As well as being compared against other compacts, the Olympus VG-180 is also often compared to travel zooms, waterproofs and ultra compacts. The Olympus VG-180's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot ELPH 160 and the IXUS 132) and Olympus (such as the VG-170 and the Stylus 840)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus VG-180 compared to other compact competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.2), has a significantly wider wide angle lens (26 mm vs 35 mm), creates panoramas in-camera, significantly closer macro focusing (1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm) and is newer (january 2013 vs february 2008).

However, on average it is slightly larger (compact (104×60×28 mm) vs super compact (97×58×21 mm)), doesn't take 3D photos, is thicker (1.1" vs 0.9"), is slightly heavier (172 g vs 129 g) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel).

Olympus VG-170

Olympus VG-170
1 year older

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

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8

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)

  • Significantly 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

  • None found

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300
5 years older

Significant advantages of the DSC-W300 (vs the VG-180)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 13.4 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W300 (vs the VG-180)

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 26 mm
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

common strengths of the DSC-W300 and VG-180

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8

Nikon Coolpix S2900

Nikon Coolpix S2900
1 year newer
$80

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

  • None found

Olympus Stylus 840

Olympus Stylus 840
5 years older

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
  • 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

Nikon Coolpix S3500

Nikon Coolpix S3500
similar age
$89

Significant advantages of the S3500 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (97×58×21 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly thinner: 0.8" vs 1.1"

Significant disadvantages of the S3500 (vs the VG-180)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.8
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

common strengths of the S3500 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), creates panoramas in-camera and has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 4 seconds).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), is slightly larger (compact (104×60×28 mm) vs super compact (95×54×22 mm)), lacks a built-in HDR feature, users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection) and is older (january 2013 vs february 2014).

Canon PowerShot ELPH 160

Canon PowerShot ELPH 160
1 year newer
$89 - $99

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

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (95×54×22 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 0.9" vs 1.1"

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

  • Worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 26 mm
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Digital
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the ELPH 160 and VG-180

  • Fairly small: Super compact (95×54×22 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Light weight: 127 g vs 172 g
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 1.1"

Kodak PixPro FZ151

Kodak PixPro FZ151
5 months newer
$93

Significant advantages of the FZ151 (vs the VG-180)

  • Better wide angle: 24 mm vs 26 mm
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the FZ151 (vs the VG-180)

  • Much slower max shutter speed: 4 seconds vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the FZ151 and VG-180

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Light weight: 180 g vs 172 g
  • Inexpensive: $92.85 vs $139.00

Canon IXUS 132

Canon IXUS 132
similar age
$129 - $234

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

  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (93×52×22 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 0.9" vs 1.1"

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

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

common strengths of the IXUS 132 and VG-180

  • Fairly small: Super compact (93×52×22 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 1.1"

Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

Canon PowerShot IXUS 145
1 year newer
$165

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

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (95×54×22 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Thinner: 0.9" vs 1.1"

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

  • Fairly small: Super compact (95×54×22 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • Light weight: 127 g vs 172 g

Canon IXUS 165

Canon IXUS 165
1 year newer
$93 - $105

Significant advantages of the IXUS 165 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (95×54×22 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly thinner: 0.9" vs 1.1"

Significant disadvantages of the IXUS 165 (vs the VG-180)

  • Worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 26 mm

common strengths of the IXUS 165 and VG-180

  • Fairly small: Super compact (95×54×22 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Light weight: 128 g vs 172 g
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 1.1"

Olympus VR-340

Olympus VR-340
1 year older
$130

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

  • Better wide angle: 24 mm vs 26 mm
  • 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
  • Fairly small: Compact (104×60×28 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

compared toWaterproof competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus VG-180 compared to waterproof competitors include: it has a significantly wider wide angle lens (26 mm vs 35 mm), has a much larger screen (2.7" vs 1.6"), has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), takes significantly higher resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 1.2 MP) and much closer macro focusing (1.0 cm vs 10.0 cm).

However, on average it doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel) and is not waterproof.

Casio GV-10

Placeholder
11 years older

Significant advantages of the GV-10 (vs the VG-180)

  • Waterproof
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the GV-10 (vs the VG-180)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.6" vs 2.7"
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 26 mm

common strengths of the GV-10 and VG-180

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8

Nikon Coolpix S31

Nikon Coolpix S31
similar age
$127

Significant advantages of the S31 (vs the VG-180)

  • Waterproof

Significant disadvantages of the S31 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

common strengths of the S31 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 significantly closer macro focusing (1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm), is thinner (1.1" vs 2.1") and has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/1500 of a second).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), is much larger (compact (104×60×28 mm) vs ultra compact (50×22×54 mm)), is older (january 2013 vs february 2014) and is slightly heavier (172 g vs 108 g).

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
$179

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