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Olympus VR-320 vs Sony A7R IV

Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
35
Overall
36
Olympus VR-320 front
 
Sony Alpha A7R IV front
Portability
62
Imaging
81
Features
93
Overall
85

Olympus VR-320 vs Sony A7R IV Key Specs

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
  • Introduced July 2011
  • Replacement is Olympus VR-330
Sony A7R IV
(Full Review)
  • 61MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 32000 (Raise to 102800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 665g - 129 x 96 x 78mm
  • Announced July 2019
  • Replaced the Sony A7R III
  • Renewed by Sony A7R V
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Olympus VR-320 vs Sony A7R IV Overview

The following is a detailed comparison of the Olympus VR-320 vs Sony A7R IV, former is a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Pro Mirrorless by manufacturers Olympus and Sony. There exists a noticeable gap between the image resolutions of the VR-320 (14MP) and A7R IV (61MP) and the VR-320 (1/2.3") and A7R IV (Full frame) feature different sensor sizing.

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The VR-320 was released 9 years before the A7R IV which is quite a sizable difference as far as technology is concerned. The two cameras come with different body type with the Olympus VR-320 being a Compact camera and the Sony A7R IV being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go through a complete comparison, below is a quick synopsis of how the VR-320 matches up against the A7R IV when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus VR-320 over the Sony A7R IV

 VR-320 A7R IV 

Reasons to pick Sony A7R IV over the Olympus VR-320

 A7R IV VR-320 
AnnouncedJuly 2019July 2011Newer by 97 months
Manual focus Very exact focusing
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution1440k230kClearer display (+1210k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus VR-320 and Sony A7R IV

 VR-320 A7R IV 
Display dimension3"3"Identical display measurement
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen

Olympus VR-320 vs Sony A7R IV Physical Comparison

When you are intending to travel with your camera often, you should consider its weight and measurements. The Olympus VR-320 has outer measurements of 101mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 158 grams (0.35 lbs) whilst the Sony A7R IV has proportions of 129mm x 96mm x 78mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 3.1") and a weight of 665 grams (1.47 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you are utilising at the time. The following is the front view proportions comparison of the VR-320 versus the A7R IV.

Olympus VR-320 vs Sony A7R IV size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the VR-320 and A7R IV is 94 and 62 respectively.

Olympus VR-320 vs Sony A7R IV top view buttons comparison

Olympus VR-320 vs Sony A7R IV Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is tough to imagine the contrast between sensor dimensions just by checking a spec sheet. The pic here should offer you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the VR-320 and A7R IV.

Clearly, both of the cameras have got different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The VR-320 due to its tinier sensor is going to make achieving shallower DOF harder and the Sony A7R IV will resolve extra detail as a result of its extra 47 Megapixels. Greater resolution will help you crop photos much more aggressively. The more aged VR-320 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor innovation.

Olympus VR-320 vs Sony A7R IV sensor size comparison

Olympus VR-320 vs Sony A7R IV Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus VR-320 vs Sony A7R IV Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus VR-320 Portrait photography details
Sony A7R IV Portrait photography details
33
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
has face detect focus
lack of manual focus
lack of manual mode
cannot use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
88
focusing manually
sensor resolution is great (61 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
offers face detection focusing
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus VR-320 as a Street photography camera
Sony A7R IV as a Street photography camera
62
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competition (158 grams)
no articulating screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
79
screen tilts
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
saves RAW files
includes focus via touch
environment proofing
above average ISO range (32,000)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus VR-320
Sports photography with Sony A7R IV
47
incredible zoom range (24-300mm 12.5 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
has tracking focus
lack of shutter priority mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
90
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor resolution is great (61MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
offers tracking autofocus
environment proofing
good battery (670 shots)
has phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus VR-320 as a Travel photography camera
Sony A7R IV as a Travel photography camera
70
lighter than competition (158g)
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
rather wide (24mm)
great zoom (300mm)
no Time Lapse function
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
74
good battery (670 per charge)
environment proofing
has bluetooth
includes focus via touch
sensor resolution is great (61 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus VR-320 Landscape photography advice
Sony A7R IV Landscape photography advice
42
rather wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
lack of manual mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
no Time Lapse function
88
focusing manually
change lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor resolution is great (61 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
no anti-alias filter
above average ISO range (32,000)
saves RAW files
environment proofing
good battery (670 CIPA)
two card slots
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus VR-320 as a Vlogging camera
Sony A7R IV as a Vlogging camera
32
rather wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has face detect focus
lighter than competition (158 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
no mic jack
37
touchscreen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
offers face detection focusing
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
has external mic socket
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Olympus VR-320 vs Sony A7R IV Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus VR-320 and Sony A7R IV
 Olympus VR-320Sony Alpha A7R IV
General Information
Make Olympus Sony
Model Olympus VR-320 Sony Alpha A7R IV
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Pro Mirrorless
Introduced 2011-07-19 2019-07-16
Physical type Compact SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic III Bionz X
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Full frame
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 35.8 x 23.8mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 852.0mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 61MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4288 x 3216 9504 x 6336
Max native ISO 1600 32000
Max boosted ISO - 102800
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW files
Min boosted ISO - 50
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points - 567
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens Sony E
Lens focal range 24-300mm (12.5x) -
Highest aperture f/3.0-5.9 -
Macro focus range 1cm -
Number of lenses - 121
Focal length multiplier 5.8 1
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Tilting
Screen diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dots 1,440 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen technology TFT Color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 5,760 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.78x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate - 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 4.70 m no built-in flash
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Red-eye reduction, Wireless, Hi-speed sync.
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize - 1/250 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30, 15fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15fps) 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Max video resolution 1280x720 3840x2160
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, XAVC S, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.1 Gen 1(5 GBit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 158g (0.35 lbs) 665g (1.47 lbs)
Dimensions 101 x 58 x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") 129 x 96 x 78mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 3.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 99
DXO Color Depth score not tested 26.0
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 14.8
DXO Low light score not tested 3344
Other
Battery life - 670 pictures
Battery type - Battery Pack
Battery model LI-42B NP-FZ100
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II compatible)
Card slots One Dual
Cost at launch $179 $3,498