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Olympus VG-170 + Case + 2GB SD Digital Camera

14MP 5x CCD Jan 2012
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
Experience a compact and convenient point-and-shoot camera but with a truly brilliant extra: Besides being absolutely easy to handle, the new VG-170 provides a flash nearly twice as powerful as on... More
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13 Reasons For

Good Brand

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

Quite Big Normal Focusing Range (wide)

The normal focusing ranges (wide) of compact cameras that are a comparable age to the VG-170 + case + 2GB SD range from 0.01m to 0.8m. The VG-170 + case + 2GB SD has a quite big normal focusing range (wide) (0.6 meters) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the VG-170 + case + 2GB SD.

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CCD Sensor Type

This camera has a CCD sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time 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.

There are a number of other digital cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available that you might want to consider including the Samsung 90[plb_1216_price], the Lexibook DJ028[plb_1876237_price], or the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Video[plb_1829794_price] which has better reviews.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many digital cameras of this spec and age. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including because of it's better review score, the Olympus VH-510[plb_1941110_price], the GE G100[plb_1861772_price], or the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price].

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The VG-170 + case + 2GB SD supports video capability, unlike most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the VG-170 + case + 2GB SD which do not support video capability.

Other cameras which support video capability currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], the Samsung SAMSUNG MV900F[plb_1519008_price], or the Canon IXUS 130[plb_1644860_price].

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The VG-170 + case + 2GB SD has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the GE C1440W[plb_1772806_price], or the Casio EX-ZR700[plb_1722253_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other compact cameras that have been available for more than two years, the Olympus VG-170 + case + 2GB SD has a built-in flash.

Alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], or the GE J1455[plb_1773004_price].

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Features Four Flash Modess

The VG-170 + case + 2GB SD has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on compact cameras that have been available for more than two years. The flash modess "Fill-in", "Flash off" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this Olympus camera.

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Has Four White Balances

The VG-170 + case + 2GB SD has a greater number of white balance modes than most comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. This Olympus digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the VG-170 + case + 2GB SD. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight" and "Fluorescent" are also found on this camera.

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4288 X 3216 Still Image Resolution(s)

The VG-170 + case + 2GB SD has a 4288 x 3216 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. Most comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this camera have still image resolution(s)s of 1280 x 960, 1600 x 1200, 1920 x 1080, 2048 x 1536 and 2560 x 1920 and 3264 x 2448. The best still image resolution of all cameras of this spec and age is 5152 x 3864 and the worst is 384 x 480.

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Supports One Camera File System

The number of camera file systems supported by the VG-170 + case + 2GB SD is more than most digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. This camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the VG-170 + case + 2GB SD.

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TFT Display

The VG-170 + case + 2GB SD has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. 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 compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years the display ranges from LCD (worst) to AMOLED (best).

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is typical of many compact cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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9 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

This compact camera camera received an expert rating of 60 out of 100 from parentesis.com. This puts this camera in the bottom 9% of all the cameras of a similar age and spec when ranked by average expert review score.

Does Not Support Full HD Video

Like most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec, the VG-170 + case + 2GB SD does not support Full HD video.

Other digital cameras which also support Full HD video that you might also want to consider include 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

The VG-170 + case + 2GB SD does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the VG-170 + case + 2GB SD also do not support wi-Fi.

We compared all the other cameras which also support wi-Fi to this camera and we think the ST200[pl_378406_price], or the SAMSUNG ST200F[pl_1682904_price] both from Samsung or the Canon IXUS 265 HS[plb_2110773_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not 3D

The VG-170 + case + 2GB SD is not 3D, although this is within the context that most of the other cameras that came out more than two years ago are also not 3D.

If you want a camera that is 3D then you might also want to look at the Olympus VR-360[plb_362476_price], the Samsung ST200[plb_378406_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ41[plb_2149949_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most compact cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the VG-170 + case + 2GB SD do not have a GPS (satellite). The VG-170 + case + 2GB SD is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared all the other 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 is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The VG-170 + case + 2GB SD is not waterproof, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the VG-170 + case + 2GB SD are also not waterproof.

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Very Low ISO Sensitivity (max)

The VG-170 + case + 2GB SD has a fairly low ISO sensitivity (max) (only 1,600) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the VG-170 + case + 2GB SD. Cameras of this spec and age have ISO sensitivity (max)s of between 3 and 26,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 4,600.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The VG-170 + case + 2GB SD has a maximum video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than the most common maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Across all cameras of this type and age the video resolution ranges from 320 x 240 pixels to 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The Olympus VG-170 + case + 2GB SD has a greater number of supported image formats than most cameras of this type and age. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by similar spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Olympus VG-170 + case + 2GB SD

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the VG-170 + case + 2GB SD has a pretty standard display diagonal compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the VG-170 + case + 2GB SD.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 3" screen cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], the Canon SX150 IS[plb_41047_price], or the Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR[plb_383572_price].

If you are looking for a larger display diagonal then you might also want to look at the IXUS 240 HS[pl_408112_price] (3.2"), the IXUS 510 HS[pl_408144_price] (3.2"), or the 310 HS[pl_651755_price] (3.2") all from Canon which is also higher rated.

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Released Over Five Years Ago

It was over five years ago when Olympus released the VG-170 + case + 2GB SD.

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Olympus VG-170 + case + 2GB SD has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the VG-170 + case + 2GB SD.

We compared this camera to all the other 4x digital zoom cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the 105[pl_377573_price], and the PowerShot SX220 HS[pl_1206_price] both from Canon or the Casio Exilim EX-ZR200[plb_370973_price] is also worth considering.

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

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Average Optical Zoom

At 5 times zoom factor, the Olympus VG-170 + case + 2GB SD has a relatively standard optical zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the VG-170 + case + 2GB SD.

We compared all the other 5x optical zoom digital cameras to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Nikon S100[plb_50845_price], and the Samsung 90[plb_1216_price] is also worth considering.

If this compact camera camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Coolpix S5200[pl_3179968_price] (6x and higher rated), or the 3200[pl_1729050_price] (6x and higher rated) both from Nikon or the Sony DSC-W810[plb_2109582_price] (6x and higher rated).

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Average Megapixel

The VG-170 + case + 2GB SD has a relatively average megapixel (14 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the VG-170 + case + 2GB SD.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 14MP cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix 3100[plb_162310_price], or the Rollei Sportsline 99[plb_173046_price].

If this camera megapixel is not high enough for you then you might want to look at the GE E1450W[plb_1772835_price] (14.1MP), the Panasonic LS6[plb_1353105_price] (14.1MP), or the Vivitar VF128[plb_2058981_price] (14.1MP) which also has a higher rating.

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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 Structure (elements/groups)
Combined Zoom
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
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
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
Camera
GPS (satellite)
White Balance
Self-Timer Delay
Camera File System
Camera Playback
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Networking
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Date Imprinting
Camera Shutter Speed

Expert Reviews

(1)
23 May 2013

Si eres el encargado de siempre tomar las fotos en las reuniones familiares, o buscas una cámara para tomar fotos en tu próximo viaje sin que ocupe mucho espacio, esta cámara es ideal...

Smallsize
USBcharging, goodsizedLCDscreenatthispricepoint
Inexpensive
Flash power
3D shooting mode
Photos can took a bit dull
Picture quality
Image noise
Video performance
Build

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers vg170wit, vg170zwa, olympus vg170
Barcodes 00050332182073, 03610170635857, 03610170728344, 03610170779742, 04017386754706, 04545350039349, 04545350039356, 04545350039363, 08432932006638, 08432932006645, 08432932006652

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