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The Olympus VR-340 was announced in January 2012 alongside the VG-170 and is a compact camera with 10x optical zoom. It is available in silver, black, red and purple for £119.00.
Videos are recorded at 720p HD with some of the magic filters available, as is the optical zoom when sound is switched off.
- 16 megapixel sensor
- 10x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 24-240mm)
- 720p HD movie recording
- 3.0 inch 460,000 dot colour LCD screen
- Dual Image Stabilisation
- Magic Filter Movie and/or Stills
- Face Detection incl. Shadow Adjustment
- iAuto and AF Tracking
- Beauty Mode
- Scene Modes
- Eye-Fi Card compatibility
- Metal body
- Smart Grip Design
- USB-Battery Charge
The menus are logical and well laid out, with most of the shooting settings set via a panel down the right hand side of the screen, which you amend using the d-pad. 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||0.25 seconds|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.65 seconds|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||1.1 seconds|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||2.3 seconds|
|Shot to Shot (without flash)||3.6 seconds|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||4.1 seconds|
Sequential shooting records at full 14 megapixel resolution, with high-speed 1 and 2 both restricted to 3 megapixels.
Olympus VR-340 Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/500 sec | f/3.0 | 4.2 mm | ISO 100
Olympus Vr-340 Full Optical Zoom | 1/250 sec | f/5.8 | 42.0 mm | ISO 100
Olympus Vr-340 Digital Zoom | 1/80 sec | f/5.8 | 42.0 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/40 sec | f/3.9 | 6.7 mm | ISO 100
There isn't any noise at ISO 100, with a touch coming in at ISO 200. ISO sees an increase in noise which is significant enough to cause the images to lose a touch of sharpness. At ISO 800 this loss of sharpness continues, with ISO 1600 producing an image with large amounts of noise, not ideal for large prints.
Olympus VR-340 ISO test images
ISO100 | 1/5 sec | f/5.0 | 15.2 mm
ISO200 | 1/15 sec | f/5.0 | 15.2 mm
ISO400 | 1/30 sec | f/5.0 | 15.2 mm
ISO800 | 1/60 sec | f/5.0 | 15.2 mm
ISO1600 | 1/125 sec | f/5.0 | 15.2 mm
Landscape mode produces images with good blues and greens, with portrait mode giving pleasant skin tones and no red-eye when shooting with the flash. Sport mode has been used in the fourth image below to capture the water movement.
Olympus VR-340 Scene modes
Landscape | 1/200 sec | f/7.9 | 4.2 mm | ISO 100
Landscape With Building | 1/200 sec | f/7.9 | 4.2 mm | ISO 100
Portrait | 1/40 sec | f/4.7 | 12.1 mm | ISO 200
Sport | 1/500 sec | f/5.4 | 19.5 mm | ISO 320
Under the incandescent lighting, the auto white-balance (AWB) preset has a slight orange cast with the incandescent preset taking the perfect picture. When switching to the fluorescent lights the AWB preset performs well, with the fluorescent preset having a magenta cast.
Olympus VR-340 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/13 sec | f/4.2 | 8.3 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/13 sec | f/4.2 | 8.3 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.5 sec | f/4.2 | 8.3 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.5 sec | f/4.2 | 8.3 mm | ISO 100
The VR-340 has a number of magic filters, with examples of each below. Some can be used during video recording as well.
Olympus VR-340 Digital filters
Magic Filter Drawing | 1/8 sec | f/5.0 | 15.2 mm | ISO 200
Magic Filter Fish Eye | 1/8 sec | f/5.0 | 15.2 mm | ISO 200
Magic Filter Pin Hole | 1/8 sec | f/5.0 | 15.2 mm | ISO 200
Magic Filter Pop Art | 1/8 sec | f/5.0 | 15.2 mm | ISO 200
Magic Filter Punk | 1/8 sec | f/5.0 | 15.2 mm | ISO 200
Magic Filter Soft Focus | 1/8 sec | f/5.0 | 15.2 mm | ISO 200
Magic Filter Sparkle | 1/13 sec | f/5.0 | 15.2 mm | ISO 200
Video ModeBelow is a video shot at 720p HD, the camera also allows the use of optical zoom during recording, an example of which can be seen on the ePHOTOzine YouTube Channel.
Value For MoneyThe Olympus VR-340 is currently priced at £119.00. Other cameras to consider are the Fujifilm FinePix T400 at £129.00, Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1 at £169.00, Nikon Coolpix S6300 at £179.00 and Sony Cybershot W690 at £179.00, all with 10x optical zoom and 16 megapixel sensors.
Olympus VR-340 ProsAvailable for a reasonable price
Camera is easy to grip
Compact, metal body
Decent colour reproduction
Olympus VR-340 ConsOnly 720p HD video recording
Limited ISO range.
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Olympus VR-340 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3 - f/5.7|
|35mm equivalent||24mm - 240mm|
|CCD pixels||16Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||6.16mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||4.62mm|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||4sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 1600|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|CIPA Rating||No Data|
|Box Contents||LI-50B Lithium-Ion Battery, F-2AC AC Adapter, CB-USB7 USB Cable, CB-AVC5 Audio/Video cable, 3D Glasses (Red/Cyan), Hand Strap, World Wide Warranty Card, Instruction Manual, [ib] Image Management Software|