As well as being compared against other compacts, the Olympus VG-180 is also often compared to ultra compacts, travel zooms and pro DSLRs. The Olympus VG-180's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the Coolpix L31 and the Coolpix S3700) and Olympus (such as the VG-160 and the VG-170)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus VG-180 compared to other compact competitors include: it has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs digital), creates panoramas in-camera, significantly closer macro focusing (1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm) and is newer (january 2013 vs february 2012).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), is slightly larger (compact (104×60×28 mm) vs super compact (97×54×22 mm)), doesn't take 3D photos and is thicker (1.1" vs 0.9").

Nikon Coolpix L31

Nikon Coolpix L31
1 year newer
$91 - $96

Significant advantages of the Coolpix L31 (vs the VG-180)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix L31 (vs the VG-180)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Digital
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the Coolpix L31 and VG-180

  • Light weight: 160 g vs 172 g
  • Inexpensive: $90.81 vs $110.00

Olympus VG-160

Olympus VG-160
1 year older
$89

Significant advantages of the VG-160 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (96×57×19 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Higher resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the VG-160 (vs the VG-180)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Digital
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the VG-160 and VG-180

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Light weight: 125 g vs 172 g
  • Inexpensive: $89.00 vs $110.00

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX66

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX66
3 years older

Significant advantages of the DMC-FX66 (vs the VG-180)

  • Higher resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (97×54×22 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FX66 (vs the VG-180)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

common strengths of the DMC-FX66 and VG-180

  • Light weight: 145 g vs 172 g

Olympus VG-170

Olympus VG-170
1 year older
$137

Significant advantages of the VG-170 (vs the VG-180)

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Higher resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the VG-170 (vs the VG-180)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the VG-170 and VG-180

  • Light weight: 147 g vs 172 g
  • Inexpensive: $136.97 vs $110.00

Nikon Coolpix S2700

Nikon Coolpix S2700
similar age
$150

Significant advantages of the S2700 (vs the VG-180)

  • Higher resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (95×58×21 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 0.8" vs 1.1"

Significant disadvantages of the S2700 (vs the VG-180)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

common strengths of the S2700 and VG-180

  • Light weight: 125 g vs 172 g
  • Inexpensive: $149.99 vs $110.00

Nikon Coolpix S3300

Nikon Coolpix S3300
1 year older
$134

Significant advantages of the S3300 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (95×58×19 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Higher resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the S3300 (vs the VG-180)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

common strengths of the S3300 and VG-180

  • Light weight: 128 g vs 172 g
  • Inexpensive: $134.49 vs $110.00

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus VG-180 compared to ultra compact competitors include: it has a slightly wider wide angle lens (26 mm vs 35 mm), creates panoramas in-camera, much closer macro focusing (1.0 cm vs 10.0 cm), is newer (january 2013 vs february 2011) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), is significantly larger (compact (104×60×28 mm) vs ultra compact (50×22×54 mm)), is slightly heavier (172 g vs 105 g) and slightly shorter exposures (4 seconds vs 60 seconds).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1
similar age
$123

Significant advantages of the DMC-XS1 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly smaller: Ultra compact (94×54×18 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Higher resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Better wide angle: 24 mm vs 26 mm

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-XS1 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-XS1 and VG-180

  • Built-in flashes
  • Very good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • In-camera panoramas

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800
1 year newer
$88 - $96

Significant advantages of the DSC-W800 (vs the VG-180)

  • Much smaller: Ultra compact (50×22×54 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Higher resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W800 (vs the VG-180)

  • Much thicker: 2.1" vs 1.1"

common strengths of the DSC-W800 and VG-180

  • Built-in flashes
  • Very good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • In-camera panoramas

Olympus VG110

Olympus VG-110
2 years older
$90

Significant advantages of the VG110 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly smaller: Ultra compact (92×54×20 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 0.8" vs 1.1"
  • Significantly lighter: 105 g vs 172 g

Significant disadvantages of the VG110 (vs the VG-180)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the VG110 and VG-180

  • Built-in flashes
  • Inexpensive: $89.99 vs $110.00

Samsung L201

Samsung L201
4 years older

Significant advantages of the L201 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly smaller: Ultra compact (90×58×19 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly thinner: 0.7" vs 1.1"

Significant disadvantages of the L201 (vs the VG-180)

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 26 mm
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the L201 and VG-180

  • Built-in flashes
  • Very good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus VG-180 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.6) and creates panoramas in-camera.

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 25fps), has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), is slightly larger (compact (104×60×28 mm) vs compact (100×58×23 mm)), is older (january 2013 vs february 2014) and is thicker (1.1" vs 0.9").

Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

Canon PowerShot IXUS 145
1 year newer
$320

Significant advantages of the IXUS 145 (vs the VG-180)

  • Higher resolution movies: 720p @ 25fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (95×54×22 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the IXUS 145 (vs the VG-180)

  • Worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 26 mm
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Digital
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the IXUS 145 and VG-180

  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 1.1"
  • Light weight: 127 g vs 172 g

Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS (IXUS 170)

Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS (IXUS 170)
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS (IXUS 170) (vs the VG-180)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 25fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS (IXUS 170) (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.6 vs f/2.8

common strengths of the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS (IXUS 170) and VG-180

  • Thin: 0.9" vs 1.1"
  • Light weight: 141 g vs 172 g

Nikon Coolpix S3700

Nikon Coolpix S3700
1 year newer
$90 - $117

Significant advantages of the Coolpix S3700 (vs the VG-180)

  • Higher resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (96×58×20 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix S3700 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.7 vs f/2.8

common strengths of the Coolpix S3700 and VG-180

  • Thin: 0.8" vs 1.1"
  • Light weight: 118 g vs 172 g
  • Inexpensive: $89.95 vs $110.00

Olympus VR-370

Olympus VR-370
similar age
$120

Significant advantages of the VR-370 (vs the VG-180)

  • Better wide angle: 24 mm vs 26 mm
  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Higher resolution movies: 720p vs 480p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the VR-370 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the VR-370 and VG-180

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/2.8
  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • In-camera panoramas

Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

Canon PowerShot A4000 IS
1 year older
$136

Significant advantages of the A4000 IS (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Higher resolution movies: 720p @ 25fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Smaller: Compact (95×56×24 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the A4000 IS (vs the VG-180)

  • Worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 26 mm
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the A4000 IS and VG-180

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/2.8
  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 1.1"

Olympus VR-340

Olympus VR-340
1 year older
$148

Significant advantages of the VR-340 (vs the VG-180)

  • Better wide angle: 24 mm vs 26 mm
  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Higher resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the VR-340 (vs the VG-180)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the VR-340 and VG-180

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/2.8
  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • Light weight: 170 g vs 172 g

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus VG-180 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), creates panoramas in-camera, is newer (january 2013 vs september 2009), is much smaller (compact (104×60×28 mm) vs professional size (149×112×78 mm)) and is slightly less expensive ($110.00 vs $1,399.00).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 16,000 ISO).

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
3 years older
$799 - $840 (body only)
$1,099 - $1,138 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the VG-180)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the VG-180)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Much thicker: 2.9" vs 1.1"

common strengths of the 7D and VG-180

  • Fairly small: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 1.1"
  • Inexpensive: $799.00 vs $110.00

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
similar age
$1,399 - $1,699 (body only)
$1,679 - $1,849 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D Mark II (vs the VG-180)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the 7D Mark II (vs the VG-180)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.1"

common strengths of the 7D Mark II and VG-180

  • Inexpensive: $1,399.00 vs $110.00
  • Each has a built-in flash