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Olympus VH-520 Digital Camera

14MP 10x CMOS Mar 2013
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
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Expert Reviews Are Good

This Olympus camera received a score of 80 out of 100 from expert review website agdlab.pl. It seems that experts are not that keen on this compact camera camera.

Olympus Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

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

Reasonably Priced

Several people who bought this digital camera concluded that it was good value for money. Kemblesteve said in their Olympus VH-520 review last year “Great value with slo-mo” . Kemblesteve also wrote “It still works well and for the money is just great fun”.

Good Quality Pictures

One customer reckoned that the Olympus VH-520 was able to produce good images. Kemblesteve wrote last year “Very small, great still photos and average video.” in their Olympus VH-520 review.

Fairly Large Screen Size

The Olympus VH-520 has one of the larger screen sizes (3 inches) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age. Cameras of this age and spec have screen sizes of between 1" and 4.8".

We compared this camera to all the other 3" screen digital cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Samsung WB200F[plb_2071998_price] is also worth considering.

Cameras with a larger screen size that might also be worth considering include the Nikon Coolpix P520[plb_2085254_price] (3.2") which is also higher rated.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on digital cameras of a comparable 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 alternative cameras that support an SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including because of it's better review score, the WB150[pl_1682907_price], the WB850F[pl_1413690_price], or the WB200F[pl_2071998_price] all from Samsung.

If the memory card type of this Olympus camera is not good enough for you then you might want to consider the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated), or the Nikon 1 J2[plb_1907086_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Olympus VH-520 supports Full HD video, unlike most of the other cameras that were launched around the same time as the VH-520 which do not support Full HD video.

There are a number of other digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available that you might want to look at including the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ36[plb_1725803_price], or the Casio Exilim EX-ZR400[plb_1892885_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other cameras of this age and type, the Olympus VH-520 has an image stabiliser.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras with an image stabiliser currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other cameras of this type and age, the Olympus VH-520 has a built-in flash.

Alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30[plb_1847857_price], or the GE J1455[plb_1773004_price].

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Supports One Audio Format

The number of audio formats supported by the Olympus VH-520 is more than most digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. The most frequently supported audio format is WAV, but this audio format is not supported by this digital camera. The audio formats PCM are also supported by this camera.

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4288 X 3216 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus VH-520 has a 4288 x 3216 still image resolution which is higher than most digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. Most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. In addition, this digital camera have a still image resolution of 2048 x 1536 and 3264 x 2448. The best still image resolution of all cameras of a similar age and type to the VH-520 is 5152 x 3864 and the worst is 384 x 480.

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Has Three White Balance Modes

The Olympus VH-520 has a greater number of white balance modes than most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The most commonly found white balance mode is Auto, but this white balance mode is not found on this Olympus digital camera. The white balance modes Fluorescent, Sunny and Tungsten are also found on this digital camera.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most commonly supported USB version on digital cameras of this spec and age.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Olympus VH-520 has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most common maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best video resolution amongst all digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the VH-520.

Amongst similar types of camera the worst video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Olympus VH-520 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution across all compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the VH-520.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolution is the worst supported video resolution amongst similar types of digital camera.

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Features One Light Metering Mode

The number of light metering modes featured on the Olympus VH-520 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. The most commonly featured light metering mode is Centre-weighted, but this light metering mode is not featured on this Olympus digital camera. The light metering modes Spot are also featured on this Olympus camera.

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TFT Display

The Olympus VH-520 has a better display than most cameras that are a similar age to it. This Olympus camera has a TFT display, whereas most comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago 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. Across all digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the VH-520 the best display is OLED and the worst is LCD.

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Quite Small Minimum ISO Speed

With a minimum ISO speed of only 80, the Olympus VH-520 has a fairly small minimum ISO speed compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the VH-520. The average minimum ISO speed of compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the VH-520 is 99, and the minimum ISO speed range from 10 to 1,600.

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11 Reasons Against

Quite Small Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the VH-520 is 12x. At only 2 times zoom factor, the Olympus VH-520 has a quite small digital zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

There are a number of alternative 2x digital zoom cameras currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price], or the Nikon Coolpix S5100[plb_1308_price].

