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Olympus VG-160
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Olympus VG-160 Digital Camera

14MP 5x CCD Oct 2012
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
14 MegapixelsHigh-resolution CCD delivers superior image quality that enables you to print poster-sized pictures easily. 5x Wide Angle Optical ZoomThe 26-130mm Optical Zoom covers a versatile... More
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20 Reasons For

Good Brand

We calculated the average ratings for all Olympus digital cameras and also specifically for Olympus compact camera digital cameras and found that in both cases Olympus had good ratings.

CCD Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CCD sensor type, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. 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 all the other digital cameras that have a CCD sensor to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Coolpix L120 ($299.50), and the Coolpix L320 both from Nikon is also worth considering.

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Fairly Large Screen Size

The screen sizes of cameras of this spec and age range from 1" to 4.8", and the average screen size is 2.8". The Olympus VG-160 has a fairly large screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the VG-160.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 3" screen cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix L120 ($299.50), the Fujifilm Finepix F800, or the Samsung WB800F.

Cameras with a larger screen size that might be worth considering include the Nikon Coolpix P520 ($349.00) (3.2" and higher rated), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 (3.5" and higher rated).

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many 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 digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 ($249.00), the Nikon Coolpix L120 ($299.50), or the Canon PowerShot N100 ($349.99) which has better reviews.

Digital cameras with a better memory card type that might be worth considering include the Sony DSC-W800 ($88.00) (MicroSD (TransFlash)|MicroSDHC|MicroSDXC|MS Duo|MS Micro (M2)|MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

Like most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec, the Olympus VG-160 supports video recording.

There are a number of alternative cameras which support video recording currently available that you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix L120 ($299.50), or the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the VG-160, the Olympus VG-160 has an image stabiliser.

We compared all the other digital cameras with an image stabiliser to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix L120 ($299.50), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS40, and the GE A1455 is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the VG-160, the Olympus VG-160 has a built-in flash.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix L120 ($299.50), or the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo.

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Has One Photo Effect

The number of photo effects found on the Olympus VG-160 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. The most commonly found photo effect is Black&White, but this photo effect is not found on this camera. The photo effects Art are also found on this digital camera.

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Olympus VG-160 is more than most cameras of this spec and age. This Olympus digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on cameras of a comparable spec and age to the VG-160. The white balance modes "Fluorescent", "Sunny" and "Tungsten" are also found on this camera.

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Five Aspheric Elements

The Olympus VG-160 is a five aspheric element digital camera.

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4288 X 3216 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus VG-160 has a higher still image resolution than most similar spec cameras that came out more than two years ago. This Olympus camera has a 4288 x 3216 still image resolution, whereas most similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. In addition, this digital camera have still image resolutions of 1280 x 960, 1600 x 1200, 1920 x 1080, 2048 x 1536 and 2560 x 1920 and 3264 x 2448. The worst still image resolution of all compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the VG-160 is 640 x 360 and the best is 5152 x 3864.

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Features Three Flash Modes

The Olympus VG-160 has a greater number of flash modes than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. The most frequently featured flash mode is Auto, but this flash mode is not featured on this Olympus camera. The flash modes Fill-in, Flash off and Red-eye reduction are also featured on this camera.

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2 USB Version

This camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Supports Two Camera File Systems

The Olympus VG-160 has a greater number of camera file systems than most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. The most frequently supported camera file system is Exif 2.3, but this camera file system is not supported by this camera. The camera file systems DCF and Exif 2.21 are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is the most commonly found light exposure correction on compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The Olympus VG-160 supports a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this camera. In addition, this Olympus camera supports a video resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). The best video resolution of all compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the VG-160 is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the worst is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto focus, which is the most frequently found focus on cameras of this age and type.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture

The Olympus VG-160 has a fairly small minimum aperture (only 2.8) compared to most of the other digital cameras that came out around the same time as the VG-160. Across all the compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago the minimum apertures range from 1.3 to 6.9.

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Quite Small Minimum ISO Speed

The Olympus VG-160 has one of the smaller minimum ISO speed (only 80) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age. Across all the digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the VG-160 the minimum ISO speed range from 10 to 800.

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Very Thin

At only 19.3 millimeters, the Olympus VG-160 is quite thin compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the VG-160. The average depth of digital cameras that came out around the same time as the VG-160 is 38mm, and the depths range from 13mm to 2,200mm.

