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Olympus VG-150 Digital Camera

12MP 4x CCD Jan 2012
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
- 4x wide optical zoom - Advanced Face Detection - 12 Megapixel CCD Even for an entry-level model, the super-slender Olympus VG-150 offers outstanding value for money. Like all Olympus cameras,... More
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16 Reasons For

Olympus Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

Olympus compact cameras have good ratings on average and across all digital cameras Olympus is one of the better rated manufacturers.

Good Quality Lens

One customer thought the product had a good lens.

Good Technical Features

One customer wrote in their reviews that the Olympus VG-150 had good features. Expert website Techmagnifier.com said five years ago “It features a fast lens, 5x optical zoom, 14 Megapixel, face-detection”.

Good Quality Pictures

One customer who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good picture resolution. Techmagnifier.com wrote “Comes with effective 14 Mega Pixels”.

Good Size

One person who purchased it concluded that it was compact. Expert website Techmagnifier.com said “A TFT Color LCD display, all in a compact package” nonetheless they only gave this digital camera a score of 60 out of 100.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One Olympus VG-150 reviewer who bought it concluded that it had a good screen.

CCD Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CCD sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. 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 think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available including because of it's better review score, the Samsung 90[plb_1216_price], the Sony DSC-W630[plb_1873640_price], or the Panasonic DMC-FS40EF-Y[plb_1786919_price].

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC compatible memory cards, which is the most frequently supported compatible memory cards on similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

Cameras with a better memory card type that might be worth looking at include the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC), the Sony DSC-W800[plb_2163797_price] (MicroSD (TransFlash)|MicroSDHC|MicroSDXC|MS Duo|MS Micro (M2)|MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Canon IXUS 265 HS[plb_2110773_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Olympus VG-150 supports video capability, which is unusual. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago do not support video capability.

Other cameras which support video capability currently available that you might also want to look at include the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], the Fujifilm FinePix JZ 200[plb_1520169_price], or the Canon IXUS 130[plb_1644860_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Olympus VG-150 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also have an image stabilizer.

We compared all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer to this digital camera and we think the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the GE J1250[plb_1773000_price], and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ36[plb_1725803_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Olympus VG-150 has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the VG-150 also have a built-in flash.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the D300s[pl_994_price], or the 3200[pl_1729050_price] both from Nikon or the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo[plb_1829795_price] which has better reviews.

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Features Four Flash Modess

The Olympus VG-150 has a greater number of flash modes than most cameras of this type and age. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the VG-150. The flash modess "Fill-in", "Flash off" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this Olympus digital camera.

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Has Four White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Olympus VG-150 is more than most digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on compact cameras that are a similar age to the VG-150. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight" and "Fluorescent" are also found on this digital camera.

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TFT Display

The Olympus VG-150 has a better display than most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera has a TFT display, whereas most similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time 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 cameras that were released more than two years ago the best display is AMOLED and the worst is LCD.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is typical of many compact cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The number of audio formats supported by the Olympus VG-150 is more than most cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This Olympus digital camera supports a WAV audio formats supported, which is the most frequently supported audio formats supported supported by compact cameras that were released around the same time as the VG-150.

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18 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

This camera received a score of 60% from digital camera expert review site techmagnifier.com. If all the digital cameras that were released more than two years ago are ranked by average expert review score then this compact camera digital camera is in the bottom 10%.

Very Small Optical Zoom

At only 4 times zoom factor, the Olympus VG-150 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. The smallest optical zoom of compact cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the VG-150 is 3x and the biggest is 63x.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 4x optical zoom digital cameras and we think the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the Rollei Sportsline 99[plb_173046_price], and the Canon 105[plb_377573_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the DMC-TS5[pl_1900903_price] (4.6x), or the DMC-FT4[pl_1353102_price] (4.6x) both from Panasonic or the Nikon Coolpix P310[plb_2119209_price] (4.2x) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Low Megapixel

Across all the cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the VG-150 the megapixels range from 0.3MP to 46MP, and the average megapixel is 14MP. With a megapixel of only 12 megapixels, the Olympus VG-150 has one of the lower megapixels amongst compact cameras of this age.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 12MP digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the Nikon Coolpix S2500[plb_50841_price], or the Samsung 690[plb_1280674_price].

If you want a higher megapixel then you might want to consider the IXUS 230 HS[pl_1504252_price] (12.1MP), or the PowerShot SX270 HS[pl_1496416_price] (12.1MP) both from Canon or the Vivitar T135[plb_1838910_price] (12.1MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Olympus VG-150 does not support Full HD video. Most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago also do not support Full HD video.

It is worth considering alternative digital cameras which also support Full HD video including the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the Nikon 9500[plb_1721861_price], or the Sony KHX20BBGSFDI[plb_1543754_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago, the Olympus VG-150 does not support wi-Fi.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a wi-Fi and we think the ST200[pl_378406_price], the Galaxy Camera EK-GC110[pl_2083466_price], or the SAMSUNG WB150F[pl_1682907_price] all from Samsung which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not 3D

The Olympus VG-150 is not 3D, although this is within the context that most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as the VG-150 are also not 3D.

