A small, stylish camera with a 24x zoom lens
Olympus has just announced its Stylus SH-2 ultra-zoom camera will be available from this month, and it looks like a little beauty, as you can see from the photo. It's aimed at those of you who want a camera with a versatile lens, yet also a camera can fit in your pocket (or sling unobtrusively from your shoulder) and travel everywhere you go.
A throw-back styling gives it an attractive look that's sure please most camera lovers. On the inside it has a 16-megapixel backside illuminated (BSI) sensor, and it uses the Olympus TruePic VII image processor. It can capture in both JPEG and RAW formats.
There's a large, 3in LCD screen on the rear through which you can frame your photos, and there is a nice, clean layout with minimal controls. You don't get dials for changing the shutter and aperture, but those values are still changeable in manual mode.
The lens is the big thing about this camera. It can go from a wide angle of 25mm, all the way up to a tele-angle of 600mm. That's a 24x optical zoom.
To help keep the camera steady while zoomed in, Olympus has included its 5-axis image stabilisation that's a hybrid of both optical and digital technology.
The lens has a stated aperture figure of f/3.8 at the wide angle, and f/8.7 at the maximum zoom, so you really need to use it plenty of light, or on a tripod if you will be using a slow shutter. The ISO sensitivity is from 125 to 6400.
As is usual with Olympus cameras, there are plenty of scene modes to choose (seven), including some that can assist night time shots and long exposures. It also does time lapse from 5min to 5hr, and filters can also be used in this mode. Full HD movie recording is supplemented by a feature that allows you to capture a 16-megapixel photo while simultaneously shooting a video.
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