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13 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Full HD Video

Like most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the VG-160, the Olympus VG-160 does not support Full HD video.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also support Full HD video which you might want to consider including the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS, or the Olympus Stylus SH-50 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the VG-160, the Olympus VG-160 does not support WiFi connectivity.

It is worth considering other cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Nikon Coolpix S9500 which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Olympus VG-160 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the VG-160 are also not 3D compatible.

If you want a camera that is 3D compatible then you might want to consider the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 ($375.99), or the Nikon Coolpix P7700 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Most compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years do not have a GPS. The Olympus VG-160 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a GPS and we think the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago, the Olympus VG-160 is not waterproof.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

Cameras of a similar type and age to the VG-160 have optical zooms of between 2x and 50x, and the average optical zoom is 9.3x. With an optical zoom of only 5 times zoom factor, the Olympus VG-160 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

Other 5x optical zoom cameras currently available that you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Canon Powershot A3500 IS ($89.98).

If you would prefer a digital camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Sony DSC-W810 ($101.97) (6x and higher rated).

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of similar spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years is 10x. The Olympus VG-160 has one of the smaller digital zooms (only 4 times zoom factor) amongst cameras of this age.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the IXUS 125 HS, or the PowerShot A800 both from Canon or the Nikon Coolpix L120 ($299.50).

If this Olympus digital camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Samsung WB150F (5x) which is also higher rated.

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Only 165 Shots Per Battery Charge

The Olympus VG-160 is a digital camera that takes 165 shots shots per battery charge. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the VG-160 take between 30 and 889 shots per battery charge.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modes

The Olympus VG-160 has a greater number of shooting modes than most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This Olympus digital camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most commonly found shooting mode found on compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the VG-160. The shooting modes "Movie" and "Scene" are also found on this digital camera.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

With a maximum ISO speed of only 1,600, the Olympus VG-160 has a quite low maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the VG-160. Cameras of a similar spec and age to the VG-160 have maximum ISO speeds of between 3 and 52,000.

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Very Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

The shortest maximum camera shutter speed of compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the VG-160 is 0.12s, the longest is 250s, and the average maximum camera shutter speed is 13s. At only 4 seconds, the Olympus VG-160 has a quite short maximum camera shutter speed compared to most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to the VG-160.

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Only Supports One Image Format

The number of supported image formats on the Olympus VG-160 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Fairly Large Closest Focusing Distance

The closest focusing distances of similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the VG-160 range from 0.01m to 30m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.28m. The Olympus VG-160 has one of the larger closest focusing distances (0.07 meters) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Olympus VG-160

Released Over Three Years Ago

Olympus released the VG-160 over three years ago.

1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This digital camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Average Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 14 megapixels, the Olympus VG-160 has a fairly standard megapixel count compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

We compared all the other 14MP digital cameras to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix JX500 is also worth considering.

If this Olympus camera megapixel count is not high enough for you then you might also want to look at the A1455 (14.1MP and higher rated), or the E1450W (14.1MP and higher rated) both from GE.

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Average Weight

The Olympus VG-160 has a fairly typical weight (125 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Body Material
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens
Lens Structure
Combined Zoom
Aspheric Element
Focusing
Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Super Macro Focusing Range
Focus
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Second Display
Ports & Interfaces
USB Version
Camera
3D Compatible
GPS
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Maximum Playback Zoom
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Packaging Content
Handheld Remote Control
Included Cable
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Bluetooth
Other Features
Weight
Focal Length
Aperture Range
USB 3.0 Port
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Digital SLR

Expert Reviews

27 December 2013

Kompaktkameras gibt es viele. Zu Preisen unter 50 bis weit über 500 Euro...

Metalowa, stylowa obudowa
Atwa obsuga
Duy ekran LCD
Mocna lampa byskowa
Jasny obiektyw
Tylko zoom cyfrowy podczas nagrywania
Niska jako obrazu w filmach
Niefunkcjonalny zoom cyfrowy
Brak stabilizacji optycznej i mao wydajna stabilizacja cyfrowa
Wysoki poziom szumu, niewyrane detale od ISO 400, powolny autofokus

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers vg160black, olympus vg160, olympus vg160x, olympus vg160s, olympus vg160si, olympus vg160sil, olympus vg160silv, olympus vg160silve, olympus vg160silver
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