Olympus has announced an update to its Pen-like travel zoom: the Stylus SH-2. The SH-2 replaces the SH-1 with added support for Raw shooting, while maintaining the previous model's 24x zoom (25-600mm equiv.), 16MP BSI CMOS sensor, 5-axis image stabilization and built-in Wi-Fi. The SH-2 offers new Nightscape modes for various nighttime shooting situations, as well as Live Composite mode for simplified capture of star trails. The Stylus SH-2 will be available in April for $399.99.


Press release:

OLYMPUS STYLUS® SH-2 CAPTURES BRILLIANT IMAGING AND LIFELIKE HD VIDEO IN RETRO, POCKET-SIZE DESIGN 

RAW Capture, 24x High-Powered Optical Zoom Lens, 5-Axis Image Stabilization, Built-In Wi-Fi®, 1080/60p Video, Nightscape Modes in a Travel-Anywhere Camera Design

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., March 11, 2015 – Olympus introduces a successor model in the Stylus SH line of digital cameras, the Olympus Stylus SH-2, featuring 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. This sophisticated camera also adds new Nightscape Modes for stunning night scenes and portraits.

The Stylus SH-2 reflects the premium aesthetic of the renowned Olympus PEN® series of cameras. The SH-2’s top panel and main controls are constructed of aluminum alloy, with superior craftsmanship that is reflected in every detail of the camera, including the lens barrel, dials, and front and rear grips. The camera is available with two finishes: silver for a classic camera feel, and black for an elegant monotone look.

Despite its compact size, the Olympus Stylus SH-2 captures excellent image quality with its 16-megapixel sensor and 24x optical zoom lens, which adjusts from 25mm wide-angle to 600mm telephoto. This camera is also equipped with tele-macro functionality that allows you to capture stunning detail from a distance of up to 40 cm (15.75 inches), perfect for shooting macro images in a variety of settings.

Nightscape Modes allow the user to select from different sub-modes to shoot beautiful 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 for bright, vivid images, without the use of a tripod. Fireworks mode expertly shoots high-contrast images from the dark sky. Last but not least, 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 Stylus SH-2 uses a sophisticated image stabilization mechanism, adopted from the Olympus 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, rivalling the performance of the latest video cameras.

Configuring the built-in Wi-Fi is a breeze. Sync an iOS® or Android® smart device by quickly scanning the QR code displayed on the camera’s 3-inch high-resolution 460,000-dot touch LCD monitor. After that, the SH-2’s Wi-Fi connectivity supports wireless image and video transfers, instant sharing, and remote shooting.

The Olympus Stylus SH-2 is equipped with Advanced Movie Modes for powerful video recording functions, 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, perfect for times when you won’t have a second chance to capture the shot. 

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Olympus Stylus SH-2 will be available in April at an estimated street price of $399.99 (available in Black and Silver).

Olympus Stylus SH-2 specifications

Price
MSRP$399
Body type
Body typeCompact
Body materialAluminum alloy
Sensor
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 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, 125-6400
White balance presets4
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Image stabilization notes5-axis (yaw, pitch, roll, up/down, left/right)
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, normal
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
  • Raw (Olympus ORF format)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)25–600 mm
Optical zoom24×
Maximum apertureF3
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Manual focusNo
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
  • Sport
  • Indoor
  • Self portrait
  • Sunset
  • Cuisine
  • Documents
  • Beach & Snow
  • Super macro
  • Backlight HDR
  • Night capture
  • Night+portrait
  • Night scene
  • Fireworks
  • Handheld star light
  • Live composite
Built-in flashYes
Flash range8.30 m (at ISO 3200)
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, redeye reduction, fill-in, off
Continuous drive11.5 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 12 sec, custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatH.264
Videography notesHigh speed: 120 fps (1280 x 720), 240 fps (432 x 324)
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 (wired or 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