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Olympus VG-180 Digital Camera

16MP 5x CCD Jan 2013
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
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21 Reasons For

Owner Reviews Are Good

On average, VG-180 owners rated this digital camera 80%.

Reasonably Priced

A few Olympus VG-180 owners considered that this digital camera was good value for money. Andrew S said in his Olympus VG-180 review “Yes a great camera for the price does avert thing you need” . Barbara King mentioned “Excellent value and easy to use” . Berta wrote on Amazon last year “Camera parameters seemed good comparing with price.” in her review of this digital camera but even so she only scored it 20 out of 100.

One Olympus VG-180 owner who reviewed the product mentioned that it was a bargain for the price. Beemer wrote on Amazon “A bargain, good little camera too” and scored it very highly.

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Good Quality Pictures

Thirteen customers who bought this digital camera thought it was able to produce good images. Last year Eileen S. rated the product 80 out of 100 and she wrote “Take very clear photo's” in her review of this digital camera. I. Zaneres wrote “Good pictures.” in their Olympus VG-180 review but they only scored the Olympus VG-180 3 stars. I. Zaneres also mentioned “The supplier should, I feel, have pointed out that these "optional" extras are in fact essentials if you want to print or save your pics to a PC or laptop”.

Good Size

A number of people who reviewed it reckoned that it was compact. Amjr said in their review “Very good compact camera with the usual features”. Ann Molloy gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars and she said “Compact and super picture clarity” in her review. Margaret Anne wrote in her review on Amazon “Nice and compact”.

A few Olympus VG-180 owners wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was thin. Two years ago Ed said “The operations are perfect without being too complicated which is good for people who don't want too technological type camera's this is small, slim” in his review of this digital camera. Also two years ago Peter said on Amazon “Very slim & compact thanks to the small re-chargeable Li-ion battery” in his Olympus VG-180 review and rated the Olympus VG-180 as excellent.

One person reckoned that this digital camera was lightweight. Pn from Norfolk wrote two years ago “My concern is that it is made of rather lightweight plastic and definitely needs the protective case which I bought separately” in their review of this digital camera.

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Easy to Use

Some Olympus VG-180 reviewers wrote in their reviews that the product was easy to use. Aam mentioned “Easy to use and nice pictures and videos” in their review of this digital camera. Alan John Nash mentioned “Easy to use perfecft for trips away” in his review of the Olympus VG-180. Devongooner said in their review “Really nice camera, dead easy to use” and rated the Olympus VG-180 5 stars.

Nice Design

A few customers who bought the Olympus VG-180 considered that it was neat. Devongooner wrote on Amazon “It's really small and neat and starts up very quickly” in their review of this digital camera. Ed wrote “So light, fits into shirt pocket neatly”. Janet wrote “Neat and compact, easy to use” in her review of this digital camera.

One Olympus VG-180 owner who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was good looking. Sharon Cana S.cana said in her review “The colour is eye catching and trendy to look at”.

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Good Brand

Olympus compact camera digital cameras have good ratings on average and across all cameras Olympus is one of the better rated brands.

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Good Video Capture

Some Olympus VG-180 owners who bought this digital camera concluded that it was good for video recording.

Good Product Quality

Some Olympus VG-180 owners wrote in their reviews that it was good quality. Peter rated the Olympus VG-180 as excellent and he wrote in his review of this digital camera “It also takes good quality video with sound”.

Robust

One Olympus VG-180 owner who bought it wrote that it was strong and durable. Cookie said on Amazon “I used to have an Olympus camera which was really sturdy, durable and lasted for 8 years of heavy use”.

Good Quality Lens

Some customers said in their reviews that it had a good zoom. Janet gave it a rating of 5 stars and she said on Amazon two years ago “The zoom is easy to use too”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One customer who bought this digital camera reckoned that it had a good screen. Jilliz rated it as excellent and wrote on Amazon “A nice large screen on the back for easy viewing”.

CCD Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CCD sensor type, which is typical of many cameras that are a similar age 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.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on cameras of a similar type and age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price], or the Nikon Coolpix S6800[plb_2118627_price] which has better reviews.

