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Olympus SH-1 16 MP Digital Camera (Silver)

by Olympus
4.2 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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  • 5-axis image stabilization for still photographs as well as video
  • Wide-angle 24x zoom lens (24-600mm equivalent) for blur-free shooting from any distance
  • Built-in Wi-Fi allows you to control and operate the camera remotely and share movie and video files with ease
  • Advanced Video features allow you to shoot in Full HD 60p for smoother action sequences and high-speed videos you can replace in slow motion
  • Manual Mode, Live Guide, and Touch Screen controls that allow you to select your autofocus point and trip the shutter at the touch of a finger
  • Continuous shooting at 11 frames per second, interval shooting with up to 99 shots, built-in HDR and in-camera Art Filters allow you to get creative
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Product Description

Color: Silver

Product Description

Advanced Movie mode (high-speed movies & photo in movie capture)

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A sleek, premium design inspired by classic Olympus PEN cameras. Advanced technology adapted from the award-winning OM-D series. And the first-ever 5-axis image stabilization system for both video and stills in a compact camera. Though conveniently small in size, the new SH-1 looms large, offering an unsurpassed array of technical features: 24x wide angle optical zoom (25-600mm equivalent); built-in WiFi; robust video recording capabilities (including a new Time-Lapse Movie feature); FAST AF technology; and a variety of creative control options.

Sharper Stills and Video with 5-axis IS
Olympus has incorporated its most sophisticated image stabilization technology into the SH-1 – the world’s first* compact camera with 5-axis IS for still photographs as well as video (the IS performance of the SH-1 in video mode is superior to that of a digital camcorder). Enjoy the sharpness of blur-free images whether you’re using the 24x zoom to zero in on wildlife or shooting movies of your kids out on the soccer pitch. *As of March 31, 2014; based on Olympus research

The Smarter, Connected Compact
The SH-1 is designed to fit seamlessly into your digital lifestyle. WiFi is built right into the camera; with the Olympus Image Share app on your smart device, you can share your latest creative endeavors by simply pressing a button. You can also use your device to control the camera remotely – zoom in and out, select shooting and drive modes, adjust exposure and autofocus, trip the shutter – which is handy for group shots and “sneaking up” on wildlife. You can even geotag your photos with location information using the app and your device’s GPS.


Advanced Video Capabilities
With the SH-1, you’ll no longer need to carry around a camcorder! This camera shoots Full HD 60p video for smoother action sequences, as well as high-speed footage (120 fps in HD) that you can replay in slow motion for very cool effects. The Photo & Movie Capture feature allows you to simultaneously freeze action in full-res still photos while recording HD video. And with Time-Lapse Movie, you can compress up to five hours of action into a 20-second movie.

Sophisticated AF Features and Interval Shooting
Getting sharp images of moving subjects is no problem thanks to the SH-1’s touch-screen shutter operation, super high-speed FAST AF technology and ability to fire off up to 11 frames per second in full resolution. Interval Shooting is another tool for channeling your creativity; you can select any number of frames from 1 to 99, establish intervals from 10 seconds to an hour and set the timer at up to 60 minutes – great for changing weather, flower blooming and other fixed-point observations of movement.

Go Old School with Manual Controls
The many automatic features of the SH-1 make it easy to take great photos and video. But sometimes you want to take matters into your own hands and apply your knowledge of just how a camera works. The SH-1’s Manual Exposure mode lets you do just that; you can customize ISO, shutter speed and aperture settings to achieve the specific effects you envision, and check out the results on the LCD monitor before you snap the shutter. You can also use Live Guide to adjust color and brightness on the fly.

Olympus iHS Technology – Intelligent High Speed
All the bells and whistles in the world don’t matter if a camera doesn’t have the right “guts.” The SH-1 most definitely does, sporting Olympus’s best-in-class 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and the same TruePic VII image processor found on the acclaimed OM-D series cameras. This killer combo powers the camera’s enhanced Intelligent Auto – which recognizes subject matter and chooses the right settings almost instantaneously – and high-speed autofocus, enabling you to get the shots you want, when you want them.

The Photos Are Only the Beginning
Clear, sharp, colorful images are great – but sometimes you want to mess around with them a little bit. The SH-1 makes doing so easy thanks to eleven in-camera Art Filters that you can apply for effects like Pin Hole, Grainy Film and Soft Focus – no computer required! Another creative tool is Photo Story, which allows you to create a multi-perspective narrative within a single image – for example, an establishing shot and several close-ups; multiple templates are available for you to experiment with.

