Olym­pus Sty­lus SH-1

Australian T3 - - RATED -

$449, olym­pus.CO m.au

More Monaco than Ma­jorca, this is the stylish trav­eller’s choice

The retro, 60s-in­spired look of the Olym­pus Pen and OM-D cam­eras now ex­tends to its cheaper travel zooms. The SH-1’s leather­ef­fect frontage and clas­sic black and sil­ver at­tire re­call the old Olym­pus Trip. In fact, this snap­per has a very sim­i­lar ethos to the Trip: qual­ity re­sults from an easy to use, mass-mar­ket de­vice. It han­dles just like more ex­pen­sive Olym­pus cams, too, you just can’t change the lens.

The sen­sor is a run-of-the-mill 16-megapixel, back-il­lu­mi­nated 1/2.3-inch CMOS, but that’s matched to a broader than av­er­age fo­cal range, start­ing out at 25mm courtesy of 24x op­ti­cal zoom with a max­i­mum f/3 lens aper­ture (one of the brighter lenses on test). You also get a pow­er­ful TruePic VII pro­ces­sor han­dling the grunt work and an aut­o­fo­cus re­sponse that can only be de­scribed as light­ning swift.

The zoom is per­haps a lit­tle mod­est com­pared to the 30x reach of some ri­vals, but the Olym­pus fields the ad­van­tage of five-axis image sta­bil­i­sa­tion – tech that’s been passed down from the top-of-the-range OM-D, no less – al­low­ing you to shoot wob­ble-free 1080p video at up to a whop­ping 60 frames per sec­ond for suit­ably cin­e­matic re­sults.

De­spite its el­e­gant look, this cam­era is no throw­back, in­clud­ing Wi-Fi for get­ting on­line and a three-inch touch­screen that makes upload­ing pics di­rectly to so­cial net­works or switch­ing be­tween the many man­ual op­tions and fil­ters a breeze. Art Fil­ter, in par­tic­u­lar, is great for adding ex­tra pep to shots when con­di­tions are drab.

The but­tons and di­als are per­fectly func­tional and easy to op­er­ate, too, but you also get the op­tion of fir­ing off the cam­era shut­ter by tap­ping that nice, bright screen.

The Olym­pus SH-1 is a pre­mium com­pact that of­fers enough style, and just enough sub­stance, to make it first class, five-star choice for your hol­i­day. Love Well-crafted de­sign. Han­dles like pricier Olym­pus Pen in­ter­change­able lens cams. Fea­tures aplenty Hate Shorter zoom than test ri­vals. T3 Says Clas­sic looks and mod­ern fea­tures, it’s the most pre­mium of pre­mium com­pacts

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