Olympus Stylus SH-2 offers retro looks, but the latest image stabilisation tech

Now 5-axis stabilisation comes to Olympus’ compact camera range

Back in February we covered the launch of Olympus’ OM-D E-M5 Mark II, a compact system camera that boasts, according to its makers, the world’s most powerful image stabilisation system. Well, now that same system has made it into the company’s compact camera range.

Like the E-M5 Mark II, the new Olympus Stylus SH-2 comes with 5-axis optical image stabilisation, which automatically steadies the camera’s innards during handheld long exposures. Olympus told us that this system allows you to shoot at much slower shutter speeds, the idea being you can take clear photos (without flash) in murky conditions.

Also on board is a 24x optical zoom lens, 16MP CMOS sensor, 1080p movie recording at 60fps (plus a 240fps slow motion movie mode, at lower resolution), Wi-Fi and a 3in LCD screen, all squeezed into a 108.8 x 63.2 x 42.4mm body.

Also on board is a 24x optical zoom lens, 16MP CMOS sensor, 1080p movie recording at 60fps (plus a 240fps slow motion movie mode, at lower resolution), Wi-Fi and a 3in LCD screen, all squeezed into a 108.8 x 63.2 x 42.4mm body.

Despite the cutting-edge tech, there’s still a pleasingly old-school look to the SH-2 – it mirrors the retro looks of Olympus’ PEN range quite closely. The body is made of metal, and is available in two colour finishes (black or silver), both with a black leather-look grip.

The Olympus SH-2 will be on sale from mid-March. It’s priced at €299 in Europe, and we imagine it’ll cost around £300 in the UK.

[Source: Olympus]