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Olympus VR-320 vs Sony HX200V

Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
35
Overall
36
Olympus VR-320 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V front
Portability
66
Imaging
42
Features
55
Overall
47

Olympus VR-320 vs Sony HX200V Key Specs

Olympus VR-320
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • 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
Sony HX200V
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 27-810mm (F2.8-5.6) lens
  • 583g - 122 x 87 x 93mm
  • Launched May 2012
  • Previous Model is Sony HX100V
  • Refreshed by Sony HX300
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Olympus VR-320 vs Sony HX200V Overview

Below, we will be analyzing the Olympus VR-320 and Sony HX200V, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by rivals Olympus and Sony. There exists a considerable gap between the sensor resolutions of the VR-320 (14MP) and HX200V (18MP) but they possess the exact same sensor size (1/2.3").

Photography Glossary

The VR-320 was introduced 9 months before the HX200V which means that they are of a similar age. Each of the cameras come with different body type with the Olympus VR-320 being a Compact camera and the Sony HX200V being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before going straight into a thorough comparison, below is a quick synopsis of how the VR-320 grades vs the HX200V with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus VR-320 over the Sony HX200V

 VR-320 HX200V 

Reasons to pick Sony HX200V over the Olympus VR-320

 HX200V VR-320 
LaunchedMay 2012July 2011Newer by 9 months
Focus manually Very precise focus
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution922k230kSharper screen (+692k dot)

Common features in the Olympus VR-320 and Sony HX200V

 VR-320 HX200V 
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen size
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch screen Neither has Touch screen

Olympus VR-320 vs Sony HX200V Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to travel with your camera regularly, you have to take into account its weight and proportions. The Olympus VR-320 has outer dimensions of 101mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") and a weight of 158 grams (0.35 lbs) and the Sony HX200V has measurements of 122mm x 87mm x 93mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 3.7") having a weight of 583 grams (1.29 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you have attached at the time. Here is the front view dimensions comparison of the VR-320 versus the HX200V.

Olympus VR-320 vs Sony HX200V size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the VR-320 and HX200V is 94 and 66 respectively.

Olympus VR-320 vs Sony HX200V top view buttons comparison

Olympus VR-320 vs Sony HX200V Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it's difficult to visualize the contrast between sensor dimensions merely by looking at technical specs. The image below should offer you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the VR-320 and HX200V.

As you can tell, each of the cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements albeit different megapixels. You can count on the Sony HX200V to give you more detail using its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also let you crop pictures much more aggressively. The more aged VR-320 is going to be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus VR-320 vs Sony HX200V sensor size comparison

Olympus VR-320 vs Sony HX200V Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus VR-320 vs Sony HX200V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus VR-320 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony HX200V as a Portrait photography camera
33
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
features face detection focusing
focusing manually not possible
no manual mode
external flash not possible
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
45
you can focus manually
good resolution (18 megapixels)
comes with face detect autofocus
no external flash support
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus VR-320 Street photography features
Sony HX200V Street photography features
62
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competition in class (158 grams)
screen does not articulate
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
51
screen tilts
image stabilization (Optical)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
more heavy than average (583 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus VR-320
Sports photography with Sony HX200V
47
excellent zoom range (24-300mm 12.5 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count good (14MP)
features tracking autofocus
lack of shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
56
long zoom range (27-810mm 30.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (18MP)
comes with tracking focus
great battery power (450 per charge)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus VR-320
Travel photography with Sony HX200V
70
lighter than competition in class (158 grams)
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
fairly wide (24mm)
very long zoom (300mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
does not have a selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f3.0)
57
great battery power (450 per charge)
good resolution (18 megapixels)
built-in flash
fairly wide (27mm)
great zoom (810mm)
missing Timelapse mode
more heavy than average (583g)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus VR-320 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony HX200V as a Landscape photography camera
42
fairly wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count good (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.0)
no manual mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
50
you can focus manually
fairly wide (27mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (18 megapixels)
great battery power (450 CIPA)
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
missing Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus VR-320 Vlogging highlights
Sony HX200V Vlogging highlights
32
fairly wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
features face detection focusing
lighter than competition in class (158 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.0)
does not have a selfie friendly display
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have external mic socket
27
fairly wide (27mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
missing microphone jack
more heavy than average (583g)
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Olympus VR-320 vs Sony HX200V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus VR-320 and Sony HX200V
 Olympus VR-320Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Sony
Model Olympus VR-320 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2011-07-19 2012-05-11
Body design Compact SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Processor TruePic III BIONZ
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 18MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 4288 x 3216 4896 x 3672
Max native ISO 1600 12800
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-300mm (12.5x) 27-810mm (30.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.0-5.9 f/2.8-5.6
Macro focus range 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display size 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 230 thousand dot 922 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display tech TFT Color LCD XtraFine TruBlack TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed - 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 4.70 m 12.40 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Rear Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30, 15fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video file format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 158 grams (0.35 lbs) 583 grams (1.29 lbs)
Dimensions 101 x 58 x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") 122 x 87 x 93mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 3.7")
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 - 450 pictures
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model LI-42B NP-FH50
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots One One
Cost at launch $179 $480