Olympus SH-50 point-and-shoot with five-axis image stabilisation announced

Olympus has launched the Olympus SH-50, a new point-and-shoot camera with an advanced five-axis image stabilisation system.

Revealed at the CES 2013 show currently taking place in Las Vegas, the Olympus SH-50’s solution to shaky videos and poor low-light video is a world first.

Combined with a relatively decent zoom length and a wallet-friendly price tag, the Olympus SH-50 could well be the ideal take-anywhere camcorder for the casual film-makers among us.

Olympus SH-50 Specs
Borrowing the five-axis image stabilisation technology from the much pricier Olympus OM-D compact system camera, dubbed Hybrid 5-axis Movie IS, the system promises to eliminate blur from videos.

The Olympus SH-50’s photographic IS is only a 3-axis system, but it should still create sufficiently still images.

Elsewhere the Olympus SH-50 appears to be a reasonably well-equipped mid-range point-and-shoot, with a 16-megapixel image sensor, a TruePix IV image processing engine, and a 24x optical zoom lens capable of a 25 to 600mm equivalent range.

With a maximum f/3.0 aperture, it’s not the speediest lens on the market, but neither is it unusually slow.

Around back we have a 3-inch 460k dot touchscreen display and a mode dial that includes a dedicated night shooting setting, emphasising the possibilities opened up by that five-axis IS system.

Olympus SH-50 Release Date and Price
Olympus claims that the Olympis SH-50 will be available in shops from mid-March at a price of £249.99.

Is the Olympus SH-50’s sophisticated image stabilisation technology enough to tempt you into a purchase, or do you have your eyes on another of the new cameras launched at this year’s CES? Let is know on our Twitter or Facebook feeds, or through the comments box below.

Via: Olympus

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