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SH-50 iHS

SKU# V107050WU000-410-base

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  • 16MP

    BSI CMOS

  • 24x/48x

    WIDE/SR ZOOM

  • 3.0"

    TOUCH LCD

  • 1080p

    FULL HD

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Overview

DEMAND MORE CONTROL

The World's First 3-axis Image Stabilization and 5-axis Video Stabilization*

With spectacular image quality and advanced video recording features, the SH-50 iHS is the only thing you’ll need to capture truly amazing stills and videos. Equipped with a 24x wide-angle optical zoom lens (25-600mm equivalent), you’ll get super close to the action even if you can’t move in any closer. And when you consider its low light performance, high-speed responsiveness, iHS technology, and the most sophisticated 5-axis video stabilization on the market in a point-and-shoot camera, your days of settling for cell phone pics or hauling around a dedicated camcorder are over. Shoot in glorious Full 1080p HD Video while controlling your frame rate and aspect ratio thanks to the Advanced Movie mode. Rely on the completely automatic

Enhanced Intelligent Auto (iAuto) mode, or venture to full control using Manual mode for images exactly the way you want to capture them. Get the perfect shot every time thanks to High-Speed Sequential Shooting at 10 frames per second in full resolution. And for even more flexibility, rely on the touch screen to set your focus point, fire off the shutter button and even make color and tone changes right on the LCD screen with Live Guide. It’s everything you’ll need to finally ditch the camera phone and closet the camcorder.

Take a closer look at the SH-50 iHS.

Outstanding Image Quality

iHS Technology

A powerful, DSLR-quality Image Processor and a cutting-edge BSI CMOS sensor come together to dramatically improve image quality with spectacular low-light performance, blazing fast autofocus, enhanced Intelligent Auto for spectacular scene and subject recognition and Super-Resolution Zoom.

24x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom (25-600mm equivalent)

All the capabilities you need in one compact lens that won’t weigh you down. The 24x optical zoom gets you amazingly close to the action while the 25mm Wide-Angle lens lets you capture breathtaking panoramas and large group shots even when there isn’t room to back up.

3-Axis Image Stabilization

The SH-50 iHS is the first compact digital camera to be equipped with image stabilization that mechanically compensates for rotary shift as well as horizontal and vertical angular shift. The 3-axis Photo IS uses the same driver mechanism as the OM-D to also correct blur along the optical axis. Blur-free, stable autofocus thanks to the most powerful image stabilization in its class.

Hand-Held Starlight with Flash

Even when shooting night scenes when blur is more likely to occur, you can shoot beautiful photos holding the camera in your hands. When the shutter is released, multiple images are shot simultaneously and merged into one photo with less noise in low light situations. When the flash is enabled, you get optimal exposure of both the foreground and background resulting in stunning low light images.

Video Versatility

World's First 5 Axis Video
Stabilization on a Compact Camera*

The Olympus SH-50 iHS is the World's first digital compact camera to employ five-axis stabilization for video recording. This ground-breaking image stabilization technology that migrated down from the Olympus E-M5 system compensates for blur that occurs across 5 directions on three separate planes of motion: angular, transitional and rotary. By combining a powerful mechanical and electronic hybrid video stabilization, you'll record smooth, clear videos even when walking or enjoying a boat ride.

1080p Full HD Video with HDMI Output & Control

A simple, one-touch button allows you shoot clear, crisp full HD videos in 1080p right from your camera.

Advanced Movie Mode

Specifically designed to provide enhanced control when shooting videos, the Advanced Movie Mode allows for the easy activation of different recording functions like Photos-In-Movie, 60i Movie and High Speed Movie. Control your frame rate, make white balance adjustments and even set the self timer right from easy-to-access menus.

Photos-In-Movie

Camera and camcorder all at the same time. Capture multiple photos in full resolution while simultaneously recording Full HD videos without interruption. Simply press the shutter button to shoot stills in video mode - no need to change the model dial!

High-Speed HD Videos

For the first time on a digital compact camera, now you can record high-speed videos in high definition. At a frame rate of 120 frames per second in 720p HD, you'll enjoy slow motion playback of all your greatest action moments!

Expanded Shooting Possibilities

Manual Mode

Want more control over your image output? Adjust ISO settings, shutter speed and aperture with ease while viewing the expected results on screen as you make your selections.