If you want a camera that is 3D then you might want to consider the Olympus VR-360[plb_362476_price], the Vivitar T135[plb_1838910_price], or the Nikon 9500[plb_1721861_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Olympus VG-150 does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also do not have a GPS (satellite).

There are a number of other cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) which you might also want to consider including the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price], the Sony DSC-HX10V/R[plb_1543755_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40[plb_2046319_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The Olympus VG-150 is not waterproof. Most of the other compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago are also not waterproof.

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Very Small Combined Zoom

The smallest combined zoom of digital cameras of a similar type and age to the VG-150 is 3x and the biggest is 1,600x. With a combined zoom of only 16 times zoom factor, the Olympus VG-150 has a fairly small combined zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to the VG-150.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modess

The Olympus VG-150 has a greater number of shooting modes than most cameras of this age and spec. This camera has an Auto shooting modes, which is the most frequently found shooting modes found on cameras of this spec and age. The shooting modess "Movie" and "Program" are also found on this Olympus digital camera.

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Very Few Total Megapixels

Digital cameras of this age and spec have total megapixelss of between 10MP and 48MP. The Olympus VG-150 has a fairly few total megapixels (only 12.7 megapixels) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Low ISO Sensitivity (max)

The ISO sensitivity (max)s of cameras of a comparable age and type to the VG-150 range from 3 to 26,000. At only 1,600, the Olympus VG-150 has a quite low ISO sensitivity (max) compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the VG-150.

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Very Small Internal Memory

The Olympus VG-150 has one of the smaller internal memorys (only 18 megabytes) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age. Compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the VG-150 have internal memorys of between 6.9MB and 8.2GB.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At only 108 millimeters, the Olympus VG-150 has a fairly short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age. Digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the VG-150 have maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of between 18mm and 1,000mm.

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Only 3968 X 2976 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Olympus VG-150 has a 3968 x 2976 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most digital cameras of this type and age. Most cameras of this type and age have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution. The worst image resolution of all cameras that have been around for around the same time as the VG-150 is 2592 x 1944 pixels and the best is 5152 x 3864 pixels.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Olympus VG-150 has a maximum video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution. The worst video resolution of all cameras of this type and age is 320 x 240 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The average display resolution (numeric) of cameras of this age and type is 450,000 pixels, and the display resolution (numeric)s range from 230 pixels to 16,000,000 pixels. At only 230,000 pixels, the Olympus VG-150 has a quite low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the VG-150.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The number of supported image formats on the Olympus VG-150 is more than most digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the VG-150.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Olympus VG-150

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was over five years ago when Olympus released the VG-150.

Average Digital Zoom

The Olympus VG-150 has a fairly standard digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been available for more than two years.

There are a number of other 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available which you might also want to consider including the IXUS 125 HS[pl_1329985_price], the PowerShot ELPH 220 HS[pl_987590_price], or the PowerShot SX220 HS[pl_1206_price] all from Canon which has better reviews.

If you want a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to consider the G3WP[pl_1772968_price] (4.5x), or the G5WP[pl_1772971_price] (4.5x) both from GE or the Canon 500[plb_1539093_price] (4.1x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Display Diagonal

At 2.7 inches, the Olympus VG-150 has a fairly typical display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 2.7" screen cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Casio Exilim EX-ZS5[plb_406570_price], the Fujifilm Z110[plb_383750_price], or the Canon 105[plb_377573_price].

If you would prefer a camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the PowerShot N2[pl_2697704_price] (2.8"), or the PowerShot N[pl_1478196_price] (2.8") both from Canon or the Fujifilm FinePix x100 Classic Kit[plb_1609683_price] (2.8") which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Type
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Combined Zoom
Number of Aspheric Elements
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Super Macro Focusing Range
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Focus
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
Camera
GPS (satellite)
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Self-Timer Delay
Image Editing
Camera File System
Camera Playback
Brightness Adjustment
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Hand Strap
Networking
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Date Imprinting
Dimensions (WxDxH)
Camera Shutter Speed

Expert Reviews

(1)
24 July 2012

After going through the Olympus VG-150 Review, it can be said that this camera is not that perfect but it is an average camera, which is available at cost-effective prices. Besides, this camera...

Comes with effective 14 Mega Pixels
Sports a display of 3 inches TFT color LCD
Optical zoom of 5x
Digital zoom of 20x
MPE 4 AVCH.264 movie recording with sound
Problem in facedetection feature
Slippery finger grip
No image stabilization

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers vg150zwa, vg150zil
Barcodes 00050332182608, 03610170636229, 03610170826460, 04017386010116, 04017386421608, 04545350040079, 04545350040147, 05052415204561, 08432932006614, 08432932006621
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