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2.0 out of 5 stars Too much noise in images and flash is too weak, May 21, 2014
This review is from: Olympus SH-1 16 MP Digital Camera (Silver) (Electronics)
I was trying this camera out as a possible replacement for a Panasonic ZS25 along with a Nikon S9700 and ended up returning it.

Price - Paid $399. Overpriced for a point and shoot camera.

Ergonomics - Camera is heavy (269 grams/9.5 ounces including battery) and large for a point and shoot making one handed shooting difficult. Has a poorly located pop up flash which you must deploy yourself when needed. The strap attachments rattling around constantly on both sides of the camera are annoying, poke into my hand, and add to the already large size.

Build Quality - Very similar to the PEN series mirrorless cameras with much aluminum construction. Looks and feels somewhat nostalgic like an old film camera with good grips.

Notable features - Was excited to see that this camera has a built in interval shooting feature. Unfortunately the interval shooting is limited to 99 frames which is not much if you are taking photos of a sunrise or sunset. The burst mode speed on this camera is fantastic for a point and shoot at 11 fps in full resolution.

Zoom Usability - Full 24X optical zoom is easy to use with no blur without using a tripod. Zoom gauge clearly displays what X level you are at (ie: 19.2X, 21.1X, etc).

Other issues - When the camera is turned on it is noticeably noisy, I have never owned a digital camera that makes as much noise as this one. The best description I can give is that it sounds like a VHS tape rewinding inside a VCR which could become annoying if you are shooting indoors or in a quiet area.

Image Quality -
A. Daytime images are very good when the autofocus works correctly.
B. Low light images have lots of noise.
C. The flash is incredibly weak and illuminates about 2 feet away only, night images are horrible.
D. The super macro mode produces great macro pictures but there is no ability to zoom in or use the flash in that mode. Taking close up pictures in the regular camera mode results in blurry photos.
E. The autofocus on this camera sucks, it seems to have an inability to focus on the correct area. When trying to focus on a bird on a fence for instance I find that this camera focuses on the fence or sky in the background. When photographing a flower it will focus the stem or a leaf in the background rather than the flower. Even after releasing the half shutter position and trying again the camera may take 10 attempts to focus. You can change the focus area if you happen to be carrying around the stylus it does not work by touching it with your finger (or at least for me it didn't).

If you ONLY take pictures in bright daylight this camera is perfectly suitable, if you occasionally take low light or photos that require use of the flash keep looking. So far the best travel zoom out there I have found remains the Panasonic ZS15 which has less megapixels and less noisy images.
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