Retaining 25-600mm eq. range and 5-axis OIS, Olympus SH-3 announced in Japan, adds 4K video


posted Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 12:27 PM EDT

Following up on the Olympus SH-2, Olympus has announced its successor, the SH-3, in Japan.

The Olympus Stylus SH-3 utilizes the same 1/2.3" 16-megapixel CMOS sensor found in the SH-2, along with the same 24x optical zoom 25-600mm f/3.0-6.9 equivalent built-in lens. Internally, not much has changed from the SH-2, although the SH-3 can now record 4K resolution video at up to 15fps with its new "Advanced Movie Mode."

Additionally, there are six new Art Filters: light tone, cross process, gentle sepia, vintage, Lee New Clair (this is translated from Japanese, so I'm not sure if this name would remain the same in English, but this filter emphasizes line edges to give images an illustrated appearance), and watercolor. Additional features include RAW image capture, ISO 125-6400, and 11.5fps high speed shooting capabilities.

Externally, the camera remains the same as its predecessor, inheriting a design somewhat similar to the Olympus PEN. The upper portion of the camera body is made from an aluminum alloy, and like the SH-2, the SH-3 weighs in at a lightweight 9.6 oz. (271 g) and has a compact form factor considering the extensive zoom range.

Top of Olympus SH-3 (translated from Japanese)
Front of Olympus SH-3 (translated from Japanese)

The Olympus SH-3 will go on sale in Japan on February 26th in both silver and black finishes. An optional protective leather case will also be available. It is not yet known if the SH-3 will become available in additional markets outside of Japan.

For more information, including specifications and sample images, visit Olympus Japan's website.

(Seen via The New Camera