Updated (January 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix S6200 vs Olympus VR-340

Olympus VR-340 vs Nikon Coolpix S6200

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Reasons to buy the Olympus VR-340

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
Large screen
Screen size
3"
Great macro
Macro focus
1.0 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S6200

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Battery life
Great battery life
250 shots

Items often bought with the Olympus VR-340 or Nikon S6200

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix S6200.
Explore our gallery of 5 sample photos taken by the Olympus VR-340.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon S6200

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Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
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  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Size
Smaller
93×58×26 mm vs 104×60×28 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
1" vs 1.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
160 g vs 170 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Olympus VR-340

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Macro focus
Much better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 10.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 10x closer to the lens
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3 vs f/3.2
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At its widest zoom, the VR-340's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Weight Light weight Help
              S6200160 g
              VR-340170 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              S6200$134.99
              VR-340$148.00
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              4 seconds
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths
              Thickness Thin Help
              S62001"
              VR-3401.1"
              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Travel zoom

              $144

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens

              Nikon Coolpix S6200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $70

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $217

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom More zoom
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

              Compact

              $100

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Travel zoom

              $89

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Travel zoom

              $452

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Thicker

              Olympus VR-340 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus VR-360

              Olympus VR-360

              Digicam

              $117

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Olympus VR-370

              Olympus VR-370

              Travel zoom

              $120

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Olympus VG-160

              Olympus VG-160

              Compact

              $89

              Size Significantly smaller
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Olympus VR-350

              Olympus VR-350

              Travel zoom

              $170

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Olympus VG-170

              Olympus VG-170

              Compact

              $137

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

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