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Olympus announces VR-330 & VR-320 compact superzooms

By dpreview staff on Feb 8, 2011 at 06:00 GMT

CP+ 2011: Olympus has announced the VR-320 and the Europe-only VR-330 compact superzooms, the first in its latest VR series of affordable compacts. Both feature 24-300mm equiv. zoom lenses, 14MP sensors and include features such as 720p HD recording, image stabilization, the latest set of Magic filters and HD output. The only difference between the two is the VR-330 offers 3D capture mode, an HD output and a 460K dot 3.0" LCD, while the VR-320 has only a 230K dot display.

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OLYMPUS VR Series gets 12.5x zoom, HDMI and 3D VR-330 & VR-320 compacts offer even better value


Capture It All with 14-Megapixels, a 24mm Wide-Angle 12.5x Lens, High-Definition (HD) Video and Display Results on a Crisp, 3.0-inch LCD

Hamburg, 8 February 2011 – Olympus’ new VR Series compacts are all about value. The priceless value of capturing high-quality movies and stills with no effort at all – and the unbeatable value for money of a compact camera that’s packed with fun-filled technical wizardry. An impressive zoom lens, super-slim design and clever technology were the hallmarks of the VR-310 launched in January.

Now Olympus introduces two more VRs with even better spec: the VR-320 and the top-of-the-range VR-330. Both come with a more powerful 12.5x super wide 24-300mm* optical zoom lens that combines with advanced automatic features to deliver brilliant images – no skill required.

The VR-330 even adds 3D still photos, a bright 460,000 dot, three inch LCD and an HDMI output that makes it simpler to review movies and photos on a High Definition TV. In this category, both cameras offer unparalleled performance for the lowest possible price. Strange but true! Both cameras are available from February 2011, with the VR-330 being sold through all good online retailers and the VR-320 exclusively at Jessops. Priced at £159.99 and £139.99 respectively.

“The Olympus VR-320 is the perfect mix of power and portability,” said Jennifer Schmell, product manager, Olympus Imaging America Inc. “Its wide-angle zoom lens captures all the action from close-ups to distant objects, while other features like HD video and Magic Art Filters ensure that consumers can truly capture it all.”

Miniature miracles
Once again, Olympus’ optical engineers have the competition scratching their heads, wondering how they managed to squeeze a precision 12.5x super wide optical zoom lens (24-300mm*) into two beautifully slim compacts that measure just 19.3mm deep (with the zoom retracted). Stand a VR Series next to another camera with a 12x zoom and it becomes clear what a big difference a few millimetres can make.

And the VRs still give their users the added flexibility of a category-busting super wide zoom lens that can zoom way out wide or right up close – and capture all those special shots that slim cameras normally can’t. Whether it’s a radiant 14 Megapixel still photo or a blur-free movie in 720p HD, in this price bracket it’s hard to see how picture quality could get any better than this.

Major advantages
Even by VR Series standards, for a compact camera the VR-330 is a bit special. It comes with optional automatic 3D photo mode, so users can enjoy the enhanced realism of 3D stills that appear to pop right out of the screen, especially when viewed on a big HD TV.

The VR-330 is also HDMI compatible, so when it’s time to play back, users can control their camera from their usual TV remote – and there’s no loss of Olympus HD quality. That’s typical of a host of Olympus-unique features that make both new VR Series cameras a delight to use. Nothing unnecessary that would add to the price, just clever, practical features that make it easier to take great pictures.

In addition to Dual Image Stabilisation (virtually eliminates blurring), there’s i-Auto and Shadow Adjustment Technology that automatically choose the right settings for tricky conditions or subjects. Users also have a choice of no fewer than seven of the Magic Filters featured on Olympus’ high-end cameras, so they can get creative and add artistic effects to their shots at the touch of a button.  

The OLYMPUS VR-330 (online retailers only) and the OLYMPUS VR-320 (Jessops exclusive) are both available from February in silver, black, red and blue. For just £159.99 and £139.99 respectively.

