April 22, 2014
This pocket-sized camera has some features that set it apart from the usual point-and-shoot digital cameras. The 24X zoom is HUGE.
Image stabilization in this camera is exceptional Full HD Video Recording (1008/60i) and Smart Panorama feature to let you take panorama shots.
3" Touch Screen. Battery lasts for about 300 shots, pretty good.
Has a very sturdy, robust feel. A great camera for backpacking and outdoors.
This camera is bigger and heavier than most point-and-shoot. It is 30% bigger than a Canon Powershot I (But it also does more.) So, a bit bulkier than typical point-and-shoot cameras, which are often about the size of a pack of cards.
Video: very easy to use, high def is an advantage.
The manual is somewhat sketchy on the deeper features and it's not particularly good, missing some info and the software is not very functional. It's there as a "you need SOMETHING" but I recommend you use Photoshop Elements and Premiere 12 instead.
I like it far more than my Canon Powershot. If you can only buy one camera and it needs to be affordable and compact, this one is a great choice and has a lot of features for the price.
February 25, 2014
I am still learning to use this camera. It is my first Olympus and I am impressed. The image stabilization works very well. and I think the color results are impressive.
We are taking a European vacation in a few months and I look forward to some great pictures.
February 09, 2014
When to Portugal and Spain in November and wanted to have a fantastic but easy to use camera that didn't take 5 minutes just to set up a perfect shot. I needed one that was sensitive to tricky lighting as well as a good enough pixel count that I could get a very reasonable zoom in on the numerous ancient structures or just the general scenery; either in the moment or later on the computer. In the end the pictures take a bit of extra memory to store but nothing outrageous and I am thrilled with the level of detail in what I already see and not just what I recovered in the shadows with a bit of adjusting. The most impressive zoom was rested on a fence post zooming in on the next mountain top where an old Viking outpost was built... the zoom was sooo sweet that I could see the actual grain in the granite stones that were used to build it! Thank goodness I could satisfy my husbands curiosity with a great picture cause I was too pooped to hike anymore! This trip has sold me on Olympus for life; I will never buy any other name! Thank-you Olympus for providing me with such pleasure!
January 30, 2014
I replaced my old Stylus 820 with this newer model and before these two Olympus cameras I had a Minolta MD 11 35 mm film camera. First I had a hard time getting used to digital transition. Eventually I got used to it.
However the 820 was not a very good camera to transfer from my Minolta. I went back and forth from either format .
When I got the SH-50 iHS it was a completely different experience. I love the little camera. I use it mostly for architectural picture taking and sometimes family pictures and vacations.
I love it because of all of the different options it gives you. I would never use my film camera again. It is going to the museum.
I recommend this little camera. I only have one compliant. I wish it had a view finder. The camera does a wonderful job for someone who has had, Nikon, Minolta, Leica. and comes from 35 mm film and developing its own pictures. This is it! buy it! you will not regret it.
January 05, 2014
I love the beautiful color photos, but I am very disappointed that there is not an easy option for taking a black and white photo....it can be done through the Master system, but amazed this isn't an easy option on the camera.
December 26, 2013
Love how easy it is to use, Takes great pics, has the ease of use of a point and shoot, with DSLR features
December 17, 2013
I have owned two previous Olympus cameras. This one did not disappoint me! I haven't tried all of the functions but the "Auto" mode takes great shots. I also got it during a Christmas sale and received a free case. It does not come with a manual but it's easy enough to print off the disc.
December 10, 2013
Researched this camera and compared it against others - criteria, quality of pictures, stabilization of shots, ease of use. I got what I paid for and more. Love the control this camera gives you over the shot, or just let it take over for you. The zoom does not lose sharpness. I'm still learning, but I love it.
December 09, 2013
Back on June 29 2013 I wrote a review of this camera and since then I have taken it on a train trip from Montreal to Kingman AZ. and then drove through AZ. NV. and California.
I used both still and movie settings on the train and in a moving SUV. the resulting movies and images in HD were just great.
When I got back from this trip I compiled a movie onto a DVD and have watched on a 60' TV and again you would not believe how clear and professional it looks.
One of my other companions used another brand of camera and his movies were so jerky that I could only use one little movie section from him.
As I said at the beginning I am so impressed with this camera I am buying a second one for my wife.
Seeing is believing!
December 08, 2013
Only had a chance to use the camera twice so far. I was a little disappointed in the "sports" mode. Was taking pictures of my grandsons playing flag football and a lot of the action shots were just as blurry as my old Olympus VR 320. Rechecked camera settings and everything seemed to be set OK. I'll have to keep trying and play around with it some more. Aside from that, the video and still shots look great.