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Olympus VH-520 Digital Camera

14MP 10x CMOS Mar 2013
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
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Expert Reviews Are Good

This Olympus camera received a rating of 80% from expert review site agdlab.pl. It seems that experts are not that keen on this camera.

Olympus Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

We checked 1,704 expert and user reviews for Olympus cameras and found that on average Olympus has good ratings. We also found that Olympus has good ratings specifically within its compact camera digital cameras range.

Good Quality Pictures

One customer reckoned that the Olympus VH-520 was able to produce good images. Kemblesteve wrote last year “Very small, great still photos and average video.” in their Olympus VH-520 review.

SD Memory Card

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

There are a number of alternative digital cameras that support an SDHC|SDXC memory currently available which you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Samsung WB200F[plb_2071998_price].

Digital cameras with a better memory card type that might also be worth considering include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35[plb_1974789_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Sigma DP3 Merrill[plb_1904405_price] (MMC|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Unlike most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the VH-520 which do not support Full HD video, the Olympus VH-520 supports Full HD video.

It may also be worth considering one of the other cameras which support Full HD video currently available including the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price], or the Nikon Coolpix S9500[plb_1721861_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Olympus VH-520 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Olympus VH-520 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Supports One Audio Format

The number of audio formats supported by the Olympus VH-520 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. The most commonly supported audio format is WAV, but this audio format is not supported by this Olympus digital camera. The audio formats PCM are also supported by this camera.

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4288 X 3216 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus VH-520 has a higher still image resolution than most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This camera has a 4288 x 3216 still image resolution, whereas most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. In addition, this digital camera have a still image resolution of 2048 x 1536 and 3264 x 2448. The still image resolution of all compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the VH-520 ranges from 640 x 360 (worst) to 5152 x 3864 (best).

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Has Three White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Olympus VH-520 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. The most commonly found white balance mode is Auto, but this white balance mode is not found on this Olympus camera. The white balance modes Fluorescent, Sunny and Tungsten are also found on this Olympus digital camera.

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2 USB Version

This camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Olympus VH-520 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best video resolution amongst all compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

The worst video resolution across similar types of camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Olympus VH-520 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the VH-520. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this digital camera. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the VH-520.

The worst supported video resolution across comparable types of digital camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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

This digital camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Features One Light Metering Mode

The number of light metering modes featured on the Olympus VH-520 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. The most frequently featured light metering mode is Centre-weighted, but this light metering mode is not featured on this camera. The light metering modes Spot are also featured on this Olympus camera.

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Supports Two Camera File Systems

The Olympus VH-520 has a greater number of camera file systems than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by cameras of this type and age. The camera file system "DPOF 1.1" is also supported by this Olympus digital camera.

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TFT Display

The Olympus VH-520 has a better display than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera has a TFT display, whereas most cameras that are a similar 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 cameras of this age and type the best display is AMOLED and the worst is LCD.

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Quite Small Minimum ISO Speed

The smallest minimum ISO speed of compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the VH-520 is 10 and the biggest is 800. With a minimum ISO speed of only 80, the Olympus VH-520 has a quite small minimum ISO speed compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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10 Reasons Against

Quite Small Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of cameras that came out more than two years ago is 10x, and the digital zooms range from 1x to 810x. When compared to other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago, the Olympus VH-520's digital zoom of only 2 times zoom factor is one of the smallest.

There are a number of alternative 2x digital zoom digital cameras currently available which you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix S5100[plb_1308_price].

If you want a camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60[plb_2145753_price] (4x) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The Olympus VH-520 does not support video recording, unlike most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also support video recording including the Fujifilm FinePix X100S[plb_1609683_price].

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the VH-520 do not support WiFi connectivity. The Olympus VH-520 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the VH-520, the Olympus VH-520 is not 3D compatible.

If you want a camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to consider the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS[plb_66875_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P7700[plb_1714924_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Olympus VH-520 does not have a GPS, although keep in mind that most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the VH-520 also do not have a GPS.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also have a GPS which you might want to consider including the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS[plb_1565812_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years, the Olympus VH-520 is not waterproof.

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Quite Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

The Olympus VH-520 has one of the shorter maximum camera shutter speeds (only 2 seconds) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age. The shortest maximum camera shutter speed of compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the VH-520 is 0.12s and the longest is 250s.

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Only Features Three Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Olympus VH-520 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the VH-520. The flash modes "Flash off" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this Olympus digital camera.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modes

The Olympus VH-520 has a greater number of shooting modes than most comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. This camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most commonly found shooting mode found on cameras of this age and spec. The shooting modes "Movie" and "Scene" are also found on this digital camera.

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Only Features Three Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Olympus VH-520 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This camera features a Face detection auto focus, which is the most commonly featured auto focus featured on cameras of a similar spec and age to the VH-520. The auto focus "Contrast Detection Auto Focus" and "Spot Auto Focus" are also featured on this Olympus digital camera.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Olympus VH-520

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this camera was released.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the Olympus VH-520 has a pretty typical screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

There are a number of other 3" screen digital cameras currently available which you might also want to consider including the Sony DSC-RX1R[plb_1611587_price] which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a digital camera with a larger screen size then you might want to consider the Nikon Coolpix P520[plb_2085254_price] (3.2") which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 10 times zoom factor, the Olympus VH-520 has a pretty average optical zoom compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the VH-520.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 10x optical zoom cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Samsung ST200F[plb_1682904_price] is also worth considering.

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8[plb_2232116_price] (12x) which also has a higher rating.

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This digital camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Average Megapixel Count

The Olympus VH-520 has a fairly standard megapixel count (14 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

If this camera megapixel count is too low for you then you might want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3[plb_2003627_price] (14.1MP), or the Samsung WB200F[plb_2071998_price] (14.2MP) which is also higher rated.

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MOS Sensor Type

The Olympus VH-520 has a MOS sensor type which is better than the CCD sensor type found on most compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price], or the Nikon Coolpix S9400[plb_1873860_price] which has better reviews.

Digital cameras with a better sensor type that might be worth considering include the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo[plb_1829795_price] (CCD) which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
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
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
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
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting 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
Packaging Content
Other Features

Expert Reviews

(2)
1 January 2005

With slightly smaller dimensions than the previous D-510 model...

10 March 2014

Jaki aparat do 1000 z? wybra?? Jaki kompakt b?dzie najlepszy na wakacje?Wspó?czesne aparaty kompaktowe to co? znacznie wi?cej ni? tylko zwyk?e cyfrowe...

User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 1 April 2015 by KembleSteve
(Verified Purchase)

Very small, great still photos and average video, but great for what it is.
I bought it for the slo-mo function, but while I would like more resolution, it still works well and for the money... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers olympus 10, olympus 10f, olympus 10fa, olympus 10fac, olympus 10fach, olympus v108060wu000, olympus 4545350043513
Barcodes 00050332185272, 00050332185326, 04545350043483, 04545350043490, 04545350043506, 04545350043513, 04545350043520, 04545350043537
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