The Olympus Stylus SH-1 may look like a PEN mirrorless camera, but it's actually a compact travel zoom. But it has inherited a pretty big feature from the PEN: 5-axis image stabilization. Other features of note include a 16MP BSI-CMOS sensor, 25-600mm equiv. F3.0-6.9 lens, touchscreen 3" LCD, limited manual control, 1080/60p video, and built-in Wi-Fi. It will be available in May in black, white, and silver for under $400.

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SMART, SLEEK AND STEADY: OLYMPUS STYLUS SH-1 IS WORLD’S FIRST*1 COMPACT WITH MECHANICAL 5-AXIS STABILIZATION

Advanced Image Stabilization, Powerful Zoom and Wi-FiSharing in a Sophisticated Design

CENTER VALLEY, P.A., March 31, 2014 – Olympus introduces a breakthrough in the long zoom category, the STYLUS SH-1, the first compact camera equipped with optical*2 5-axis image stabilization for both still images and videos. The STYLUS SH-1’s 5-axis mechanical image stabilization, originally developed for the Olympus OM-D E-M5  interchangeable lens camera, combined with a powerful 24x, high-powered optical zoom lens, full 1080 60p HD video and built-in Wi-Fi*3, delivers outstanding performance in a body with an elegant look and feel.

Advanced technology, including a 16-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor and the TruePic VII image processor, the same found in Olympus’ award-winning OM-D  series of interchangeable lens cameras, work in connection with the Olympus STYLUS SH-1’s impressive 24x optical long zoom lens, (48x*4 super-resolution zoom) which covers 25mm to 600mm*5 telephoto. This combination delivers beautiful image quality with high resolution, superior color 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 Olympus STYLUS 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.

The design of the Olympus STYLUS SH-1 is inherited from the popular Olympus PEN interchangeable lens system cameras. The top and main controls are built with aluminum alloy, and superior craftsmanship extends to every detail of the camera components, including the lens barrel, dials and grip.

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 460,000-dot 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 Olympus STYLUS 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 Olympus STYLUS SH-1 is equipped with an updated Advanced Movie Mode for powerful video recording functions, including fast 240 fps*6 (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*7 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*8 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 color 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.

*1: Among cameras that carry out optical image stabilization on both still images and movies, as of March 31, 2014, according to Olympus research
*2: Optical image stabilization is defined by the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) guidelines and includes sensor-shift image stabilization
*3: “Wi-Fi” is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance
*4: Zoom magnification ratio from the wide-angle setting (including the optical zoom)
*5: 35mm equivalent
*6: The recording time for a single movie clip is limited to 20 seconds
*7: The maximum recording time for a single movie clip is limited to 29 minutes. Recording will automatically stop once the file size has reached 4GB
*8: Select from 1080p, 720p and VGA

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Olympus STYLUS SH-1 will be available in May at an estimated street price of $399.99 (available in Black, White and Silver).

For a complete list of specifications, visit the Olympus website: http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/digitalcameras/long-zoom/sh-1.html.

Olympus Stylus SH-1 specifications

Price
MSRP$399
Body type
Body typeCompact
Sensor
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ProcessorTruePic VII
Color spacesRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100-6400
White balance presets4
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Image stabilization notes5-axis (yaw, pitch, roll, up/down, left/right)
Uncompressed formatUnknown
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)25–600 mm
Optical zoom24×
Maximum apertureF3.0 - F6.9
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Normal focus range10 cm (3.94)
Macro focus range3 cm (1.18)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots460,000
Touch screenYes
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Exposure modes
  • iAuto
  • Program Auto
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Interval Shooting, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Sport, Indoor, Self Portrait, Sunset, Fireworks, Cuisine, Documents, Beach & Snow, Super Macro, Backlight HDR
Built-in flashYes
External flashNo
Continuous drive12 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 12 sec, custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatH.264
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory
Storage included37MB
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n with smartphone app
Remote controlYes (via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLI-92B lithium-ion battery & USB charger
Battery Life (CIPA)380
Weight (inc. batteries)271 g (0.60 lb / 9.56 oz)
Dimensions109 x 63 x 42 mm (4.29 x 2.48 x 1.65)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSNone