This review is devoted to Stylus SH-3 that Olympus has first introduced to the public in Feb 08, 2016. 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.
This is an upgraded model that Olympus released to replace their older product SH-2.
In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #15 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 45/100 and it takes a rank of #343 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Olympus Stylus SH-3 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.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Olympus Stylus SH-3. 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.
Olympus Stylus SH-3 has the following external dimensions 109 x 109 x 42 mm (42.91 x 24.8 x 16.54″) with the weight of 271 g.
The typical weight for average Small Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 387g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Olympus Stylus SH-3, 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 Stylus SH-3 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 Stylus SH-3 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Olympus Stylus SH-3 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Olympus Stylus SH-3 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Olympus Stylus SH-3 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 Stylus SH-3 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 Stylus SH-3 comes with TruePic VII 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 Stylus SH-3 has the following ISO range 125 - 6400 .
Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.
Olympus Stylus SH-3 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.
Olympus Stylus SH-3 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 Stylus SH-3 with other standard sensor sizes.
Olympus Stylus SH-3 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.
Some of the other highlights of Olympus Stylus SH-3 are its 11.5 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Unlike some other cameras from this category, Stylus SH-3 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.
In addition, Stylus SH-3 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Olympus Stylus SH-3, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 3840 x 2160 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Olympus Stylus SH-3 allows you to save files in H.264 formats.
Olympus Stylus SH-3 supports 4K (Ultra-HD) video. This is the highest available resolution as for today . Thus, opting for this model, you will be dazed by the video’s crispness and the quality of details when watching it on a 4K screen.
Such impressive resolution stats make this model stand out against the previous model, which provides a max video resolution of only. Thus, in case you are planning to update your old camera and would love to have a possibility to shoot lots of high-quality videos, high resolution is a significant advantage of Stylus SH-3.
Olympus Stylus SH-3 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
One more advantage of Olympus Stylus SH-3 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, Stylus SH-3 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect Stylus SH-3 with suitable external devices.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Olympus Stylus SH-3 provides a shooting life of 380, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 316 shots.
Compared to all models in the Small Sensor Superzoom category, Olympus Stylus SH-3 offers the highest battery life that reaches 380 shots.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Olympus Stylus SH-3’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Olympus Stylus SH-3’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Stylus SH-3 to the average SuperZoom camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus SH-3 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 45. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus SH-3 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.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus SH-3 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 37. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus SH-3 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus SH-3 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 74. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus SH-3 can be called a 74 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus SH-3 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 41. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus SH-3 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus SH-3 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 64. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus SH-3 can be called a 64 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.
|Announced||Feb 08, 2016|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||3|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||460k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||11.5 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, redeye reduction, fill-in|
|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|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||3840 x 2160 (15 fps), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160|
|Physical Dimensions||109 x 63 x 42 mm|
|Battery Life||380 shots|
|Battery Type||380 shots|
|Storage Type||SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory|