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Olympus VR-310 Digital Camera - Black (14MP, 10x Super Wide Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD

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  • 10 x super wide optical zoom for superb close-ups and group shots
  • Full-metal, super-slim body for an attractive, robust design
  • 720p HD Movie with sound for capturing movies in excellent quality
  • Magic Filters for adding creative effects to still photos
  • 3" colour LCD (230,400 dots) for easily framing, reviewing and sharing shots

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  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 10.1 x 5.8 cm ; 159 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 499 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: VR-310
  • ASIN: B004GUTNYE
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 6 Jan. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,516 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Product Description

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Product Description

14.0 MP, 10x super wide Zoom 3.0 230K dots LCD, Dual IS, HD Movie, Magic Filter, iAuto Mode, AF Tracking

Manufacturer's Description

The Olympus VR-310: Big zoom, small wonder, low price

The latest in camera technology meets the most compact of designs, the easiest handling – and all for an unbeatable price. The standard bearing Olympus VR-310 smashes the rule that says you need to spend big to get high quality in return, delivering what has to be the best value in its class.

A quick glance at the impressive headline features of this lightweight VR series model finds that they include a powerful optical zoom, ultra slim dimensions, seven creativity enhancing Magic Filter digital effects, plus HD Movie recording.

10x super wide optical zoom

Unexpected in this eminently affordable price category is an extremely versatile super wide 24-240mm equivalent (in 35mm film terms), zoom lens shoehorned into and magically defying the camera’s slender proportions.

Full metal jacket

Unexpected in this eminently affordable price category is a robust full metal camera body, yet a super slender design at just 19.3mm in depth. This enables the Olympus VR-310 to deliver both style and substance in one desirable package.

Intelligent Automatic Mode (i-Auto)

Taking a great picture with the Olympus VR-310 is as easy as pointing and shooting, thanks to i-Auto mode. This compares common scenes and subjects with on board settings and automatically selects the most appropriate to deliver stunning results that optimize the impact of said subject.

What’s more an intelligently ergonomic control layout means that it’ s easier than ever to capture photos and videos worry free.

B004GUTNYE - Olympus VR-310 with Digital Image Stabilisation
Digital Image Stabilisation
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Dual Image Stabilisation

A bugbear of bigger zoom cameras is the propensity for camera shake at longer focal lengths, when shooting handheld or in lower lighting conditions. Olympus therefore offers not one but two means of reducing the potentially damaging effects of image blur.

As a further help, light sensitivity settings between ISO100-1600 are also manually selectable. Alternatively, turn on the built-in flash.

Miniature optics, maximum brilliance

With Olympus world renowned for its high-class optics, you can bet the lens on the VR-310 is something very special. And it has taken a minor miracle of engineering to fit a 10x optical zoom into a camera body this slim and compact. This makes it significantly more portable than rivals in its class. Plus there’s the versatility such a powerful zoom brings: users can pull out for broad group shots or zoom in on distant subjects or objects for that candid, intimate feel.

Pixel rich picture quality

The Olympus VR-310 doesn’t just deliver the goods on paper. In practice, with a 14 megapixel top photo resolution and 720p High Definition video recording, the manufacturer’s trademark pixel rich image quality is very much in evidence; even when pictures are viewed on a large screen television.

Big and bright LCD screen

The Olympus VR-310 offers a large 3-inch, 230,400 dot resolution LCD screen for framing and reviewing your photos. This means that sharing shots on the spot with family and friends is not only a possibility but also a real pleasure.

Automatic aids make life easy

Thanks to automatic aids like subject-following AF Tracking, Intelligent Auto Mode (i-Auto), Scene Mode, Face Detection and Shadow Adjustment Technology to ensure perfect focus and exposure for any given subject, plus high capacity SDHC media card compatibility so you never run out of storage space, slip a VR in your pocket and you’re all set for photo excellence.

B004GUTNYE - Olympus VR-310 with Seven Magic Filters
Seven Magic Filters
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Seven Magic Filters for turning the everyday into the extraordinary

Specifically designed to expand the creative potential of digital photography, this impressive function of the VR-310 utilises in-camera image processing technology to effortlessly transform the everyday into extraordinary scenes. Simple to operate, the filters allow users to create entirely new worlds with their images. From vibrant colours and pencil drawings to mysterious or rounded perspectives, artistic spirits can magically turn ideas into reality.

Users can choose from Punk, Pop Art, Pin Hole, Drawing, Fish Eye, Soft Focus and new addition Sparkle.

Punk: Pose like Sid and Nancy and have your world turned dayglo, with this fun feature that transforms your photos into crudely photocopied fanzine style images, but in a good way.
Pop Art: In the tradition of Andy Warhol, this effect enhances colours, making them stronger and more vivid. It creates high-impact pictures that express the happy, light-hearted feeling of the pop art style.
Fish-Eye: With its distorted 180-degree perspective, this filter reproduces the dramatic effect of a fish-eye lens. It lends a new perspective to the whole scene with a “round” effect.
Drawing: This filter gives the impression that subjects have been sketched on the fly by an artist just at the moment that inspiration struck. Images are transformed into line drawings for improvised, creative results.
Pin Hole: For an ethereal feel, Pin Hole reduces the peripheral brightness of images like an image seen through a pinhole. Added to this is a unique colour tone that results in a style that has an air of secrecy or portrays the feeling of being lost in another dimension or space.
Soft Focus: Give your portraits that romantic otherworldly look beloved of wedding photographers.
Sparkle: Well, you can never have enough sparkle in your life, can you? A Magic Filter that truly imparts a sprinkling of fairy dust, adding twinkling reflections to shiny objects.

