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 VH-510 and the VG-170) and Canon (such as the IXUS 132 and the PowerShot A2300 IS)

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 none), creates panoramas in-camera, significantly closer macro focusing (1.0 cm vs 5.0 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"), is slightly larger (compact (104×60×28 mm) vs super compact (98×56×21 mm)), doesn't take 3D photos and is thicker (1.1" vs 0.8").

Olympus VG-170

Olympus VG-170
1 year older
$138

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

  • Inexpensive: $138.46 vs $88.02

Nikon Coolpix S2700

Nikon Coolpix S2700
similar age
$140

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)
  • 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: $139.99 vs $88.02

Olympus VG-160

Olympus VG-160
1 year older
$110

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
  • Inexpensive: $109.84 vs $88.02

Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

Canon PowerShot A2300 IS
1 year older
$91

Significant advantages of the A2300 IS (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (95×54×20 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Higher resolution movies: 720p @ 25fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Significantly thinner: 0.8" vs 1.1"

Significant disadvantages of the A2300 IS (vs the VG-180)

  • Worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 26 mm
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 3.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

common strengths of the A2300 IS and VG-180

  • Inexpensive: $90.99 vs $88.02

Canon PowerShot A2500

Canon PowerShot A2500
similar age
$180

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

  • Higher resolution movies: 720p @ 25fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (98×56×21 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Thinner: 0.8" vs 1.1"

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

  • Worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 26 mm
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 3.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

common strengths of the A2500 and VG-180

  • None found

Olympus Stylus 840

Olympus Stylus 840
5 years older

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

  • 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/3.2), has a built-in flash, creates panoramas in-camera, slightly closer macro focusing (1.0 cm vs 3.0 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"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 922k dots), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and doesn't take 3D photos.

Olympus VH-510

Olympus VH-510
9 months older
$196

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

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

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

  • No built-in flash
  • Much worse macro capability: 5.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

common strengths of the VH-510 and VG-180

  • In-camera panoramas

Canon IXUS 132

Canon IXUS 132
similar age
$101

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

  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

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: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

Olympus VR-340

Olympus VR-340
1 year older
$326

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

  • Significantly 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

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
1 year newer
$279

Significant advantages of the SX700 HS (vs the VG-180)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 230k dots
  • Higher resolution movies: 1,920 x 1,280 @ 60fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the SX700 HS (vs the VG-180)

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

common strengths of the SX700 HS and VG-180

  • None found

Samsung HZ30W

Samsung HZ30W
3 years older

Significant advantages of the HZ30W (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the HZ30W (vs the VG-180)

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

common strengths of the HZ30W and VG-180

  • None found

Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

Canon PowerShot IXUS 145
1 year newer
$320

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

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus VG-180 compared to ultra compact competitors include: it creates panoramas in-camera, much closer macro focusing (1.0 cm vs 8.0 cm) and is slightly less expensive ($88.02 vs $199.99).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (26 mm vs 25 mm), is significantly larger (compact (104×60×28 mm) vs ultra compact (50×22×54 mm)), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens) and doesn't take 3D photos.

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800
1 year newer
$88

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

Panasonic Lumix FH10

Panasonic Lumix FH10
similar age
$83

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

  • Significantly smaller: Ultra compact (93×55×18 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 FH10 (vs the VG-180)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the FH10 and VG-180

  • Built-in flashes
  • Very good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Inexpensive: $82.98 vs $88.02

Samsung DV300F

Samsung DV300F
1 year older
$353

Significant advantages of the DV300F (vs the VG-180)

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Significantly smaller: Ultra compact (95×57×18 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the DV300F (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the DV300F and VG-180

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

Samsung DV150F

Samsung DV150F
similar age
$200

Significant advantages of the DV150F (vs the VG-180)

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Significantly smaller: Ultra compact (96×55×18 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Higher resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the DV150F (vs the VG-180)

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

common strengths of the DV150F and VG-180

  • Built-in flashes
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Digital
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • In-camera panoramas

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus VG-180 compared to digicam competitors include: it has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), creates panoramas in-camera, much closer macro focusing (1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm), is newer (january 2013 vs august 2007) and is thinner (1.1" vs 2").

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3") and doesn't take 3D photos.

Olympus VR-360

Olympus VR-360
1 year older
$124

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

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

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

  • Inexpensive: $124.46 vs $88.02

Nikon Coolpix S5200

Nikon Coolpix S5200
similar age
$127

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

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

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
  • Inexpensive: $126.95 vs $88.02

Samsung ST ST76

Samsung ST76
1 year older
$117

Significant advantages of the ST76 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the ST76 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the ST76 and VG-180

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Inexpensive: $116.99 vs $88.02

Ricoh HZ15

Ricoh HZ15
7 months newer
$109

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

  • Significantly larger screen: 3" 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: $108.74 vs $88.02

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
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.4" vs 2.7"
  • Much worse macro capability: 5.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

common strengths of the P50 and VG-180

  • Light weight: 210 g vs 172 g