Olympus Stylus SH-1

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oly SH-1The SH-1 is said to be the first compact camera equipped with optical 5-axis image stabilization for both still images and videos. The system was originally developed for the OM-D E-M5 interchangeable lens camera.

The camera features a 16-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor and TruePic VII image processor, the same found in the OM-D series of interchangeable lens cameras.

The 24x optical long zoom lens (25-600 mm equivalent) working with the sensor is said to deliver beautiful image quality with high resolution, superior colour reproduction and high sensitivity.

The in-body 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization, now enhanced to support still images, corrects for various types of camera shake to deliver crisp images and video even when shooting in dark locations without a flash or tripod. The SH-1 also incorporates a new hybrid image stabilization that electronically stabilizes movie shooting to easily create natural-looking recordings of children and other active subjects, even when the user is walking.

And your eyes weren’t deceiving you, the camera’s design is inherited from the Olympus Pen line of interchangeable lens cameras. The top and main controls are built with aluminum alloy.

Built-in Wi-Fi is easy to set up. Sync with the Wi-Fi network created by the camera by quickly scanning the QR code displayed on the camera’s 3-inch, high-resolution rear touch LCD monitor with a smart device. The complimentary Olympus Image Share app synchronizes a user’s iOS or Android mobile device and the SH-1 so the camera’s Live View is displayed on the phone. The camera can be fully controlled remotely by touching the Smartphone display, as if it were the camera itself, and users can send selected images directly to websites and social media.

The SH-1 is equipped with an updated Advanced Movie Mode for powerful video recording functions, including fast 240 fps (or 120 fps in 720p) High-Speed Movie, which allows users to capture subjects that move at split-second speeds, and 60-frames-per-second HD recording for smoother images of moving subjects.

Photo & Movie Capture allows users to simultaneously capture full-res still photos while recording Full HD video.

The Time-Lapse Movie feature compresses up to five hours of action into a 20-second time-lapse video.

Expanded creative capabilities include an Interval Shooting function for a maximum of 99 shots; High-speed burst shooting for capturing up to 11 fps in full resolution; Manual Mode for adjusting exposure parameters; Live Guide for adjusting colour and brightness via touch sliders; an electronic Level Gauge for perfectly aligned photos; Touch screen controls for selecting the autofocus area and tripping the shutter; and multiple Art Filters and Photo Story.

The Olympus Stylus SH-1 will be available in May, in black, white and silver.

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