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Olympus VG-170
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Olympus VG-170 Digital Camera

14MP 5x CCD Jan 2012
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser 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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10 Reasons For

Olympus Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

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

CCD Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CCD sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. 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.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available including because of it's better review score, the Samsung ST90, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77, or the GE J1250.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many cameras that came out more than two years ago. 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 considering one of the alternative digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including the Lumix DMC-TS5 ($249.00), or the Lumix DMC-TZ30 ($375.99) both from Panasonic or the Fujifilm FinePix X10 which has better reviews.

If the memory card type of this compact camera camera is too bad for you then you might want to look at the Sony DSC-W810 ($99.99) (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|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

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

Other digital cameras which support video recording currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the FinePix X10, or the FinePix JX550 ($100.00) both from Fujifilm or the Canon PowerShot SX160 IS.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Olympus VG-170 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the VG-170 also have an image stabiliser.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras with an image stabiliser currently available including the Fujifilm FinePix X10, the GE J1250, or the Casio Exilim EX-ZR700 which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Olympus VG-170 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

Other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might want to consider include the Fujifilm FinePix X10, or the GE A1455 which has better reviews.

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4288 X 3216 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus VG-170 has a 4288 x 3216 still image resolution which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution found on most digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. This camera also 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. Across all digital cameras of a similar type and age to the VG-170 the best still image resolution 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 Olympus VG-170 is more than most cameras of this spec and age. This camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by cameras of this age and type.

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TFT Display

The Olympus VG-170 has a better display than most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This Olympus digital camera has a TFT display, whereas most cameras of a similar type and age to it 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 compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the VG-170 the display ranges from LCD to OLED.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture

At only 2.8, the Olympus VG-170 has a quite small minimum aperture compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the VG-170. Across all the cameras of a similar spec and age to the VG-170 the minimum apertures range from 1.3 to 6.6, and the average minimum aperture is 3.2.

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10 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

This Olympus digital camera received a rating of 60 out of 100 from expert review site parentesis.com. Camera experts aren't convinced by this digital camera.

Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Olympus VG-170 does not support Full HD video. Most of the other cameras that have been available for more than two years also do not support Full HD video.

We compared all the other cameras which also support Full HD video to this digital camera and we think the Coolpix S9500, or the Coolpix S9400 both from Nikon or the Fujifilm FinePix X10 is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Olympus VG-170 does not support WiFi connectivity, although this is within the context that most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the VG-170 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Fujifilm FinePix Z1000, the Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC110, or the Nikon Coolpix S9500.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Olympus VG-170 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth noting that most of the other digital cameras of this age and type are also not 3D compatible.

Cameras which are 3D compatible that might be worth looking at include the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 ($375.99), or the Nikon Coolpix S9500.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the VG-170, the Olympus VG-170 does not have a GPS.

Alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS that you might also want to look at include the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2, the Canon IXUS 140, or the Sony DSC-HX400V ($448.00) which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the VG-170, the Olympus VG-170 is not waterproof.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The Olympus VG-170 has a greater number of flash modes than most cameras of a similar type and age to it. This digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the VG-170. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this camera.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Olympus VG-170 has a maximum video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than a 1280 x 720 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution. The worst video resolution of all comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the VG-170 is 320 x 240 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Only Has Two Playback Modes

The Olympus VG-170 has a greater number of camera playback modes than most comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as it. This digital camera has a Movie playback mode, which is the most commonly found playback mode found on comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the VG-170. The playback mode "Single image" is also found on this camera.

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Only Supports One Image Format

The number of supported image formats on the Olympus VG-170 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. This Olympus camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the VG-170.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Olympus VG-170

Average Screen Size

The Olympus VG-170 has a relatively average screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other cameras that were released around the same time as the VG-170.

There are a number of alternative 3" screen cameras currently available which you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Olympus SZ-31, the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS, or the Fujifilm FinePix F770.

If this compact camera camera screen size is too small for you then you might also want to look at the IXUS 240 HS (3.2"), the IXUS 510 HS (3.2"), or the PowerShot ELPH 310 HS (3.2") all from Canon which is also higher rated.

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Released Over Five Years Ago

This camera has been on the market for over five years.

Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Olympus VG-170 has a pretty average digital zoom compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the VG-170.

Other 4x digital zoom cameras currently available that you might also want to look at include the IXUS 105 IS, the PowerShot SX220 HS, or the Ixus 130 all from Canon which has better reviews.

If this digital camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might also want to consider the G3WP (4.5x), or the G5WP (4.5x) both from GE or the Canon IXUS 500 (4.1x) which also has a higher rating.

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many digital cameras of this age and spec. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Olympus VG-170 has a pretty typical optical zoom (5 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the VG-170.

Alternative 5x optical zoom digital cameras currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix S100, the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS, or the Samsung ST90.

Cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth considering include the Coolpix S5200 ($129.00) (6x and higher rated), the Coolpix S2750 (6x and higher rated), or the Coolpix S4300 ($239.99) (6x and higher rated) all from Nikon.

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Average Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 14 megapixels, the Olympus VG-170 has a relatively typical megapixel count compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the VG-170.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 14MP digital cameras currently available including the Nikon Coolpix 3100, or the Rollei Sportsline 99 which has better reviews.

If this digital camera megapixel count is too low for you then you might want to look at the Canon Ixus 130 (14.1MP and higher rated), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS6 (14.1MP and higher rated), or the Vivitar VF128 ($37.49) (14.1MP and higher rated).

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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
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Combined Zoom
Focusing
Auto Focus
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range
Super Macro Focusing Range
Focus
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Video Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
Camera
GPS
White Balance Mode
Self-Timer
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Bluetooth
Other Features
USB 3.0 Port
Camera Shutter Speed Range

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

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Product Identifiers

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