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Olympus SH-21

Key Features

12.5x super-wide optical zoom

16 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor

3.0 inch 460000 dot touch panel LCD screen

3D Photo Shooting Mode

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Olympus SH-21 - Overview

The SH-21 is a slim camera, packing in a 12.5x optical zoom lens, a 35mm equivalent of 24-300mm and has a 16 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor. To help take blur free images there is also Dual Image Stabilisation.

If you want to make picture taking as easy as possible you can switch the camera to iAUTO mode, with P mode giving the user more control over their images. There are also a range of scene modes including: portrait, beauty, landscape, night scene, night portrait, sport, indoor, self portrait, sunset, fireworks, cuisine, documents, beach & snow, pet mode (cat/dog) and backlight HDR. The SH-21 can also shoot 3D pictures.

To add some creativity to your pictures there are a range of magic filters, which include: pop art, pin hole, fish eye, drawing, soft focus, punk, sparkle, watercolour, reflection and miniature. To shoot panoramic images, the SH-21 has a Smart Panorama mode, which shoots with a sweeping method rather than stitching a number of images together. Another mode found on the dial is Hand-held Starlight Mode, allowing you to take photos in dark conditions without a tripod. Other modes include AF Tracking, Live Guide and Photo with Movie Clip.

Videos are recorded in full 1080p HD with Multi-motion Movie IS to help reduce camera shake.



  Max Aperture f/3 - f/5.9
  35mm equivalent 24mm - 300mm
  Optical Zoom 12.5x
Image Sensor
  CCD pixels 16Mp (Megapixels)
  Pixels (W) 4608
  Pixels (H) 3456
  Sensor Type CMOS
  Sensor Size 1/2.3 inch
  Sensor Size (width) No Data
  Sensor Size (height) No Data
  Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 16:9
LCD Monitor
  LCD Monitor 3in
  Screen resolution 460,000 dots
  Touch Screen Yes
  Min Focus 1cm
  Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Face Detection
  • Spot
Exposure Control
  Shutter speeds shortest 1/2000sec
  Shutter speeds longest 4sec
  Exp modes
  • Program
  • Scene modes
  • A
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
  ISO sensitivity 80 - 3200
  White balance
  • Auto
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  Exposure Comp +/-2
Shooting Options
  Continuous shooting 7fps
  Movie mode Yes
  Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720 720p
  Video FPS No Data
  Stereo Sound No
  Optical Zoom with Video Yes
Other Features
  Image Stabilisation Yes
  HDMI Yes
  Wi-Fi No
  Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
  File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
  Battery Type LI-50B Lithium-Ion Battery
  CIPA Rating No Data
Box Contents
  Box Contents LI-50B Lithium-Ion Battery, F-2AC AC Adapter, CB-USB6 USB Cable, CB-AVC3 Audio/Video cable, Hand Strap, Instruction Manual, World Wide Warranty Card, [ib] Image Management Software
  Weight 186g
  Width 102.4mm
  Height 64mm
  Depth 30.4mm