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Olympus SH-25MR review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £200
inc VAT

Excels at video, less so at photos, but with GPS and simultaneous photo and video capture, this is a great camera at an attractive price


1/2.3in 16.8-megapixel sensor, 12.5x zoom (24-300mm equivalent), 208g

The SH-25MR is a bit of an oddball. Its 12.5x zoom lens is nothing special by today’s standards, with competing cameras having zooms between 15x and 24x. It clearly wants to be seen as part of the pocket ultra-zoom crowd because Olympus lists it under the Traveller section of its website, and the built-in GPS radio for tagging photos goes some way to justifying it.

GPS accuracy from digital cameras can be temperamental, but on the SH-25MR it was impressively accurate. Photos were tagged to within a couple of metres, and sometimes it even managed to get a position when indoors. It has a built-in compass too, but this data isn’t recognised by software such as Picasa and Lightroom. A tracking feature created a log of our journey, which was accurately plotted when we uploaded the LOG file to This feature quickens battery depletion, but the camera helpfully shows a reminder as it’s powered down that shows the GPS radio is still active.

Olympus SH-25MR rear
An impressively accurate GPS lets you record exactly where you took a photo.

This camera can take up to 38 16-megapixel photos while it’s recording a 1080p video. This is an incredibly useful feature, as it means there’s no need to think about whether a scene is best captured as a video or photo; you can do both. It’s even possible to use the video and photo burst modes simultaneously, with a top speed of 9fps. Another mode captures a photo and a short video, including up to seven seconds of footage from before the shutter button was pressed.

These features make the assortment of panorama, HDR, 3D and creative effect modes seem tame in comparison, but it’s all welcome. We imagine they’ll be appreciated more than other cameras’ manual exposure controls. Selecting P on the mode dial reveals an assortment of conventional controls, and the touchscreen makes it easy to move the autofocus point. Unfortunately, this camera lacks a wheel for setting adjustment, something that’s included on many other Olympus cameras.

Olympus SH-25MR top
Selecting P on the mode dial gives you access to plenty of settings, but it’s a shame that there’s no mode dial.

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Basic Specifications

Rating *****
CCD effective megapixels 16.8 megapixels
CCD size 1/2.3in
Viewfinder none
Viewfinder magnification, coverage N/A
LCD screen size 3.0in
LCD screen resolution 460,000 pixels
Articulated screen No
Live view Yes
Optical zoom 12.5x
Zoom 35mm equivalent 24-300mm
Image stabilisation optical, sensor shift
Maximum image resolution 4,608×3,456
File formats JPEG, MPO; QuickTime (AVC)


Memory slot SDXC
Mermory supplied 43MB internal
Battery type Li-ion
Battery Life (tested) 200 shots
Connectivity USB, AV, DC in, micro HDMI
Body material metal
Lens mount N/A
Focal length multiplier N/A
Kit lens model name N/A
Accessories USB and AV cables
Weight 208g
Size 62x109x31mm

Buying Information

Warranty one-year RTB
Price £200

Camera Controls

Exposure modes auto
Shutter speed auto
Aperture range f/3 (wide), f/5.9 (tele)
ISO range (at full resolution) 80 to 6400
Exposure compensation +/-2 EV
White balance auto, 4 presets, 2 manual
Additional image controls shadow adjust
Manual focus No
Closest macro focus 1cm
Auto-focus modes multi, centre, flexible spot (touchscreen), face detect
Metering modes multi/face detect, spot, AF point
Flash auto, forced, suppressed, red-eye reduction
Drive modes single, continuous, self-timer, panorama, 3D

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