233, le reste de l'appareil transpire le déjà vu...

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User Reviews

(7)
Reviewed 5 December 2014 by Alfred G.
(Verified Purchase)

Make sure you have a rig fast enough to get the benefits out of this monitor. A video card has to have a display port and be G-sync ready for it to work. Make sure you cap games at 120fps, if... Read more…

Practically the best 1080p Monitor on the market. If you haven't tried G-sync, do yourself a favor and do what you can to get one
No dead pixels, Adjustable stand, Matte bezel, Uniform, Crisp and Vibrant image
144Hz, G Sync, mobility, sturdy
Zero flicker
Bright screen
Costs 23 of what my whole rig did (worth every penny
I have to put the case on it after use or else I can't sleep at night
My first monitor was from the September 2014 batch and had a number of issues. Dead Pixel, Power button didn't function correctly, 3D light kept coming on and off, scan lines, heavy flickering, unsmoo
Default settings give a weird red glow if you view the monitor, even a little, from below. Now that I've customized everything it's gone
Changing from G Sync to normal or vice versa can take some seconds. (first world problem
Reviewed 12 June 2014 by The Man 7
(Verified Purchase)

This camera was delivered much sooner than stated so I was well happy. It works fine in both picture and movie mode. The camera zooms to 24x but then zooms further to x57 optical as displayed on... Read more…

Reviewed 20 January 2014 by Mike Colwell
(Verified Purchase)

Lovely camera but after less than a year the Zoom isnt woking properly. I am not sure how to get it repaired under warranty.

(Verified Purchase)

I bought this camera to take on holiday and in situations where I didn't want to carry my DSLR. It is small enough to slip into a pocket and takes really excellent photos easily. The zoom is... Read more…

Reviewed 30 August 2013 by Purple "RB" | 2 Comments
(Verified Purchase)

I sent this back as I took 60 photo's and one short video and the battery ran out...so not even half a day while I was at my brothers Wedding...an event that can never be repeated ...very... Read more…

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Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sh50zil, sh50wit, sh50zxwa, olympus v107050su000, olympus v107050wu000
Barcodes 00050332184985, 00050332184992, 00050332185005, 00545350043193, 04545350043193, 04545350043209, 04545350043216, 07044447832919
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