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The Olympus VH-410 was announced in August 2012 and designed to be fun to use with a 3 inch touchscreen. The metal bodied camera is available in pink, blue, silver and black for £119.00.
To make shooting as easy as possible iAuto mode, which automatically adjusts the camera settings for the detected scene. There are also a number of scene modes and beauty mode which says it will bring your subjects to life to create dynamic pictures. As well as in-camera panoramas there is a number of magic filters to give your pictures an extra touch of creativity, some of which can be used on videos.
Videos are recorded at 720p HD at 30 fps with image stabilisation available to keep videos steady. You can use the optical zoom during recording, although you need to turn the sound off in order to use it.
- 16 megapixel CCD sensor
- 5x optical zoom (35mm equiv: 26-130mm)
- Dual Image Stabilisation
- 3 inch, 460k dot, LCD touch screen
- 12 Magic filters
- 720p HD video recording
- ISO 100-1600
- 5cm minimum focusing distance
- In-Camera Panorama
- Available in silver, black, pink and blue
The 3 inch LCD screen is bright and clear and allows you to set the focus and release the shutter by pressing the screen. The majority of the camera settings are adjusted by a menu which appears in a column on the right hand side of the screen, you use the circular d-pad on the rear to cycle through. This means there isn't many other buttons on the camera. There are menu, playback and movie record buttons on the rear, with the on/off switch, shutter release and zoom rocker placed on the top.
There is no CIPA rating provided for the battery, we managed nearly 700 shots before the battery went flat. We tested the camera's 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.
|Shutter Response||0.3 seconds|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.4 seconds|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.9 seconds|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||1.9 seconds|
|Shot to Shot (without flash)||3.4 seconds|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||3.9 seconds|
|High-speed 1||1.8 fps|
|High-speed 2||15.7 fps|
The sequential shooting mode records at full 16 megapixel resolution, with the high-speed modes restricted to just 3 megapixels.
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Olympus VH-410 Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/35 sec | f/4.4 | 13.0 mm | ISO 200
Landscape | 1/735 sec | f/2.8 | 4.7 mm | ISO 100
Sport | 1/500 sec | f/2.8 | 4.7 mm | ISO 162
Pet Mode | 1/159 sec | f/6.5 | 23.5 mm | ISO 800
Sample Photos - The VH-310 takes pictures with good colour reproduction and are generally well exposed. Portrait shots have pleasant skin tones and are free of red-eye.
Olympus VH-410 Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/997 sec | f/2.8 | 4.7 mm | ISO 100
Full Optical Zoom | 1/428 sec | f/6.5 | 23.5 mm | ISO 100
Trees | 1/127 sec | f/2.8 | 4.7 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/15 sec | f/3.4 | 8.3 mm | ISO 100
Lens Performance - Image detail is OK at both ends of the lens, with a good control over purple fringing in contrasting areas. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 5cm, this allows decent enough macro shots to be taken.
Olympus VH-410 ISO test images
ISO100 | 1/12 sec | f/3.9 | 10.7 mm
ISO200 | 1/23 sec | f/3.9 | 10.7 mm
ISO400 | 1/46 sec | f/3.9 | 10.7 mm
ISO800 | 1/98 sec | f/3.9 | 10.7 mm
ISO1600 | 1/194 sec | f/3.9 | 10.7 mm
ISO Noise Performance - There isn't any noise at ISO 100 with only a little appearing at ISO 200 and a slight softening occurring at ISO 400. There is a little detail missing at ISO 800, which worsens a little at ISO 1600.
Olympus VH-410 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/25 sec | f/2.9 | 5.5 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/24 sec | f/2.9 | 5.5 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/2.9 | 5.5 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/2.9 | 5.5 mm | ISO 100
White Balance Performance - Under the incandescent lights, there is an orange cast when using the AWB, with the incandescent preset taking a much better picture. The AWB handles our fluorescent lighting really well, with the fluorescent preset having a magenta cast.
Olympus VH-410 Other sample images
Low Light | 1/5 sec | f/4.4 | 13.0 mm | ISO 200
Landscape With Building | 1/1245 sec | f/2.9 | 5.5 mm | ISO 100
Drive | 1/200 sec | f/2.8 | 4.7 mm | ISO 100
Documents | 1/22 sec | f/4.4 | 13.0 mm | ISO 400
With our studio lights turned as low as they would go, night scene mode has been used to get a longer exposure. The other shots have been taken using some of the other scene modes available such as landscape and text.
Olympus VH-410 Digital filters
Magic Filter Miniature | 1/561 sec | f/4.4 | 13.0 mm | ISO 100
Magic Filter Drawing | 1/13 sec | f/5.4 | 17.8 mm | ISO 400
Magic Filter Fish Eye | 1/13 sec | f/5.4 | 17.8 mm | ISO 400
Magic Filter Pin Hole | 1/13 sec | f/5.4 | 17.8 mm | ISO 400
Magic Filter Pop Art | 1/13 sec | f/5.4 | 17.8 mm | ISO 400
Magic Filter Punk | 1/13 sec | f/5.4 | 17.8 mm | ISO 400
Magic Filter Reflection | 1/13 sec | f/5.4 | 17.8 mm | ISO 400
Magic Filter Soft Focus | 1/13 sec | f/5.4 | 17.8 mm | ISO 400
Magic Filter Sparkle | 1/17 sec | f/5.4 | 17.8 mm | ISO 400
Magic Filter Watercolor | 1/13 sec | f/5.4 | 17.8 mm | ISO 400
Digital Filters - There are a number of magic filters which can be used during picture taking, some of which can be used for videos as well.
Video - Below is a video shot at 720p HD, there is an example using the optical zoom during recording which can be seen on the ePHOTOzine Youtube Page.
Value For MoneyThe Olympus VH-410 is currently priced at £119.00. Below are a number of cameras that are similar with around 5-8x optical zoom.
|Pentax Optio LS465||Nikon Coolpix S3300||Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS45||Canon PowerShot A4000 IS||Fujifilm FinePix Z1000 EXR|
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.
Olympus VH-410 ProsTouch screen can be used to select focus point
Image quality isn't bad
Images have good colour
Available in a range of colours
Camera is easy to use
Olympus VH-410 ConsNo particularly exciting features
Tripod socket is poorly positioned
Struggled to expose correctly in poor light
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Olympus VH-410 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/2.8 - f/6.5|
|35mm equivalent||26mm - 130mm|
|CCD pixels||16Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||4sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 1600|
|Optical Zoom with Video||No Data|
|Battery Type||LI-50B Lithium-ion|
|CIPA Rating||No Data|
|Box Contents||LI-50B Lithium-Ion Battery, F-2AC AC Adapter, CB-USB7 USB Cable, Hand Strap, World Wide Warranty Card, Instruction Manual, [ib] Image Management Software|