Olympus VR-340

 
Olympus VR-340 front
 
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • 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
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
96
Imaging
41
Features
36
Overall
39

Olympus VR-340 summary

Olympus VR-340 is Olympus's Small Sensor Compact camera originally launched on January of 2012. It has got a 16 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The VR-340 places at #48 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and overall #731 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our collection. Please check our Advanced camera filter to find camera results based on your personalized factors.

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The following is a graph of specific factors used in the rating system.

Olympus VR-340 family

The Olympus VR-340 is part of a family of cameras. You can view the detailed list below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Olympus-VH-410 front thumbnailOlympus VH-410
VR-340 vs VH-410
26-130mm
F2.8-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2012
Olympus-VH-515 front thumbnailOlympus VH-515
VR-340 vs VH-515
26-130mm
F2.8-6.5
12MP1/2.3"2012
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Olympus-VR-340 front thumbnailOlympus VR-34024-240mm
F3.0-5.7
16MP1/2.3"2012
Olympus-VG-160 front thumbnailOlympus VG-160
VR-340 vs VG-160
26-130mm
F2.8-6.5
14MP1/2.3"2012
Olympus-VR-320 front thumbnailOlympus VR-320
VR-340 vs VR-320
24-300mm
F3.0-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2011
Olympus-VR-330 front thumbnailOlympus VR-330
VR-340 vs VR-330
24-300mm
F3.0-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2011
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Olympus VR-340 Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of advantages and drawbacks of the Olympus VR-340 based on features that are normally regarded as crucial in a camera.

built in lens has zoom (24-240mm 10.0 x zoom)
good minimum ISO (100)
has built in flash
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes HDMI support
lighter than others (125g)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
offers face detection autofocus
offers tracking autofocus
pretty good screen size (3")
relatively wide (24mm)
can't use external flash
doesn't have external microphone jack
doesn't have headphone jack
doesn't have Timelapse function
does not have selfie friendly display
lack of shutter priority mode
lacks phase detect autofocus
lacks RAW format
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
no aperture priority
no manual control
no manual focus
no moving screen
screen has low resolution (460 thousand dot)
sluggish at long end (f5.7)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
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Olympus VR-340 Sensor information

The sensor measurement in the Olympus VR-340 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Sensor stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter may lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 16 megapixels and provides a native ISO range of 100 - 3200. Unfortunately, RAW files are not supported which means that the user has less margin for error.

The image below shows the VR-340's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The VR-340 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.

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To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus VR-340 dimensions

Olympus VR-340 is 0.28 lb (125 grams / 4.41 oz) and the size of the camera is 96mm x 57mm x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams so the Olympus VR-340 is less heavy compared to other rivals.

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The following is a photo of the Olympus VR-340 with a soft drink so you can have a sense of its size.

Olympus VR-340 dimensions scale

The top view below will highlight the button arrangement on the VR-340.

Olympus VR-340 topview buttons dials

Olympus VR-340 Lens information

The VR-340 offers a built-in lens giving a focal range of 24-240mm making it a 10.0 x zoom which may not be great however it is likely to be invaluable in certain scenarios.

At it's widest 24mm, the lens offers an aperture of f3.0 making it kind of sluggish and not ideal in low light conditions and you will probably find it hard to capture good bokeh. You will probably also need to boost your ISO resulting in noisy files. At the long end, 240mm comes with f5.7 which is really slow and you will have to use slow shutter speeds.

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Olympus VR-340 Connectivity

The VR-340 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that include NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can be used wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to copy pictures and usually alter settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.

Certain apps also give a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external display. A lot of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack with the USB socket.

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Olympus VR-340 Video information

The highest possible video resolution in the Olympus VR-340 is 1280 x 720 and it can save in Motion JPEG format. 720p is awful by today's requirements. You should strive for a minimum FUll HD resolution for good video. The body does not offer a mic and headphone jack which means you have zero control over your sound. It is perhaps best to purchase an alternative camera if you need decent sound in your video clips.

