Olympus SH-50 promises to beat blur with five-axis image stabilisation

Olympus has announced its latest flagship zoom compact, the Olympus SH-50, at CES 2013 in Las Vegas.

Claiming a world’s first, the SH-50 features five-axis image stabilisation, and gives you a 24x optical zoom lens - meaning you’ll be able to grab those photos or video from a distance without the worry of wobble. The image stabilisation uses the same technology as the Olympus OM-D compact system camera.

The 24x lens runs from 25-600mm; the maximum f/3.0 aperture means this isn’t a fast lens, but that’s typical of this type of zoom lens on a compact body. Olympus is hoping the stabilisation will mean that hand-held night shooting remains possible: it gets its own position on the mode dial, after all.

A 16-megapixel CMOS sensor lies at the core, ably supported by the TruePic IV image processing engine, claiming to give you high sensitivity with low noise.

You’ll find all the normal Olympus shooting modes present, including things such as smart panorama, telephoto macro and manual controls. The 3-inch 460k-dot display on the rear is touch enabled.

The Olympus SH-50 is priced at £249.99 and will be in stores from mid-March.

If that’s a bit out of your range, then the Olympus SZ-15 will give you a 24x optical zoom lens for less cash. It’s the same 25-600mm zoom range and F/3.0 aperture, but you don’t get the fancy image stabilisation.

The SZ-15 also loses the CMOS sensor in favour of a 16-megapixel CCD, so while it still offers a great zoom in a compact body, the lower specs will likely see lesser performance.

The Olympus SZ-15 will only cost you £179.99 however, available from mid-March.



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