Olympus VR-340 Brief Review


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  • 16 megapixel CCD sensor
  • 10x optical zoom with 24mm wide-angle
  • 3-inch LCD
  • 720p HD Video recording with mono sound
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2012-01-18
  • Final Grade: 84 4.2 Star Rating: Recommended

Olympus VR-340
16 megapixel CCD sensor; 10x optical zoom with 24mm wide-angle; 3-inch LCD; 720p HD Video recording with mono sound; Optical image stabilization; Lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

The VR-340 packs a large 10x zoom into a little body. It doesn't have the latest CMOS sensor or 1080p video, but for $150 you can't fault it for these omissions. The previous model, VR-320, was faulted in reviews for somewhat poor autofocus at the telephoto end of the zoom and downright bad low-light image quality. Hopefully these issues have been addressed.

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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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