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Olympus VG-150 Digital Camera

12MP 4x CCD Jan 2012
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer 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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17 Reasons For

Good Brand

Olympus has good average reviews for its compact cameras as well as across its entire digital camera range compared to other brands.

Good Quality Lens

One Olympus VG-150 owner who reviewed the product mentioned that it had a good lens.

Good Technical Features

One person wrote in their reviews that it had good features. Techmagnifier.com wrote in their review five years ago “It features a fast lens, 5x optical zoom, 14 Megapixel, face-detection” however they rated this digital camera 3 stars.

Good Quality Pictures

One Olympus VG-150 reviewer wrote in their reviews that the product had a good picture resolution. Techmagnifier.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera five years ago “Comes with effective 14 Mega Pixels” .

Good Size

One customer who reviewed the product thought it was compact. Expert website Techmagnifier.com mentioned in their review of the Olympus VG-150 “A TFT Color LCD display, all in a compact package” although they scored the product 60 out of 100.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One person who reviewed the Olympus VG-150 mentioned that it had a good screen.

Quite Big Normal Focusing Range (wide)

Across all the similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the VG-150 the normal focusing ranges (wide) range from 0.01m to 0.8m. At 0.6 meters, the Olympus VG-150 has a quite big normal focusing range (wide) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the VG-150.

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CCD Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CCD sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on cameras of a comparable age and spec 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 compared this camera to all the other digital cameras that have a CCD sensor and we think the Samsung 90[plb_1216_price], the Lexibook DJ028[plb_1876237_price], and the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Video[plb_1829794_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

Cameras with a better memory card type that might also be worth looking at include the Coolpix S9700[pl_2173237_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Coolpix L29[pl_2124045_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC) both from Nikon or the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Olympus VG-150 supports video capability, which is unusual. Most of the other compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the VG-150 do not support video capability.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other cameras which support video capability currently available including the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], the Samsung SAMSUNG MV900F[plb_1519008_price], or the Canon IXUS 130[plb_1644860_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the VG-150, the Olympus VG-150 has an image stabilizer.

There are a number of other cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the GE C1440W[plb_1772806_price], or the Casio EX-ZR700[plb_1722253_price].

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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 digital cameras of this age and spec.

Alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might also want to consider include the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], or the GE J1455[plb_1773004_price] which has better reviews.

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Features Four Flash Modess

The Olympus VG-150 has a greater number of flash modes than most compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on similar spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The flash modess "Fill-in", "Flash off" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this Olympus digital camera.

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Has Four White Balances

The Olympus VG-150 has a greater number of white balance modes than most compact cameras that were released more than two years ago. This digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on compact cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the VG-150. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight" and "Fluorescent" are also found on this camera.

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TFT Display

The Olympus VG-150 has a better display than most compact cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera has a TFT display, whereas most compact 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 cameras that were released more than two years ago the worst display is LCD and the best is AMOLED.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is typical of many digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

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Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The Olympus VG-150 has a greater number of audio formats than most compact cameras that came out more than two years ago. This camera supports a WAV audio formats supported, which is the most commonly supported audio formats supported supported by compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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18 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

This compact camera camera received an expert rating of 60 out of 100 from techmagnifier.com. Experts aren't convinced by this camera.

Very Small Optical Zoom

At only 4 times zoom factor, the Olympus VG-150 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the VG-150. The average optical zoom of digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the VG-150 is 9.3x, and the optical zooms range from 0.17x to 63x.

We compared this camera to all the other 4x optical zoom digital cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the Nikon Coolpix S2500[plb_50841_price], and the Canon 105[plb_377573_price] is also worth considering.

If you want a digital camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the DMC-FT4[pl_1353102_price] (4.6x), or the DMC-TS5[pl_1900903_price] (4.6x) both from Panasonic or the Benq G1[plb_1414536_price] (4.6x) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Low Megapixel

The Olympus VG-150 has one of the lower megapixels (only 12 megapixels) amongst digital cameras of this age. The megapixels of compact cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 0.3MP to 46MP.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 12MP digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the Nikon Coolpix S2500[plb_50841_price], or the Samsung 690[plb_1280674_price].

If this Olympus digital camera megapixel is not high enough for you then you might want to look at the S120[pl_1602828_price] (12.1MP and higher rated), the S110[pl_1462073_price] (12.1MP and higher rated), or the N100[pl_2118439_price] (12.1MP and higher rated) all from Canon.

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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 of a comparable type and age to the VG-150 also do not support Full HD video.

