As well as being compared against other compacts, the Olympus VG-180 is also often compared to ultra compacts, travel zooms, super zooms and digicams. The Olympus VG-180's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the Stylus 840 and the VG-170) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix S2700 and the Coolpix S01)

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 28 mm), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs digital), creates panoramas in-camera, slightly closer macro focusing (1 cm vs 3 cm) and is newer (january, 2013 vs january, 2008).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 25fps), has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3.0"), is slightly larger (compact 104x60x28 mm vs super compact 98x56x21 mm), doesn't take 3D photos and is thicker (1.1" vs 0.8").

Olympus Stylus 840

Olympus Stylus 840
5 years older

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

  • None found

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

  • Much worse wide angle: 36 mm vs 26 mm
  • Significantly 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
arrow Compare the Stylus 840 vs the VG-180

Olympus VG-170

Olympus VG-170
1 year older

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

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.0" vs 2.7"

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
arrow Compare the VG-170 vs the VG-180

Nikon Coolpix S2700

Nikon Coolpix S2700
similar age
$76 - $110

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

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact 94x57x20 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Thinner: 0.8" vs 1.1"
  • Lighter: 125 g vs 172 g

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

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the S2700 and VG-180

  • None found
arrow Compare the Nikon Coolpix S2700 vs the Olympus VG-180

Olympus VG-160

Olympus VG-160
1 year older
$65 - $100

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

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact 96x57x19 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.0" vs 2.7"
  • 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
  • Good macro capabilities: 2 cm vs 1 cm
  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the VG-160 vs the VG-180

Canon PowerShot A2500

Canon PowerShot A2500
similar age
$79 - $126

Significant advantages of the A2500 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact 98x56x21 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Thinner: 0.8" vs 1.1"
  • Lighter: 125 g vs 172 g

Significant disadvantages of the A2500 (vs the VG-180)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the A2500 and VG-180

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot A2500 vs the Olympus VG-180

Olympus VH-210

Olympus VH-210
1 year older

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

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.0" vs 2.7"
  • Smaller: Super compact 100x60x20 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm

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
  • Good macro capabilities: 2 cm vs 1 cm
arrow Compare the VH-210 vs the VG-180

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus VG-180 compared to ultra compact competitors include: it significantly closer macro focusing (1 cm vs 10 cm) and is newer (january, 2013 vs february, 2011).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), is significantly larger (compact 104x60x28 mm vs ultra compact 77x51x17 mm), doesn't have a touch screen, is thicker (1.1" vs 0.7") and is significantly heavier (172 g vs 108 g).

Samsung ST72

Samsung ST72
similar age
$110 - $147

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

  • Significantly smaller: Ultra compact 94x58x18 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.0" vs 2.7"
  • Significantly thinner: 0.7" vs 1.1"

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

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good macro capabilities: 5 cm vs 1 cm
  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the Samsung ST72 vs the Olympus VG-180

Nikon Coolpix S01

Nikon Coolpix S01
5 months older
$118

Significant advantages of the S01 (vs the VG-180)

  • Much smaller: Ultra compact 77x51x17 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly thinner: 0.7" vs 1.1"

Significant disadvantages of the S01 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the S01 and VG-180

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good macro capabilities: 5 cm vs 1 cm
arrow Compare the Nikon Coolpix S01 vs the Olympus VG-180

Nikon Coolpix S3100

Nikon Coolpix S3100
2 years older

Significant advantages of the S3100 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly smaller: Ultra compact 93x57x18 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Significantly thinner: 0.7" vs 1.1"
  • Lighter: 118 g vs 172 g

Significant disadvantages of the S3100 (vs the VG-180)

  • Much worse macro capability: 10 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the S3100 and VG-180

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good image stabilization: Sensor shift vs Sensor shift
  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the Nikon Coolpix S3100 vs the Olympus VG-180

Sony Cybershot W570

Sony Cybershot DSC-W570
1 year older
$153

Significant advantages of the W570 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly smaller: Ultra compact 91x51x19 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Significantly thinner: 0.8" vs 1.1"
  • Significantly lighter: 116 g vs 172 g

Significant disadvantages of the W570 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the W570 and VG-180

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good image stabilization: Lens vs Sensor shift
  • Good macro capabilities: 5 cm vs 1 cm
arrow Compare the Sony Cybershot DSC-W570 vs the Olympus VG-180

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/3.3), has a built-in flash, slightly closer macro focusing (1 cm vs 5 cm) and is newer (january, 2013 vs april, 2012).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p), has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3.0"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 460k dots), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 220 fps) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO).

