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The Olympus SH-25MR is a compact digital camera, with a 12.5x optical zoom lens, 16 megapixel sensor, GPS and full 1080p HD video recording. It is available in red, white, gold and black for £189.99.
Shooting modes available are iAuto, 17 scene modes (including Handheld Starlight, 3D Photo and Pet Detection), Beauty, Panorama, Magic Filters and Multi-recording. There are also various high-speed continuous shooting modes.
Videos are recorded at full 1080p HD, with optical zoom available and Movie IS to reduce shake. The SH-25MR can also take pictures at the same time as movie recording, as well as take a photo with a movie clip.
- 16 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor
- 12.5x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 24-300mm)
- Dual Image Stabilisation
- 3.0 inch 460,000 dot touch panel LCD screen
- GPS & Electronic Compass
- Full 1080p HD movie recording and HDMI Control
- ISO 80 - 6400
- 3cm minimum focusing distance
- Multi Recording functions
- HDR Backlight Adjustment
- Available in black, gold, white and red
You can set the focus point of the camera using the touchscreen, with Live Guide also available which allows you to change colour saturation, brightness, and image colour (warm to cold). There aren't many other buttons on the camera, with a d-pad and a dedicated movie record button on the rear and mode dial on the top.
The LCD screen is bright and clear to see in most lighting conditions. Olympus haven't provided a CIPA rating for the battery, but during testing we were able to take over 700 shots before it ran out of power. The length of the battery will be reduced by constant use of GPS. The GPS is ready within 30 seconds of switching on.
We tested the cameras performance at focusing, shutter response, shot-to-shot time, continuous shooting etc. and have posted the results below. To test this we took 6 or more shots and calculated the average, so that consistent results were produced.
|Shutter Response||0.175 seconds|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.3 seconds|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.45 seconds|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||2.85 seconds|
|Shot to Shot (without flash)||1.8 seconds|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||2.1 seconds|
|Sequential shooting 1
|Sequential shooting 2
Both sequential shooting modes record at full 16 megapixel resolution, with the high-speed modes recording at 3 megapixels, although the camera takes a little time to process the pictures.
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Olympus SH-25MR Sample Photos
Landscape | 1/160 sec | f/7.9 | 4.2 mm | ISO 80
Portrait | 1/40 sec | f/4.9 | 13.5 mm | ISO 800
Sport | 1/500 sec | f/5.7 | 21.9 mm | ISO 500
Pet Portrait | 1/500 sec | f/4.8 | 12.3 mm | ISO 320
Sample Photos - In landscape mode, the camera is capable of excellent colour reproduction, with superb blues and greens. Portraits are free of red-eye when using the flash but skin-tones aren't the best. Sport mode has been used to gain a fast shutter speed to capture the water drops. The last example was taken using pet detection mode, which automatically activates the shutter when a pets face is detected.
Olympus SH-25MR Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/800 sec | f/3.0 | 4.2 mm | ISO 80
Full Optical Zoom | 1/320 sec | f/5.9 | 52.5 mm | ISO 80
Digital Zoom | 1/320 sec | f/5.9 | 52.5 mm | ISO 80
Macro | 1/13 sec | f/4.0 | 7.4 mm | ISO 80
Lens Performance - The SH-25MR delivers well exposed images, with excellent colour reproduction and purple fringing barely noticeable. Detail is good in the centre of the images, but they are much softer in the corners and edges. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 3cm, which allows you to get close enough to take a decent macro shot with plenty of detail.
Olympus SH-25MR ISO test images
ISO80 | 1/5 sec | f/5.5 | 19.6 mm
ISO100 | 1/8 sec | f/5.5 | 19.6 mm
ISO200 | 1/13 sec | f/5.5 | 19.6 mm
ISO400 | 1/25 sec | f/5.5 | 19.6 mm
ISO800 | 1/50 sec | f/5.5 | 19.6 mm
ISO1600 | 1/100 sec | f/5.5 | 19.6 mm
ISO3200 | 1/200 sec | f/5.5 | 19.6 mm
ISO6400 | 1/400 sec | f/5.5 | 19.6 mm
ISO Noise Performance - Images are free of noise at ISO 80, with a very slight amount appearing at ISO 100, with a little more at ISO 200, then ISO 400. ISO 800 causes images to become slightly softer with small amounts of detail being lost. This loss of detail and sharpness continues through ISO 1600 and ISO 3200. There is lots of detail lost at ISO 6400, with a very soft image produced. This highest ISO setting is best avoided, unless your images are to be resized for sharing on the web.
