Best Camera I've Ever Owned
Beautiful form meets ultimate function in this camera and that's no exageration. I have had five digital cameras before this one, including an interchangeable lens micro 4/3rds Olympus that I liked very well. None has had the full features in a convenient size as this one does. The menus are intuative and easy to use, the buttons are comfortably and traditionally located and the anti-shake features are as good as Olympus claims. Best and most important of all the photos look extremely fine with little noise and the colors seem very accurate. Battery life is plenty long, but I did also purchase a spare. I do wish there were a way to charge the battery outside the camera, but there is a light around the power button to let you know when it is fully charged. I love the telephoto range and at this point no other point and shoot this small has such extreme range and with the superlative stabilization you can use the full zoom without a tripod. I give this camera my highest recommendation. For an unbiased, extensive review go to http://www.ephotozine.com/article/olympus-stylus-sh-50-review-22518
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I will have to see whether B&H will sell to New Zealand.
Here in Auckland, Photo Warehouse have put their stakes on the 30x zoom SONY HX50V - but that does not have the same video stabilisation, as demonstrated in a side-by-side comparison on YouTube of the SH-50 iHS against the HX50V.
I have to say I totally agree with your views on the sh-50.
As long as you keep the iso level down you can come away with some good images, and the bst part about this camera is the video mode set at 120fps and at 720p resolution the quality is very very good and a pleasure to watch in slow motion.
The zoom is also very good and covers almost all situations.
Glad I waited for this camera.
not that good at high iso levels
Have not tried it with low light levels because I am sure the images will be full of noise at iso above 400.
Superb in good light and as reported slow mo video is excellent and good stills as long as light is good and iso is kept low.
Also a very good price to pay for such a long zoom (600mm in35mm terms).