Olympus SH-50 Review

Overall 44
Imaging 11
Features 45
Size 82
Price 100

Main Features

  • 16.0 MP 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS sensor
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 12.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (60fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 480fps (176 x 128), 240fps (384 x 288)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 112 x 63 x 42 mm
  • Weight: 269 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Olympus SH-50 Summary

This review is devoted to SH-50 that Olympus has first introduced to the public in Jan 08, 2013. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 16.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #51 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 44/100 and it takes a rank of #527 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Olympus SH-50 Compared to other SuperZoom Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Olympus SH-50 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Continuous Shooting: 12.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Olympus SH-50 With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Superzoom Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Olympus SH-50. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Superzoom cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Olympus SH-50

Olympus SH-50 has the following external dimensions 112 x 112 x 42 mm (44.09 x 24.8 x 16.54″) with the weight of 269 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 387g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Olympus SH-50, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Olympus SH-50 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 42mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Olympus SH-50 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Olympus SH-50 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Olympus SH-50 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Olympus SH-50 — 42 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 66 mm
Max: 181 mm

Weight

Olympus SH-50 — 269 g
Min: 136 g
Average: 387 g
Max: 1415 g

Unfortunately, Olympus SH-50 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Olympus SH-50 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Olympus SH-50 Photo and Sensor Features

Olympus SH-50 comes with TruePic VI processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 16.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

The base of Olympus SH-50 has the following ISO range 125 - 6400 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Olympus SH-50. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Olympus SH-50 features a 16.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Olympus SH-50 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Olympus SH-50 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Olympus SH-50

LCD and ViewFinder

Olympus SH-50 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 460k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Olympus SH-50 are its 12.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, SH-50 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, SH-50 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Olympus SH-50, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Olympus SH-50 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Olympus SH-50 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Olympus SH-50 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Olympus SH-50 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, SH-50 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect SH-50 with suitable external devices.

How Good is Olympus SH-50 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Olympus SH-50’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Olympus SH-50’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the SH-50 to the average SuperZoom camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Olympus SH-50 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SH-50 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 42. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SH-50 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Olympus SH-50 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SH-50 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 36. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SH-50 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (112 x 63 x 42 mm)
  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Olympus SH-50 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SH-50 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 58. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SH-50 can be called a 58 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Continuous Shooting (12.0 fps)
  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)

Olympus SH-50 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SH-50 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 59. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SH-50 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (269 g)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Olympus SH-50 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SH-50 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 9. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SH-50 can be called a 9 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (16 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)

Olympus SH-50 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Olympus
Model SH-50
Announced Jan 08, 2013
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 5
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 460k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 15 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 12.0 fps
Shutter Priority No
Aperture Priority No
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 4
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Sensor Area 28.07 mm2
Sensor Resolution 16.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4608 x 3456
Max Native ISO 6,400
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 125
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous No
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 480fps (176 x 128), 240fps (384 x 288)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 269 g
Physical Dimensions 112 x 63 x 42 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model SLB-10A
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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