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Olympus SH-21

alaTest has collected and analyzed 64 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the performance and image quality. The usability and value for money also get good feedback. There are some mixed opinions about the design and flash, and there are some critical reviews about the image stabilizer and low light performance.

portability, value for money, usability, image quality, performance

responsiveness, low-light, stabilizer

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus SH-21 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 64 reviews)

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Olympus SH-21 review


Billed as the ideal point-and-shoot camera for travellers, the Olympus SH-21 is designed for versatility: it's just about small enough to fit into your jacket or trouser pocket, features a 12.5x optical zoom equivalent to a 24-300mm lens, can record...

Good 12.5x optical zoom, touch-to-shoot function, USB charging

Noisy photos at low ISO, flat-looking HDR shots

The versatile SH-21 sports a fine selection of features and shooting modes, but picture quality is acceptable rather than astounding

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Olympus SH-21 review


With a 12.5x zoom and 16MP backlit CMOS sensor, the Olympus SH-21 is aimed at those wanting to travel light. But can it perform?

12.5x zoom ; Small and light ; Easy to use ; 1080 video ; Decent at high ISO

Shiny screen ; Soft at max telehoto ; Noise when turns on

Although experienced photographers may bemoan the lack of manual options, there are plenty of features on the Olympus SH-21 to keep casual snappers entertained, including a comprehensive range of automatic scene modes and 'Magic' creative modes.

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Olympus SH-21 review


A great inexpensive choice, the Olympus SH-21 is well suited to travellers who need a versatile snapper that feels like it could take a knock. The well thought-out quick-access menus are a boon. All in all, it's a great little package.

Low price ; Vivid colours ; Good menus ; High-quality video mode

Noise in some images ; Chunky design

I don't entirely agree with Olympus' claim of an 'ultra-slim design', but there's no denying this is an impressive bundle. Occasional noise aside, the results were consistently sharp, vivid and realistic.


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Olympus SH21 Review


The new SH-21 slots neatly into Olympus' Traveller range and provides compact design with a long, versatile wide-zoom lens and high-resolution 16MP sensor. But how does it fare on its full WDC...

Price, Menus, Video mode, Image quality (in brighter conditions)

Noise (in low light images), Touch snap system, Detail reduction due to camera processing

It is at this point it's important to remind oneself that this camera's RRP is £189.99 and not much higher, and you'll likely be able to buy if to for much less, a quick trawl on the Internet revealed prices as low as £134; this for a 16MP compact choc...

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Olympus SH-21 review


Olympus shows off its touch screen feature-stuffed ultra-zoom compact.. The Olympus SH-21 compact digital camera is all about style...

Stacks of shooting and creative modes with good quality images

Touch screen can be over-sensitive and sound quality poor

If you want a reasonably priced ultra-zoom compact that's crammed full of varied shooting modes and creative effects, the SH-21 will fit the bill handsomely.

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Olympus SH-21 Digital Camera Review


Daniel Bell takes a closer look at the Olympus SH-21.

Full 1080p HD video recording; Minimum focusing distance of 1cm; Touch screen and plenty of buttons; Large optical zoom in compact body; High-speed shooting at 5 fps (16 megapixel image); Rubber grip on front; Easy to use; Decent image quality up to...

Images blurry in corners

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Olympus unveils 16MP touchscreen SH-21


Olympus has unveiled the 16-megapixel SH-21 compact camera with touchscreen functionality.

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Amazon review summary for Olympus SH-21


alaTest has collected and analysed 19 user reviews of Olympus SH-21 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

value for money, usability, portability, image quality, performance


95% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Olympus SH-21 Digital Zoom Camera - Red (16MP, 12.5x Super-Wide Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD Touch PanelOlympus SH-21 Digital Zoom Camera - Black (16MP, 12.5x Super-Wide Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD Touch PanelOlympus SH-21 Digital Zoom Camera - Gold (16MP, 12.5x Super-Wide Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD Touch Panel

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: Yes
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity:WiFi Ready

General Features

3D:3D enabled
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/2.3''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:Internal + External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Olympus LI-50 B
Battery Type:Olympus LI-50 B


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes