- 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
- Successor is Olympus VR-330
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Olympus VR-320 summary
Olympus VR-320 is Olympus's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera originally released on July of 2011. It features a 14 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4288 x 3216.
Olympus released the fresher Olympus VR-330 (Read Full Comparison) in order to update this model.
The VR-320 ranks at #203 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and over all #892 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our database. You should check our Smart camera search to get camera rankings based on your personal requirements.
Below is a chart of different factors used in the rating system.
Olympus VR-320 history
The Olympus VR-320 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Below, you can discover all older and the latest models alongside important specs.
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Olympus VR-320 Gallery
You can see the VR-320 from several angles in the gallery below.
Olympus VR-320 Pros and Cons
Below is a selection of good and bad points of the Olympus VR-320 based on aspects that are typically considered important in a digital camera.
Olympus VR-320 Sensor info
The Olympus VR-320 features the TruePic III processor. The sensor size in the Olympus VR-320 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4288 x 3216 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Sensor stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter may cause cropping.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The CCD sensor boasts 14MP and includes a standard ISO range of 80 - 1600. Unfortunately, RAW files are not saved therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.
The graphic below displays the VR-320's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The VR-320 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Olympus VR-320 dimensions
Olympus VR-320 weighs 0.35 lbs (158 gr / 5.57 ounces) and features exterior measurements of 101mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr so the Olympus VR-320 is less heavy compared with its competitors.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
Below is a pic of the Olympus VR-320 next to a soda so you can have a feel for its scale.
The top view below will provide the button arrangement on the VR-320.
Olympus VR-320 Lens info
The VR-320 includes a built-in lens and a focal range of 24-300mm giving it a 12.5 x zoom which is significant and is going to let you zoom right in.
At the widest 24mm, the lens provides an aperture of f3.0 which will be pretty slow and not the best in low light situations and you might find it hard to capture good bokeh. You will probably also need to increase the ISO which causes noisy photos. For the tele end, 300mm is superb zoom and comes to f5.9 making it really sluggish and you will need to apply slower shutter speeds.
Olympus VR-320 Connectivity
The VR-320 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Digital cameras with NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can easily be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily send images and oftentimes alter settings without connecting directly to the camera.
Certain applications even enable a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external screen. Nearly all cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack using the USB port.
Olympus VR-320 Video info
The max video resolution in the Olympus VR-320 is 1280 x 720 and it can capture in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is low by today's requirements. You should shoot for at least FUll HD resolution for video. The camera does not have a mic and headphone jack which means that you have no control over your sound. It is probably best to consider an alternative camera if you want good sound in your videos.
Olympus VR-320 Weather Sealing
Olympus VR-320 does not include environment proofing so damp conditions can easily ruin the camera.
Olympus VR-320 Screen and Viewfinder
The Olympus VR-320 features a 3 inch fixed screen boasting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Unfortunately the screen isn't a touch screen.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The View Finder specs regarding Olympus VR-320 are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders can be pretty beneficial during bright outdoor situations which will make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to view.
Olympus VR-320 Shutter info
The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.
Olympus VR-320 Flash and Hot shoe info
Olympus VR-320 has got only integrated flash lacking external flash support.
Olympus VR-320 Autofocus info
Olympus VR-320 has got just Contrast Based AF and lacks Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more snappier & accurate compared with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera features Face detection which makes it valuable for portraits.
It also boasts Tracking AF for objects that move. Olympus VR-320 has no manual focusing. Manual focusing is useful during low light situations or you require more exact focus control.
Olympus VR-320 Battery life
The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR comes with the maximum (600) battery life within this class of cameras.
Below is a number of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that come with the strongest battery life:
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Olympus VR-320 for different styles of photography
The following diagram provides a summary of the Olympus VR-320 for different styles of photography. To read more, check out the specific section below.
Olympus VR-320 Portrait photography information
The Olympus VR-320 has a points total of 34 which is subpar, meaning that it is not acceptable to use for portrait photography. Photographing portrait images favors heavily to sensor specs, RAW support and flexibility to work with off-camera lighting.
Street photography with Olympus VR-320
With a nice points total of 62, the Olympus VR-320 is a fine pick to use in street photography. A good street photography camera gives a good balance of image quality plus portability.
Olympus VR-320 Sports photography details
A reasonable sports photography points total of 47 means the Olympus VR-320 is fairly adequate for photographing sports. A camera needs to have excellent tracking plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Olympus VR-320 as a Travel photography camera
Portability is really important in getting a travel camera. All things considered, the Olympus VR-320 gets a nice 70 for a travelling camera which makes it a respectable fit to take with you on your journeys.
Olympus VR-320 as a Landscape photography camera
If you are looking to buy a camera for landscape pictures, the most vital aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Olympus VR-320 at it's subpar rating of 42 as a landscape camera is not acceptable in the current market.
Olympus VR-320 Vlogging info
A vlogging camera ought to have a moving screen, mic port and if possible IBIS. Considering all things, the Olympus VR-320 is not acceptable as a vlog camera as it receives a subpar rating of 32.
Olympus VR-320 Alternatives
If you need replacements to the VR-320, here is a number of the highest rated cameras which fall into the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The graph down below offers you a summary of the VR-320 versus it's highest ranked rivals shown above.
There are a bunch of cameras you might take into account as alternative options. To browse through a extensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.