Olympus has introduced 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. The camera also adds new Nightscape Modes for night scenes and portraits.
The Stylus SH-2 reflects the aesthetic of the Olympus PEN series of cameras. The SH-2’s top panel and main controls are constructed of aluminum alloy, with excellent craftsmanship that is reflected in many details of the camera, including the lens barrel, dials, and front and rear grips. The camera is available with two finishes: silver and black.
Despite its compact size, the Olympus Stylus SH-2 captures excellent image quality with a 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 detail from a distance of up to 40 cm (15.75 inches), great for shooting macro images in a variety of settings.
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 for bright, vivid images, without the use of a tripod. Fireworks mode expertly 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 exposed image.
The Stylus SH-2 uses an 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.
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. 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, great for times when you won’t have a second chance to capture the shot.
Pricing and Availability
The Olympus Stylus SH-2 will be available in the US in April at an estimated street price of $399.99 (available in Black and Silver).
For a complete list of specifications, visit the Olympus website: http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/digitalcameras/long-zoom/sh-2.html