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Olympus VG-170 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 14MP 5x Nov 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Expert reviews are poor
Does not have a GPS (satellite)
Does not support Wi-Fi

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Reviews

Expert Reviews Are Poor

This camera received an expert rating of 60 out of 100 from parentesis.com. The expert review sites don't rate this medium megapixel digital camera very highly.

Good Brand

We checked 4,467 expert and user reviews (including 627 verified purchases) for Olympus cameras and found that on average Olympus has good reviews. We also found that Olympus has good reviews specifically for its medium megapixel cameras. 89% of those that bought a Olympus camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


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Released Over Four Years Ago

This camera was released in November 2012.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Olympus VG-170 has a relatively typical display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 3" screen digital cameras and we think the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, the Nikon L120, and the Canon SX150 IS which all of have better reviews are also worth considering.

Digital cameras with a larger display diagonal that might be worth considering include the 240 HS (3.2" and higher rated), or the ELPH 320 HS (3.2" and higher rated) both from Canon or the Nikon Df (£2,039) (3.2" and higher rated).

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Camera

Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Olympus VG-170 does not have a GPS (satellite), although this is within the context that most of the other comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as this camera also do not have a GPS (satellite).

Other cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) that you might want to consider include the Samsung 200, the Canon 140, or the Panasonic DMC-TZ30EF-W.

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Networking

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Olympus VG-170 does not support Wi-Fi, unlike most of the other cameras that have been around for more than two years.

There are a number of other cameras which also support Wi-Fi that you might want to look at including the Samsung 200, the Olympus PEN E-PL7 (£429), or the Fujifilm X-A1.

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Does Not Feature Bluetooth

The Olympus VG-170 does not feature bluetooth, although this is within the context that most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera also do not feature bluetooth.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Olympus VG-170 supports video capability, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras which support video capability currently available including because of their better review scores, the SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, or the DSC-WX80 both from Sony.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Olympus VG-170 has a built-in flash. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that came out around the same time as this camera also have a built-in flash.

Other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to consider include the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, the Casio EX-ZR1000, or the Nikon 3200 which all of have better reviews.

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Features Date Imprinting

The Olympus VG-170 features date imprinting, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Olympus VG-170 has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera.

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Lens System

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Olympus VG-170 has a pretty average digital zoom compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 4x digital zoom cameras currently available including because of their better review scores, the L120, or the L31 both from Nikon or the Canon SX150 IS.

If you would prefer a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the 200F (5x and higher rated), or the 150F (5x and higher rated) both from Samsung or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 (£242.99) (5x and higher rated).

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 5 times zoom factor, the Olympus VG-170 has a relatively standard optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera.

We compared all the other 5x optical zoom digital cameras to this digital camera and we think because of their better review scores, the L31, and the S3100 both from Nikon or the Canon A3300 IS are also worth considering.

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the D5100 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR (£239.99) (5.8x and higher rated), the Coolpix S5200 (6x and higher rated), or the Coolpix S5200 (6x and higher rated) all from Nikon.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Olympus VG-170 has one of the shorter maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) (only 130 millimeters) amongst similar spec cameras of this age. The maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera range from 18mm to 1,500mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 350mm.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture Number

The Olympus VG-170 has a quite small minimum aperture number (only 2.8) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this camera. The average minimum aperture number of medium megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago is 3.4, and the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.7 to 22.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Olympus VG-170 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera also have an image stabilizer.

There are a number of alternative cameras with an image stabilizer currently available that you might want to look at including because of their better review scores, the Nikon L120, or the GE J1455.

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Only 4288 X 3216 Pixels Image Resolution

The Olympus VG-170 has a 4288 x 3216 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution found on most digital cameras of this age and spec.

This digital camera's image resolution (4288 x 3216 pixels) is in fact the worst image resolution across all cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera.

The best image resolution across comparable types of digital camera is 4928 x 3264 pixels.

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14 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 14 megapixels camera.

There are a number of other 14MP cameras currently available that you might want to consider including because of their better review scores, the Rollei Sportsline 99, or the Nikon S3100.

If you are looking for a higher megapixel then you might want to consider the 130 (14.1MP and higher rated), or the A2200 (14.1MP and higher rated) both from Canon or the GE E1450W (14.1MP and higher rated).

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The Olympus VG-170 supports PictBridge. Most of the other cameras that are a similar age to this camera also support PictBridge.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The Olympus VG-170 features voice recording. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Olympus VG-170 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Video

Only 640 X 480 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Olympus VG-170 is 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution is in fact the worst video resolution across all medium megapixel cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is the best video resolution across comparable types of digital camera.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00050332182073, 03610170635857, 03610170728344, 03610170779742, 04017386754706, 04545350039349, 04545350039356, 04545350039363, 08432932006638, 08432932006645, 08432932006652

Olympus VG-170 Review Sources

To prepare this Olympus VG-170 review we compared this digital camera to 1,217 other models. For each digital camera that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 311,674 product attributes, 178,028 digital camera reviews and 4,186,700 historical digital camera prices from 0 digital camera retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this digital camera compared to the other models as well as any areas where this digital camera is lacking.

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