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Olympus VR-320 vs Sony A580

Portability
94
Imaging
38
Features
35
Overall
36
Olympus VR-320 front
 
Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 front
Portability
64
Imaging
58
Features
82
Overall
67

Olympus VR-320 vs Sony A580 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
  • Released July 2011
  • Updated by Olympus VR-330
Sony A580
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Bump to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 599g - 137 x 104 x 84mm
  • Released May 2011
  • Old Model is Sony A100
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Olympus VR-320 vs Sony A580 Overview

Following is a in-depth analysis of the Olympus VR-320 versus Sony A580, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Entry-Level DSLR by companies Olympus and Sony. The resolution of the VR-320 (14MP) and the A580 (16MP) is relatively well matched but the VR-320 (1/2.3") and A580 (APS-C) use totally different sensor size.

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The VR-320 was revealed 2 months after the A580 and they are of a similar generation. Each of the cameras offer different body type with the Olympus VR-320 being a Compact camera and the Sony A580 being a Compact SLR camera.

Before we go through a in-depth comparison, below is a simple summation of how the VR-320 scores against the A580 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus VR-320 over the Sony A580

 VR-320 A580 

Reasons to pick Sony A580 over the Olympus VR-320

 A580 VR-320 
Manual focus More exact focus
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution922k230kSharper screen (+692k dot)

Common features in the Olympus VR-320 and Sony A580

 VR-320 A580 
ReleasedJuly 2011May 2011Similar generation
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen size
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch screen Neither features Touch screen

Olympus VR-320 vs Sony A580 Physical Comparison

If you are going to carry around your camera regularly, you are going to need to factor in its weight and size. The Olympus VR-320 enjoys exterior dimensions of 101mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") with a weight of 158 grams (0.35 lbs) and the Sony A580 has specifications of 137mm x 104mm x 84mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 3.3") accompanied by a weight of 599 grams (1.32 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you are employing at the time. Below is the front view scale comparison of the VR-320 vs the A580.

Olympus VR-320 vs Sony A580 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the VR-320 and A580 is 94 and 64 respectively.

Olympus VR-320 vs Sony A580 top view buttons comparison

Olympus VR-320 vs Sony A580 Sensor Comparison

Normally, its tough to envision the contrast between sensor sizes just by reading through technical specs. The picture below will provide you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the VR-320 and A580.

As you can tell, each of these cameras enjoy different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The VR-320 with its tinier sensor will make achieving bokeh trickier and the Sony A580 will give you extra detail because of its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop pictures far more aggressively.

Olympus VR-320 vs Sony A580 sensor size comparison

Olympus VR-320 vs Sony A580 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus VR-320 vs Sony A580 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus VR-320 Portrait photography features
Sony A580 Portrait photography features
34
megapixel count decent (14MP)
provides face detection focus
no manual focus
manual exposure not available
can't use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
74
focusing manually
decent MP (16MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
offers face detection focus
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Olympus VR-320 as a Street photography camera
Sony A580 as a Street photography camera
62
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competition (158g)
fixed screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
76
screen tilts up and down
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
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Sports Comparison

Olympus VR-320 Sports photography details
Sony A580 Sports photography details
47
incredible zoom range (24-300mm 12.5 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count decent (14MP)
provides tracking autofocus
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
79
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (16MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
offers tracking autofocus
good battery pack (1,050 shots)
comes with phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus VR-320 Travel photography factors
Sony A580 Travel photography factors
70
lighter than competition (158 grams)
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
rather wide (24mm)
great zoom (300mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
61
good battery pack (1,050 per charge)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
lack of Time Lapse mode
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus VR-320
Landscape photography with Sony A580
42
rather wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count decent (14MP)
no manual focus
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
manual exposure not available
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
lack of Time Lapse recording
74
focusing manually
change lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
decent sized screen (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
good battery pack (1,050 per charge)
has double storage slots
lack of Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus VR-320 as a Vlogging camera
Sony A580 as a Vlogging camera
32
rather wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides face detection focus
lighter than competition (158 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of external mic socket
34
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does have external mic port
screen is not selfie friendly
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Olympus VR-320 vs Sony A580 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus VR-320 and Sony A580
 Olympus VR-320Sony Alpha DSLR-A580
General Information
Brand Olympus Sony
Model type Olympus VR-320 Sony Alpha DSLR-A580
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Entry-Level DSLR
Released 2011-07-19 2011-05-26
Body design Compact Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic III Bionz
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4288 x 3216 4912 x 3264
Max native ISO 1600 12800
Max enhanced ISO - 25600
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points - 15
Cross type focus points - 3
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens Sony/Minolta Alpha
Lens zoom range 24-300mm (12.5x) -
Maximum aperture f/3.0-5.9 -
Macro focusing distance 1cm -
Number of lenses - 143
Crop factor 5.8 1.5
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Tilting
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 230k dot 922k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology TFT Color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage - 95 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.53x
Features
Min shutter speed 4 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter speed - 7.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 4.70 m 12.00 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync - 1/160 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30, 15fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 29.97 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 640 x 424 (29.97 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 158 grams (0.35 lb) 599 grams (1.32 lb)
Dimensions 101 x 58 x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") 137 x 104 x 84mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 3.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 80
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 23.8
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 13.3
DXO Low light rating not tested 1121
Other
Battery life - 1050 photos
Battery form - Battery Pack
Battery ID LI-42B NP-FM500H
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots One Dual
Launch pricing $179 $848