If the memory card type of this camera is too bad for you then you might want to look at the Sony DSC-WX350[plb_2163795_price] (MicroSD (TransFlash)|MicroSDHC|MicroSDXC|MS Duo|MS Micro (M2)|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also higher rated.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Olympus VG-180 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

Other digital cameras with an image stabiliser currently available that you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the J1455[pl_1773004_price], or the A1455[pl_1772760_price] both from GE or the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Olympus VG-180 has a built-in flash. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years also have a built-in flash.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price].

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus VG-180 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution found on most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This Olympus camera also have a still image resolution of 2048 x 1536 and 3264 x 2448. Digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years still image resolutions range from 384 x 480 to 5152 x 3864.

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Five Aspheric Elements

Most cameras of a similar age and spec to the VG-180 have between 1 and 14 aspheric elements, including the Olympus VG-180 which has five aspheric elements.

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Has Five White Balance Modes

The Olympus VG-180 has a greater number of white balance modes than most cameras of this age and type. This Olympus digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the VG-180. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Fluorescent", "Sunny" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Olympus camera.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture

The minimum apertures of digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago range from 1.3 to 6.6, and the average minimum aperture is 3.2. The Olympus VG-180 has a quite small minimum aperture (only 2.8) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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17 Reasons Against

Poor Support

A number of customers who purchased the product concluded that it did not have good technical guidance. Amjr said in their review on Amazon “The only issue we had is that there was no user guide included - a simple booklet showing how to find the features would have been useful” although they still scored the product very highly. Fly243 mentioned in their review “Good little camera - arrived promptly and could fault nothing except instruction leaflet very basic” however they rated it 80 out of 100.

Inferior Technical Features

One Olympus VG-180 owner who reviewed the product reckoned that it did not have good features.

Does Not Support Video Recording

The Olympus VG-180 does not support video recording, unlike most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the VG-180.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also support video recording including the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price], or the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS[plb_1565812_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Olympus VG-180 does not support Full HD video. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the VG-180 also do not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also support Full HD video including the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price], or the Nikon Coolpix S9500[plb_1721861_price] which is also higher rated.

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Quite Small Screen Size

The smallest screen size of compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years is 1", the largest is 4.8", and the average screen size is 2.8". At only 2.7 inches, the Olympus VG-180 has a quite small screen size compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

There are a number of alternative 2.7" screen cameras currently available which you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Sony DSC-W630[plb_1873640_price].

Digital cameras with a larger screen size that might also be worth considering include the Fujifilm X100[plb_2173855_price] (2.8"), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ56[plb_2248400_price] (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than two years do not support WiFi connectivity. The Olympus VG-180 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a WiFi connectivity and we think the Canon IXUS 240 HS[plb_408112_price], or the Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC110[plb_2083466_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Olympus VG-180 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the VG-180 are also not 3D compatible.

If you are looking for a camera that is 3D compatible then you might want to consider the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS[plb_66875_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30[plb_1847857_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Olympus VG-180 does not have a GPS. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to the VG-180 also do not have a GPS.

It is worth also looking at alternative cameras which also have a GPS including the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2[plb_2711451_price], the Canon IXUS 140[plb_1561326_price], or the Sony DSC-HX400V[plb_2297093_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the VG-180, the Olympus VG-180 is not waterproof.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Olympus VG-180 is more than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on digital cameras of this age and spec. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this Olympus camera.

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Very Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

With a maximum camera shutter speed of only 2 seconds, the Olympus VG-180 has one of the shorter maximum camera shutter speeds amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age. The maximum camera shutter speeds of comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the VG-180 range from 0.0005s to 250s.

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Only Features Three Auto Focus

The Olympus VG-180 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most digital cameras of this type and age. This camera features a Face detection auto focus, which is the most frequently featured auto focus featured on digital cameras of a similar type and age to the VG-180. The auto focus "Spot Auto Focus" and "Tracking Auto Focus" are also featured on this Olympus camera.

