Olympus Stylus SH-1: Pen for Pockets

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Say what you want about Olympus, they never seem to stop cranking out cameras, and pushing as much technology into those new bodies as possible.  Nowhere is this more true than in the case of the Olympus Stylus SH-1, just announced and packing some nifty features.

Olympus Stylus SH-1, the Pocket-able Pen-inspired Point-and-Shoot

Olympus’s top tier Stylus cameras mostly rock the black, angular svelte of the E-M1, but the SH-1 is a slight departure from that trend, coming in black, silver, or white.  The overall appearance of the camera is easily comparable to the Pen cameras, but with a fixed lens equivalent to 25-600 mm.  Aperture ranges from f/3 to f/6.9.  The big improvement in this camera is the inclusion of 5-axis image stabilization, but that doesn’t mean the camera lacks in other features.  Full HD Video, built-in WiFi, a 3″ touchscreen LCD, and built in stereo mics only increase the appeal.  Even some degree of manual control has been pledged by Olympus.

Here are some pictures of the new Olympus Stylus SH-1:

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The back LCD has a decent resolution of 460,000 dots, but there is no ability to attach an electronic viewfinder or a flash via hot shoe.  There is a nifty, Pen-looking flash that sits on the left side of the top plate, but I haven’t been able to narrow down a range for it.

Other specifications of note would include a 12 fps continuous drive (!), an auto focus assist lamp, and the TruePic VII image processor.

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Admittedly, I’m a little curious about what that small bump under the left side of the lens does.  A seemingly-paltry 3 cm minimum focusing distance has me a little miffed, as the just-announced, brand-spankin’-new TG-3 (also from Olympus) features a minimum focusing distance of just 10 mm.  Yeah, that’s right:  10 freaking millimeters.  However this is about my only qualm, and all in all, 3 cm ain’t too shabby for a minimum focusing distance.  But if I had to pick one down side to a camera based on specs made available on the same day it was released, that would be the down side that I choose.

The Olympus Stylus SH-1 comes out in May, with a recommended street price of $399 – a truly affordable price point if you’re given to buying cameras on the street.

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