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Olympus VG-180 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 16MP 5x Jan 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Good user reviews
Reasonably priced
Easy to use
46 Reviews
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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Eight people agreed that it was compact. Margaret Anne wrote on expert website Amazon “Nice and compact” in her Olympus VG-180 review. Shippen mentioned two years ago “Excellent compact camera” and gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5. Stephen Daniel Shaw said “Compact easy to use and takes good pics”.

Two people said in their reviews that it was thin. Peter wrote on expert website Amazon three years ago “Very slim & compact thanks to the small re-chargeable Li-ion battery” and rated the product 5 stars out of 5. Ed scored this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars and he said on expert review site Amazon “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”.

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Price

Reasonably Priced

Ten owners who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was good value for money. Mr Paul a Trussler gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and he said “Exceptional value for money”. K Gresham scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and wrote “Pure magic at the right price and the speed of”. Pn from Norfolk mentioned “I suppose you get what you pay for, in which case it is fairly good value for money” nonetheless they only gave it a rating of 60 out of 100.


Reviews

Good User Reviews

Based on 51 user reviews this medium megapixel digital camera has an average user rating of 80%. Over 71% of reviewers gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars.

Olympus Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

Based on 4,467 expert and owner reviews (including 627 verified purchases), Olympus has good ratings for its digital cameras. Olympus also has good ratings specifically within its medium megapixel cameras range compared to other manufacturers. 89% of those that bought a Olympus camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Design

Easy to Use

Nineteen customers who bought the product wrote that it was easy to use. Mr. David Simpson said on expert review site Amazon “Handy Camera”. Jeff scored it a maximum of 5 stars and he mentioned in his Olympus VG-180 review on expert website Amazon “This arrived in good time is quite easy to use and nice and small for the pocket must buy a card for it very good thanks”. Jilliz wrote “Easy to use and has replaced my previous Olympic camera perfectly”.

Nice Design

Four people agreed that the product was neat. Pn from Norfolk wrote on expert website Amazon “It is neat and takes good pictures with a good zoom”. Devongooner rated the product 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned on expert review site Amazon “It's really small and neat and starts up very quickly” in their review of this digital camera. Three years ago Ed scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and he wrote “Superb little camera, so versatile and so light, fits into shirt pocket neatly”.

Good Product Quality

Two customers said that it was good quality. Peter gave the Olympus VG-180 a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and he wrote in his review of this digital camera “It also takes good quality video with sound”.


Good Quality Pictures

Thirteen customers who purchased this digital camera mentioned that it was able to produce good images. Margaret Anne said four years ago “Takes good photos so I am well pleased” in her Olympus VG-180 review. Mr. David Simpson mentioned on expert website Amazon “Above all it takes good pictures” in his review of this digital camera. Janet gave the product a score of 5 stars out of 5 and she wrote in her review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon “There are various photo options which can be scrolled through at leisure in order to get to know them -”.

Good Video Capture

Two customers thought this digital camera was good for video recording. Aam mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon “Easy to use and nice pictures and videos”.

Good Quality Lens

Two customers who reviewed it considered that it had a good zoom. Janet wrote “The zoom is easy to use too” and scored it a maximum of 5 stars.


Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was January 2013 when this camera was released.


Networking

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Olympus VG-180 does not support Wi-Fi. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera do support Wi-Fi.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a Wi-Fi and we think the 200, or the 150F both from Samsung are also worth considering.

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Does Not Feature Bluetooth

The Olympus VG-180 does not feature bluetooth. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that were launched more than two years ago also do not feature bluetooth.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Olympus VG-180 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

We compared all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash to this camera and we think the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, and the Fujifilm FinePix S4800 which both of have better reviews are also worth considering.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Olympus VG-180 has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other cameras of this age and type also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Display

Quite Small Display Diagonal

The Olympus VG-180 has one of the smaller display diagonals (only 2.7 inches) amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age. The display diagonals of medium megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this camera range from 2" to 4.8".

There are a number of alternative 2.7" screen cameras currently available which you might want to consider including because of their better review scores, the Sony DSC-W630, or the GE X5 (£55).

If this Olympus camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to consider the Olympus OM-D E-M10 (3" and higher rated).

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

Medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera have display resolutions (numeric) of between 230 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels. The Olympus VG-180 has a quite low display resolution (numeric) (only 230,000 pixels) compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Olympus VG-180 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as this camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including because of their better review scores, the Nikon L120, or the GE J1455.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus VG-180 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. Most cameras of this age and type have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This Olympus digital camera also have a still image resolution(s) of 2048 x 1536 and 3264 x 2448. Across all cameras that have been available for more than two years the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360 and the best is 4928 x 3264.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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16 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 16 megapixels camera.

We compared this camera to all the other 16MP cameras and we think the Fujifilm HS30 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this Olympus camera megapixel is too low for you then you might want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 (16.05MP and higher rated), or the Sony DSC-W630 (16.1MP and higher rated).

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Lens System

Very Small Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera is 14x. At only 5 times zoom factor, the Olympus VG-180 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 5x optical zoom cameras and we think the Sony DSC-W630, and the GE J1455 which both of have better reviews are also worth considering.

If you want a digital camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Nikon D5100 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR (£239.99) (5.8x and higher rated).

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Five Aspheric Elements

Most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera have between 1 and 12 aspheric elements, including the Olympus VG-180 which has five aspheric elements.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 130 millimeters, the Olympus VG-180 has a quite short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera. The maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera range from 18mm to 1,500mm.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture Number

The minimum aperture numbers of medium megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera range from 1.7 to 22. At only 2.8, the Olympus VG-180 has a quite small minimum aperture number compared to most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera.

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Memory

Very Small Internal Memory

Medium megapixel cameras that came out more than two years ago have internal memory of between 8MB and 8GB. The Olympus VG-180 has a quite small internal memory (only 16.4 megabytes) compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The Olympus VG-180 supports PictBridge. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera also support PictBridge.

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Packaging Content

Has a Batteries Included

The Olympus VG-180 has a batteries included, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The Olympus VG-180 features voice recording. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Olympus VG-180 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital 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-180 is 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than the most common maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

This digital camera's video resolution (640 x 480 pixels) is in fact the worst video resolution across all digital cameras of this type and age.

The best video resolution across comparable types of digital camera is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers olympus vg180black
Barcodes 00050332185487, 04545350043681, 04545350043698

Olympus VG-180 Review Sources

To prepare this Olympus VG-180 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 311,945 product attributes, 170,936 digital camera reviews and 3,219,200 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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