Olympus VH-210: Colorful digicam in fruit-inspired colors


posted Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 9:12 PM EDT

Olympus' VH-210 digital camera. Photo provided by Olympus Corp.Continuing a series of announcements from Olympus that aren't currently slated for the US market, we have a brand new entry-level model available in a range of bright, fruit-inspired colors.

The Olympus VH-210 belies its entry-level price with a slim, all-metal body. Inside reside the combination of a 14 megapixel sensor, and a useful 5x optical zoom lens with a 26mm wide angle. Maximum aperture is f/2.8 at wide angle, but falls to a rather dim f/6.5 by the time the telephoto position is reached. Other notable features include a three-inch LCD panel, 720p movie capture, and an anaglyph (red/cyan) 3D photo mode.

In Europe, the Olympus VH-210 goes on sale from mid-February, priced at around €90. More details are in our Olympus VH-210 preview.

Olympus VH-210
Olympus' VH-210 digital camera. Photo provided by Olympus Corp. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera Type Ultra Compact
Manufacturer Olympus
Model Number North America: VH-210
Dimensions 4.0 x 2.4 x 0.8 in.
(101 x 60 x 21 mm)
Weight 4.9 oz (138 g)
Planned Availability February 2012
Image Capture
Sensor Type CCD
1/2.3" (approx. 0.43 in. diagonal)
14.50 megapixels (total)
14.00 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio 16:9, 4:3
Image Dimensions 4288 x 3216 (13.8 megapixels)
3264 x 2448 (8.0 megapixels)
2560 x 1920 (4.9 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
1920 x 1080 (2.1 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
1280 x 960 (1.2 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Capture Speed Continuous: 0.8 frames per second for 200 frames
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder No
LCD 3.0 in. diagonal
460,000 dots (approx. 153,000 pixels)
Playback Zoom 10.0x max
Lens Type Olympus lens; 7 elements in 5 groups, with 5 aspherical elements
5x optical zoom
Focal Length 4.7 - 23.5mm (actual)
26 - 130mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.8 or 8 (wide) / f/6.5 or 18 (tele) - ???
Focusing System CCD contrast detection; iESP Auto, Spot AF, Face Detection AF, AF Tracking
Focusing Range Normal: 24" - infinity (60 cm - infinity)
Macro: 2.9" - 4,082" (7 cm - 10,000 cm)
ISO Sensitivity Auto, High Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Shutter Speed 4 - 1/2000 second
Exposure Modes Program
Metering Modes Digital ESP Metering, Face Detection AE
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Image Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten, Fluorescent 1, Fluorescent 2, Fluorescent 3, One-touch
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Fill-In, Off
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 0.0EV
Scene Modes Scene Modes (Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Night Scene with portrait, Sports, Indoor, Candle, Self-portrait, Sunset, Fireworks, Cuisine, Documents, Beach and Snow, Pet, 3D), Magic Filters (Punk, Pop Art, Pin Hole, Drawing, Fish Eye, Soft Focus, Sparkle (photos only), Watercolour and Reflection), 3D Photo (Red & Cyan)
Digital Zoom Up to 4x
Self Timer Yes, 2 or 12 seconds
Movie Format AVI (Motion JPEG) with audio
Recording Medium SD/MMC including SDHC, SDXC, Built-in
File Format JPEG
Computer USB 2.0 High Speed
Other Multi-Terminal (USB Connector, Audio/Video Output)
Battery Type Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary LI-42B
Product Bundle
Software OLYMPUS [ib] software CD-ROM
Battery / Charger 1 x Proprietary LI-42B Lithium-ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory 34.9MB Internal
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
Tripod Mount Yes
Notes Digital Image Stabilization, 720p HD Video, Magic Art Filters, AF Tracking, Shadow Adjustment, 3D Red & Cyan, USB Charging. Available in Apple Red, Grape Purple, Apricot Orange, Lychee White, Kiwi Green and Black Berry.
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Olympus' VH-210 digital camera. Photo provided by Olympus Corp. Click for a bigger picture!


