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Olympus 7040 vs Olympus SH-2

Portability
95
Imaging
37
Features
31
Overall
34
Olympus Stylus 7040 front
 
Olympus Stylus SH-2 front
Portability
88
Imaging
41
Features
51
Overall
45

Olympus 7040 vs Olympus SH-2 Key Specs

Olympus 7040
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-196mm (F3.0-5.9) lens
  • 144g - 95 x 56 x 26mm
  • Introduced January 2010
  • Additionally Known as mju 7040
Olympus SH-2
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F3.0-6.9) lens
  • 271g - 109 x 63 x 42mm
  • Revealed March 2015
  • Previous Model is Olympus SH-1
  • New Model is Olympus SH-3
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Olympus 7040 vs Olympus SH-2 Overview

Below, we will be reviewing the Olympus 7040 vs Olympus SH-2, one is a Small Sensor Compact and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both are offered by Olympus. The sensor resolution of the 7040 (14MP) and the SH-2 (16MP) is relatively well matched and they come with the exact same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The 7040 was brought out 6 years prior to the SH-2 which is quite a big gap as far as tech is concerned. The two cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before getting straight into a step-by-step comparison, below is a quick summation of how the 7040 scores versus the SH-2 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus 7040 over the Olympus SH-2

 7040 SH-2 

Reasons to pick Olympus SH-2 over the Olympus 7040

 SH-2 7040 
RevealedMarch 2015January 2010Newer by 62 months
Screen resolution460k230kClearer screen (+230k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Olympus 7040 and Olympus SH-2

 7040 SH-2 
Focus manually Lack of manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen dimensions
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen

Olympus 7040 vs Olympus SH-2 Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to travel with your camera often, you will want to factor in its weight and size. The Olympus 7040 features exterior dimensions of 95mm x 56mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 1.0") with a weight of 144 grams (0.32 lbs) whilst the Olympus SH-2 has specifications of 109mm x 63mm x 42mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.7") having a weight of 271 grams (0.60 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you have chosen during that time. The following is the front view physical size comparison of the 7040 and the SH-2.

Olympus 7040 vs Olympus SH-2 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability grade of the 7040 and SH-2 is 95 and 88 respectively.

Olympus 7040 vs Olympus SH-2 top view buttons comparison

Olympus 7040 vs Olympus SH-2 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is very difficult to see the difference between sensor dimensions just by reading through specs. The picture here may provide you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the 7040 and SH-2.

All in all, both of these cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same MP. You should count on the Olympus SH-2 to resolve greater detail having its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop shots somewhat more aggressively. The more aged 7040 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor innovation.

Olympus 7040 vs Olympus SH-2 sensor size comparison

Olympus 7040 vs Olympus SH-2 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus 7040 vs Olympus SH-2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus 7040 Portrait photography details
Olympus SH-2 Portrait photography details
28
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
no manual control
can't use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
44
decent MP (16 megapixels)
includes face detect focusing
supports RAW formats
manual focus not available
cannot use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Olympus 7040 Street photography factors
Olympus SH-2 Street photography factors
57
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen is fixed
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
70
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports RAW formats
comes with focus by touch
lighter than competition (271 grams)
screen is fixed
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Olympus 7040 Sports photography factors
Olympus SH-2 Sports photography factors
39
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
resolution is good (14MP)
provides tracking focus
max fps low (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
51
long zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent MP (16MP)
includes tracking focus
good battery pack (380 shots)
no shutter priority
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus 7040 Travel photography information
Olympus SH-2 Travel photography information
65
resolution is good (14MP)
built-in flash
decently wide (28mm)
does not have Time Lapse recording
does not posses selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
74
good battery pack (380 per charge)
lighter than competition (271g)
comes with focus by touch
decent MP (16MP)
built-in flash
reasonably wide (25mm)
great reach (600mm)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus 7040 Landscape photography features
Olympus SH-2 Landscape photography features
42
decently wide (28mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
resolution is good (14MP)
lack of manual focus
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
no manual control
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
does not have Time Lapse recording
55
reasonably wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
supports RAW formats
good battery pack (380 CIPA)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus 7040 Vlogging information
Olympus SH-2 Vlogging information
29
decently wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
does not posses selfie friendly display
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have mic support
35
reasonably wide (25mm)
screen is touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes face detect focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition (271g)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
lack of microphone socket
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Olympus 7040 vs Olympus SH-2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus 7040 and Olympus SH-2
 Olympus Stylus 7040Olympus Stylus SH-2
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus Stylus 7040 Olympus Stylus SH-2
Also referred to as mju 7040 -
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2010-01-07 2015-03-11
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic III TruePic VII
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4288 x 3216 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 1600 6400
Lowest native ISO 64 125
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-196mm (7.0x) 25-600mm (24.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.0-5.9 f/3.0-6.9
Macro focusing range 2cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 230k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 4 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 1.0fps 11.5fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 5.70 m 8.30 m (at ISO 3200)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in Auto, redeye reduction, fill-in, off
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 144g (0.32 lb) 271g (0.60 lb)
Dimensions 95 x 56 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 1.0") 109 x 63 x 42mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 380 photographs
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID - LI-92B
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 seconds) Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SC/SDHC, Internal SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory
Card slots 1 1
Launch price $299 $399