As well as being compared against other compacts, the Olympus VG-180 is also often compared to travel zooms and ultra compacts. The Olympus VG-180's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the Stylus 7030 and the VR-370) and Canon (such as the PowerShot IXUS 145 and the PowerShot ELPH 340 HS)

Competitor classes

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus VG-180 compared to other compact competitors include: it has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), creates panoramas in-camera, slightly closer macro focusing (1 cm vs 5 cm) and is newer (january, 2013 vs january, 2010).

However, on average it is slightly larger (compact 104x60x28 mm vs super compact 98x56x21 mm), doesn't take 3D photos, is thicker (1.1" vs 0.9") and is slightly heavier (172 g vs 125 g).

Olympus Stylus 7030

Olympus Stylus 7030
3 years older
$219

Significant advantages of the 7030 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 7030 (vs the VG-180)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the 7030 and VG-180

  • Good macro capabilities: 2 cm vs 1 cm

Olympus VG-160

Olympus VG-160
1 year older
$103

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

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact 96x57x19 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Thinner: 0.7" vs 1.1"

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

  • None found

common strengths of the VG-160 and VG-180

  • Good macro capabilities: 2 cm vs 1 cm
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Inexpensive: $102.80 vs $54.50

Olympus VG-170

Olympus VG-170
1 year older
$65

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

  • Takes 3D photos

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

  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the VG-170 and VG-180

  • Inexpensive: $64.99 vs $54.50

Olympus FE-290

Olympus FE-290
5 years older
$89

Significant advantages of the FE-290 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the FE-290 (vs the VG-180)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the FE-290 and VG-180

  • Inexpensive: $89.00 vs $54.50

Canon PowerShot A2500

Canon PowerShot A2500
similar age
$159

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

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact 98x56x21 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm

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

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the A2500 and VG-180

  • None found

Nikon Coolpix S2700

Nikon Coolpix S2700
similar age
$140

Significant advantages of the S2700 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact 94x57x20 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm

Significant disadvantages of the S2700 (vs the VG-180)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the S2700 and VG-180

  • Inexpensive: $139.99 vs $54.50

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/3.6) and creates panoramas in-camera.

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), is slightly larger (compact 104x60x28 mm vs compact 95x56x23 mm), is older (january, 2013 vs january, 2014), is thicker (1.1" vs 0.9") and is slightly heavier (172 g vs 129 g).

Olympus VR-370

Olympus VR-370
similar age
$60 - $185

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the VR-370 and VG-180

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm

Nikon Coolpix S3600

Nikon Coolpix S3600
1 year newer
$87

Significant advantages of the S3600 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact 97x57x19 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Thinner: 0.8" vs 1.1"

Significant disadvantages of the S3600 (vs the VG-180)

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

common strengths of the S3600 and VG-180

  • In-camera panoramas

Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

Canon PowerShot IXUS 145
1 year newer
$150

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

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact 95x54x22 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm

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 cm vs 1 cm

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS
1 year newer
$149

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

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the 340 HS (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.6 vs f/2.8
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the 340 HS and VG-180

  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS
1 year newer
$99 - $182

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

  • None found

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

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the ELPH 150 IS and VG-180

  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm

Fujifilm FinePix JZ100

Fujifilm FinePix JZ100
1 year older
$70

Significant advantages of the JZ100 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the JZ100 (vs the VG-180)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the JZ100 and VG-180

  • Wide aperture: f/2.9 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 better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), creates panoramas in-camera, significantly closer macro focusing (1 cm vs 5 cm) and is newer (january, 2013 vs january, 2012).

However, on average it is significantly larger (compact 104x60x28 mm vs ultra compact 50x22x54 mm) and is slightly heavier (172 g vs 108 g).

Samsung ST72

Samsung ST72
similar age
$118

Significant advantages of the ST72 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly smaller: Ultra compact 94x58x18 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Significantly thinner: 0.7" vs 1.1"
  • Lighter: 108 g vs 172 g

Significant disadvantages of the ST72 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the ST72 and VG-180

  • Built-in flashes
  • Good macro capabilities: 5 cm vs 1 cm
  • In-camera panoramas

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800
1 year newer
$68 - $70

Significant advantages of the DSC-W800 (vs the VG-180)

  • Much smaller: Ultra compact 50x22x54 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W800 (vs the VG-180)

  • Much thicker: 2.1" vs 1.1"

common strengths of the DSC-W800 and VG-180

  • Built-in flashes
  • Good image stabilization: Lens vs Sensor shift
  • In-camera panoramas

Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

Sony Cybershot DSC-W610
1 year older
$98

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

  • Significantly smaller: Ultra compact 93x52x19 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Thinner: 0.7" vs 1.1"
  • Lighter: 113 g vs 172 g

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

  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 4 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the DSC-W610 and VG-180

  • Built-in flashes
  • Excellent macro capabilities: 4 cm vs 1 cm
  • In-camera panoramas

Olympus VG-150

Olympus VG-150
1 year older
$77

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

  • Significantly smaller: Ultra compact 92x54x19 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Significantly lighter: 105 g vs 172 g
  • Thinner: 0.8" vs 1.1"

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

  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the VG-150 and VG-180

  • Built-in flashes
  • Good macro capabilities: 5 cm vs 1 cm
  • Inexpensive: $76.95 vs $54.50