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Olympus SH-21 review

A compact camera with a 12.5x wide zoom lens and a 16MP backlit CMOS sensor

As part of our image quality testing for the Olympus SH-21 we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the SH-21 is capable of resolving up to around 20 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

See a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them please click here.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Olympus SH21 review Resolution ISO 100
Olympus SH21 review: Resolution ISO 100

JPEG images

Olympus SH21 review Resolution ISO 80
Olympus SH21 review: Resolution ISO 80

ISO 80, score: 22 (see full image)

Olympus SH21 review Resolution ISO 100
Olympus SH21 review: Resolution ISO 100

ISO 100, score: 20 (see full image)

Olympus SH21 review Resolution ISO 200
Olympus SH21 review: Resolution ISO 200

ISO 200, score: 20 (see full image)

Olympus SH21 review Resolution ISO 400
Olympus SH21 review: Resolution ISO 400

ISO 400, score: 18 (see full image)

Olympus SH21 review Resolution ISO 800
Olympus SH21 review: Resolution ISO 800

ISO 800, score: 16 (see full image)

Olympus SH21 review Resolution ISO 1600
Olympus SH21 review: Resolution ISO 1600

ISO 1600, score: 16 (see full image)

Olympus SH21 review Resolution ISO 3200
Olympus SH21 review: Resolution ISO 3200

ISO 3200, score: 14 (see full image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedEye-Fi Card, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical, Electronic
ColourGold
Optical Zoom12.5x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameOlympus
FeaturesSelf-timer, Pet Detection, Face Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)184 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Flash Memory Capacity59 MB
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution16.8 Megapixel
Battery Model SupportedLI-50B
Height59.4 mm
Width105.4 mm
Depth30.6 mm
Focal Length4.20 mm to 52.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsAAC
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerOlympus Corporation
Product ModelSH-21
Product NameSH-21 Compact Camera
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberV107010GE000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.olympus.co.uk
Marketing Information

Rich colours, low picture noise, excellent contrast - the SH-21 is all about tremendous picture quality. The ultra-slim design ensures it never looks out of place at more sophisticated occasions and when you want to be sure to capture a one-off event like a wedding, it's good to know your camera has a 16-Megapixel Backlit CMOS sensor with the high sensitivity to perform in dim-lit interiors. For wide-angle shots, you can call on a high-grade super-wide 24-300mm lens and there's a 12.5x optical zoom for razor-sharp close-ups.

Package Contents
  • SH-21 Compact Camera
  • LI-50B Lithium-Ion Battery
  • F-2AC AC Adapter
  • CB-USB6 USB Cable
  • CB-AVC3 Audio/Video Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • Instruction Manual
  • World Wide Warranty Card
  • Software Media
Display Resolution460000 Pixel
Limited Warranty2 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker