- 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 3" Fixed Screen
- ISO 100 - 6400
- Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
- 1920 x 1080 video
- 25-600mm (F3.0-6.9) lens
- 271g - 109 x 63 x 42mm
- Announced March 2014
- Later Model is Olympus SH-2
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Olympus SH-1 overview
Olympus SH-1 is Olympus's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera initially announced on March of 2014. The camera comes with a 16MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3456.
Olympus launched the updated Olympus SH-2 (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to improve this model.
The SH-1 comes in at #58 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and all round #523 out of 1459 for cameras in our collection. Remember to look at our Smart camera filter to find camera listings based on your customized requirements.
Here is a chart of specific criteria used in the scoring system.
Olympus SH-1 history
The Olympus SH-1 is part of a family of cameras. You can read the full list underneath.
SH-1 vs SH-325-600mm
SH-1 vs SH-225-600mm
SH-1 vs SP-10024-1200mm
SH-1 vs SZ-1523-483mm
SH-1 vs SZ-16 iHS25-600mm
SH-1 vs SH-5025-600mm
SH-1 vs SP-820UZ22-896mm
SH-1 vs SZ-31MR iHS25-600mm
SH-1 vs SP-620 UZ25-525mm
SH-1 vs SZ-1225-600mm
SH-1 vs SP-810 UZ24-864mm
SH-1 vs SZ-1125-500mm
SH-1 vs SZ-30MR25-600mm
SH-1 vs SZ-1028-504mm
SH-1 vs SP-610UZ28-616mm
SH-1 vs SP-800 UZ28-840mm
SH-1 vs SP-600 UZ28-420mm
SH-1 vs SP-565UZ26-520mm
SH-1 vs SP-590 UZ26-676mm
Olympus SH-1 Gallery
You can look at the SH-1 from different angles in the gallery here.
Olympus SH-1 Pros and Cons
Here is a selection of advantages and drawbacks of the Olympus SH-1 based on features which are normally viewed as important in a digital camera.
Olympus SH-1 Sensor information
The Olympus SH-1 is powered by the TruePic VII chip. The measurement of the sensor in the Olympus SH-1 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). In body stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter can easily produce cropping.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 16MP and gives a standard ISO range of 100 - 6400. Unfortunately, RAW files are not supported therefore you have less margin for error.
The image underneath displays the SH-1's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The SH-1 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Olympus SH-1 dimensions
Olympus SH-1 has a weight of 0.60 lbs (271g or 9.56 ounces) and features external proportions of 109mm x 63mm x 42mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.7"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387g so the Olympus SH-1 is lighter as compared to various competitors.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
Here is a image of the Olympus SH-1 with a softdrink to help you to have a feel for its size.
The top view just below will illustrate the button arrangement on the SH-1.
Olympus SH-1 Lens information
The SH-1 features an inbuilt lens offering a focal range of 25-600mm giving it a 24.0 x zoom which is very good and can allow you to zoom all the way in.
At it's widest 25mm, the lens offers an aperture of f3.0 and that is very sluggish and not ideal in low light circumstances and you will likely find it difficult to capture a shallow depth of field. You could also have to up your ISO setting leading to noisy shots. Towards the long end, 600mm is great zoom and comes with f6.9 making it fairly sluggish and you may have to go with slower shutter speeds.
Olympus SH-1 Connectivity
The SH-1 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that contain NFC and Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to send files and at times adjust camera settings without connecting straight with the camera.
Certain apps also stream a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it can easily be connected to an external monitor. Virtually all cameras enable you to charge the battery with the USB port.
Olympus SH-1 Video information
The maximum video quality in the Olympus SH-1 is 1920 x 1080 and it can record in H.264 file format. 1080p quality gives a great balance between video quality and file size but FULL HD won't give you much room to crop. Although the body includes a mic socket, it is sadly lacking a headphone socket which means you won't have the option to check your audio levels.
Olympus SH-1 Weather Sealing
There is no weather proofing for the Olympus SH-1 so you have to be cautious in wet or dusty conditions.
Olympus SH-1 Screen and Viewfinder
The Olympus SH-1 comes with a 3" fixed display having a resolution of 460k dots.
Additionally the display is touch friendly which means you can easily adjust focus points and change settings with your fingertips.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The ViewFinder specs regarding Olympus SH-1 are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
In those sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and difficult to view, viewfinders are particularly useful.
Olympus SH-1 Shutter information
Olympus SH-1 continuous shooting rate is 12.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.
Olympus SH-1 Flash and Hot shoe information
Olympus SH-1 includes just integrated flash with no external flash ability.
Olympus SH-1 Autofocusing information
Olympus SH-1 includes only Contrast Detect Autofocus and is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more quicker and accurate as compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera comes with Face detection which can be helpful for taking portraits of people.
Olympus SH-1 has touch to focus. You can easily use your fingers in order to switch focus. It also has Tracking Autofocus for moving things. Olympus SH-1 has not got manual focus. Manual focus mode is good during low light occasions or you need to have more precise control on focus.
Olympus SH-1 Battery life
The battery (LI-92B) for the Olympus SH-1 is fashioned to last for 380 clicks with respect to the CIPA standards making it higher than the usual ın comparison with its class. The general Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has the highest possible (600) battery life within this class of cameras.
Listed below is a list of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that have the highest battery life:
SH-1 vs Fujifilm HS35EXR600 yesnono
SH-1 vs B500600 nonoyes
SH-1 vs L840590 noyesno
SH-1 vs FZ200540 yesnono
SH-1 vs V-Lux 4540 yesnono
Olympus SH-1 for varying kinds of photography
The following illustration displays a summation of the Olympus SH-1 for varying kinds of photography. To understand more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.
Olympus SH-1 Portrait photography features
The Olympus SH-1 gets a rating of 37 which is terrible, meaning that it is not really suitable for portraits. Shooting portraits favors heavily to sensor size, support for RAW files plus the capability to work with external lighting.
Olympus SH-1 Street photography details
Getting a above average points tally of 64, the Olympus SH-1 is a fine choice to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.
Olympus SH-1 Sports photography features
A decent sports photography rating of 51 indicates the Olympus SH-1 is relatively acceptable for photographing sports. A camera should have good tracking and shutter speeds for sports photography.
Olympus SH-1 Travel photography details
Weight is super critical in picking a camera for travel. In general, the Olympus SH-1 gets a nice 74 for a travelling camera which makes it a respectable fit to take on your holidays.
Olympus SH-1 Landscape photography features
For anyone who is planning to pick a camera for landscape pictures, the most important aspect will be image quality. The Olympus SH-1 with it's moderate rating of 50 as a landscape camera is somewhat acceptable in the current market.
Vlogging with Olympus SH-1
A camera for vlogging ought to have a moving display screen, microphone port and preferably image stabilization. Considering all things, the Olympus SH-1 is not really suitable as a vlog camera as it receives a terrible rating of 37.
Olympus SH-1 Alternatives
If you are shopping for replacements to the SH-1, here is a selection of the top placed cameras that fall into the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The line graph below will give you an overview of the SH-1 versus it's top scored competitors listed earlier.
There are a bunch of cameras you may view as alternative options. To browse through a full comparison, visit the "compare" link.