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Great No Frills - Compact Megazoom Camera,
This review is from: Olympus VR-320 14 MP Digital Camera with 12.5x Optical Zoom and 3" LCD (Black) (Old Model) (Electronics)
I currently have a 5 year old Canon Digital Elph and have been looking for a compact megazoom. My knowledge of camera features and operation is very basic. I don't know how to use manual controls and am not interested in learning. My needs are simple - compact, easy to use, at least 12x optical zoom and no frills with decent picture quality that I can point and shoot. Set up was a breeze and I didn't need the manual. I've been playing around with it out in the yard and indoors. The pics look very good to my amateurish eyes. Price is also right. I wasn't able to find a comparable camera with similar features in this price range. All in all, I'm quite pleased.
I finally had a chance to use the video mode. Using 720P, the colors were very sharp and true in color. Using video is very simple. There is a red button on the back of the camera and just pressing it will activate video and pressing a second time will end the video. If you need to use zoom, it must be enabled prior to depressing the video button. Once video is activated, zoom is disabled. Although, not in stereo, sound is very good - and not "tinny". It picked up the chirping birds, my footsteps in the grass, a neighbors dog barking, etc. I can't comment on action videos as I've not had a chance to use it for that purpose.
For the price, this camera is a real deal.
9 May edit/clarification: Optical zoom can be enabled during video recording without sound, i.e., microphone must be turned off.
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Initial post: May 5, 2011 1:55:25 PM PDT
Please comment on the video quality!
Posted on May 9, 2011 7:56:23 AM PDT
I was worried about zoom feature whether it is active or not while recording video so I sent asking Olympus Technical Support but as the reply delayed I placed my order. Then I read in this review (If you need to use zoom, it must be enabled reply prior to depressing the video button. Once video is activated, zoom is disabled) so I canceled the order.
Now I received Olympus Technical Support saying :
The camera can optically zoom while recording video with sound.
Digital Technical Support
Olympus Imaging America
Can you check again the zooming feature while recording video please ?
Thank you in advance
In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2011 12:06:16 PM PDT
Sorry, I missed the video zoom information when reading the manual. Following text is verbatim from page 20 of the manual:
"During sound recording, only the digital zoom can be
used. To record a movie with optical zoom, set [R]
(Movie sound recording) (p. 37) to [Off]."
So it appears you can use zoom if you turn the microphone off, i.e., without sound. Looks like Mike from tech support is partially incorrect. Hope this helps.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2011 3:12:22 PM PDT
Maurice Ungaro says:
Well while digital zoom is not as good as optical zoom, it still IS zoom. For what that's worth.
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