It is worth also looking at other digital cameras which also support Full HD video including the X10[pl_1150_price], or the F800EXR[pl_1518759_price] both from Fujifilm or the Olympus XZ-2[plb_1716567_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the VG-150, the Olympus VG-150 does not support wi-Fi.

It is worth considering other cameras which also support wi-Fi including the ST200[pl_378406_price], or the SAMSUNG ST200F[pl_1682904_price] both from Samsung or the Canon IXUS 265 HS[plb_2110773_price].

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Not 3D

Most cameras of a comparable age and spec to the VG-150 are not 3D. The Olympus VG-150 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

If you are looking for a digital camera that is 3D then you might also want to consider the Olympus VR-360[plb_362476_price], the Samsung ST200[plb_378406_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ41[plb_2149949_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Olympus VG-150 does not have a GPS (satellite), although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other compact cameras that have been around for more than two years also do not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) to this camera and we think the Lumix DMC-TZ61[pl_2226969_price], or the Lumix DMC-TZ41[pl_2149949_price] both from Panasonic or the Samsung EK-GC100[plb_2075290_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other cameras of this age and spec, the Olympus VG-150 is not waterproof.

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Very Small Combined Zoom

The smallest combined zoom of similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the VG-150 is 3x and the biggest is 1,600x. The Olympus VG-150 has a quite small combined zoom (only 16 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modess

The Olympus VG-150 has a greater number of shooting modes than most cameras of this type and age. This Olympus camera has an Auto shooting modes, which is the most frequently found shooting modes found on compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The shooting modess "Movie" and "Program" are also found on this camera.

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Very Few Total Megapixels

Cameras of a similar age and type to the VG-150 have total megapixelss of between 10MP and 48MP. The Olympus VG-150 has one of the less total megapixelss (only 12.7 megapixels) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age.

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Very Low ISO Sensitivity (max)

At only 1,600, the Olympus VG-150 has a quite low ISO sensitivity (max) compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago. Compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the VG-150 have ISO sensitivity (max)s of between 3 and 26,000.

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Very Small Internal Memory

The average internal memory of compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago is 290MB. With an internal memory of only 18 megabytes, the Olympus VG-150 has one of the smaller internal memorys amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 108 millimeters, the Olympus VG-150 has one of the shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s amongst compact cameras of this age. The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of digital cameras of this type and age 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 the 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution found on most digital cameras that are a similar age to it. The image resolution of all cameras of this age and type ranges from 2592 x 1944 pixels to 5152 x 3864 pixels.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Olympus VG-150 has a maximum video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The video resolution of all cameras of a similar spec and age to the VG-150 ranges from 320 x 240 pixels to 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The number of supported image formats on the Olympus VG-150 is more than most digital cameras of this age and type. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Quite Large Closest Focusing Distance

At 0.05 meters, the Olympus VG-150 has a quite large closest focusing distance compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the VG-150. The average closest focusing distance of digital cameras of this spec and age is 0.04m.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Olympus VG-150

Released Over Five Years Ago

This camera was released over five years ago.

Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Olympus VG-150 has a fairly standard digital zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been around for more than two years.

Other 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available that you might also want to look at include the IXUS 125 HS[pl_1329985_price], or the PowerShot SX220 HS[pl_1206_price] both from Canon or the Panasonic DMC-LX5[plb_1047477_price] which has better reviews.

If this Olympus camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the G5WP[pl_1772971_price] (4.5x), or the G3WP[pl_1772968_price] (4.5x) both from GE or the Canon 500[plb_1539093_price] (4.1x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Display Diagonal

The Olympus VG-150 has a pretty standard display diagonal (2.7 inches) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than two years.

We compared this camera to all the other 2.7" screen cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm Z110[plb_383750_price], the Canon A810[plb_408150_price], and the Nikon Coolpix S6200[plb_1146785_price] is also worth considering.

Cameras with a larger display diagonal that might be worth looking at include the PowerShot G12[pl_1514037_price] (2.8"), or the PowerShot N[pl_1478196_price] (2.8") both from Canon or the Fujifilm FinePix x100 Classic Kit[plb_1609683_price] (2.8") which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Type
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Combined Zoom
Number of Aspheric Elements
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Super Macro Focusing Range
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Focus
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
Camera
GPS (satellite)
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Self-Timer Delay
Image Editing
Camera File System
Camera Playback
Brightness Adjustment
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Hand Strap
Networking
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Date Imprinting
Dimensions (WxDxH)
Camera Shutter Speed

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

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers vg150zwa, vg150zil
Barcodes 00050332182608, 03610170636229, 03610170826460, 04017386010116, 04017386421608, 04545350040079, 04545350040147, 05052415204561, 08432932006614, 08432932006621

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