Product Type: Olympus digital cameras
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Snapping The Days Away
Member Name: topsyturvy
Advantages: nice design, great features, good quality images
This camera really is lovely to look at and very girly like me, it is 100.6mm x 58.2 mm x 28.5mm and weighs 158g with the battery and the memory card. It is a lovely metallic purple colour and the lens is silver and the Olympus logo is on the front along with the zoom details and megapixels. It is very light to hold and has an LCD screen on the back as well as coming with a wrist strap to make it easier to hold the camera. It is really pretty and all buttons are very clear to see what their functions are.
OLYMPUS VR-310 CAMERA
To start with it is best to cover what exactly this camera can do. It came in a compact box with all of the necessary bits but I did really want a camera case which it doesn't include. You get your USB/plug, discs for software and you get a wrist strap and that is pretty much it. The camera is 14 Megapixels which is really sharp as my last camera was only 8 so it is almost that which is very impressive. The camera is also a 10 x zoom wide which again is very good as most these days do 6 maximum so to get 10 is what also made me want this camera as it was pretty and good quality.
The monitor size on the back is 3" and at first when I got the camera it took me a while to understand why exactly the camera would not work. I then realised I had put the battery in the wrong way, but after a few hours of realising this the camera turned on, I set the date and time and then left it charging for a couple of hours, you can charge it in the wall or through the USB. I do it usually at the wall and I put in my memory card from my last camera too and instantly all of the photos appeared.
When you plug the USB into your laptop/PC it will search for drivers and then it will begin to set the camera up. This won't take long at all then it will give you the option to import the files from the camera. As I had files from the other camera and the new one it had made a new Olympus folder which was really good. It was also handy with this camera that I didn't need to use an installation disc for setting it up which just made the whole process that much quicker and saved the time consuming event.
Once my camera was charged, I was ready to start exploring what features my camera had to offer. I normally use the automatic feature which is best but if you are quite good with photography you can set it manually meaning that you can set the flash, macro mode, timers, exposure, and the ISO but I tend to just use automatic to be safe rather than missing the perfect moment. However, a few times I have manually set it and had really good results. It has a 1600 ISO for those who know their photography.
Now, not only do you have manual setting but you also have SCN mode which allows you to change the settings according to the scene you are shooting. You can put it on portrait or landscape and also on pet mode. Again, you can set the timer for this and you can also change the flash to suit the lighting. I do find this is a nice feature but I rarely find myself changing this mode as it is a lot of hassle if you want a few quick snaps.
One of my favourite settings on this camera, is the Panoramic feature. It is great if you are abroad and want to take really great full length landscape photos as you take 4 or so images and it merges them into the one. Now not only do you have this but lastly there is the 'Magic Filter' which I have had the most fun with. It has 7 different magic settings which I will list:
Pop Art: Enhances the colour in the photos to fit this artistic period, nice for vibrant colourings.
Pin Hole: Creates a circle shaded out for a different kind of scene.
Fish Eye: This makes everything go bloated in the middle and a lot more rounded.
Drawing: I like this, it makes everything black and white and the black bits are the outlines of the scene, almost like a sketch.
Soft Focus: I'm not really sure about this one, I think it softens the colour etc.
Punk: This makes everything purple and black, it's ok but after a few photos it gets boring.
Sparkly: I think this enhances the light but I never see it in my photos.
Not only can you take photos with this camera but you can do videos as well which come out really good. You only press the red button on the back and watch through the LCD screen and you can see clearly what is being recorded and then press the red button again to stop recording. Playing back the video is great it is really sharp the picture and you can raise the volume to hear it properly. I can't fault the video option, you also have a timer in the corner telling you how long you have been filming and how long you have left.
When you want to view your photos and see them by zooming in just hit the circle button with the play button next to it and it will show you the images or videos you have just taken. Like when you are taking photos, you can zoom in and out and it is very clear. There is an info button which tells you where the image is stored e.g SD card and it tells you the date and time taken. To delete photos you can clcik the button with the bin symbol and it asks if you want to delete.
To edit photos you can use the editing software discs that you get with the camera or you can click the menu button and edit on the camera. You can crop, add voice recordings, change the dimensions and select perfect fix. You can also view a slideshow or print order. The menu also has power settings, and many others such as storeage etc.
With this camera, so far I am very pleased with it. The photos are very high quality and the lighting is great on it as is the colour really vibrant. The photos look good and the zoom is fantastic even on detailed items like jewellery close ups. I have taken nature photos, landscapes and portraits and all look really good and the camera is easy to navigate around. The battery is easy to charge and the battery life is really good too and you can see how many photos you can take in terms of memory card space.
I really do recommend this camera it is easy to use and has a lot going for it. It is modern, reliable and offers good features for the price and compared to its competitors it offers a lot.
If you want this camera, you can buy it from Amazon for £88.49 at the minute with an RRP of £119.99. I got mine from here and it arrived quick and in good condition. All I recommend if you do not have them is to get a good sized SD card and a camera case.
The official website is http://www.olympus.co.uk
Summary: Digital camera by Olympus
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