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Olympus VG-180 Digital Camera

16MP 5x CCD Jan 2013
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
If You Don T Like Messing Around With Settings And Just Want A Stylish, Slim And Inexpensive Camera That Makes It Easy To Take Great Photos And Movies, You Ve Found It. And A Bit More On Top. But... More
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Owner Reviews Are Good

This Olympus digital camera has an average owner rating of 80 out of 100 based on 56 owner reviews.

Good Quality Pictures

Thirteen customers who bought this digital camera thought it was able to produce good images. Last year Eileen S. rated the product 80 out of 100 and she wrote “Take very clear photo's” in her review of this digital camera. I. Zaneres wrote “Good pictures.” in their Olympus VG-180 review but they only scored the Olympus VG-180 3 stars. I. Zaneres also mentioned “The supplier should, I feel, have pointed out that these "optional" extras are in fact essentials if you want to print or save your pics to a PC or laptop”.

Good Size

A number of people who reviewed it reckoned that it was compact. Amjr said in their review “Very good compact camera with the usual features”. Ann Molloy gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars and she said “Compact and super picture clarity” in her review. Margaret Anne wrote in her review on Amazon “Nice and compact”.

A few Olympus VG-180 owners wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was thin. Two years ago Ed said “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” in his review of this digital camera. Also two years ago Peter said on Amazon “Very slim & compact thanks to the small re-chargeable Li-ion battery” in his Olympus VG-180 review and rated the Olympus VG-180 as excellent.

One person reckoned that this digital camera was lightweight. Pn from Norfolk wrote two years ago “My concern is that it is made of rather lightweight plastic and definitely needs the protective case which I bought separately” in their review of this digital camera.

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Easy to Use

Some Olympus VG-180 reviewers wrote in their reviews that the product was easy to use. Aam mentioned “Easy to use and nice pictures and videos” in their review of this digital camera. Alan John Nash mentioned “Easy to use perfecft for trips away” in his review of the Olympus VG-180. Devongooner said in their review “Really nice camera, dead easy to use” and rated the Olympus VG-180 5 stars.

Nice Design

A few customers who bought the Olympus VG-180 considered that it was neat. Devongooner wrote on Amazon “It's really small and neat and starts up very quickly” in their review of this digital camera. Ed wrote “So light, fits into shirt pocket neatly”. Janet wrote “Neat and compact, easy to use” in her review of this digital camera.

One Olympus VG-180 owner who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was good looking. Sharon Cana S.cana said in her review “The colour is eye catching and trendy to look at”.

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Good Brand

Olympus compact camera digital cameras have good reviews on average and across all digital cameras Olympus is one of the superior brands.

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Good Video Capture

Some Olympus VG-180 owners who bought this digital camera concluded that it was good for video recording.

Good Product Quality

Some Olympus VG-180 owners wrote in their reviews that it was good quality. Peter rated the Olympus VG-180 as excellent and he wrote in his review of this digital camera “It also takes good quality video with sound”.

Robust

One Olympus VG-180 owner who bought it wrote that it was strong and durable. Cookie said on Amazon “I used to have an Olympus camera which was really sturdy, durable and lasted for 8 years of heavy use”.

Good Quality Lens

Some customers said in their reviews that it had a good zoom. Janet gave it a rating of 5 stars and she said on Amazon two years ago “The zoom is easy to use too”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One customer who bought this digital camera reckoned that it had a good screen. Jilliz rated it as excellent and wrote on Amazon “A nice large screen on the back for easy viewing”.

CCD Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CCD sensor type, which is typical of many cameras of this age and type. 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.

Other digital cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available that you might want to look at include the Coolpix L120 ($299.50), or the Coolpix L320 ($179.99) both from Nikon which has better reviews.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

Alternative cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available which you might want to consider include the Lumix DMC-TS5 ($249.00), or the Lumix DMC-TZ30 ($375.99) both from Panasonic or the Nikon Coolpix L120 ($299.50) which has better reviews.

Cameras with a better memory card type that might also 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 is also higher rated.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the VG-180, the Olympus VG-180 has an image stabiliser.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras with an image stabiliser currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix L120 ($299.50).

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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 comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the VG-180.

It may also be worth considering one of the other cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix L120 ($299.50), or the GE A1455.

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Has Five White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Olympus VG-180 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This Olympus camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Fluorescent", "Sunny" and "Tungsten" are also found on this camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus VG-180 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution which is higher than most similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. Most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. This camera also have a still image resolution of 2048 x 1536 and 3264 x 2448. Across all cameras of this age and type the best still image resolution is 5152 x 3864 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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Five Aspheric Elements

Most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the VG-180 have between 1 and 14 aspheric elements, including the Olympus VG-180 which has five aspheric elements.

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Supports Six ISO Speeds

The Olympus VG-180 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to it. The most commonly supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this camera. The ISO speeds 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 and Auto are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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Supports Three Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Olympus VG-180 is more than most cameras of this age and type. This camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by cameras of this age and type. The camera file systems "DCF" and "DPOF 1.1" 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 similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

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

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture

The average minimum aperture of compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the VG-180 is 3.2. With a minimum aperture of only 2.8, the Olympus VG-180 has a fairly small minimum aperture compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the VG-180.

