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Olympus VG-180 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 16MP 5x Jan 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Good user reviews
Reasonably priced
Good size
46 Reviews

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Reviews

Good User Reviews

Owners have rated this digital camera on average 80%. 26 reviewers gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars.

Olympus Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

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


Packaging Content

Has a Batteries Included

The Olympus VG-180 has a batteries included, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

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Video

Only 640 X 480 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Olympus VG-180 is 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the worst video resolution across all comparable spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

Across similar types of digital camera the best video resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Memory

Very Small Internal Memory

The internal memory of medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera range from 8MB to 8GB, and the average internal memory is 220MB. The Olympus VG-180 has one of the smaller internal memory (only 16.4 megabytes) amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age.

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Display

Quite Small Display Diagonal

Medium megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as this camera have display diagonals of between 2" and 4.8", and the average display diagonal is 2.9". The Olympus VG-180 has one of the smaller display diagonals (only 2.7 inches) amongst similar spec cameras of this age.

We compared this camera to all the other 2.7" screen cameras and we think the Sony DSC-W630, and the GE X5 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Olympus OM-D E-M10 (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The lowest display resolution (numeric) of digital cameras of this age and spec is 230 pixels and the highest is 1,300,000 pixels. With a display resolution (numeric) of only 230,000 pixels, the Olympus VG-180 has one of the lower display resolutions (numeric) amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age.

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Networking

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Olympus VG-180 does not support Wi-Fi, unlike most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age which support Wi-Fi.

There are a number of other cameras which also support Wi-Fi that you might also want to look at including the Samsung 200, or the Fujifilm X-M1 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Feature Bluetooth

The Olympus VG-180 does not feature bluetooth, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago also do not feature bluetooth.

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Features

Inferior Technical Features

One owner who purchased it reckoned that it did not have good features. Amjr wrote on Amazon three years ago “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”.


Support

Poor Support

Two customers thought the product did not have good technical guidance. Fly243 mentioned on Amazon “Good little camera - arrived promptly and could fault nothing except instruction leaflet very basic” in their Olympus VG-180 review.


Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The Olympus VG-180 supports PictBridge, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

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Design

Easy to Use

Nineteen owners who reviewed it thought it was easy to use. Mr. David Simpson said on Amazon “Handy Camera” in his review of this digital camera. Jeff rated it 8 stars and he wrote on Amazon “This arrived in good time is quite easy to use and nice and small for the pocket must buy a card for it very good thanks”. Three years ago Jilliz mentioned “Easy to use and has replaced my previous Olympic camera perfectly”.

Nice Design

Four owners who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was neat. Three years ago Pn from Norfolk said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “It is neat and takes good pictures with a good zoom”. Devongooner said “It's really small and neat and starts up very quickly”. Ed mentioned in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “Superb little camera, so versatile and so light, fits into shirt pocket neatly” and gave it a rating of 7 stars.

One owner who bought it thought it was good looking. Three years ago Sharon Cana S.cana wrote in her review of the Olympus VG-180 “The colour is eye catching and trendy to look at”.

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Robust

One owner who reviewed it thought it was strong and durable. Cookie mentioned in their review of the Olympus VG-180 “I used to have an Olympus camera which was really sturdy, durable and lasted for 8 years of heavy use” .

Good Product Quality

Two people said that the product was good quality. Peter said on Amazon “It also takes good quality video with sound”.


Audio

Features Voice Recording

The Olympus VG-180 features voice recording, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Olympus VG-180 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Lens System

Five Aspheric Elements

The Olympus VG-180 is a five aspheric element digital camera. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera have between 1 and 12 aspheric elements.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture Number

At only 2.8, the Olympus VG-180 has a fairly small minimum aperture number compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec. The average minimum aperture number of medium megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera is 3.4, and the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.7 to 22.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of cameras of this type and age is 18mm and the longest is 1,500mm. With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 130 millimeters, the Olympus VG-180 has one of the shorter maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age.

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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 medium megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 5x optical zoom digital cameras currently available including the Sony DSC-W630 which has better reviews.

Cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth considering include the Nikon D5100 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR (5.8x) which also has a higher rating.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Olympus VG-180 has a built-in flash. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago also have a built-in flash.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a built-in flash and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo ($799.98), and the GE A1455 is also worth considering.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Olympus VG-180 has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Olympus VG-180 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer and we think because of it's better review score, the Nikon L120, and the GE J1455 is also worth considering.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus VG-180 has a higher still image resolution than most medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s), whereas most medium megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This digital camera also have a still image resolution(s) of 2048 x 1536 and 3264 x 2448. Across all digital cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera the best still image resolution is 4928 x 3264 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Good Quality Pictures

Thirteen owners who purchased it mentioned that it was able to produce good images. Margaret Anne rated it 8 stars and she said in her review of the Olympus VG-180 on Amazon “Takes good photos so I am well pleased”. Four years ago Mr. David Simpson gave it a rating of 8 stars and he mentioned “Above all it takes good pictures”. Three years ago Janet wrote “There are various photo options which can be scrolled through at leisure in order to get to know them -”.

Good Video Capture

Two customers agreed that it was good for video recording. Aam wrote in their Olympus VG-180 review “Easy to use and nice pictures and videos”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One customer who reviewed it thought it had a good screen. Three years ago Jilliz mentioned on Amazon “A nice large screen on the back for easy viewing” in their Olympus VG-180 review.

Good Quality Lens

Two customers who reviewed it considered that it had a good zoom. Janet rated the product 7 stars and she mentioned “The zoom is easy to use too” in her review of this digital camera.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Eight owners agreed that it was compact. Margaret Anne wrote in her review of the Olympus VG-180 “Nice and compact”. Shippen mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Excellent compact camera”. Stephen Daniel Shaw scored it 7 stars and he said “Compact easy to use and takes good pics” in his review of this digital camera.

Two owners who bought the product considered that it was thin. Peter he said in his review of this digital camera on Amazon three years ago “Very slim & compact thanks to the small re-chargeable Li-ion battery”. 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 Olympus VG-180 review and scored it 7 stars.

One owner who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was lightweight. Pn from Norfolk said “My concern is that it is made of rather lightweight plastic and definitely needs the protective case which I bought separately”. One owner who reviewed the product wrote that it was heavy and bulky.

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Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

Olympus released the VG-180 in April 2017.

Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00050332185487, 04545350043681, 04545350043698

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