Olympus Stylus SH-1

Announced Mar 31, 2014 •
16 megapixels | 3 screen | 25 – 600 mm (24×)

I don't know where to start on everything that's wrong with this camera... let me first start by explaining that as a Chartered Surveyor I needed a small compact camera to allow me to zoom in on high levels in buildings, so as to allow me to see defects that I'd not otherwise see.  I've been using this camera for around three months now, in which time the lens cover blades keep sticking, and the sensor has somehow managed to get a large pieces of dirt on it, requiring me to open up the ...

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I bought this camera because I carry one everywhere everyday. This means that the camera has to be small to make this requirement viable. I ideally wanted a camera with an aperture priority option because it gives me manual control with automatic shutter speed, making it quick to take an accurately exposed image and I can always tweak with +/- exposure. This camera does not offer aperture priority, so I reluctantly settled for the 'manual' option, which means it is slow to set-up a shot. BUT ...

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After eleven months of ownership, the SH-1 remains my primary camera - because WB AUTO presents rainy scenes in neutral colours, not blue. The SH-1 retains the 2 WB Custom settings I learnt to value on the SH-50. The SH-50 remains in service for demo videos, and recording sound for the (silent) SH-1 time lapse videos. The SH-1 and SH-50 complement each other as intended. No weather resistance is claimed for the SH-1, but it consistently survives rainy ferry trips on an open deck. It also ...

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