Olympus hasn't given up on the point-and-shoot segment, offering a new camera that takes some styling cues from its latest Pen cameras.
The Stylus SH-2 combines a 24x optical zoom with a 16MP CMOS BSI 1/2.3-inch sensor. Back-side illuminated sensors promise to increase low-light performance by increasing the amount of light that is captured. The ISO range is 125-6,400.
The lens' optical zoom range is 25-600mm and is coupled to the camera that has five-axis stabilization. Whether that will be enough to stabilize a 600mmm (equivalent) lens remains to be seen.
Scenes are composed on non-moveable 3.0-inch 460k-dot LCD screen that includes touch controls. That is, you can change major settings via the screen, as well as touch the screen to focus the lens and take your photo. There is no ability to fit the camera with an electronic viewfinder.
Images can be recorded as either JPGs or RAW, and the camera can record HD movies, as all digital cameras are expected do these days. Battery life is rated at 380 still photos or 108 minutes of continuous video. Two of the interesting things about the movie mode is ability to capture either 120 or 240 frames per second for replay as a slow-motion clip. Also, you can compress five hours of movie footage into a 20-second time-lapse clip.
The shutter speed range is 1/4 to 1/2000 of a second and up to four seconds in "night" mode and 30 seconds in manual exposure mode.
The camera is relatively light weight at 9.5 ounces (271 grams).
The camera has built-in WiFi and GPS, which will record the location of where you took the photo.
The price of the Stylus SH-2 is US$399 and is available in either chrome (top photo) or black. Among the accessories that can be purchased separately is a stylish case – available in either black or brown.