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Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Olympus VR-320

Portability
91
Imaging
40
Features
40
Overall
40
Olympus TG-830 iHS front
 
Olympus VR-320 front
Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
35
Overall
36

Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Olympus VR-320 Key Specs

Olympus TG-830 iHS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.9-5.9) lens
  • 214g - 109 x 67 x 28mm
  • Announced January 2013
Olympus VR-320
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-300mm (F3.0-5.9) lens
  • 158g - 101 x 58 x 29mm
  • Revealed July 2011
  • Successor is Olympus VR-330
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Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Olympus VR-320 Overview

Here, we will be matching up the Olympus TG-830 iHS and Olympus VR-320, one is a Waterproof and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both are offered by Olympus. The resolution of the TG-830 iHS (16MP) and the VR-320 (14MP) is pretty comparable and both cameras provide the identical sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The TG-830 iHS was unveiled 18 months after the VR-320 which makes them a generation away from each other. Both of the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before diving straight to a thorough comparison, here is a quick summation of how the TG-830 iHS matches up against the VR-320 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-830 iHS over the Olympus VR-320

 TG-830 iHS VR-320 
RevealedJanuary 2013July 2011More modern by 18 months
Screen resolution460k230kSharper screen (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Olympus VR-320 over the Olympus TG-830 iHS

 VR-320 TG-830 iHS 

Common features in the Olympus TG-830 iHS and Olympus VR-320

 TG-830 iHS VR-320 
Manually focus No manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen size3"3"Same screen sizing
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither includes Touch friendly screen

Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Olympus VR-320 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to carry around your camera, you're going to have to consider its weight and measurements. The Olympus TG-830 iHS features exterior dimensions of 109mm x 67mm x 28mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 214 grams (0.47 lbs) while the Olympus VR-320 has proportions of 101mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") having a weight of 158 grams (0.35 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you choose at the time. The following is a front view size comparison of the TG-830 iHS vs the VR-320.

Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Olympus VR-320 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the TG-830 iHS and VR-320 is 91 and 94 respectively.

Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Olympus VR-320 top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Olympus VR-320 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it's difficult to imagine the difference in sensor sizes just by checking out specs. The picture underneath should provide you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the TG-830 iHS and VR-320.

As you can plainly see, both of those cameras feature the identical sensor size albeit different resolution. You should expect the Olympus TG-830 iHS to provide extra detail having an extra 2MP. Higher resolution will enable you to crop pictures way more aggressively. The fresher TG-830 iHS should have an advantage in sensor technology.

Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Olympus VR-320 sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Olympus VR-320 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Olympus VR-320 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-830 iHS Portrait photography info
Olympus VR-320 Portrait photography info
35
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
comes with face detection autofocus
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
can't use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
33
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
provides face detect focusing
no manual focus
manual mode not possible
external flash not possible
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-830 iHS Street photography features
Olympus VR-320 Street photography features
61
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proof
no articulating screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
62
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than others (158 grams)
screen is fixed
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-830 iHS Sports photography information
Olympus VR-320 Sports photography information
48
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
comes with tracking autofocus
weather proof
no shutter priority
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
47
incredible zoom range (24-300mm 12.5 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent megapixels (14MP)
provides tracking focus
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus TG-830 iHS
Travel photography with Olympus VR-320
67
weather proof
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
lack of Timelapse function
does not contain selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.9)
70
lighter than others (158 grams)
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (24mm)
very long zoom (300mm)
missing Timelapse recording
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f3.0)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus TG-830 iHS
Landscape photography with Olympus VR-320
45
reasonably wide (28mm)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
weather proof
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.9)
no manual control
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
lack of Timelapse function
42
reasonably wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.0)
manual mode not possible
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
missing Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-830 iHS Vlogging advice
Olympus VR-320 Vlogging advice
33
reasonably wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detection autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.9)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
lack of external microphone jack
32
reasonably wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides face detect focusing
lighter than others (158g)
slow max aperture (f3.0)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing microphone port
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Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Olympus VR-320 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-830 iHS and Olympus VR-320
 Olympus TG-830 iHSOlympus VR-320
General Information
Make Olympus Olympus
Model Olympus TG-830 iHS Olympus VR-320
Category Waterproof Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2013-01-08 2011-07-19
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - TruePic III
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 4288 x 3216
Max native ISO 6400 1600
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 24-300mm (12.5x)
Maximum aperture f/3.9-5.9 f/3.0-5.9
Macro focus range 1cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 460 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen tech - TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4s 4s
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range - 4.70 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps) 1280 x 720 (30, 15fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 214 gr (0.47 pounds) 158 gr (0.35 pounds)
Physical dimensions 109 x 67 x 28mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1") 101 x 58 x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 300 shots -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model LI-50B LI-42B
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC
Storage slots One One
Launch price $0 $179