As well as being compared against other compacts, the Olympus VG-180 is also often compared to travel zooms, ultra compacts, entry-level DSLRs and digicams. The Olympus VG-180's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot ELPH 170 IS and the PowerShot ELPH 160) and Sony (such as the CyberShot DSC-W800 and the Cyber-shot DSC-W830)

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 better image stabilization (sensor shift vs digital), creates panoramas in-camera and much closer macro focusing (1.0 cm vs 10.0 cm).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), is slightly larger (compact (104×60×28 mm) vs super compact (101×60×21 mm)), doesn't take 3D photos, is older (january 2013 vs january 2014) and is thicker (1.1" vs 0.9").

Olympus VG-170

Olympus VG-170
1 year older
$247

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 L31

Nikon Coolpix L31
1 year newer
$95

Significant advantages of the L31 (vs the VG-180)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the L31 (vs the VG-180)

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

common strengths of the L31 and VG-180

  • Inexpensive: $94.95 vs $139.68

Nikon Coolpix S2900

Nikon Coolpix S2900
1 year newer
$90

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

  • Inexpensive: $89.95 vs $139.68

Olympus VH-210

Olympus VH-210
1 year older
$103

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

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Takes 3D photos
  • Smaller: Super compact (101×60×21 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 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
  • Inexpensive: $103.48 vs $139.68

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810
1 year newer
$80

Significant advantages of the DSC-W810 (vs the VG-180)

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (93×53×23 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W810 (vs the VG-180)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • Slower max shutter speed: 1/1500 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the DSC-W810 and VG-180

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Inexpensive: $79.95 vs $139.68

Nikon Coolpix L27

Nikon Coolpix L27
similar age
$60

Significant advantages of the L27 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the L27 (vs the VG-180)

  • Much worse macro capability: 10.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Digital
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the L27 and VG-180

  • Inexpensive: $59.95 vs $139.68

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 creates panoramas in-camera.

However, on average it doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 124 fps), lacks a built-in HDR feature, users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection) and is older (january 2013 vs january 2014).

Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS
1 year newer
$109 - $119

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

  • None found

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

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.6 vs f/2.8

common strengths of the ELPH 170 IS and VG-180

  • None found

Canon PowerShot ELPH 160

Canon PowerShot ELPH 160
1 year newer
$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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830
1 year newer
$121 - $128

Significant advantages of the DSC-W830 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W830 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-W830 and VG-180

  • In-camera panoramas

Canon IXUS 132

Canon IXUS 132
similar age
$109

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-370

Olympus VR-370
similar age
$300

Significant advantages of the VR-370 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the VR-370 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the VR-370 and VG-180

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/2.8
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS
similar age
$220

Significant advantages of the SH-50 iHS (vs the VG-180)

  • Records high-speed movies: 124 fps vs None
  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the SH-50 iHS (vs the VG-180)

  • Worse macro capability: 3.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

common strengths of the SH-50 iHS and VG-180

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

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus VG-180 compared to ultra compact competitors include: it much closer macro focusing (1.0 cm vs 8.0 cm).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), is significantly larger (compact (104×60×28 mm) vs ultra compact (50×22×54 mm)), doesn't take 3D photos, is older (january 2013 vs february 2014) and is slightly heavier (172 g vs 116 g).

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800
1 year newer
$88 - $90

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 DV150F

Samsung DV150F
similar age
$209

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the DV150F and VG-180

  • None found

Samsung ST72

Samsung ST72
similar age
$198

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

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus VG-180 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), creates panoramas in-camera, is much smaller (compact (104×60×28 mm) vs professional size (132×101×78 mm)), is significantly less expensive ($139.68 vs $714.99) and is thinner (1.1" vs 3.1").

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a significantly 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
$715 - $749 (body only)
$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

Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3
2 years older
$419 (body only)
$489 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T3 (vs the VG-180)

  • Higher resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the T3 (vs the VG-180)

  • Much larger: Professional size (130×100×78 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.1"
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the T3 and VG-180

  • Light weight: 459 g vs 172 g
  • Inexpensive: $419.00 vs $139.68

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 significantly 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
  • 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: $139.95 vs $139.68