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Olympus VR-340 Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing for the Olympus VR-340 so you have to be careful in rainy or dusty situations.

Olympus VR-340 Display and Viewfinder

The Olympus VR-340 has got a 3 inch fixed display screen with a resolution of 460 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the display screen is not a touch screen.

Olympus VR-340 screen and viewfinder 400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

The View Finder specifications regarding Olympus VR-340 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are pretty handy in bright outdoor situations which may make the camera display washed out and hard to view.

Olympus VR-340 Shutter information

The highest shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Olympus VR-340 Flash and Hot shoe information

Olympus VR-340 includes just built-in flash lacking external flash support.

Olympus VR-340 Autofocusing information

Olympus VR-340 includes only Contrast Based Auto Focus and doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker & exact compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera has got Face detect which is handy for taking photos of people.

It also has Tracking Auto Focus for objects on the move. Olympus VR-340 does not have manual focusing. Manual focusing ability is good in low light scenarios or you need more accurate control on focusing.

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Olympus VR-340 Battery life

The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has the best (470) battery life in this type of cameras.

Listed below is a collection of Small Sensor Compact cameras having the highest battery life:

Olympus VR-340 for varying categories of photography

The following bar chart shows a rundown of the Olympus VR-340 for varying categories of photography. To find out more, go to the specific paragraph below.

Olympus VR-340 Portrait photography highlights

The Olympus VR-340 receives a score of 36 which is really bad, meaning that it is not very good to use for portrait images. Photographing portraits favors heavily to sensor dimension, support for RAW files and capability to work with external lighting.

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decent megapixels (16MP)
has face detect focusing
lack of manual focus
lack of manual exposure
can't use external flash
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format

Olympus VR-340 as a Street photography camera

Having a very good score of 64, the Olympus VR-340 is a good pick to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of image quality and portability.

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has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than others in class (125 grams)
fixed screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support

Olympus VR-340 Sports photography info

A really bad sports photography score of 45 suggests the Olympus VR-340 is not very good for photographing sports. A camera should have good autofocus and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
includes tracking focus
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF

Olympus VR-340 Travel photography highlights

Size is extremely critical when choosing a camera for travel. Over-all, the Olympus VR-340 gets a very good 69 as a travelling camera which is a good fit to take on your journeys.

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lighter than others in class (125g)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
decently wide (24mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f3.0)

Olympus VR-340 as a Landscape photography camera

For anybody who is looking to buy a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most essential factor is going to be image quality. The Olympus VR-340 and it's really bad grade of 44 for a landscape camera is not very good within the current marketplace.

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reasonably wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
no manual mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
does not have Time Lapse recording

Olympus VR-340 Vlogging advice

A camera for vlogging ought to have a moving display, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Olympus VR-340 is not very good as a vlog camera as it receives a really bad rating of 33.

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reasonably wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has face detect focus
lighter than others (125g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have mic port

Olympus VR-340 Alternatives

If you are shopping for replacements to the VR-340, here is a list of the top rated cameras which fall into the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The line chart below offers you a bird's eye view of the VR-340 compared to it's top ranked rivals mentioned earlier.

There are a bunch of cameras you might have a look at as alternative options. To browse through a full comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Make
Olympus
Model type
Olympus VR-340
Category
Small Sensor Compact
Revealed
2012-01-10
Body design
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW photos
Highest native ISO
3200
Min native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Cross type focus points
0
Lens
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
24-240mm (10.0x)
Max aperture
f/3.0-5.7
Crop factor
5.8
Screen
Display type
Fixed Type
Display sizing
3"
Resolution of display
460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display tech
TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Minimum shutter speed
4 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
4.80 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30,15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 180 (30,15 fps)
Highest video resolution
1280x720
Video format
Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
125 gr (0.28 lb)
Dimensions
96 x 57 x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7")
Other
Battery ID
LI-50B
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots
1
Retail pricing
$130