Touch Screen & Live Guide

Intuitive touch-screen functions allow you to set your focus point and fire off the shutter button with incredible speed so you never miss your shot. And with the on-screen Live-Guide feature, you can make adjustments to color and tone right on screen.

Tele-Macro

Capture beautiful close-up images of subjects at a distance with the tele macro function which allows for blur-free shots up to 40 cm close even at the telephoto end of the zoom range.

SMART PANORAMA

Capture breathtaking panoramic views and vistas just as you remember them, all in one frame and at the touch of a button, by simply panning the camera across the scene. No computer necessary!

Advanced Shadow Adjustment Technology

Automatically compensates for shadowed areas to minimize the differences in highlight and lowlight areas resulting in more uniform exposure across the image.

Hand-Held Starlight Mode with Flash

Hand-Held Starlight with Flash automatically snaps several images and then stitches them together into a single, blur-free image with minimal noise resulting in stunning low light images.

HDR Backlight Adjustment

Shooting into backlight typically results in washed out, overly bright images. Backlight HDR Adjustment takes a collage of images at various exposure levels and blends them into one, perfectly exposed image.

MAGIC ART FILTERS

Express your creativity with 11 different special effects for your photos and HD videos. Olympus’ Magic Art Filters infuse familiar scenes with new and unexpected moods ranging from the excited to the serene and from the whimsical to the mysterious. Choose from Pop Art, Pin Hole, Fisheye, Soft Focus, Punk, Sparkle, Watercolor, Miniature, Reflection, Dramatic and Fragmented. (Some effects apply only to still photos. Effects may reduce image size.)

Live Guide

Get the results you want every time with Live Guide! Seeing the results before you shoot can change the way you take a picture. Easily adjust the brightness, color, vividness, etc. by touching the guide bar and previewing the effects on the ultra-bright 3.0" Touch Panel LCD.

*As of January 2013

features

16 MEGAPIXEL BSI CMOS

An amazing 16 million pixels in the High-Sensitivity, High-Speed BSI CMOS sensor deliver unmatched image quality with less noise and improved image detail, especially in low-light situations.

24X WIDE-ANGLE OPTICAL ZOOM LENS (25-600MM EQUIVALENT)

The 24x optical zoom gets you amazingly close to the action while the 25mm wide-angle lens lets you capture group shots and breathtaking panoramas.

48X SUPER RESOLUTION ZOOM

Get twice as close. Double your optical zoom power for a total effective zoom of 48x and get even closer to your subjects without compromising image quality.

3.0" HIGH-RESOLUTION TOUCH SCREEN

So close you can touch it. Intuitive touch-screen operation allows for seamless adjustments to your most important camera settings. Controlling the shutter, adjusting the brightness and setting the autofocus points are just a few of the possibilities right at your fingertips.

1080p FULL HD VIDEO

A simple, one-touch button allows you shoot clear, crisp full HD videos in 1080p right from your camera.

Outstanding Image Quality

iHS TECHNOLOGY

A powerful, DSLR-quality Image Processor and a cutting-edge BSI CMOS sensor come together to dramatically improve image quality with spectacular low-light performance, blazing fast autofocus, enhanced Intelligent Auto for spectacular scene and subject recognition and Super-Resolution Zoom.

LOW LIGHT PERFORMANCE

Thanks to iHS technology high ISOs and quick shutter speeds, you'll achieve ideal results in low light situations whether you're shooting in a dim room, outdoors at dusk, or around the campfire.

HIGH-SPEED PERFORMANCE

From quick start up times, to ultra fast shot-to-shot intervals and blazing autofocus, the camera is always read to go when the action kicks in.

LIVE GUIDE

Get the results you want every time with Live Guide! Seeing the results before you shoot can change the way you take a picture. Easily adjust the brightness, color, vividness, etc. by touching the guide bar and previewing the effects on the ultra-bright 3.0" Touch Panel LCD.

HIGH-SPEED SEQUENTIAL SHOOTING

Shoot like a pro. With high-speed burst shooting, nail the perfect shot by taking a quick sequence at the touch of a button.

TRUEPIC™ VI IMAGE PROCESSOR

A TruePic VI Image Processor, first developed for professional SLRs, knows precisely how to deliver true-to-life color, the sharpest details, and less noise.

