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 Nikon (such as the Coolpix S3700 and the Coolpix S2700) and Olympus (such as the VR-340 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 a slightly wider wide angle lens (26 mm vs 36 mm), 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 2011).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), is significantly larger (compact (104×60×28 mm) vs super compact (95×58×21 mm)), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), doesn't take 3D photos and is thicker (1.1" vs 0.8").

Nikon Coolpix S2700

Nikon Coolpix S2700
similar age
$167

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

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

common strengths of the S2700 and VG-180

  • Inexpensive: $166.87 vs $139.00

Olympus VG-170

Olympus VG-170
1 year older
$203

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

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Takes 3D photos
  • Thinner: 0.9" vs 1.1"

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

  • None found

Olympus VG-160

Olympus VG-160
1 year older
$174

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

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (96×57×19 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 0.7" vs 1.1"

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
  • Inexpensive: $173.99 vs $139.00

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS
2 years older
$275

Significant advantages of the 300 HS (vs the VG-180)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (92×56×20 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs 480p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the 300 HS (vs the VG-180)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 3.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

common strengths of the 300 HS and VG-180

  • None found

Nikon Coolpix S2900

Nikon Coolpix S2900
1 year newer
$85

Significant advantages of the S2900 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (95×59×20 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 0.8" vs 1.1"
  • Lighter: 119 g vs 172 g

Significant disadvantages of the S2900 (vs the VG-180)

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

common strengths of the S2900 and VG-180

  • Inexpensive: $84.99 vs $139.00

Olympus Stylus 840

Olympus Stylus 840
5 years older
$181

Significant advantages of the Stylus 840 (vs the VG-180)

  • Smaller: Compact (96×57×24 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the Stylus 840 (vs the VG-180)

  • Much worse wide angle: 36 mm vs 26 mm
  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the Stylus 840 and VG-180

  • None found

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), creates panoramas in-camera and slightly closer macro focusing (1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm).

However, on average it has a significantly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 460k dots), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED) and is older (january 2013 vs february 2014).

Nikon Coolpix S3700

Nikon Coolpix S3700
1 year newer
$80 - $137

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

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S3700 (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 S3700 and VG-180

  • None found

Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

Canon PowerShot IXUS 145
1 year newer
$163

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

  • None found

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: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

Olympus VR-340

Olympus VR-340
1 year older
$130

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

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

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

Nikon Coolpix S9700

Nikon Coolpix S9700
1 year newer
$267

Significant advantages of the S9700 (vs the VG-180)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Has a GPS
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the S9700 (vs the VG-180)

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

common strengths of the S9700 and VG-180

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

Olympus Stylus SZ-15

Olympus Stylus SZ-15
similar age
$150

Significant advantages of the SZ-15 (vs the VG-180)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the SZ-15 (vs the VG-180)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Worse macro capability: 3.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

common strengths of the SZ-15 and VG-180

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/2.8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1
1 year older
$168

Significant advantages of the DMC-SZ1 (vs the VG-180)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-SZ1 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly worse macro capability: 4.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

common strengths of the DMC-SZ1 and VG-180

  • In-camera panoramas

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 28 mm), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs digital), creates panoramas in-camera, much closer macro focusing (1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm) and is newer (january 2013 vs february 2011).

However, on average it is much larger (compact (104×60×28 mm) vs ultra compact (50×22×54 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).

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800
1 year newer
$88 - $110

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-W800 and VG-180

  • None found

Samsung ST72

Samsung ST72
similar age
$112

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the ST72 and VG-180

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix FH10

Panasonic Lumix FH10
similar age
$150

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the FH10 and VG-180

  • None found

Olympus VG110

Olympus VG-110
2 years older

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the VG110 and VG-180

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SD940 IS

Canon PowerShot SD940 IS
3 years older
$240

Significant advantages of the SD940 IS (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SD940 IS (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the SD940 IS and VG-180

  • None found

Olympus FE-280

Olympus FE-280
5 years older
$85

Significant advantages of the FE-280 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the FE-280 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the FE-280 and VG-180

  • None found

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus VG-180 compared to digicam competitors include: it has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), creates panoramas in-camera and is newer (january 2013 vs january 2012).

However, on average it has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 460k dots) and doesn't take 3D photos.

Olympus VR-360

Olympus VR-360
1 year older

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

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Takes 3D photos

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

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

common strengths of the VR-360 and VG-180

  • None found