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Olympus VR-340 vs Panasonic ZS70

Portability
96
Imaging
40
Features
36
Overall
38
Olympus VR-340 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70 front
Portability
87
Imaging
48
Features
70
Overall
56

Olympus VR-340 vs Panasonic ZS70 Key Specs

Olympus VR-340
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-240mm (F3.0-5.7) lens
  • 125g - 96 x 57 x 19mm
  • Revealed January 2012
Panasonic ZS70
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Expand to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 322g - 112 x 67 x 41mm
  • Announced April 2017
  • Also Known as Lumix DMC-TZ90
  • Replaced the Panasonic ZS60
  • Refreshed by Panasonic ZS80
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Olympus VR-340 vs Panasonic ZS70 Overview

Let's take a deeper look at the Olympus VR-340 and Panasonic ZS70, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by companies Olympus and Panasonic. The resolution of the VR-340 (16MP) and the ZS70 (20MP) is pretty comparable and both cameras provide the identical sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The VR-340 was launched 6 years before the ZS70 and that is a fairly big gap as far as camera technology is concerned. The two cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before going straight to a comprehensive comparison, here is a quick introduction of how the VR-340 matches up versus the ZS70 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus VR-340 over the Panasonic ZS70

 VR-340 ZS70 

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS70 over the Olympus VR-340

 ZS70 VR-340 
AnnouncedApril 2017January 2012Fresher by 64 months
Focus manually Dial exact focusing
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1040k460kClearer screen (+580k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Olympus VR-340 and Panasonic ZS70

 VR-340 ZS70 
Screen size3"3"Same screen measurement

Olympus VR-340 vs Panasonic ZS70 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to carry your camera often, you'll have to factor its weight and volume. The Olympus VR-340 has external measurements of 96mm x 57mm x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7") having a weight of 125 grams (0.28 lbs) while the Panasonic ZS70 has sizing of 112mm x 67mm x 41mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6") accompanied by a weight of 322 grams (0.71 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you use during that time. Following is a front view physical size comparison of the VR-340 and the ZS70.

Olympus VR-340 vs Panasonic ZS70 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the VR-340 and ZS70 is 96 and 87 respectively.

Olympus VR-340 vs Panasonic ZS70 top view buttons comparison

Olympus VR-340 vs Panasonic ZS70 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, its hard to visualise the contrast in sensor sizing only by seeing technical specs. The photograph below may provide you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the VR-340 and ZS70.

As you have seen, both cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit not the same megapixels. You should expect the Panasonic ZS70 to show more detail utilizing its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also help you crop photographs a good deal more aggressively. The older VR-340 will be disadvantaged in sensor innovation.

Olympus VR-340 vs Panasonic ZS70 sensor size comparison

Olympus VR-340 vs Panasonic ZS70 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus VR-340 vs Panasonic ZS70 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus VR-340 Portrait photography advice
Panasonic ZS70 Portrait photography advice
35
good resolution (16 megapixels)
includes face detection autofocus
manual focus not available
manual exposure not possible
no external flash support
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
55
manual focus
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
features face detection focusing
exports RAW files
no external flash support
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Olympus VR-340 Street photography features
Panasonic ZS70 Street photography features
64
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competition in class (125g)
fixed screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
76
screen tilts up and down
image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
includes touch to focus
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Olympus VR-340 Sports photography highlights
Panasonic ZS70 Sports photography highlights
45
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good resolution (16MP)
includes tracking autofocus
lack of shutter priority mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
61
incredible zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
silent mode (1/16,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
features tracking autofocus
better than average battery power (380 CIPA)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus VR-340 Travel photography features
Panasonic ZS70 Travel photography features
69
lighter than competition in class (125 grams)
good resolution (16MP)
built-in flash
decently wide (24mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
display isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
79
better than average battery power (380 CIPA)
includes touch to focus
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
flash built-in
screen is selfie friendly
reasonably wide (24mm)
long zoom (720mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus VR-340 Landscape photography features
Panasonic ZS70 Landscape photography features
43
decently wide (24mm)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good resolution (16MP)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
manual exposure not possible
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
missing Time Lapse mode
62
manual focus
reasonably wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
exports RAW files
better than average battery power (380 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

Vlogging Comparison

Olympus VR-340 Vlogging highlights
Panasonic ZS70 Vlogging highlights
33
decently wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes face detection autofocus
lighter than competition in class (125g)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
display isn't selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing external mic support
74
reasonably wide (24mm)
screen is selfie friendly
touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focusing
video res high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not have external microphone jack
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Olympus VR-340 vs Panasonic ZS70 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus VR-340 and Panasonic ZS70
 Olympus VR-340Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70
General Information
Make Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus VR-340 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70
Also called - Lumix DMC-TZ90
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2012-01-10 2017-04-19
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - Venus Engine
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 area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 20MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 5184 x 3888
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Maximum boosted ISO - 6400
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points - 49
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-240mm (10.0x) 24-720mm (30.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.0-5.7 f/3.3-6.4
Macro focus distance - 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Tilting
Screen sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 460k dot 1,040k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen tech TFT Color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,166k dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.46x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4s 4s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Highest silent shutter speed - 1/16000s
Continuous shooting speed - 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 4.80 m 5.60 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30,15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 180 (30,15 fps) 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 3840x2160
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 125 grams (0.28 lb) 322 grams (0.71 lb)
Physical dimensions 96 x 57 x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7") 112 x 67 x 41mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6")
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 - 380 images
Battery format - Battery Pack
Battery model LI-50B -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 3 shots / 10 secs)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots One One
Launch cost $130 $450