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Olympus TG-870 vs Olympus VR-340

Portability
91
Imaging
41
Features
46
Overall
43
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870 front
 
Olympus VR-340 front
Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
36
Overall
37

Olympus TG-870 vs Olympus VR-340 Key Specs

Olympus TG-870
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400 (Boost to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 21-105mm (F3.5-5.7) lens
  • 221g - 113 x 64 x 28mm
  • Launched January 2016
  • Superseded the Olympus TG-860
Olympus VR-340
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-240mm (F3.0-5.7) lens
  • 125g - 96 x 57 x 19mm
  • Announced January 2012
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Olympus TG-870 vs Olympus VR-340 Overview

Here is a in depth overview of the Olympus TG-870 versus Olympus VR-340, former being a Ultracompact while the other is a Small Sensor Compact and they are both designed by Olympus. The resolution of the TG-870 (16MP) and the VR-340 (16MP) is fairly similar and they feature the exact same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The TG-870 was brought out 4 years later than the VR-340 and that is quite a serious difference as far as tech is concerned. Each of these cameras come with different body type with the Olympus TG-870 being a Ultracompact camera and the Olympus VR-340 being a Compact camera.

Before diving through a full comparison, below is a quick synopsis of how the TG-870 scores versus the VR-340 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-870 over the Olympus VR-340

 TG-870 VR-340 
AnnouncedJanuary 2016January 2012Fresher by 49 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution921k460kClearer display (+461k dot)

Reasons to pick Olympus VR-340 over the Olympus TG-870

 VR-340 TG-870 

Common features in the Olympus TG-870 and Olympus VR-340

 TG-870 VR-340 
Focus manually No manual focusing
Display dimension3"3"Identical display dimensions
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch display No Touch display

Olympus TG-870 vs Olympus VR-340 Physical Comparison

If you are going to carry your camera regularly, you need to take into account its weight and volume. The Olympus TG-870 enjoys physical dimensions of 113mm x 64mm x 28mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.1") having a weight of 221 grams (0.49 lbs) whilst the Olympus VR-340 has sizing of 96mm x 57mm x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7") with a weight of 125 grams (0.28 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you are utilising during that time. The following is the front view scale comparison of the TG-870 compared to the VR-340.

Olympus TG-870 vs Olympus VR-340 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the TG-870 and VR-340 is 91 and 96 respectively.

Olympus TG-870 vs Olympus VR-340 top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-870 vs Olympus VR-340 Sensor Comparison

Usually, its difficult to see the gap between sensor sizing just by going over technical specs. The visual here might give you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the TG-870 and VR-340.

As you have seen, the two cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements and the exact same MP therefore you can expect similar quality of images however you may want to consider the age of the products into consideration. The newer TG-870 will have a benefit in sensor tech.

Olympus TG-870 vs Olympus VR-340 sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-870 vs Olympus VR-340 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-870 vs Olympus VR-340 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-870 Portrait photography information
Olympus VR-340 Portrait photography information
36
good resolution (16MP)
has face detect focusing
no manual focus
no manual exposure
external flash not possible
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
34
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
includes face detection focusing
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not possible
external flash not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-870 Street photography advice
Olympus VR-340 Street photography advice
65
tilting screen
image stabilization (Optical)
weather proofing
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
heavier than competition in class (221 grams)
63
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competition in class (125 grams)
no moving screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus TG-870
Sports photography with Olympus VR-340
51
image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
has tracking focus
weather proofing
great battery power (300 CIPA)
no shutter priority mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
44
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
includes tracking autofocus
no shutter priority
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-870 as a Travel photography camera
Olympus VR-340 as a Travel photography camera
69
great battery power (300 shots)
weather proofing
good resolution (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
fairly wide (21mm)
heavier than competition in class (221g)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
69
lighter than competition in class (125 grams)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
built-in flash
reasonably wide (24mm)
no Time Lapse function
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus TG-870 Landscape photography advice
Olympus VR-340 Landscape photography advice
50
fairly wide (21mm)
good sized screen (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (16MP)
weather proofing
great battery power (300 shots)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
no manual exposure
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
43
reasonably wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
manual exposure not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
no Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus TG-870
Vlogging with Olympus VR-340
32
fairly wide (21mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focusing
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
no mic socket
heavier than competition in class (221g)
33
reasonably wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes face detection focusing
lighter than competition in class (125g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
screen is not selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
no external mic jack
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Olympus TG-870 vs Olympus VR-340 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-870 and Olympus VR-340
 Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870Olympus VR-340
General Information
Brand Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870 Olympus VR-340
Class Ultracompact Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2016-01-06 2012-01-10
Body design Ultracompact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip TruePic VII -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 6400 3200
Highest boosted ISO 12800 -
Minimum native ISO 125 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 21-105mm (5.0x) 24-240mm (10.0x)
Max aperture f/3.5-5.7 f/3.0-5.7
Macro focusing distance 1cm -
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 921k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen technology - TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4 seconds 4 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 7.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 4.00 m (at ISO 1600) 4.80 m
Flash settings Auto, redeye reduction, fill flash, off, LED illuminator Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (60p) 1280 x 720 (30,15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 180 (30,15 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 221 gr (0.49 lbs) 125 gr (0.28 lbs)
Dimensions 113 x 64 x 28mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.1") 96 x 57 x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 300 photographs -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID Li-50B LI-50B
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots One One
Cost at launch $280 $130