Olympus VR-320 Brief Review


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  • 14 Megapixels
  • 12.5x optical zoom
  • 24mm wide-angle lens
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • 3-inch LCD
  • 720p HD movie mode
  • Face detection
  • Captures to SD/SDHC
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2011-02-28
  • Final Grade: 84 4.2 Star Rating: Recommended

Olympus VR-320
14 Megapixels; 12.5x optical zoom; 24mm wide-angle lens; Sensor-shift image stabilization; 3-inch LCD; 720p HD movie mode; Face detection; Captures to SD/SDHC; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

The Olympus VR-320 looks like a solid mid-range compact zoom, sporting a roomy 24mm wide-angle lens with a 12.5x zoom range. The 3-inch LCD is generous, and 720p HD video is always welcome. Olympus has had some issues with reliability on some of their previous compact zooms, so we're a bit wary, but specs-wise at least, this looks pretty decent. This may be a retail-only model, though it's nearly identical to the VR-330, an online-only model with a 3D photo capture mode. 

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Olympus is a long-time camera manufacturer, but lately they've been offering innovative, compact imaging options that are well worth a look. While Olympus doesn't have a camera in every category like Nikon or Sony, their focus on the cameras they offer shows.

Olympus' main, and best, cameras are their mirrorless line. The OM-D line offers mirrorless cameras that rival professional results while their PEN options offer the most portability and affordability. Most of their mirrorless cameras have simple, retro designs that work really well. Their kit lenses are often a bit higher quality than most. The Olympus mirrorless cameras we've been able to test have shown excellent image quality and usability.

While most of Olympus' focus seems to be on their excellent mirrorless line, we haven't been disappointed with any of their compacts we've put through our tests either. The TG-3 and TG-4 are among the best waterproof compacts on the market. And when we put the super zoom SP-100 to the test, we were quite happy with the image quality and performance.

Olympus may not have a camera in each and every category, but they've really put a lot into their existing cameras, making them excellent options.

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