Expert Review of Olympus VR-350 Point & Shoot Digital Camera Black
Olympus VR 350 is one of the best incredible video cameras with slim, compact and impressive power. It consists of full manual control, excellent zoom range, full HD video recording, plenty of effect filters and scene presets, pristine image quality, and rugged build. The 16megapixel Olympus VR 350 is a travel-zoom digital camera within the budget of shutterbugs. It has a 5x optical zoom and 4x digital zooming with CCD image sensor with HD recording quality. Overall, this is a complete travel premium zoom digital camera for regular use.
Design and Build Quality
The Olympus VR 350 has an aluminium shell with a clad anodised finish. The metal covering not only makes the camera look augmenting but also makes it look aesthetically appealing, and protects it from scratches and occasional traumas that make it firm and resilient. This camera comes in three colours- Silver, Black and Purple. Most of the reviews are best received with Silver colour, for being a sober colour. The trimmings around the rims of the lens are of chrome with chrome strips on the top of the shell. It has an automatic brightness light effect since, the camera is slim and have a good body portion with availability of grip.
Focus and Face Detection
The Olympus VR 350 camera has focal length of 4.2mm to 42mm that is, 35mm equivalent to 24mm to240mm. It has a brilliant 10x optical zoom with an additional 4x zoom, which gives a remarkable zooming capacity. It captures images at incredibly high resolution of 16megapixels and, has a nominal weight of about 170g with easy handling and portability. The 16-megapixel camera when combined with the CCD image sensor makes it possible to record HD, a resolution of 1280 x 720 at 30fps. The autofocus function of the camera ranges from 60cm on normal mode to 7cm on macro mode whereas, the light sensitivity or ISO speed on the camera ranges from 100 to 1600, making picture clarity and high image quality possible in low light conditions.
Lens and Image Stabilization
It is a simple point, shoot camera with zoom rocker, and extended lens. The lens is 24mm wide and extends up to 240mm with an aperture of F 3.0 at 24mm. It has dual image stabilization and dimensions of 96(W) x 56.5(H) x19.3 (D) mm. The Olympus VR 350 has a TFT colour LCD of 3-inch screen size, 230,000 dots image display resolution, and ½.3-inch sensor size. Its auto focus lens is TTL iESR with contrast detection and primary RGB colour filter.
Screen and Menus
The screen of Olympus VR 350 is wide enough of VG 160 digital camera. From its view, sports a flash strobe, focus assist lamp and a small microphone aperture at the bottom. The bulge of the camera makes its chunky. The left side of the camera is plain whereas, the right side consists of an eyelet for wristband. At the bottom, there is USB port for PC interface and video output. For menu purpose, a control panel is there at the right portion that comprises of 5-way D-pad buttons for menu, help and playback.
The power supply of Olympus VR 350 is in the form of LI50B rechargeable lithium-ion battery. All the captured images and videos are stored in camera’s memory unit in the form of SD, SDHC or SDXC memory card. The saved files can be easily transferred from the memory card to PC or laptop through a 2.0 USB port that is compatible with all operating systems.
The Olympus VR 350 camera has a magic mode that allows shooting using filter effects such as Pop Art, Pin Hole, Fish Eye, Drawing, Soft Focus, Punk, Reflection and Watercolor. These modes are mostly used for video purpose only. The shooting video can ranges around 720p, so, the optical zooming video shooting purpose can be easily available. It has features of manual and semi-manual shooting modes that require parameters for adjustments. It automatically sets scene mode according to the requirement wherein, the scene modes include Portrait, Landscape, Night scene, Sport, Fireworks, Sunset, Pets, Documents and 3D. These modes help to maintain the image quality, resolution and compression.
The Olympus VR 350 has a sensor type of CCD and sensor size of ½.3 inch. It also comes with CCD shift image stabilizer that keeps the captured images sharp, fine, accurate and blur-free. The picture angle of an image is 26mm wide-angle. Sensor helps to keep the image quality better with sensor type and sensor size simultaneously. The image sizes ranges from 4288 x 3216 (14M) and the maximum shutter speed is 1/2000seconds whereas, the minimum shutter speed is ½ seconds.
The Olympus VR350 camera is sleek, stylish and incredibly appealing, and consists of 16megapixel camera, 3-inch wide screen TFT colour LCD, 5x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom, HD recording, 35mm equivalent focal length of 26-130mm and f/2.8- f/6.5 aperture. Apart from these, it has the perfect picture clarity and is compatible to all operating systems using high-speed USB port of 2.0. In specific conditions and situations, it gives best results to bring out the function of Red Eye Reduction, an inbuilt flash feature of this camera. It is very easy to use for travel- zoom purpose.
The Olympus VR 350 camera has certain disadvantages while shooting videos. For the first time users, there may be user interference that is quite upsetting. The user has to be a little patient while navigating the shooting parameters and changing values. There is a bulging grip that often does not inspire user’s confidence. This camera cannot be used to shoot singlehandedly, because of less comfortable grip, especially for those who have large hands. More demoralization of the camera is with its cost, it is little expensive when compared with the same features of other brands. Sometimes it may disappoint with low light in bright nature. The rear of the camera is very similar to other cameras of Olympus brand, so that may vary the choice while purchasing.