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High-end features in a compact camera

As camera technology advances, we're seeing more high-end features trickle down to less expensive point-and-shoots. The Olympus SH-50 iHS is an excellent example, incorporating a DSLR-grade processor and sophisticated image stabilization into an easy-to-use compact camera. In addition, the SH-50 includes a whopping 24X zoom, with digitally enhanced 48X zoom with minimal image degradation. Combine that impressive range with the 16-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor, and you've got an incredibly portable camera that'll serve you well in almost any lighting.

Innovative image stabilization drastically reduces blur

All compact digital cameras feature some form of image stabilization to offset shake and movement. The SH-50 borrows a mechanism from Olympus's OM-D hybrid camera to correct shake not only along the horizontal and vertical axes, but also to correct for rotational movement. Similar technology is applied to HD video shooting, applying stabilization across five axes. So whether you're recording home movies while walking behind your child's tricycle or struggling to keep your hands steady while snapping stills from odd angles, the SH-50 keeps your photos and videos blur-free.

Quick on the draw

Think point-and-shoots aren't built for speed? The SH-50 challenges that premise, with Olympus's TruePic™ VI processor offering fast auto focus and burst shooting, letting your fire off up to 11.5 frames per second at full resolution. Even with high shutter speeds in low light, you'll capture detailed, low-noise shots thanks to the high-sensitivity backlit CMOS sensor. The touchscreen display is perfect for reviewing photos, as well as making on-board color and tone adjustments — even before you snap the picture. There are lots of features to explore in the compact SH-50 iHS, at a price that would have been hard to imagine just a few years ago.


    • 16-megapixel effective recording with backside-illuminated CMOS sensor
    • 24X optical zoom (4X digital zoom)
    • 3" touchscreen LCD (460,000 dots)
    • 35mm equivalent focal length: 25-600mm
    • records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards
    Special Features:
    • 48X super-resolution digital zoom mode for high-quality close-ups of distant subjects
    • 3-axis image stabilization corrects for rotational, vertical, and horizontal movement for blur-free photos
    • 5-axis video stabilization provides advanced shake and movement compensation for smooth, blur-free movies
    • DSLR-grade TruePic VI Image Processor produces photos with clear detail, natural colors, and low noise
    • tele macro option lets you capture clear images of subjects as close as 40cm, even with telephoto zoom
    • touchscreen with Live Guide lets you make pre-shot adjustments and preview results on the display
    • manual control available for ISO, shutter speed, and aperture
    • Beauty Mode softens shadows and smooths wrinkles and blemishes for better portraits
    • auto-flash red-eye reduction and post-shot red-eye fix
    • up to 11.5 fps continuous shooting at full resolution (up to 17 images)
    • high-definition movie mode (up to 1080p resolution) includes high-speed recording for slow-motion playback
    • simultaneous video and still recording
    • Backlight HDR mode creates even lighting throughout a photo by snapping and combining multiple shots with different exposure levels
    • variable ISO (film speed equivalent) settings including a high sensitivity mode (ISO 12,800) for low-light and flash-free shooting
    • built-in flash
    Connections and Dimensions:
    • micro HDMI output for connecting the camera to a compatible HDTV (cable not included)
    • USB and A/V outputs
    • 4-3/8"W x 2-1/2"H x 1-5/8"D
    • weight: 9.5 oz.
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    Supplied Accessories:
    • rechargeable lithium-ion battery and charger
    • touch pen
    • USB cable
    • strap

    Today's point-and-shoot cameras make great pictures easier than ever

    From baby's first steps, to that dream vacation in the islands, these cameras make it easy to capture life's greatest hits. Today's cameras have helpful automatic features, like face detection and scene recognition that make shooting more foolproof than ever. And they all have plenty of megapixels for detailed photos that stay sharp, even when you enlarge and print them.

    Olympus SH-50 iHS Reviews

    Preliminary info from the manufacturer

    Features and Specs

    LCD Screen Size 3"
    Adjustable-angle LCD No
    Wi-Fi No
    Touchscreen Yes
    Waterproof No
    GPS-enabled No
    Lens 35mm Equivalent 25-600mm
    Optical Zoom 24x
    Digital Zoom 4x
    Filter Diameter N/A
    Manual Focusing No
    Manual Exposure No
    Built-in Flash Yes
    HDMI Output Micro
    Internal Memory 39.3MB
    Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
    Effective Megapixel Count 16
    Total Megapixels ---
    Image Stabilization Sensor Shift
    Highest Resolution N/A
    HD Video Recording 1920 x 1080
    Width (inches) 4-7/16
    Height (inches) 2-1/2
    Depth (inches) 1-5/8
    Weight With Battery (ounces) 9.5
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year