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Olympus Stylus SH-2 retro point and shoot announced

Olympus has announced the Stylus SH-2, stylishly retro point and shoot camera with some high grade features.

Last year’s Olympus Stylus SH-1 presented a slick point and shoot camera with an advanced optical image stabilisation (OIS). That camera’s successor continues the theme.

Olympus is really playing up the Stylus SH-2’s good looks this time, as well as its compactness, in a bid to convince smartphone photographers to pop a dedicated camera in their bag or pocket. Specifically this one.

It talks of the camera’s classic style, and a top panel and main controls that are formed of an aluminium alloy. The company also points to the SH-2’s smartphone-beating image quality and performance.

The Stylus SH-2 once again has 5-axis image stabilisation (suitable for stills and videos), as well as a 24x wide-angle optical zoom lens and a 16-megapixel  BSI CMOS 1/2.3-inch image sensor. It also features RAW support.

Around back there’s a 3-inch 460k dot touch-enabled LCD display, and the Stylus SH-2 also boasts in-built Wi-Fi. The latter enables the camera to be paired up with an iOS or Android phone for remote usage, not to mention wireless image transfers and instant sharing.

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When it comes to video, the Stylus SH-2 can record Full HD 1080p at 60 fps. It also has 120fps and 240fps slo-mo modes for those action shots, while the fittingly named Time Lapse Movie mode will compress five hours of recording into a 20 second time lapse movie.

The Olympus Stylus SH-2 will be available in mid-March for €299 (around £211).

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