Olympus Stylus SH-2

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oly SH-2The Olympus Stylus SH-2 features a 24x wide-angle optical zoom lens, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity for remote shooting and sharing with a smart device, RAW capture capability, and 5-Axis Image Stabilization that supports both still image and video capture. The camera also adds new Nightscape Modes for night scenes and portraits.

The company says the camera “reflects the premium aesthetic” of the Pen series of cameras. The SH-2’s top panel and main controls are constructed of aluminum alloy, with “superior craftsmanship . . . reflected in every detail” of the camera, including lens barrel, dials, and front and rear grips.

Olympus says the SH-2 captures excellent image quality with its 16-megapixel sensor and optical zoom (25-600 mm equivalent). Tele-macro captures images as close as 40 cm (15.75 in.).

Nightscape Modes allow the user to select from different sub-modes to shoot night scenes, cityscapes, and star trails. Pressing the movie button while in Nightscape Mode records video with gradation optimized for night scenes. Night + Portrait mode captures flash-illuminated portraits against a dimly-lit background. Night Scene mode uses an extended shutter speed to capture additional light from low-light scenes without the use of a tripod. Fireworks mode shoots high-contrast images from the dark sky. Live Composite and Hand-Held Starlight modes extract the brightest areas from a sequence of interval shots and combine them into one perfectly exposed image.

The SH-2 uses the image stabilization mechanism from the OM-D E-M1 as a base for the camera’s integrated 5-Axis Image Stabilization. Combined with the new Nightscape Modes, this system eliminates motion blur that tends to occur when shooting in low light, to deliver crisp, clear images. In addition, 5-Axis Image Stabilization compensates for camera movement that may occur when recording video while walking.

Sync an iOS or Android smart device by scanning the QR code displayed on the camera’s 3-inch high-resolution touch LCD monitor. After that, the SH-2’s Wi-Fi connectivity supports wireless image and video transfers, instant sharing, and remote shooting.

The camera is equipped with Advanced Movie Modes, including Full HD 1080p captured at up to 60 frames per second for smooth motion playback of fast action footage. High-Speed Movie stretches scenes in slow (120 fps) or super-slow motion (240 fps), while Time Lapse Movie compresses up to five hours of action into a 20-second time-lapse video. Photo in Movie allows users to shoot still shots – including RAW images – while recording 1080p video.

The Olympus Stylus SH-2 will be available in April at an estimated street price of $399.99 (available in black and silver).

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