Olympus VR-340

Olympus VR-340
1 year older
$70

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

  • Significantly larger screen: 3.0" 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/3.0 vs f/2.8
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
arrow Compare the VR-340 vs the VG-180

Panasonic Lumix ZS25

Panasonic Lumix ZS25
similar age
$235 - $295

Significant advantages of the ZS25 (vs the VG-180)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.0" vs 2.7"
  • Takes 3D photos

Significant disadvantages of the ZS25 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the ZS25 and VG-180

  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the Panasonic Lumix ZS25 vs the Olympus VG-180

Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

Sony CyberShot DSC-W730
similar age
$92

Significant advantages of the DSC-W730 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W730 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the DSC-W730 and VG-180

  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the Sony CyberShot DSC-W730 vs the Olympus VG-180

Olympus VH-520

Olympus VH-520
similar age

Significant advantages of the VH-520 (vs the VG-180)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 240fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.0" vs 2.7"
  • Shoots significantly faster: 15 fps vs 1.4 fps

Significant disadvantages of the VH-520 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the VH-520 and VG-180

  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the VH-520 vs the VG-180

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS
similar age
$159 - $229

Significant advantages of the SZ-16 iHS (vs the VG-180)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.0" vs 2.7"
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the SZ-16 iHS (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the SZ-16 iHS and VG-180

  • Wide aperture: f/3.0 vs f/2.8
  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the Stylus SZ-16 iHS vs the VG-180

Olympus VH-510

Olympus VH-510
9 months older
$129 - $140

Significant advantages of the VH-510 (vs the VG-180)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.0" vs 2.7"
  • Takes 3D photos

Significant disadvantages of the VH-510 (vs the VG-180)

  • No built-in flash
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the VH-510 and VG-180

  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the VH-510 vs the VG-180

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus VG-180 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.4), is significantly smaller (compact 104x60x28 mm vs professional size 122x93x100 mm), is thinner (1.1" vs 3.9") and is significantly lighter (172 g vs 523 g).

However, on average it has significantly less zoom (5x vs 40.7x), records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (26 mm vs 22 mm), has a significantly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3.0") and has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 460k dots).

Fujifilm FinePix S6800

Fujifilm FinePix S6800
similar age
$159 - $160

Significant advantages of the S6800 (vs the VG-180)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Records high-speed movies: 480 fps vs None
  • More zoom: 30x vs 5x

Significant disadvantages of the S6800 (vs the VG-180)

  • Much larger: Professional size 122x93x100 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Much thicker: 3.9" vs 1.1"
  • Significantly heavier: 523 g vs 172 g

common strengths of the S6800 and VG-180

  • None found
arrow Compare the Fujifilm FinePix S6800 vs the Olympus VG-180

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS
5 months older
$195 - $280

Significant advantages of the SP-820UZ iHS (vs the VG-180)

  • Much more zoom: 40.7x vs 5x
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.0" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the SP-820UZ iHS (vs the VG-180)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size 117x78x93 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Significantly thicker: 3.7" vs 1.1"

common strengths of the SP-820UZ iHS and VG-180

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 117x78x93 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
arrow Compare the Stylus SP-820UZ iHS vs the VG-180

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus VG-180 compared to digicam competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.3), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), creates panoramas in-camera, is newer (january, 2013 vs january, 2012) and is thinner (1.1" vs 2").

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a significantly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3.0"), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS), lacks a built in HDR feature and doesn't take 3D photos.

Nikon Coolpix S5200

Nikon Coolpix S5200
similar age
$89 - $175

Significant advantages of the S5200 (vs the VG-180)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.0" vs 2.7"
  • Takes 3D photos

Significant disadvantages of the S5200 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8

common strengths of the S5200 and VG-180

  • Light weight: 146 g vs 172 g
arrow Compare the Nikon Coolpix S5200 vs the Olympus VG-180

Olympus VR-360

Olympus VR-360
1 year older
$183

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

  • Significantly larger screen: 3.0" vs 2.7"
  • Takes 3D photos

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

  • None found
arrow Compare the VR-360 vs the VG-180

Olympus VG-145

Olympus VG-145
1 year older

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

  • Significantly larger screen: 3.0" vs 2.7"

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

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the VG-145 and VG-180

  • None found
arrow Compare the VG-145 vs the VG-180

Ricoh HZ15

Ricoh HZ15
7 months newer
$146

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

  • Significantly 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

  • None found
arrow Compare the Ricoh HZ15 vs the Olympus VG-180