Olympus SH-25MR White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandecent lighting | 1/15 sec | f/4.2 | 7.9 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/15 sec | f/4.2 | 7.9 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/4.2 | 7.9 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/4.2 | 7.9 mm | ISO 100
White Balance Performance - Under the incandescent studio lights, the AWB preset has a slight orange cast, with the incandescent preset taking the better image. When using the AWB preset under the fluorescent lights there is a slight green cast, with a magenta cast evident when using the fluorescent preset.
Panorama mode - The SH-25MR takes good panoramas, although if you view them at full size you can see some ghosting on occasion where the images haven't aligned perfectly.
Olympus SH-25MR Other sample images
Landscape With Building | 1/125 sec | f/7.9 | 4.2 mm | ISO 80
Zoom Example | 1/200 sec | f/5.7 | 21.9 mm | ISO 80
Documents | 1/30 sec | f/3.0 | 4.2 mm | ISO 640
Olympus SH-25MR Digital filters
Magic Filter Pop Art | 1/40 sec | f/5.1 | 15.5 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter Pin Hole | 1/40 sec | f/5.1 | 15.5 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter Fish Eye | 1/40 sec | f/5.1 | 15.5 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter Drawing | 1/40 sec | f/5.1 | 15.5 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter Soft Focus | 1/40 sec | f/5.1 | 15.5 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter Punk | 1/40 sec | f/5.1 | 15.5 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter Sparkle | 1/40 sec | f/5.1 | 15.5 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter Watercolour | 1/40 sec | f/5.1 | 15.5 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter Reflection | 1/50 sec | f/5.1 | 15.5 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter Fragmented | 1/40 sec | f/5.1 | 15.5 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter Dramatic | 1/160 sec | f/7.9 | 4.2 mm | ISO 80
Digital Filters - As you'd expect to see on an Olympus compact, there are a range of magic filters available to take some creative pictures, the dramatic filter is particularly impressive, particularly on a cloudy day.
Video - Below is a video shot at full 1080p HD with stereo sound. Optical zoom is available during recording, an example of which can be seen on the ePHOTOzine Youtube Page.
Value For MoneyThe Olympus SH-25MR is available for £189.99. Other cameras with 16 megapixels and similar zoom include the Nikon Coolpix S8200 (£200, 14x zoom), Sony Cybershot W690 (£179, 10x zoom), Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1 (£160, 10x zoom), Nikon Coolpix S6300 (£160, 10x zoom), Olympus SH-21 (£154, 12.5x zoom), Fujifilm FinePix T400 (£119, 10x zoom) and Olympus VR-340 (£109, 10x zoom). If it's GPS you're interested in, there is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 at £274.99, Canon Powershot SX260 HS at £254.99, Nikon Coolpix P510 at £304.99, Sony Cybershot DSC-HX20V at £322.00 and Leica V-Lux 30 at £484.00.
You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.
|The Olympus SH-25MR is an ideal travel-zoom with an appealing set of features.
Olympus SH-25MR ProsGood zoom range
Fast high-speed shooting
Focus point can be set via the touch screen
GPS & Electronic Compass
Lengthy battery life
Excellent colour reproduction
Olympus SH-25MR ConsGrips aren't made of rubber
Images are soft in corners and edges
Portraits aren't the best
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Olympus SH-25MR Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3 - f/5.9|
|35mm equivalent||24mm - 300mm|
|CCD pixels||16Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Screen resolution||460,000 dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||4sec|
|ISO sensitivity||80 - 6400|
|Video FPS||No Data|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||LI-50B Lithium-Ion Battery|
|CIPA Rating||No Data|
|Box Contents||LI-50B Lithium-Ion Battery, F-2AC AC Adapter, CB-USB6 USB Cable, CB-AVC3 Audio/Video cable, Hand Strap, Image Management Software|