3-AXIS IMAGE STABILIZATION

Most Image Stabilization systems only work for angular shifts around the X- and Y- axes. The Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS is the first compact digital camera to be equipped with image stabilization that mechanically compensates for rotary shift as well as horizontal and vertical angular shift.

Expanded Shooting Possibilities

TOUCH AF AND SHOOT

Touch the screen to select the autofocus point and fire off the shutter button all at once, allowing you to quickly capture your subjects with ease.

MULTI RECORDING

Simultaneously record videos and still images so you'll never have to compromise one for the other. Simply start recording your video and press the shutter button to snap stills throughout the recording.

ISO RANGE 80-12400

Enjoy excellent dynamic range, vibrant color reproduction and reduced noise with an ISO range of 80 to 12400.

HAND-HELD STARLIGHT WITH FLASH

Hand-Held Starlight with Flash automatically snaps several images and then stitches them together into a single, blur-free image with minimal noise resulting in stunning low light images.

BACKLIGHT HDR

Shooting into backlight typically results in washed out, overly bright images. Backlight HDR Adjustment takes a collage of images at various exposure levels and blends them into one, perfectly exposed image.

MANUAL MODE

Want more control over your image output? Adjust ISO settings, shutter speed and aperture with ease while viewing the expected results on screen as you make your selections.

TELE MACRO

Capture beautiful close-up images of subjects at a distance with the tele macro function which allows for blur-free shots up to 40 cm close even at the telephoto end of the zoom range.

Enhanced Video Versatility

HIGH-SPEED HD VIDEO

For the first time on a digital compact camera, now you can record high-speed videos in high definition. At a frame rate of 120 frames per second in 720p HD, you'll enjoy slow motion playback of all your greatest action moments!

ADVANCED MOVIE MODE

Specifically designed to provide enhanced control when shooting videos, the Advanced Movie Mode allows for the easy activation of different recording functions like Photo-In-Movie, 60i Movie and High Speed Movie. Control your frame rate, make white balance adjustments and even set the self timer right from easy-to-access menus.

5-AXIS VIDEO STABILIZATION

The Olympus SH-50 IHSis the World's first digital compact camera to employ five-axis stabilization for video recording.

HDMI OUTPUT & CONTROL

HDMI output and control makes playing back videos on your HDTV a breeze.

MULTI-MOTION MOVIE IS

The newly-developed image stabilization technique helps to reduce camera blur caused by walking or breathing when shooting videos...

48X SUPER RESOLUTION ZOOM IN VIDEO

Double your optical zoom power in video mode for a total effective zoom of 48x so you can get super close to the action when shooting video.

LINEAR PCM RECORDING

Linear PCM Recording, an audio technology pioneered by Olympus for professional voice recorders, records your videos with high-definition audio for optimal playback results.

Core Technologies

AF ILLUMINATOR

An LED Illuminator is like a mini-flashlight on the front of the camera to enhance focus and exposure for macro shooting. The LED illuminator also works in conjunction with the flash to help illuminate your subject in low-light conditions.

ENHANCED INTELLIGENT AUTO

Automatically identifies the scene you’re shooting—up to 30 different scene including Portrait, Landscape, Night + Portrait, Macro or Sports—and adjusts the settings for ideal results.

28 SCENE MODES

Select from scene modes like Beach & Snow, Night Scene, Sport and Landscape and the camera automatically adjusts the settings for optimal results.

ADVANCED SHADOW ADJUSTMENT TECHNOLOGY

Automatically compensates for shadowed areas to minimize the differences in highlight and lowlight areas resulting in more uniform expsure across the image. When used together with iAuto or Face Detection, the subject's face is shot with optimal exposure settings so that the face can be recorded clearly even under strong back light conditions. The TruePic VI image processor further reduces noise in the shadowy areas allowing for even better backlight adjustment.

FACE DETECTION

Face Detection automatically focuses on your subjects' faces and optimizes exposure for sharp, brilliant portrait pictures.

AF TRACKING

AF Tracking automatically tracks unpredictable, fast-moving subjects such as kids and pets, and continuously adjusts the focus and brightness so you can capture these photogenic whirlwinds with ease.

Creativity

SMART PANORAMA

Capture breathtaking panoramic views and vistas just as you remember them, all in one frame and at the touch of a button, by simply panning the camera across the scene. No computer necessary!

