As well as being compared against other compacts, the Olympus VG-180 is also often compared to travel zooms, ultra compacts, super zooms, pro digicams, entry-level DSLRs and digicams. The Olympus VG-180's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the VG-140 and the Stylus SH-1) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix L810 and the Coolpix P310)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus VG-180 compared to other compact competitors include: it has a significantly wider wide angle lens (26 mm vs 35 mm), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs digital), creates panoramas in-camera, slightly closer macro focusing (1.0 cm vs 7.0 cm) and is newer (january 2013 vs february 2009).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 24fps), has a significantly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), is slightly larger (compact (104×60×28 mm) vs compact (104×63×22 mm)), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Olympus VG-140

Olympus VG-140
1 year older

Significant advantages of the VG-140 (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: 0.8" vs 1.1"

Significant disadvantages of the VG-140 (vs the VG-180)

  • Much worse macro capability: 7.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Digital
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the VG-140 and VG-180

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • In-camera panoramas

Canon ELPH 100 HS

Canon ELPH 100 HS
2 years older
$175

Significant advantages of the 100 HS (vs the VG-180)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs 480p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the 100 HS (vs the VG-180)

  • Worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 26 mm
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/1500 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the 100 HS and VG-180

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8

Nikon Coolpix P310

Nikon Coolpix P310
1 year older
$299

Significant advantages of the P310 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the P310 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the P310 and VG-180

  • Wide aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8
  • In-camera panoramas

Olympus VG-170

Olympus VG-170
1 year older
$150

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

Canon PowerShot A1100 IS

Canon PowerShot A1100 IS
4 years older
$450

Significant advantages of the A1100 IS (vs the VG-180)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the A1100 IS (vs the VG-180)

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 26 mm
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the A1100 IS and VG-180

  • Wide aperture: f/2.7 vs f/2.8

Canon PowerShot A2000 IS

Canon PowerShot A2000 IS
4 years older

Significant advantages of the A2000 IS (vs the VG-180)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the A2000 IS (vs the VG-180)

  • Much worse wide angle: 36 mm vs 26 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the A2000 IS and VG-180

  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

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

However, on average it has a slightly 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), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and lacks a built-in HDR feature.

Olympus Stylus SH-1

Olympus Stylus SH-1
1 year newer
$224

Significant advantages of the SH-1 (vs the VG-180)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the SH-1 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the SH-1 and VG-180

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/2.8
  • In-camera panoramas

Canon PowerShot ELPH 160

Canon PowerShot ELPH 160
1 year newer
$85 - $99

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the ELPH 160 and VG-180

  • None found

Canon IXUS 165

Canon IXUS 165
1 year newer
$95

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the IXUS 165 and VG-180

  • None found

Nikon Coolpix S9900

Nikon Coolpix S9900
2 years newer
$249

Significant advantages of the S9900 (vs the VG-180)

  • Has a GPS
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the S9900 (vs the VG-180)

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

common strengths of the S9900 and VG-180

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25
2 years older
$313

Significant advantages of the DMC-FH25 (vs the VG-180)

  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 4 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FH25 (vs the VG-180)

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

common strengths of the DMC-FH25 and VG-180

  • None found

Olympus VR-340

Olympus VR-340
1 year older
$110

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

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 none), creates panoramas in-camera, significantly closer macro focusing (1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm) and is newer (january 2013 vs january 2012).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/2.5), has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), is significantly larger (compact (104×60×28 mm) vs ultra compact (94×58×18 mm)), is thicker (1.1" vs 0.7") and is significantly heavier (172 g vs 105 g).

Samsung ST72

Samsung ST72
similar age
$121

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

Olympus VG-150

Olympus VG-150
1 year older
$130

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the VG-150 and VG-180

  • None found

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/3.3), is significantly smaller (compact (104×60×28 mm) vs prosumer size (118×81×100 mm)), is newer (january 2013 vs january 2012), is thinner (1.1" vs 3.9") and is significantly lighter (172 g vs 518 g).

However, on average it has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), doesn't take 3D photos and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital).

Nikon Coolpix L810

Nikon Coolpix L810
1 year older
$220

Significant advantages of the L810 (vs the VG-180)

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the L810 (vs the VG-180)

  • Larger: Prosumer size (111×76×83 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 3.3" vs 1.1"
  • Heavier: 430 g vs 172 g

common strengths of the L810 and VG-180

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×83 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Light weight: 430 g vs 172 g
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 1.1"

Fujifilm FinePix S4600

Fujifilm FinePix S4600
similar age
$339

Significant advantages of the S4600 (vs the VG-180)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the S4600 (vs the VG-180)

  • Much larger: Professional size (122×93×100 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.9" vs 1.1"
  • Significantly heavier: 518 g vs 172 g

common strengths of the S4600 and VG-180

  • Inexpensive: $339.39 vs $139.00

Fujifilm FinePix S4200

Fujifilm FinePix S4200
1 year older
$219

Significant advantages of the S4200 (vs the VG-180)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the S4200 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (118×81×100 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.9" vs 1.1"
  • Significantly heavier: 543 g vs 172 g

common strengths of the S4200 and VG-180

  • Inexpensive: $218.75 vs $139.00

Olympus SP-610 UZ

Olympus SP-610 UZ
1 year older
$325

Significant advantages of the SP-610 UZ (vs the VG-180)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the SP-610 UZ (vs the VG-180)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Significantly thicker: 2.9" vs 1.1"
  • Heavier: 405 g vs 172 g

common strengths of the SP-610 UZ and VG-180

  • Fairly small: Standard size (107×73×73 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 1.1"
  • Light weight: 405 g vs 172 g

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus VG-180 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a slightly wider wide angle lens (26 mm vs 28 mm), is slightly smaller (compact (104×60×28 mm) vs standard size (117×70×57 mm)), is newer (january 2013 vs september 2011), is thinner (1.1" vs 2.2") and is slightly lighter (172 g vs 350 g).

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs 2/3" 8.8x6.6mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a significantly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/2), records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps) and has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 2.8").

Fujifilm Finepix X10

Fujifilm Finepix X10
1 year older
$300

Significant advantages of the X10 (vs the VG-180)

  • Records high-speed movies: 200 fps vs None
  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8

Significant disadvantages of the X10 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the X10 and VG-180

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus VG-180 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it is much smaller (compact (104×60×28 mm) vs professional size (132×101×78 mm)), is much less expensive ($139.00 vs $749.00), is thinner (1.1" vs 3.1") and is much lighter (172 g vs 760 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 24 MP) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 25,600 ISO).

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i
2 years newer
$749 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T6i (vs the VG-180)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the T6i (vs the VG-180)

  • Much larger: Professional size (132×101×78 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.1"
  • Much heavier: 555 g vs 172 g

common strengths of the T6i and VG-180

  • None found

Pentax K-5 IIs

Pentax K-5 IIs
4 months older
$700 (body only)
$880 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-5 IIs (vs the VG-180)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 25fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the K-5 IIs (vs the VG-180)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.9" vs 1.1"
  • Much heavier: 760 g vs 172 g

common strengths of the K-5 IIs and VG-180

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 1.1"

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 slightly narrower wide angle lens (26 mm vs 24 mm), 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
$140

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

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Much 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: $139.95 vs $139.00