USB battery charging

Connect the camera to a computer and let the battery charge while you save and organise your images. The supplied super-compact AC adaptor also makes it easy to charge the battery while you're travelling.

Quick photo surfing thanks to innovative software

Thanks to [ib] software images can be browsed, organized, and viewed by person, place, location or event.

The Olympus VR-310 is available in silver, black, red or purple.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

180 of 182 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. M. Smiles on 6 April 2011
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Hi,

As someone who is interested in simple but High Quality Digital Photography, this has to be one of the best Point & Shoot Digital Cameras Olympus has ever produced. From the quality of photographs to the general design & quality of product for the price. This Camera is FANTASTIC!!. It literally takes just a few minutes to set up. As soon as you turn it on, you do the basic set up of the date & time with the facility for this to be shown on the photos you download if you so wish. By setting the camera to the iAuto mode it literally becomes a point & shoot Camera. In my personal opinion Olympus have taken a major step forward with this camera in many respects and also in that the Menu Wheel on such previous products such as the Olympus MJU 7040 has been replaced by simple buttons and directional functions. Though my previous purchase the Olympus MJU 7040 is essentially a Point & Shoot Camera it is a little over complicated for someone like me who wants to take a photograph quickly, but also get a good shot at the same time.

The brilliant 3" screen is also excellent for framing your shots & allows you to position yourself just right before taking that all important photograph.

The software that comes with the Camera is also very good allowing you to edit the photos that you have taken as soon as they have been downloaded onto your computer.
It even allows you to plot where your photo was taken using Google Mapping & Post Codes. Click on the built in software map anywhere in the world down to street level & then tag your photo with that information.

If purchasing this Camera I would also recommend purchasing through the Amazon site the Lowepro Rezo 30 Camera Pouch for around £7.
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124 of 127 people found the following review helpful By Martinez36 on 12 May 2011
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After my Olympus MJU 700 had a lense failure/error code the search for a new camera was on. It was a choice between the Olympus VR-310 and Panasonic Lumix FS30. The Lumix had better reviews, but the Olympus meant i could use my existing batteries & it was a bit cheaper. When i visited the shop, they had sold out of the Lumix, so i purchased this VR-310 instead.
Immediately i noticed that the shutter speed wasn't overly quick (as per reviews), but was disappointed to see that a number of indoor shots were slightly blurred even with the optical and digital image stabilisation. It also gave a yellow 'ish tinge to everything indoors unless i changed the white balance. For day time shots it was fine, good colours, good macro for close ups of plants and the IA works very well with super sharp images. However at night time, it was very hard to get a blur free shot and again the colours just didn't look 'right' with a dark sky having blue uneven patches to it. There was also alot of noise/grain in the pictures. Even with a tri-pod some of the pictures still managed to have a slight blur to them. It seems 'busgirl' who wrote a review also mentioned about blurring.I was also disappointed in that it doesn't have B & W picture option (unlike my previous MJU 700, which although only 7mp i found better). 14mp is not much use if the shots are not sharp.
In the end i returned it to the shop and as i had used my old batteries & didn't have to open any packets I luckily got a full refund. I am now using the Panasonic Lumix FS30/FS35 which is AMAZING & FULLY recommended. Rich natural colours whether indoors, outdoors, at night, completely blur free and shots of London Landmarks at night such as Tower Bridge have no blur or noise at all even when using just hand-held and really look quite professional.
Hope that helps a bit !
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Miles on 13 July 2011
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I already have a top of the range Nikon DSLR, but it is not the sort of camera you can take to parties or just have on you when that great shot comes along, so I bought this so that I could have a camera with me all the time. This camera doesn't give me quite the same control over all the settings, but none-the-less, takes very good quality images, and has a very impressive range of features. The 10X optical zoom coupled with a wide angle lens gives an enormous flexibility when it comes to framing the subject, to compose just the view you want, but additionally there is a macro setting which allows you to get very close up and personal, and brings out all the rich detail and colour in nature's "small print".

I did consider, as an alternative to this, buying a more expensive smart-phone than the one I was going to buy, so as to get a better camera on that, but I found even a top of the range smart-phone would only give an 8 Mega-pixel, very basic camera, with very limited features. This camera, with it's 14 Mega-Pixels, 10X, wide angle, optical zoom, macro setting, range of control features, including variable ISO, a reasonable built in flash, and strong metal body, makes any smart-phone camera a very uninviting alternative. Smart-phone cameras are just for recording a quick visual to go with a text message, where this is a real camera, for real photographs.

Another plus point was the price, being about half that of many other comparable cameras, yet having quality written all over it, the camera is real value for money.

My only niggles are -

1) That the motorised zoom is a bit hard to control so that I tend to overshoot the point I want, and so, have to zoom back again: I guess I might get used to it, but a manual zoom is always preferable.
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