As well as being compared against other compacts, the Olympus VG-180 is also often compared to travel zooms, ultra compacts and digicams. The Olympus VG-180's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the VG-160 and the VG-170) and Canon (such as the PowerShot IXUS 145 and the IXUS 132)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus VG-180 compared to other compact competitors include: it has a slightly wider wide angle lens (26 mm vs 35 mm), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), creates panoramas in-camera, significantly closer macro focusing (1 cm vs 10 cm) and is newer (january, 2013 vs january, 2010).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3.0"), is slightly larger (compact 104x60x28 mm vs super compact 99x59x20 mm), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't take 3D photos.

Olympus VG-160

Olympus VG-160
1 year older
$93

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

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact 96x57x19 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Significantly thinner: 0.7" vs 1.1"

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

  • None found

common strengths of the VG-160 and VG-180

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Inexpensive: $93.15 vs $60.99

Olympus VG-170

Olympus VG-170
1 year older
$87

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

  • Takes 3D photos

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

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

common strengths of the VG-170 and VG-180

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Inexpensive: $87.00 vs $60.99

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3
3 years older
$166

Significant advantages of the DMC-FP3 (vs the VG-180)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly smaller: Super compact 99x59x19 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Significantly thinner: 0.7" vs 1.1"

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FP3 (vs the VG-180)

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 26 mm
  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • Much worse macro capability: 10 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the DMC-FP3 and VG-180

  • None found

Olympus VH-210

Olympus VH-210
1 year older
$132

Significant advantages of the VH-210 (vs the VG-180)

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Smaller: Super compact 100x60x20 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Significantly thinner: 0.8" vs 1.1"

Significant disadvantages of the VH-210 (vs the VG-180)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the VH-210 and VG-180

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Inexpensive: $131.57 vs $60.99

Samsung TL205

Samsung TL205
3 years older
$109

Significant advantages of the TL205 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact 99x59x20 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Significantly thinner: 0.8" vs 1.1"

Significant disadvantages of the TL205 (vs the VG-180)

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 26 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift
  • Much worse macro capability: 10 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the TL205 and VG-180

  • Inexpensive: $108.99 vs $60.99

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710
similar age
$109

Significant advantages of the DSC-W710 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact 97x55x20 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Significantly thinner: 0.8" vs 1.1"
  • Lighter: 114 g vs 172 g

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W710 (vs the VG-180)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the DSC-W710 and VG-180

  • Inexpensive: $108.88 vs $60.99

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/3.7) and creates panoramas in-camera.

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), is slightly larger (compact 104x60x28 mm vs super compact 95x54x22 mm), users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection), is older (january, 2013 vs january, 2014) and is thicker (1.1" vs 0.9").

Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

Canon PowerShot IXUS 145
1 year newer
$172

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

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact 95x54x22 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Thinner: 0.9" vs 1.1"

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

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the IXUS 145 and VG-180

  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm

Canon IXUS 132

Canon IXUS 132
similar age
$101 - $119

Significant advantages of the IXUS 132 (vs the VG-180)

  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Significantly smaller: Super compact 92x52x21 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Thinner: 0.9" vs 1.1"

Significant disadvantages of the IXUS 132 (vs the VG-180)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the IXUS 132 and VG-180

  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
  • Inexpensive: $101.37 vs $60.99

Olympus VR-370

Olympus VR-370
similar age
$90

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the VR-370 and VG-180

  • Wide aperture: f/3.0 vs f/2.8
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
  • In-camera panoramas

Nikon Coolpix S3600

Nikon Coolpix S3600
1 year newer
$70

Significant advantages of the S3600 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact 97x57x19 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Significantly thinner: 0.8" vs 1.1"

Significant disadvantages of the S3600 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.7 vs f/2.8
  • Slower max shutter speed: 1/1500 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the S3600 and VG-180

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Inexpensive: $69.95 vs $60.99

Olympus VR-340

Olympus VR-340
1 year older
$129

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

  • None found

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/3.0 vs f/2.8
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
  • Inexpensive: $128.79 vs $60.99

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS
1 year newer
$156 - $180

Significant advantages of the SX600 HS (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly more zoom: 18x vs 5x
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the SX600 HS (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.8 vs f/2.8
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the SX600 HS and VG-180

  • None found

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus VG-180 compared to ultra compact competitors include: it has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs digital), creates panoramas in-camera, significantly closer macro focusing (1 cm vs 5 cm), is newer (january, 2013 vs january, 2012) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second).

