Olympus debuts SH-1, 5-axis IS in tow

In addition to the Stylus Tough TG-3, the Japanese firm also launched super-zoom point-and-shoot camera dubbed as the Olympus SH-1.

On the outside, the SH-1 looks deceivingly similar to the company’s PEN-series cameras. The difference though is that the SH-1 has fixed 25-600mm (35mm equivalent) lens whilst the lens of its PEN counterparts are interchangeable.

The Olympus SH-1 shares the same inner workings of the Stylus Tough TG-3 which includes a 16MP BSI-CMOS sensor, TruePIc VII image processor and an ISO range of 100 to 6400. And although it can’t handle the same amount of beating as it rugged cousin, the SH-1 has another ace up its sleeve which comes in the form of the 5-axis Image Stabilization.

First implemented on the OM-D E-M5, the 5-axis IS, in theory, lessens blurry shots usually caused by shaky hands during handheld shooting. This will certainly come in handy with the SH-1, especially because it has a rather slow lens; f/3.0 at wide-angle and f/6.9 at telephoto.

Olympus SH-1 specs:
16MP BSI CMOS sensor
Sensor Type: 1/2.3-inch
TruePic VII
ISO 100 – 6400
24x Optical Zoom, (25-600mm)
f/3.0 – f/6.9
12fps continuous drive
Built-in Flash (Tilting)
3” Fixed LCD panel, 460k-dot resolution
1080p video recording @60p
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
112 x 66 x 31
Black and Silver

The new Olympus SH-1 is going to make its market debut on May and will be retailed for USD399.


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