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THE OLYMPUS VR-370: THE BEST DIGITAL CAMERA IN ITS CLASS, PERIOD.
on July 14, 2014
I used to have a Nikon L100. Total p of s! Lasted a about 1 year. I had never bought from Nikon before, I won't ever again. So I'd been looking for a replacement that was smaller, slimmer, took great pictures, 1080p video, and a powerful zoom. That seemed to be too much to ask because I'd been looking for at least a year until I saw this Olympus camera for 50 bucks (open box). I was in a rush. I threw it into my cart without even checking the specs (except the zoom) and this is exactly what I was looking for.
Sturdiness: maybe not military grade, but I wouldn't want to get hit on the head with it: 9/10
Thickness: not the thinnest, but the thinnest are too thin for my taste - 9/10
Optical Sensor Resolution: 16 MP - 10/10
LCD display: large (3" diag), adjustable brightness (max very bright), great colors, high-resolution, fixed (use a small mirror!) - 10/10
Optical zoom: 12.5x (300 mm)!, ultra rare for a compact camera, super fast - 10/10
Minimum focal length: 24 mm, also ultra rare, and not just on compact cameras - 10/10
On-screen controls (on the side of the display, doesn't obstruct the shot), see the effects as you tweak, fast - 10/10
Manual controls (optional): white balance, ISO, aperture (+/- 2 EV in 1/3 steps), flash/no flash: 10/10
Auto-focus: 3 very smart modes, ultra fast and accurate - 10/10
Video capture: High-Definition, 720p @ 30 fps. 1080p would have been sweet, 4K even better, but come on... No zooming while videotaping - 8/10
2 macro levels: normal and super - 10/10
"Magic Art" filters: I prefer doing this in photoshop, but you don't always have the option, so it's a nice little add-on. The filters are cool (like the full "fish-eye" lens effect, or panorama), they are adjustable, and there's quite a few of them. - 10/10
Battery: Lithium. No more heavy AA's or AAA's that die after 30 pictures! - 10/10
Memory cards supported: SD, SDHC, SDXC and Eye-Fi so no micro-SD which means more GB's for your bucks.
Wifi enabled: No :-( BUT, use an Eye-Fi card which is basically an SD memory card with a Wifi adapter, and you can connect your camera wirelessly to the internet! - 10/10
Charger: USB, with A/C outlet adapter (both included) - 10/10
Price: $80 New. I think it's worth twice its price - 10/10
Ooops, I almost forgot: takes beautiful crisp vibrant pictures, even in less than perfect situations (like nighttime) - 9/10
There's more to it but if you're not sold by now, you're in the wrong department. You will not find a better digital camera at this price.