However, on average it is significantly larger (compact 104x60x28 mm vs ultra compact 50x22x54 mm), is thicker (1.1" vs 0.8"), is slightly heavier (172 g vs 108 g) and slightly shorter exposures (4 seconds vs 60 seconds).

Samsung ST72

Samsung ST72
similar age
$109

Significant advantages of the ST72 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly smaller: Ultra compact 94x58x18 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Significantly thinner: 0.7" vs 1.1"
  • Significantly lighter: 108 g vs 172 g

Significant disadvantages of the ST72 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the ST72 and VG-180

  • Built-in flashes
  • Good macro capabilities: 5 cm vs 1 cm
  • In-camera panoramas

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800
1 year newer
$78

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

  • Much smaller: Ultra compact 50x22x54 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm

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

  • Much thicker: 2.1" vs 1.1"
  • Slower max shutter speed: 1/1500 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the DSC-W800 and VG-180

  • Built-in flashes
  • Good image stabilization: Lens vs Sensor shift
  • In-camera panoramas

Olympus VG110

Olympus VG-110
2 years older
$83

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

  • Significantly smaller: Ultra compact 92x54x19 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 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 Sensor shift
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the VG110 and VG-180

  • Built-in flashes
  • Good macro capabilities: 5 cm vs 1 cm
  • Inexpensive: $82.58 vs $60.99

Panasonic Lumix FH10

Panasonic Lumix FH10
similar age
$100

Significant advantages of the FH10 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly smaller: Ultra compact 93x55x18 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Significantly thinner: 0.7" vs 1.1"
  • Significantly lighter: 100 g vs 172 g

Significant disadvantages of the FH10 (vs the VG-180)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the FH10 and VG-180

  • Built-in flashes
  • Good image stabilization: Lens vs Sensor shift
  • Inexpensive: $99.99 vs $60.99

Olympus VG-150

Olympus VG-150
1 year older
$70

Significant advantages of the VG-150 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly smaller: Ultra compact 92x54x19 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Significantly thinner: 0.8" vs 1.1"
  • Significantly lighter: 105 g vs 172 g

Significant disadvantages of the VG-150 (vs the VG-180)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the VG-150 and VG-180

  • Built-in flashes
  • Good macro capabilities: 5 cm vs 1 cm
  • Inexpensive: $69.99 vs $60.99

Sony Cybershot DSC-W530

Sony Cybershot W530
1 year older
$173

Significant advantages of the DSC-W530 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly smaller: Ultra compact 92x52x19 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Significantly thinner: 0.8" vs 1.1"
  • Lighter: 113 g vs 172 g

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W530 (vs the VG-180)

  • Worse macro capability: 4 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the DSC-W530 and VG-180

  • Built-in flashes
  • Good image stabilization: Lens vs Sensor shift
  • Excellent macro capabilities: 4 cm vs 1 cm

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus VG-180 compared to digicam competitors include: it has a slightly wider wide angle lens (26 mm vs 35 mm), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), takes slightly higher resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 8.6 MP), creates panoramas in-camera and slightly closer macro focusing (1 cm vs 5 cm).

However, on average it doesn't take 3D photos, doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel) and doesn't support an external flash.

Olympus VR-360

Olympus VR-360
1 year older
$117

Significant advantages of the VR-360 (vs the VG-180)

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Larger screen: 3.0" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the VR-360 (vs the VG-180)

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

common strengths of the VR-360 and VG-180

  • Inexpensive: $116.68 vs $60.99

Ricoh HZ15

Ricoh HZ15
7 months newer
$99

Significant advantages of the HZ15 (vs the VG-180)

  • Larger screen: 3.0" vs 2.7"
  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the HZ15 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the HZ15 and VG-180

  • Inexpensive: $99.25 vs $60.99

Canon PowerShot A550

Canon PowerShot A550
6 years older
$438

Significant advantages of the A550 (vs the VG-180)

  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the A550 (vs the VG-180)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift
  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 26 mm
  • Much smaller screen: 2.0" vs 2.7"

common strengths of the A550 and VG-180

  • Wide aperture: f/2.6 vs f/2.8

Canon PowerShot A640

Canon PowerShot A640
6 years older
$650

Significant advantages of the A640 (vs the VG-180)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Supports an external flash
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the A640 (vs the VG-180)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift
  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 26 mm
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the A640 and VG-180

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm

Nikon Coolpix P50

Nikon Coolpix P50
5 years older

Significant advantages of the P50 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the P50 (vs the VG-180)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Smaller screen: 2.4" vs 2.7"

common strengths of the P50 and VG-180

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8