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14 Reasons Against

Poor Support

A number of customers who purchased the product concluded that it did not have good technical guidance. Amjr said in their review on Amazon “The only issue we had is that there was no user guide included - a simple booklet showing how to find the features would have been useful” although they still scored the product very highly. Fly243 mentioned in their review “Good little camera - arrived promptly and could fault nothing except instruction leaflet very basic” however they rated it 80 out of 100.

Inferior Technical Features

One Olympus VG-180 owner who reviewed the product reckoned that it did not have good features.

Does Not Support Video Recording

The Olympus VG-180 does not support video recording. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years do support video recording.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also support video recording which you might want to look at including the Nikon Coolpix L120 ($299.50), the Samsung WB800F, or the Fujifilm FinePix JX500.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Olympus VG-180 does not support Full HD video. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also do not support Full HD video.

There are a number of alternative 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 is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Olympus VG-180 does not support WiFi connectivity, although it is worth noting that most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the VG-180 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Nikon Coolpix S9500.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the VG-180, the Olympus VG-180 is not 3D compatible.

Cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth considering include 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 were released more than two years ago do not have a GPS. The Olympus VG-180 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS.

It is worth also looking at other digital cameras which also have a GPS including the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the VG-180, the Olympus VG-180 is not waterproof.

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Very Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

Cameras of a comparable spec and age to the VG-180 have maximum camera shutter speeds of between 0.12s and 250s, and the average maximum camera shutter speed is 13s. With a maximum camera shutter speed of only 2 seconds, the Olympus VG-180 has one of the shorter maximum camera shutter speeds amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Olympus VG-180 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this Olympus camera.

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Only Features One Light Metering Mode

The number of light metering modes featured on the Olympus VG-180 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. The most commonly featured light metering mode is Centre-weighted, but this light metering mode is not featured on this Olympus digital camera. The light metering modes Evaluative (Multi-pattern) are also featured on this camera.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

At only 1,600, the Olympus VG-180 has a quite low maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the VG-180. The lowest maximum ISO speed of cameras of a similar spec and age to the VG-180 is 3, the highest is 52,000, and the average maximum ISO speed is 4,500.

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Very Small Internal Memory

At only 16.4 megabytes, the Olympus VG-180 has a fairly small internal memory compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the VG-180. The internal memory of comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the VG-180 range from 8MB to 8.2GB.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Olympus VG-180 has a maximum video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The video resolution of all compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years ranges from 320 x 240 pixels (worst) to 1920 x 1080 pixels (best).

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4 Other reasons to consider the Olympus VG-180

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Olympus released the VG-180.

Average Megapixel Count

The Olympus VG-180 has a fairly standard megapixel count (16 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

There are a number of alternative 16MP digital cameras currently available which you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix F660, or the Olympus Stylus SH-50.

If you would prefer a higher megapixel count then you might also want to consider the Sony DSC-W630 (16.1MP), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 ($249.00) (16.1MP) which is also higher rated.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 5 times zoom factor, the Olympus VG-180 has a fairly average optical zoom compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the VG-180.

There are a number of alternative 5x optical zoom cameras currently available which you might also want to consider including the Sony DSC-W630, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90, or the Canon Powershot A3500 IS ($89.98) which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the Sony DSC-W810 (6x) which is also higher rated.

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Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 2.7 inches, the Olympus VG-180 has a relatively typical screen size compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

We compared this camera to all the other 2.7" screen digital cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony DSC-W630 is also worth considering.

If you want a digital camera with a larger screen size then you might want to look at the Samsung WB50F ($183.99) (3" and higher rated), or the Nikon Coolpix L820 ($284.00) (3" and higher rated).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Aspheric Element
Focusing
Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
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
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
Camera
White Balance Mode
Self-Timer
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Bluetooth
Other Features

User Reviews

(46)
Reviewed 23 June 2015 by Colin Perrott
(Verified Purchase)

Excellent camera, very pleased, thank you.

Reviewed 21 June 2015 by Shippen
(Verified Purchase)

Excellent little camera, not over-complicated to use and producing good quality photos.

Reviewed 29 April 2015 by K Gresham
(Verified Purchase)

Pure magic at the right price and the speed of Amazon's delivery service made my head spin. Well done all involved.

Reviewed 15 April 2015 by Shieldsman
(Verified Purchase)

Rubbish... screen at back broke and was not worth repairing.

Reviewed 6 April 2015 by I. Zaneres | 2 Comments
(Verified Purchase)

Bought this for my wife who is not very Au fait with gadgets, she got on fine, but has after 10 months asked me to print the best of her efforts, but despite many efforts my windows xp fails to... Read more…

Reviewed 17 March 2015 by J. D. N. Sewell "jeremy London"
(Verified Purchase)

Good camera but lasted 2 months before it stopped working, the screen is now blank and i cannot take photos. it must be an internal electronics issue, as i can view photos already taken without... Read more…

Reviewed 12 March 2015 by Mat Snow "Mat Snow"
(Verified Purchase)

Missing battery charge adapter and lead. Not 'like new' at all. Had to return. Very disappointed.

Reviewed 11 February 2015 by Michael Homewood
(Verified Purchase)

Present went down very well.

(Verified Purchase)

Small and handy but take very clear photo's. The zoom isnt brilliant but about what you would expect from a camera this size and this prize.

Reviewed 14 January 2015 by Mrs P Gillyon
(Verified Purchase)

Had to return not up to scratch supplier was very helpfull.

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