- 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 3" Fixed Display
- ISO 125 - 6400
- Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
- 3840 x 2160 video
- 25-600mm (F3.0-6.9) lens
- 271g - 109 x 63 x 42mm
- Announced February 2016
- Earlier Model is Olympus SH-2
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Olympus SH-3 summary
Olympus SH-3 is Olympus's Small Sensor Superzoom camera first released on February of 2016. It uses a 16 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 4608 x 3456.
Olympus released this camera in order to update the previous Olympus SH-2 (Read Full Comparison)
The SH-3 is positioned #53 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & over all #517 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our database. You should test our Smart camera finder to get camera rankings based on your personal requirements.
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Olympus SH-3 family
The Olympus SH-3 has a history of related digital cameras. Below, you can identify all previous and more recent models along with main specifications.
SH-3 vs SH-225-600mm
SH-3 vs SH-125-600mm
SH-3 vs SP-10024-1200mm
SH-3 vs SZ-1523-483mm
SH-3 vs SZ-16 iHS25-600mm
SH-3 vs SH-5025-600mm
SH-3 vs SP-820UZ22-896mm
SH-3 vs SZ-31MR iHS25-600mm
SH-3 vs SP-620 UZ25-525mm
SH-3 vs SZ-1225-600mm
SH-3 vs SP-810 UZ24-864mm
SH-3 vs SZ-1125-500mm
SH-3 vs SZ-30MR25-600mm
SH-3 vs SZ-1028-504mm
SH-3 vs SP-610UZ28-616mm
SH-3 vs SP-800 UZ28-840mm
SH-3 vs SP-600 UZ28-420mm
SH-3 vs SP-565UZ26-520mm
SH-3 vs SP-590 UZ26-676mm
Olympus SH-3 Gallery
You can look at the SH-3 from several angles in the gallery underneath.
Olympus SH-3 Pros and Cons
Here is a list of upsides and downsides of the Olympus SH-3 based on criterias that are oftentimes considered crucial in a camera.
Olympus SH-3 Sensor features
The Olympus SH-3 is run by the TruePic VII processor. The sensor size in the Olympus SH-3 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). In body stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter might cause cropping.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The BSI-CMOS sensor has 16 megapixels and supports a native ISO range of 125 - 6400. RAW files are saved which means that you have more room to maneuver in post.
The picture below illustrates the SH-3's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The SH-3 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is shown in green.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Olympus SH-3 dimensions
Olympus SH-3 weighs around 0.60 pounds (271 gr or 9.56 oz) & the dimensions of the camera is 109mm x 63mm x 42mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.7"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr so the Olympus SH-3 is less heavy as compared to its rivals.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
Listed below is a visual of the Olympus SH-3 with a softdrink to help you get a feel for its size.
The top view directly below will illustrate the button layout on the SH-3.
Olympus SH-3 Lens features
The SH-3 includes a fixed lens offering a focal range of 25-600mm making it a 24.0 x zoom which is very good and could let you zoom right in.
At it's widest 25mm, the lens features an aperture of f3.0 and that is quite sluggish and not the best for low light circumstances and you might find it difficult to get good bokeh. You will probably also need to increase your ISO which results in noisy files. At the long end, 600mm is amazing zoom and comes with f6.9 making it pretty sluggish and you would have to utilize slow shutter speeds.
Olympus SH-3 Connectivity
The SH-3 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras which include NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be used wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to copy pictures and oftentimes change camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.
A few apps also stream a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it could be hooked up to an external screen. Virtually all cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack with the USB socket.
Olympus SH-3 Video features
The max video resolution in the Olympus SH-3 is 3840 x 2160 and you can record in H.264 format. 2160p can provide an excellent resolution for video. You are able to downsample to 1080p in order to get clearer video. Beware of the huge file sizes and make sure you have decent SD cards with good write speed. The body does not have a microphone or headphone jack which means you have absolutely no control over the sound. It is probably a better idea to take a look at another camera in case you require better sound for your video clips.
Olympus SH-3 Weather Sealing
There is no environment proofing for the Olympus SH-3 so you have to be careful in rainy or dusty situations.
Olympus SH-3 Display and Viewfinder
The Olympus SH-3 houses a 3" fixed display screen having a resolution of 460k dots.
Moreover the display screen is touch friendly which means that you are able to switch focus point and adjust settings with your fingers.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
The View Finder specifications for Olympus SH-3 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
For bright outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders are quite helpful.
Olympus SH-3 Shutter features
Olympus SH-3 continuous shooting speed is 11.5 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.
Olympus SH-3 Flash and Hot shoe features
Olympus SH-3 features just inbuilt flash with no external flash support.
Olympus SH-3 Autofocus features
Olympus SH-3 features only Contrast Based AF & doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker and accurate as compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera boasts Face detect which makes it handy for people photography.
Olympus SH-3 has tap to focus. You can easily use your fingers in order to adjust where you focus. It also has Tracking AF for things that move. Olympus SH-3 doesn't have manual focusing. Manual focusing mode is good in low light occasions or you require more exact depth of field control.
Olympus SH-3 Battery life
The battery pack (LI-92B) for the Olympus SH-3 is designed to last for 380 photos based on the CIPA measurements which is above average ın comparison with its category. The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has the maximum (600) battery life in this group of cameras.
Below is a list of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that come with the highest battery life:
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Olympus SH-3 for specific categories of photography
The following bar chart indicates a summary of the Olympus SH-3 for specific categories of photography. To understand more, have a look at the specific section below.
Olympus SH-3 Portrait photography highlights
The Olympus SH-3 has a points total of 45 which is awful, and means the camera is simply not suitable to use for portraits. Taking portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimension, RAW support & flexibility to utilize off-camera flash.
Olympus SH-3 as a Street photography camera
Coming in at a nice points tally of 70, the Olympus SH-3 is a good option to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera gives a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.
Olympus SH-3 as a Sports photography camera
A decent sports photography points tally of 52 means the Olympus SH-3 is relatively suited for taking photos of sports. A camera should have good focusing plus continuous shooting for sports photography.
Olympus SH-3 as a Travel photography camera
Size is extremely important in getting a camera for travel. Over-all, the Olympus SH-3 gets a nice 74 for a travelling camera which makes it a very decent pick to buy for your trips.
Olympus SH-3 Landscape photography factors
In case you're planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photographs, the biggest factor will be image quality. The Olympus SH-3 and it's reasonable grade of 55 for a landscape camera is somewhat adequate among its competition.
Vlogging with Olympus SH-3
A camera for vlogging really should come with a articulating display screen, microphone port and if possible IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Olympus SH-3 is simply not suitable as a vlog camera as it comes to a awful score of 35.
Olympus SH-3 Alternatives
If you want replacements to the SH-3, here is a range of the highest placed cameras that fall under the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The chart below shows you a summary of the SH-3 vs it's top ranking competitors mentioned above.
Here are a handful of other cameras you may check out as alternatives. To check out a full comparison, just click on the "compare" link.