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Only Features One Light Metering Mode

The number of light metering modes featured on the Olympus VG-180 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. The most commonly featured light metering mode is Centre-weighted, but this light metering mode is not featured on this camera. The light metering modes Evaluative (Multi-pattern) are also featured on this Olympus digital camera.

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Quite Low Maximum ISO Speed

The maximum ISO speeds of compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 200 to 26,000, and the average maximum ISO speed is 4,500. When compared to other similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago that we have assessed, the maximum ISO speed of the Olympus VG-180 of only 1,600 is one of the lowest.

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Very Small Internal Memory

The Olympus VG-180 has a fairly small internal memory (only 16.4 megabytes) compared to most of the other cameras that were launched around the same time as the VG-180. Across all the cameras that were released more than two years ago the internal memory range from 1MB to 8.2GB.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Olympus VG-180 has a maximum video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than a 1280 x 720 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution. The video resolution of all compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the VG-180 ranges from 320 x 240 pixels (worst) to 1920 x 1080 pixels (best).

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Quite Low Display Resolution

Across all the cameras of this age and type the display resolutions range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 400,000 pixels. With a display resolution of only 230,000 pixels, the Olympus VG-180 has one of the lower display resolutions amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Olympus VG-180

Released Over Three Years Ago

Olympus released the VG-180 over three years ago.

Average Megapixel Count

The Olympus VG-180 has a pretty average megapixel count (16 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

There are a number of other 16MP cameras currently available which you might also want to look at including the Fujifilm Finepix F800[plb_1518759_price], or the Nikon Coolpix S6150[plb_1147112_price] which has better reviews.

Digital cameras with a higher megapixel count that might be worth looking at include the Sony DSC-W630[plb_1873640_price] (16.1MP), or the Casio Exilim EX-ZR400[plb_1892885_price] (16.1MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 5 times zoom factor, the Olympus VG-180 has a relatively typical optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

Other 5x optical zoom cameras currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Sony DSC-W630[plb_1873640_price], or the Samsung ST72[plb_1609451_price].

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Aspheric Element
Focusing
Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
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 Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Format
Voice Recording
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
Camera
White Balance Mode
Self-Timer
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
System Requirements
Windows Operating System
Packaging Content
Battery Included
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Bluetooth
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Port

User Reviews

(46)
Reviewed 23 June 2015 by Colin Perrott
(Verified Purchase)

Excellent camera, very pleased, thank you.

Reviewed 21 June 2015 by Shippen
(Verified Purchase)

Excellent little camera, not over-complicated to use and producing good quality photos.

Reviewed 29 April 2015 by K Gresham
(Verified Purchase)

Pure magic at the right price and the speed of Amazon's delivery service made my head spin. Well done all involved.

Reviewed 15 April 2015 by Shieldsman
(Verified Purchase)

Rubbish... screen at back broke and was not worth repairing.

Reviewed 6 April 2015 by I. Zaneres | 2 Comments
(Verified Purchase)

Bought this for my wife who is not very Au fait with gadgets, she got on fine, but has after 10 months asked me to print the best of her efforts, but despite many efforts my windows xp fails to... Read more…

Reviewed 17 March 2015 by J. D. N. Sewell "jeremy London"
(Verified Purchase)

Good camera but lasted 2 months before it stopped working, the screen is now blank and i cannot take photos. it must be an internal electronics issue, as i can view photos already taken without... Read more…

Reviewed 12 March 2015 by Mat Snow "Mat Snow"
(Verified Purchase)

Missing battery charge adapter and lead. Not 'like new' at all. Had to return. Very disappointed.

Reviewed 11 February 2015 by Michael Homewood
(Verified Purchase)

Present went down very well.

(Verified Purchase)

Small and handy but take very clear photo's. The zoom isnt brilliant but about what you would expect from a camera this size and this prize.

Reviewed 14 January 2015 by Mrs P Gillyon
(Verified Purchase)

Had to return not up to scratch supplier was very helpfull.

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Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers olympus vg180, olympus vg180b, olympus vg180bl, olympus vg180bla, olympus vg180blac, olympus vg180black
Barcodes 00050332185487, 04545350043681, 04545350043698

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