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Olympus VG-170 Digital Camera

$96.09
Compact Camera 14MP 5x Nov 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Poor expert reviews
Does not have a GPS (satellite)
Does not support Wi-Fi
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Reviews

Good Brand

Based on 4,447 expert and owner reviews (including 623 verified purchases), Olympus has good ratings for its digital cameras. Olympus also has good ratings specifically within its medium megapixel digital cameras range. 88% of those that bought a Olympus camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Poor Expert Reviews

This camera received an expert rating of 60% from parentesis.com. Camera experts don't rate this Olympus digital camera very highly.


Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Olympus VG-170 supports video capability, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

It may also be worth considering one of the other cameras which support video capability currently available including the SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, or the DSC-WX80 both from Sony 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 medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

There are a number of other cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to consider including the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, the Casio EX-ZR1000, or the Nikon 3200 ($69.99) which has better reviews.

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Features Date Imprinting

The Olympus VG-170 features date imprinting, as do most of the other digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Olympus VG-170 has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Olympus VG-170 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also have an image stabilizer.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including the Nikon L120, the GE E1450W, or the Casio EX-ZR700 which has better reviews.

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Only 4288 X 3216 Pixels Image Resolution

The Olympus VG-170 has a 4288 x 3216 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution found on most digital cameras of this spec and age.

This camera's image resolution (4288 x 3216 pixels) is actually the worst image resolution across all digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera.

A 4928 x 3264 pixels maximum image resolution is the best image resolution across comparable types of camera.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The Olympus VG-170 features voice recording, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Olympus VG-170 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years also have a built-in microphone.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The Olympus VG-170 supports PictBridge. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera also support PictBridge.

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Lens System

Quite Small Minimum Aperture Number

At only 2.8, the Olympus VG-170 has a quite small minimum aperture number compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. The minimum aperture numbers of similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera range from 1.7 to 22, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.4.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Across all the medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this digital camera the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 18mm to 1,500mm. With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 130 millimeters, the Olympus VG-170 has a quite short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Olympus VG-170 has a pretty standard digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 4x digital zoom cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the L120, or the L31 both from Nikon or the Canon SX150 IS.

If you want a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the 200F (5x and higher rated), or the 150F (5x and higher rated) both from Samsung or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 (5x and higher rated).

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Average Optical Zoom

At 5 times zoom factor, the Olympus VG-170 has a pretty average optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

We compared this camera to all the other 5x optical zoom cameras and we think the L31, and the S3100 both from Nikon or the Canon A3300 IS which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the D5100 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR (5.8x), the S3300 (6x), or the Coolpix S2750 (6x) all from Nikon which also has a higher rating.

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Camera

Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera, the Olympus VG-170 does not have a GPS (satellite).

Alternative cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) that you might want to look at include the Samsung 200, the Canon 140, or the Panasonic DMC-TZ30EF-W ($375.99) which is also higher rated.

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Networking

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Olympus VG-170 does not support Wi-Fi. Most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this camera do support Wi-Fi.

It is worth considering alternative cameras which also support Wi-Fi including the Samsung 200, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5, or the Fujifilm X-A1.

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Does Not Feature Bluetooth

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera, the Olympus VG-170 does not feature bluetooth.

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Video

Only 640 X 480 Pixels Video Resolution

The Olympus VG-170 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.

This camera's video resolution (640 x 480 pixels) is in fact the worst video resolution amongst all medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is the best video resolution amongst similar types of camera.

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Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

This medium megapixel camera has been on the market since April 2017.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

The Olympus VG-170 has a pretty typical display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

There are a number of other 3" screen digital cameras currently available which you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, the Nikon L120, or the Canon SX150 IS.

If you want a digital camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the 240 HS (3.2"), or the ELPH 320 HS (3.2") both from Canon or the Nikon Df ($1,995.95) (3.2") which also has a higher rating.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00050332182073, 03610170635857, 03610170728344, 03610170779742, 04017386754706, 04545350039349, 04545350039356, 04545350039363, 08432932006638, 08432932006645, 08432932006652

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