If you are looking for a camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to consider the Nikon Coolpix S9700[plb_2173237_price] (4x) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The Olympus VH-520 does not support video recording. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the VH-520 do support video recording.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also support video recording including the FinePix X10[pl_1150_price], or the FinePix JX500[pl_1672380_price] both from Fujifilm or the Samsung EX2F[plb_1609335_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Olympus VH-520 does not support WiFi connectivity, although this is within the context that most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the VH-520 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Nikon Coolpix P520[plb_2085254_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most digital cameras of this type and age are not 3D compatible. The Olympus VH-520 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

Digital cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth looking at include the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS[plb_66875_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P7700[plb_1714924_price].

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Olympus VH-520 does not have a GPS, although this is within the context that most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the VH-520 also do not have a GPS.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a GPS and we think 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 is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Most digital cameras that came out around the same time as the VH-520 are not waterproof. The Olympus VH-520 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Very Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

Comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the VH-520 have maximum camera shutter speeds of between 0.0005s and 250s, and the average maximum camera shutter speed is 14s. At only 2 seconds, the Olympus VH-520 has a fairly short maximum camera shutter speed compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the VH-520.

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Only Features Three Flash Modes

The Olympus VH-520 has a greater number of flash modes than most compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on digital cameras of this age and type. The flash modes "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 VH-520 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. This camera features a Face detection auto focus, which is the most frequently featured auto focus featured on compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. The auto focus "Contrast Detection Auto Focus" and "Spot Auto Focus" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modes

The number of shooting modes found on the Olympus VH-520 is more than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This Olympus camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most frequently found shooting mode found on digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the VH-520. The shooting modes "Movie" and "Scene" are also found on this camera.

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Only Has Two Playback Modes

The Olympus VH-520 has a greater number of camera playback modes than most cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Olympus 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 VH-520. The playback mode "Single image" is also found on this digital camera.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Olympus VH-520

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this camera was released.

Average Optical Zoom

At 10 times zoom factor, the Olympus VH-520 has a fairly typical optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released around the same time as the VH-520.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 10x optical zoom cameras currently available including the Nikon Coolpix 8800[plb_1640989_price] which has better reviews.

If this camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8[plb_2232116_price] (12x and higher rated).

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This digital camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Average Megapixel Count

The Olympus VH-520 has a relatively typical megapixel count (14 megapixels) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the VH-520.

If you would prefer a higher megapixel count then you might want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3[plb_2003627_price] (14.1MP), or the Samsung WB200F[plb_2071998_price] (14.2MP) which is also higher rated.

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MOS Sensor Type

The Olympus VH-520 has a better sensor type than most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This camera has a MOS sensor type, whereas most compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to it have a CCD sensor type.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor and we think the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price], the Casio Exilim EX-ZR400[plb_1892885_price], and the Nikon Coolpix P510[plb_2071647_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If the sensor type of this digital camera is too bad for you then you might also want to look at the Nikon Coolpix S5100[plb_1308_price] (CCD), or the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo[plb_1829795_price] (CCD) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
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 Structure
Combined Zoom
Focusing
Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
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
Video Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Format
Voice Recording
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
HDMI Port
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Self-Timer
Camera File System
Tripod Mount
Playback Mode
Brightness Adjustment
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Packaging Content
Battery Included
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port

Expert Reviews

(2)
1 January 2005

With slightly smaller dimensions than the previous D-510 model...

10 March 2014

Jaki aparat do 1000 z? wybra?? Jaki kompakt b?dzie najlepszy na wakacje?Wspó?czesne aparaty kompaktowe to co? znacznie wi?cej ni? tylko zwyk?e cyfrowe...

User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 1 April 2015 by KembleSteve
(Verified Purchase)

Very small, great still photos and average video, but great for what it is.
I bought it for the slo-mo function, but while I would like more resolution, it still works well and for the money... Read more…

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers olympus 10, olympus 10f, olympus 10fa, olympus 10fac, olympus 10fach, olympus v108060wu000, olympus 4545350043513
Barcodes 00050332185272, 00050332185326, 04545350043483, 04545350043490, 04545350043506, 04545350043513, 04545350043520, 04545350043537

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