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Olympus VG-150 Digital Camera

12MP 4x CCD Apr 2012
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
- 4x wide optical zoom - Advanced Face Detection - 12 Megapixel CCD Even for an entry-level model, the super-slender Olympus VG-150 offers outstanding value for money. Like all Olympus cameras,... More
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16 Reasons For

Olympus Cameras Have Good Reviews

Compact camera digital cameras manufactured by Olympus have good reviews on average compared to other brands. We also checked the reviews for all digital cameras (not just compact camera digital cameras) and found that Olympus also has good reviews across its entire range.

Good Quality Lens

One Olympus VG-150 owner who reviewed it concluded that it had a good lens.

Good Technical Features

One Olympus VG-150 reviewer thought the Olympus VG-150 had good features. Techmagnifier.com said “It features a fast lens, 5x optical zoom, 14 Megapixel, face-detection”.

Good Size

One person thought it was compact. Expert review site Techmagnifier.com mentioned “A TFT Color LCD display, all in a compact package”.

Good Quality Pictures

One Olympus VG-150 owner who purchased the Olympus VG-150 considered that it had a good picture resolution. Techmagnifier.com wrote “Comes with effective 14 Mega Pixels” however they rated the product 3 stars.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One person who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it had a good screen.

CCD Sensor Type

This camera has a CCD sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on cameras of a comparable age and type to it. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available including the Samsung ST90, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77, or the GE J1250 which has better reviews.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC memory card, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If you are looking for a camera with a better memory card type then you might want to look at the Fujifilm FinePix X10 (SD|SDHC|SDXC), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 (£249.99) (SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Nikon Coolpix P520 (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the VG-150, the Olympus VG-150 supports video recording.

Alternative digital cameras which support video recording currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the FinePix X10, or the FinePix JX550 both from Fujifilm or the Canon PowerShot SX160 IS.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Olympus VG-150 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the VG-150 also have an image stabiliser.

We compared all the other cameras with an image stabiliser to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix X10, the GE J1250, and the Casio Exilim EX-ZR700 is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Olympus VG-150 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the VG-150.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Fujifilm FinePix X10, or the GE A1455 (£26.99) which has better reviews.

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Olympus VG-150 is more than most similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the VG-150. The white balance modes "Fluorescent", "Sunny" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Olympus digital camera.

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TFT Display

The Olympus VG-150 has a better display than most cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This camera has a TFT display, whereas most cameras of this age and type have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight. The display of all digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the VG-150 ranges from LCD to OLED.

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Short

The shortest compact camera camera that came out more than two years ago is 10mm tall and the tallest is 750mm. With a height of only 54.2 millimeters, the Olympus VG-150 is quite short compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Very Thin

The average depth of compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the VG-150 is 38mm, and the depths range from 4mm to 2,200mm. With a depth of only 19.8 millimeters, the Olympus VG-150 is quite thin compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the VG-150.

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Narrow

At only 92 millimeters, the Olympus VG-150 is quite narrow compared to most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the VG-150. Across all the compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the VG-150 the widths range from 16mm to 470mm, and the average width is 100mm.

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21 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Poor

This Olympus digital camera received a score of 60 out of 100 from digital camera expert review website techmagnifier.com. The expert review sites don't rate this digital camera very highly.

Very Small Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the VG-150 range from 2.7x to 63x, and the average optical zoom is 9.6x. At only 4 times zoom factor, the Olympus VG-150 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the VG-150.

There are a number of other 4x optical zoom cameras currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix X10, the Nikon Coolpix S2500, or the Canon PowerShot ELPH 115 HS.

If this Olympus camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Lumix DMC-FT4 (4.6x), or the Lumix DMC-TS5 (4.6x) both from Panasonic or the Nikon Coolpix P310 (4.2x) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

The Olympus VG-150 has a fairly low megapixel count (only 12 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the VG-150. The megapixel counts of compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 0.3MP to 46MP.

There are a number of alternative 12MP digital cameras currently available which you might want to consider including the Fujifilm FinePix X10, the Samsung WB690, or the Nikon Coolpix S2500 which has better reviews.

If this digital camera megapixel count is too low for you then you might want to look at the IXUS 115 HS (12.1MP), or the IXUS 1100 (12.1MP) both from Canon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 (12.1MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Olympus VG-150 does not support Full HD video. Most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the VG-150 also do not support Full HD video.

Alternative digital cameras which also support Full HD video that you might also want to look at include the Coolpix S9500, or the Coolpix S9400 both from Nikon or the Fujifilm FinePix X10 which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Olympus VG-150 does not support WiFi connectivity, although keep in mind that most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also do not support WiFi connectivity.

We think you might also be interested in alternative cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Fujifilm FinePix Z1000, the Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC110, or the Nikon Coolpix S9500 which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Olympus VG-150 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the VG-150 are also not 3D compatible.

