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Olympus expands VR and VG compact camera ranges

VR-320 and VR-330 12.5x zoom cameras announced

Olympus VR330 and VG110 compact digital cameras

Olympus has announced two new compact digital cameras in its VR Series – the Olympus VR-320 and VR-330 – which expand the range beyond the VR-310 launched in January.

Both VR-320 and VR-330 have a powerful 12.5x optical zoom lens with a 24-300mm zoom range, making them suitable for capturing wide-angle shots. The 12.5x zoom has been squeezed into a slimline 19.3mm deep body.

Aside from the lens, the top-of-the-range VR-330 can capture 3D still images and has a 3-inch LCD screen. The new VR models can capture 720p HD movies, and Olympus have also included an HDMI output so photos and videos can be viewed on a compatible HD TV. While both VR-320 and VR-330 have 3-inch screens, the former has a 230k dot resolution, whereas the VR-330 ups this to 460k.

Notable features on the VR-330 include dual image stabilisation, and i-Auto and Shadow Adjustment Technology, which Olympus claims will automatically choose the right camera settings for difficult subjects.

The Olympus VR-320 and VR-330 will be available in the UK later in February 2011. Both VR cameras come in black, silver, red and blue. Jessops will have exclusivity on the VR-320 which is priced at £139.99, but the VR-330 will be more widely available, at £159.99.

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£80 compact Olympus VG-110

Olympus also unveiled a new entry-level compact, in the form of the VG-110. Slotting into the VG range below the VG-120 and VG-130, the VG-110 will be available exclusively in Boots for £79.99 from mid-February 2011.

In terms of specification, the Olympus VG-110 has 4x (27-108mm) optical zoom, 12Mp resolution and seven creative Art Filters – offering a range of options including Pop Art, Soft Focus and Sparkle.

There’s a 2.7-inch LCD screen, AVI movie recording capability, and Face Detection and Shadow Adjustment Technology, which Olympus says will ‘capture people’s faces just as you want them’.

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