Product Details

Color: Silver
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.6 x 2.5 inches ; 9.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Item model number: V107080SU000
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,142 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at March 30, 2014

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Color: Black Verified Purchase
As a frame of reference, I normally shoot with a Canon 5D Mark III or a Canon G15. I have also tried the Canon compact zoom and the S(x?)30. I was not fond of either's image quality.

I have spent the past week on vacation in Germany with the SH-1 and am very impressed with this camera. The benefits are:

+ Focus speed is very fast
+ Tap anywhere on the back LCD to focus on THAT point and use THAT POINT for light metering
+ Fast focus change
+ Fast shutter. Very fast
+ Battery at 2/3 or so after a day's shooting. About a couple hundred shots a day plus or minus
+ Last but certainly not least, image quality

After shooting over 1000+ photos in all kinds of weather and lighting conditions this week, I am elated to post that I can't find a single issue with this camera. It's is way more than I hoped for from a 16mp zoom with optical image stabilization.


- I have not used the video mode. I don't that much. I look forward to the ability to take stills while filming though. Nice feature.
- I have not used the Wifi sync to my phone yet. I didn't want to have this get in the way of just getting shots while out adventuring in Germany. It's another feature I look forward to testing.
- I have not used the flash yet. I try not to and go to higher ISO's and/or put my trust in the image stabilization before popping that flash up. I am not a fan of flash photography with these small cameras. Not sure I will test this out until I simply have to some day.

Overall, I think you easily get your dollar's worth out of this camera. Great job Olympus.
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Great camera at $199. I really like the features on this camera. I waited until the price dropped before buying. Fast zoom, you can adjust the zoom while recording video. That's a big plus. I use a eye-fi card. Pictures transfer very quickly via my home wi-fi network. Bluetooth control from my Android have made taking photos in low light very worry free. You can transfer pix directly to your phone as well. Remote control means less vibration. Panorama shots are much improved from previous cameras I have owned. Fast processor means I don't have long to wait before I set up for another photo.
Being able to take up to 12 stills while recording videos is very cool! HDR is just icing on the cake. Only annoying thing for me is the power and video record buttons are small and recessed. Sometimes it is difficult to use the buttons. I'm getting used to using them. But it's still awkward. Sound quality is good. Resolution at full zoom, 600mm is a little soft and can take a longer time to focus. I use a small 4 inch tripod to add stability in addition to the cameras 5 point stability system which works great. It's a small camera and the tripod frees my other hand. It also helps when shooting panoramic shots.

There's more features for the money. I got mine in 4 days with free shipping from Amazon. It arrived early and works perfectly. Battery life seems to be around 330 photos. It is very sharp at full wide angle 33mm. Lots of details and the colors are right on. Lighting is even and HDR gets rid of a lot of background glare.

HDMI out to my led tv is awesome. Slideshows just blow me away on a 55 inch screen. 16 megapixels in this small compact camera is a lot of bang for your buck!

I am enjoying the quality and ease of use.
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Keep in mind that these are just my 2 cents worth.

I just received this camera yesterday and so far, I've only got to use it for about 4 hours. I had the SH-50 and returned it because I thought the wobbling lens would give me problems later on and the image quality was only so so.

The first thing I noticed is that the camera seems to be very well constructed and feels very solid in your hands.The dials seem to be solid and have a nice click to them as your changing modes. It's about the same size as the discontinued SH-50, but IMHO, looks better with the retro design. The camera uses the LI-92B battery, which looks exactly like the LI-90B battery except it has a bit more capacity. I assume Olympus wanted more capacity because of the wifi capabilities of the camera. I have some LI-90B 1500mAh batteries that seem to work fine in the camera. The camera starts up rather quickly, probably not more than a second or two before you can take your first exposure and shot to shot times are pretty quick (I'm using a class 10 16GB card) and shutter lag is negligible. Focus is rather quick too in decent light.

Olympus has added some features, made some needed improvements to the menu system and made some changes to the quick menu layout that makes it easier to get to. You now have quick access to additional image filters like 1 vivid, 2 normal, 3 muted and the art settings, which makes me wonder why they even made an ART thumb wheel setting when you already have them there in the quick menu access. The zoom, which is variable speed, seems quieter to me than on the SH-50 and my Panasonic ZS20.

The wifi setup is a snap, all you do is download the Olympus app and turn the wifi on in the camera and then scan the QR code and you're ready to go.
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