Digital cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth looking at include the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS (£59.99), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30, or the Nikon Coolpix S9500 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Olympus VG-150 does not have a GPS, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the VG-150 also do not have a GPS.

It is worth also looking at other cameras which also have a GPS including the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2, the Canon IXUS 140, or the Sony DSC-HX400V (£282.99).

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the VG-150, the Olympus VG-150 is not waterproof.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Olympus VG-150 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the VG-150. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this Olympus camera.

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Only Features Three Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Olympus VG-150 is more than most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This digital camera features a Face detection auto focus, which is the most frequently featured auto focus featured on similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. The auto focus "Spot Auto Focus" and "Tracking Auto Focus" are also featured on this camera.

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Very Small Combined Zoom

Across all the cameras of this type and age the combined zoom range from 3x to 1,600x, and the average combined zoom is 50x. At only 16 times zoom factor, the Olympus VG-150 has a fairly small combined zoom compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modes

The Olympus VG-150 has a greater number of shooting modes than most cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This digital camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most commonly found shooting mode found on digital cameras of this age and spec. The shooting modes "Movie" and "Program" are also found on this camera.

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Very Few Total Megapixel Count

The total megapixel counts of compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the VG-150 range from 10MP to 48MP. The Olympus VG-150 has a fairly few total megapixel count (only 12.7 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to the VG-150.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

The average maximum ISO speed of cameras that were released around the same time as the VG-150 is 4,500, and the maximum ISO speeds range from 200 to 26,000. At only 1,600, the Olympus VG-150 has a fairly low maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the VG-150.

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Very Small Internal Memory

Across all the cameras that have been on the market for more than two years the internal memory range from 1MB to 8.2GB, and the average internal memory is 330MB. The Olympus VG-150 has a fairly small internal memory (only 18 megabytes) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the VG-150.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

The Olympus VG-150 has a fairly short maximum focal length (only 108 millimeters) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the VG-150. The maximum focal lengths of digital cameras that were released around the same time as the VG-150 range from 0.28mm to 1,800mm, and the average maximum focal length is 250mm.

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Only 3968 X 2976 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Olympus VG-150 has a 3968 x 2976 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. Most compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution. The worst image resolution of all comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the VG-150 is 2592 x 1944 pixels and the best is 5152 x 3864 pixels.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Olympus VG-150 is 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Cameras of a similar age and spec to the VG-150 maximum video resolutions range from 320 x 240 pixels (worst) to 1920 x 1080 pixels (best).

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Only Has Three Playback Modes

The number of camera playback modes found on the Olympus VG-150 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. This digital camera has a Movie playback mode, which is the most frequently found playback mode found on digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the VG-150. The playback modes "Single image" and "Slide show" are also found on this Olympus camera.

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Only Supports One Image Format

The Olympus VG-150 has a greater number of supported image formats than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This Olympus camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Fairly Large Closest Focusing Distance

The Olympus VG-150 has one of the larger closest focusing distances (0.05 meters) amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age. The closest focusing distances of digital cameras of this spec and age range from 0.01m to 30m.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Olympus VG-150

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when Olympus released the VG-150.

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Olympus VG-150 has a relatively standard digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 4x digital zoom cameras currently available including the Coolpix L26, or the Coolpix S9200 both from Nikon or the Casio Exilim EX-ZS5 which has better reviews.

If this Olympus camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the G3WP (4.5x), or the G5WP (£49.99) (4.5x) both from GE or the Canon IXUS 500 (4.1x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Screen Size

At 2.7 inches, the Olympus VG-150 has a pretty typical screen size compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the VG-150.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 2.7" screen digital cameras currently available including the Casio Exilim EX-ZS5, or the Sony DSC-J10 which has better reviews.

If this Olympus camera screen size is too small for you then you might want to consider the XF1 (2.8"), or the FinePix X100S (2.8") both from Fujifilm or the Canon PowerShot N (£274.37) (2.8") which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens
Lens Structure
Combined Zoom
Aspheric Element
Focusing
Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range
Super Macro Focusing Range
Focus
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Format
Voice Recording
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
Camera
GPS
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Self-Timer
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Brightness Adjustment
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Included Cable
Battery Included
Included Battery Charger
Hand Strap
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Bluetooth
Other Features
Video Recording
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Port
Date Imprinting
Dimension
Camera Shutter Speed Range

Expert Reviews

(1)
24 July 2012

After going through the Olympus VG-150 Review, it can be said that this camera is not that perfect but it is an average camera, which is available at cost-effective prices. Besides, this camera...

Comes with effective 14 Mega Pixels
Sports a display of 3 inches TFT color LCD
Optical zoom of 5x
Digital zoom of 20x
MPE 4 AVCH.264 movie recording with sound
Problem in facedetection feature
Slippery finger grip
No image stabilization

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