Said to be a first for point-and-shoot cameras, its 24x optical zoom lens (25-600 mm equivalent) combines with an advanced image stabilization mechanism, originally developed for the Olympus OM-D E-M5 flagship interchangeable lens camera, to compensate for image blur.
The camera is equipped with an advanced movie mode for video recording functions including Photo-In-Movie that captures a full 16-megapixel still image while simultaneously shooting Full HD movies, and High Speed Movies for 120 fps shooting in 720p HD and 240 fps in HVGA. The SH-50 iHS includes 60i Movie – 60 fps HD recording – for smoother images of moving subjects.
Its 16-megapixel Backlit CMOS sensor combines with the TruePic VI image processor to command an assortment of Olympus’s advanced iHS (Intelligent, High-Sensitivity and High-Speed) technologies. The 3-axis image stabilization mechanically compensates for rotary shift as well as horizontal and vertical angular shift.
An easy-to-use, touch-sensitive, 3.0-inch LCD screen is powered by the touch of a finger to focus on subjects and activate the shutter. Live Guide, a graphic user interface that provides simple assistance to control settings to capture images, adjusts colour and tone at the swipe of a finger.
Fully manual controls are available.
Advanced Shadow Adjustment Technology adjusts dark areas within an image shot under backlit conditions so that a subject’s face can be revealed even under strong lighting, and Hand-Held Starlight mode, which helps users at night by capturing multiple images and stitching them together into a single, crisp photo, can now be used with a flash. With the flash on, the camera automatically merges an image of the subject illuminated with the flash in the foreground with a separate image of the background nightscape, to produce a single, clear night photo.
In low-light, HDR Backlight Adjustment takes a collage of images at various exposure levels and blends them into one perfectly exposed photo.
Eleven Magic Filters add a range of effects to both stills and video, and Beauty Mode with Make-up lets users easily apply everything from eyeliner to eye shadow and blush to subjects.
The Olympus Stylus SH-50 will be available in Marchin black and white.