Olympus VR-340 First Impressions Review$149.99
- Modes Overview
- Auto Mode
- Movie Mode
- Drive/Burst Mode
- Playback Mode
- Picture Quality & Size Options
The VR-340 has no hardware mode dial, not a great move in our opinion, but a virtual dial performs the same function in the quick menu. Program Auto is available, along with Intelligent Auto, a dedicated Scene mode, and a dedicated Magic Filters mode.
The VR-340's iAuto mode is a scene recognizing auto mode, meaning it will attempt to identify what type of picture is being taken (portrait, landscape, action, etc.) and adjust camera settings accordingly.
The VR-340 is a 720p video device, though it's also possible to shoot in 480p or 240p. Zoom control access is unlocked while a recording is in progress, so it's possible to zoom in or out on your subject without pausing the movie.
Continuous burst mode shooting will be possible, but Olympus has not yet revealed specifications for this feature. The self-timer will come in two varieties: 12 second and 2 second.
The playback menu is part of the tab-based main menu, and includes options like fullscreen display with 10x magnification, index display, and slideshow. In-camera editing options are also available from this menu.
Here again, operating speed is sluggish. Memory access is relatively slow, and browsing through multiple images can be a bit of a chore. This is a pretty common problem with inexpensive cameras, but it's odd to see this from an Olympus.
Picture Quality & Size Options
Six 4:3 resolution options of varying size are available on the SZ-12, as well as two 16:9 options. But the camera is not capable of lossless RAW encoding and JPEG compression quality is locked.