As well as being compared against other compacts, the Olympus VG-180 is also often compared to ultra compacts and travel zooms. The Olympus VG-180's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot SD1400 IS and the IXUS 135) and Samsung (such as the SL102 and the WB30F)

Competitor classes

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus VG-180 compared to other compact competitors include: it has a built-in flash, has a slightly wider wide angle lens (26 mm vs 35 mm), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), is newer (january 2013 vs january 2009) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/1500 of a second).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), is significantly larger (compact (104×60×28 mm) vs super compact (90×59×22 mm)), is thicker (1.1" vs 0.8") and is slightly heavier (172 g vs 125 g).

Samsung SL102

Samsung  SL102
4 years older
$130

Significant advantages of the SL102 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (90×59×22 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Supports an external flash
  • Thinner: 0.9" vs 1.1"

Significant disadvantages of the SL102 (vs the VG-180)

  • No built-in flash
  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 26 mm
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"

common strengths of the SL102 and VG-180

  • None found

Olympus VG-170

Olympus VG-170
1 year older

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

  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Higher resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Thinner: 0.9" vs 1.1"

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

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the VG-170 and VG-180

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8

Olympus VG-160

Olympus VG-160
1 year older

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

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8

Sony Cybershot W510

Sony Cybershot DSC-W510
1 year older
$164

Significant advantages of the W510 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (96×54×20 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Digital
    2. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly thinner: 0.8" vs 1.1"

Significant disadvantages of the W510 (vs the VG-180)

  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/1500 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the W510 and VG-180

  • Wide aperture: f/2.7 vs f/2.8

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 aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.9), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), is newer (january 2013 vs march 2011) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), is significantly larger (compact (104×60×28 mm) vs ultra compact (92×56×18 mm)), is thicker (1.1" vs 0.7") and is slightly heavier (172 g vs 115 g).

Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS

Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS
3 years older
$358

Significant advantages of the SD1400 IS (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SD1400 IS (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the SD1400 IS and VG-180

  • None found

Samsung WB30F

Samsung WB30F
similar age
$180

Significant advantages of the WB30F (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the WB30F (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the WB30F and VG-180

  • None found

Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

Sony Cybershot DSC-W610
1 year older
$104

Significant advantages of the DSC-W610 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W610 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-W610 and VG-180

  • None found

Pentax Optio S1

Pentax Optio S1
1 year older

Significant advantages of the S1 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S1 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the S1 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/3.3) and is newer (january 2013 vs january 2012).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a significantly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), is slightly larger (compact (104×60×28 mm) vs super compact (93×52×22 mm)), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens) and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1.4 fps vs 10 fps).

Canon IXUS 135

Canon IXUS 135
similar age

Significant advantages of the IXUS 135 (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)
  • Higher resolution movies: 720p @ 25fps vs 480p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the IXUS 135 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the IXUS 135 and VG-180

  • Fairly small: Super compact (93×52×22 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 1.1"
  • Light weight: 134 g vs 172 g

Fujifilm FinePix T550

Fujifilm FinePix T550
similar age

Significant advantages of the T550 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (99×57×19 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Higher resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the T550 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the T550 and VG-180

  • Fairly small: Super compact (99×57×19 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Thin: 0.7" vs 1.1"
  • Light weight: 141 g vs 172 g

Panasonic Lumix ZS15

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15
1 year older

Significant advantages of the ZS15 (vs the VG-180)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the ZS15 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the ZS15 and VG-180

  • None found