Press Release

Inexpensive, cute and easy-to-use – Olympus Smart Series gets a stunning new compact

Crazy for colour, crazy for value
VH-210 has the features to go with the style

Hamburg, 10 January 2012 – Apples, grapes, apricots, lychees… some of the world's most colourful and prettiest treats are also the easiest to enjoy. Just like the new Olympus VH-210 compact. Smart, slim and straightforward to use, it makes you want to take pictures just because it's so easy – and to show off its beautiful looks. Rounded edges and uncluttered, all-metal surfaces give the VH-210 a simple elegance, but it's the head-turning colours that really set it apart. The organic design was the inspiration for six colour versions named after six fruits: Apple Red, Grape Purple, Apricot Orange, Lychee White, Kiwi Green and Black Berry. The VH-210 combines its eye-catching contours and colours with advanced imaging aids, which is ideal if you like your imaging lively and light. Features like i- Auto and Beauty Mode automatically pick the right settings so you can capture quality pictures and movies with none of the fuss. 14 Megapixels and a 5x wide optical zoom lens (26-130 mm*) take care of the rest. You can create fun effects with Magic Filters or 3D Mode (Red & Cyan) and share what you've shot on the big 3" LCD, alternatively via wireless Eye-Fi. With options like these, the VH-210 offers incredible value for money. It costs just €89 and is available from the middle of February.

Pretty in purple, gorgeous in green
Wherever you're going, whatever you're doing, whichever colour you choose, the VH-210 always looks the part. A rarity in this price category, the all-metal casing adds extra sparkle to the lustrous finish. From warm Apricot Orange to cool Lychee White, each vivid new colour stands out in the crowd. What's more, the Olympus designers had the good sense to keep knobs and dials to a minimum, and this minimalist approach does wonders for the design. Even when it's lying switched off on a table, the VH-210 is simply lovely to look at. In keeping with the natural choice of colours, hard edges are replaced by gentler organic curves, so in your hand the camera has the smooth and pleasant feel of a pebble. With its slender dimensions, it'll easily slip into a pocket or purse.

Easy on the eye, easy to use
Less is also more when it comes to manual controls. True to Olympus' Smart Series philosophy, the VH-210 does away with everything you don't really need, replacing switches and settings with automatic aids that do all the work. The result is a camera that's quick and easy to use – plus photos and movies that it's a pleasure to share. Thanks to 14 Megapixels, a flexible Olympus-grade 5x wide optical zoom lens and built-in Digital Image Stabilisation, your images come out crisp and bright. If you like to get creative, Macro Mode lets you zoom right in to capture detailed close-ups in radiant colour while 3D Red & Cyan generates dynamic three-dimensional photos that you can even view on 2D devices like a regular TV. Nine Olympus Magic Filters let you add special effects on the LCD to both photos and movies – another rare feature in this price category.

Best of all, anyone can get great results with a VH-210. i-Auto can recognise eight of the most commonly shot scenes and automatically choose the right settings for the best possible picture. From AF Tracking and Shadow Adjustment Technology to Face Detection and Beauty Mode, the VH-210 has just about every base covered, no matter your talent or lack of it. All you have to do is shoot.

The VH-210 is available in six colours for €89 from mid-February 2012.

Outstanding features:

  • Beautiful rounded design in one of six radiant colours: Apple Red, Grape Purple, Apricot Orange, Lychee White, Kiwi Green and Black Berry

  • Super-slim body for go-anywhere portability

  • All-metal casing with a distinct lustrous finish

Image Quality:

  • 5x wide optical zoom lens (26-130mm*) for effortless close-ups and wide-angle shots

  • 720p HD Movie with sound for capturing movies in excellent quality

  • 14 Megapixels for high-quality full-size movies, stills and prints

  • Digital Image Stabilisation for reducing blur


  • 3" colour LCD (460,000 dots) for easily framing, reviewing and sharing shots

  • Face Detection and Shadow Adjustment Technology for capturing people's faces just as you want them

  • Intelligent Auto Mode (i-Auto) and AF Tracking for easy setting and focussing

  • Scene Mode for automatic settings that suit specific conditions (e.g., Landscape, Night)

Creativity & Flexibility:

  • Magic Filters for adding creative effects to HD movies and/or stills: Punk, Pop Art, Pin Hole, Drawing, Fish Eye, Soft Focus, Sparkle (photos only), Watercolour and Reflection

  • 3D photo shooting mode (Red & Cyan) for striking stills you can share on 2D devices

  • Beauty Mode for hiding unwanted blemishes


  • Eye-Fi Card compatibility for automatic wireless uploading of images to a website or PC

Other key features:

  • [ib] software for browsing, organising and viewing images by person, place, location or event

  • ISO 80 to 1600

  • SDHC and SDXC memory card compatible**

  • Built-in flash

  • In-camera help guide

  • USB battery charging

* 35mm camera equivalent.
** SD is a trademark of SD Card Association. UHS Speed Class is not supported.