BEAUTY MAKEUP

Look like a star! Let the camera soften shadows and smooth wrinkles and blemishes on your subject's face with Beauty Mode. Or, digitally apply enhancements to your portraits like eyeshadow, whitening teeth and lifting cheek bones with Beauty Make-Up mode.

11 MAGIC ART FILTERS - STILL & VIDEO

Express your creativity with 11 different special effects for your photos and HD videos. Olympus’ Magic Art Filters infuse familiar scenes with new and unexpected moods ranging from the excited to the serene and from the whimsical to the mysterious. Choose from Pop Art, Pin Hole, Fisheye, Soft Focus, Punk, Sparkle, Watercolor, Miniature, Reflection, Dramatic and Fragmented. (Some effects apply only to still photos. Effects may reduce image size.)

specs
Image Sensor 16 Megapixel - CMOS 1/2.3
Focal Length/Lens Configuration 4.5 - 108mm (25 - 600mm in 35mm photography)
Zoom 24x Optical Zoom + 2x Super Resolution Zoom + 4x Digital Zoom
Aperture Range f3.0 (W) - f6.9 (T)
Display 3.0" (3:2) 460K Dots LCD3.0" (3:2) 460K Dots LCD
Focus System CMOS Contrast Detection
Focus Range (from lens surface) Normal Mode: W: 0.10m - ∞; T: 0.40m - ∞
Super Macro Mode: 0.03m - ∞
Focus Mode Face Detect AF, AF Lock, AF Tracking, Slective AF Area (via Touch Panel)
Shutter Speed 1/4 - 1/2000 (Night Scene: Longest 4 Sec, Manual Mode: Longest 15 sec)
ISO Sensitivity (SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity) ISO 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, AUTO, HIGH
Image File Format Still Image: JPEG
Video: MOV/H.264
Motion Blur Suppression 3-Axis Image Stabilization
Shooting Modes Manual, Intelligent Auto, Program Auto, Beauty Mode with Make-up, Scene Modes (Portrait, Beauty, Landscape, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Sport, Indoor, Self Portrait, Sunset, Fireworks, Cuisine, Documents, Beach & Snow, Pet (Cat), Pet (Dog), S Macro, Backlight HDR)
Panorama Smart Panorama
Continuous Shooting "2.5fps/200 images (16M)
11.5fps/17 images (16M)
20fps/60 images (3M)
60.3fps/60 images (3M)
Auto Split Shooting (3M)"
Shooting Assist Functions Histogram, Frame Assist, Hand-Held Starlight, Voice Recording
Movie Mode 1080 60i, 1080p, 720p, VGA, High Speed 120fps (720p), High Speed 240fps (QVGA)
Image Processing TruePic VI
Playback Edit Effects Still Image: Resize, Crop, Red Eye Fix, Shadow Adjustment
Flash Built-in
Flash Modes Auto, Red Eye Reduction, Fill-in, Off
Flash Working Range "W: 0.1m - 9.4m (ISO 3200)
T: 0.4m - 4.0m (ISO 3200)"
Self-Timer 12/2 seconds, Pet Auto Shutter
Internal Memory 39.3MB
Removable Media Card SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory
Outer Connectors Multi-terminal (USB Connector, DC Jack, Audio/Video Output), HDMI Type D
Auto-Connect USB USB 2.0 High-Speed (USB Mass Storage)
Weight 269g, 9.5oz
AF Illuminator Yes
Dimensions (mm) 4.4" W x 2.5" H x 1.6" D
112.1mm W x 63.5mm H x 42.4mm D


SH-50 Box Contents

  • Camera
  • LI-90B Battery
  • F-2AC AC Adapter
  • Strap (266 Strap-SA, VK2137)
  • USB Cable 521 (VQ8607)
  • 516 Touch Pen
  • Warranty Card
  • Set-Up Manual & Instruction CD
  • Quick Start Guide


Specifications and design are subject to change without notice.

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April 22, 2014

Jo

Best in class

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

Len

Excellent

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

Joy

Sooo Satisfied

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

Fico

Best yet!

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

Natalie

Vivid color, no easy option for black and white

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

iowaman

Great camera

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

Mary

Great camera!

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

Karen

Love4 it

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

Ranbeau

Buying another

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

Lee

So far, so good

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.

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