Distinguishing features:

OLYMPUS VR-330
Usability

  • 3” colour LCD (460,000 dots) for easily framing, reviewing and sharing shots
  • HDMI output / control for a one-cable connection to an HD TV with no loss of HD video or audio quality

Creativity & Flexibility

  • 3D photo shooting for the enhanced realism of 3D

OLYMPUS VR-320
Usability

  • 3” colour LCD (230,400 dots) for easily framing, reviewing and sharing shots

Common features:

Image Quality

  • 12.5x super wide angle optical zoom (24-300mm*) for superb close-ups and group shots
  • 720p HD Movie with sound for capturing movies in excellent quality
  • 14 Megapixels for high-quality full-size movies, stills and prints
  • Dual Image Stabilisation for reducing blur with fast-moving shots

Usability

  • Face Detection and Shadow Adjustment Technology for capturing people’s faces just as you want them
  • Intelligent Auto Mode (i-Auto) and AF Tracking for easy setting and focussing
  • Scene Mode for automatic settings that suit specific conditions
    (e.g., Landscape, Night)

Creativity & Flexibility

  • Magic Filters for adding creative effects to still photos:
    Punk, Pop Art, Pin Hole, Drawing, Fish Eye, Soft Focus, plus new Sparkle

Other key features

  • Full-metal, super-slim body for an attractive, robust design
  • [ib] software for browsing, organising and viewing images by person, place, location or event
  • ISO 100 to 1600
  • SD and SDHC memory card compatible**
  • USB battery charging

* 35mm camera equivalent.
** SD is a trademark of SD Card Association.

Olympus VR-330 and VR-320specifications

  Olympus VR-330 Olympus VR-320
Sensor • 1/2.3" Type CCD
• 14 million effective pixels
• Primary colour filter (RGB)
Image sizes • 14M 4288 x 3216
• 8M 3264 x 2448
• 5M 2560 x 1920
• 3M 2048 x 1536
• 2M 1600 x 1200
• 1M 1280 x 960
• VGA 640 x 480
• 4288 x 2416 (16:9)
Movie clips • 1280 x 720 @ 30/15 fps
• 640 x 480 @ 30/15 fps
• 320 x 240 @ 30/15 fps
Lens • 12.5x optical zoom
• Focal length 4.2 -52.5mm
• Focal length (equiv. 35mm) 24 - 300mm
• Aperture 3.0 - 5.9
Image stabilization Yes, Sensor-shift
Digital zoom Yes 4x
Focus • Contrast Detection
• Standard
• Macro
• Super-Macro
• Spot AF
• Face Detection AF
• AF Tracking
Focus distance • Standard mode 0.6m (wide) / 1.0m (tele)
• Macro mode 0.2m - (wide) / 0.9m (tele)
• Super Macro mode Closest focusing distance: 1cm
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• High Auto
• Manual ISO 80,100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Exposure compensation • +/- 2 EV
• 1/3 EV steps
Shuttter speed 1/2000 sec. –1/2 sec. (up to 4 sec. in Candle Scene mode)
Aperture f3.0 (W) / f5.9 (T)
Modes • Intelligent Auto
• Program Auto
• Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
• Magic mode
• 3D mode
• Scene Modes
• HD Movie
Magic Filter(Pop Art, Pinhole, Fisheye, Drawing, Soft Focus, Punk, Sparkle)
• Intelligent Auto
• Program Auto
• Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
• Magic mode
• Scene Modes
• HD Movie
Magic Filter(Pop Art, Pinhole, Fisheye, Drawing, Soft Focus, Punk, Sparkle)
Scene modes 14
White balance • Auto
• Daylight
• Overcast,
• Tungsten
• 3 Fluorescents
Self timer Yes, 2 or 12 seconds
Flash • Auto
• Red-eye reduction
• Fill-in
• Off
Flash Range • Wide: 0.66ft (0.2m) – 15.4ft (4.7m)   at ISO 800
• Tele: 2.95 ft (0.9m) – 7.9ft (2.4m)   at ISO 800
LCD monitor • 3.0" / 7.6 cm LCD
• 460,000 dots
• 3.0" / 7.6 cm LCD
• 230,000 dots
Connectivity • DC input
• Combined A/V & USB output
• USB 2.0 compatible
• HDMI
• DC input
• Combined A/V & USB output
• USB 2.0 compatible
Storage • SD/SDHC
• 33 MB internal memory
Power Li-ion Rechargeable Battery (LI-42B)
Battery Life TBC
Weight (no batt) 158g
Dimensions 4.2"W x 2.6"H x 1.5"D
(101mm x 58mm x 29mm)

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dcrevwer10
By dcrevwer10 (Feb 18, 2012)

This is a very flawed camera. Bought it in an emergency because my plane was leaving for overseas immediately. Regret! REGRET! WOULD NOT BUY THIS CAM AGAIN!!! SO ANGRY, I WILL NOT DESCRIBE WHAT I DISLIKE ABOUT THIS CAM AS IT WOULD TAKE TOO LONG. Was spoiled by Fujifilm designs and features and Canon and even current model Panasonics.

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