LCD and Viewfinder
Olympus SH-3 has a Fixed Type 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 460k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
LCD is Touch screen
type, so you can change the settings and set the focus point with your fingertips.
SH-3 doesn't have a viewfinder and no option for external viewfinder. Lack of a viewfinder can be problematic especially under strong light where visibility of LCD screens goes down dramatically. If you need a Compact camera with a built-in viewfinder in a similar price range, consider Nikon Coolpix P7800 (Compare) or Fujifilm X30 (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Olympus SH-3 can shoot continuously at max speed of 11.5 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/2000 sec.
Unfortunately SH-3 doesn't have an external flash shoe so you are limited with the built-in flash.
Olympus SH-3 features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system.
Olympus SH-3 also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Olympus SH-3, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 3840 x 2160 at 15 fps and save in and H.264 formats. This means that Olympus SH-3 provides 4K (Ultra-HD) video, highest resolution that is available in the market today. When viewed on a 4K screen, you will be amazed by the level of details and the crispness.It is also a big step up from its predecessor SH-2 which has a max video resolution of 1920 x 1080 only. If you are thinking of upgrading your SH-2 and shoot a lot of video, this is a big factor to consider in favor of SH-3.
SH-3 also a high speed mode where it captures videos at 240 for ultra slow motion videos. SH-3 has a built-in Stereo microphone and a Mono speaker.
Olympus SH-3 doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Compact camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Nikon Coolpix P7800 or Fujifilm X30 in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
Olympus SH-3 features built-in wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity ( 802.11b/g/n with smartphone app) which lets you transfer your photos directly to compatible devices without any physical connection.One other feature that we like is the ability to use our smartphone as a remote to control our SH-3. You can change camera settings, release shutter, view LCD screen and tranfer files using remote control app.
You can connect SH-3 to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Olympus SH-3 is powered by battery which provides a shooting life of 380 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Compact type cameras is 255 shots, Olympus SH-3 has a good battery life for its class.
Battery Life Comparison in Small Sensor Superzoom Cameras
Fujifilm HS35EXR with its 600shots is the model with longest battery life among Small Sensor Superzoom cameras. Check the comparison of Olympus SH-3 vs Fujifilm HS35EXR or take a look at Longest Battery Life Compact cameras list.
Olympus SH-3 Features Compared to Main Competitors
Current Lowest price for Olympus SH-3 is $532.33