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 Sony (such as the CyberShot DSC-W800 and the Cyber-shot DSC-WX70) and Olympus (such as the VH-510 and the VG-160)

Competitor classes

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 36 mm), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs digital) and is newer (january 2013 vs january 2008).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), is slightly larger (compact (104×60×28 mm) vs super compact (95×59×20 mm)), is thicker (1.1" vs 0.8") and is slightly heavier (172 g vs 138 g).

Olympus VG-160

Olympus VG-160
1 year older
$165

Significant advantages of the VG-160 (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)
  • 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

  • Light weight: 125 g vs 172 g
  • Inexpensive: $164.99 vs $143.76

Olympus FE-340

Olympus FE-340
5 years older
$350

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

  • Smaller: Compact (97×58×23 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)

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

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much worse wide angle: 36 mm vs 26 mm

common strengths of the FE-340 and VG-180

  • Light weight: 156 g vs 172 g

Olympus Stylus 840

Olympus Stylus 840
5 years older

Significant advantages of the Stylus 840 (vs the VG-180)

  • 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

common strengths of the Stylus 840 and VG-180

  • Light weight: 170 g vs 172 g

Nikon Coolpix S2900

Nikon Coolpix S2900
1 year newer
$146

Significant advantages of the S2900 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (95×59×20 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Higher resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Thinner: 0.8" vs 1.1"

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

  • Light weight: 119 g vs 172 g
  • Inexpensive: $145.96 vs $143.76

Olympus VH-210

Olympus VH-210
1 year older
$119

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

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Higher resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Smaller: Super compact (101×60×21 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)

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

  • None found

common strengths of the VH-210 and VG-180

  • Light weight: 138 g vs 172 g
  • Inexpensive: $119.02 vs $143.76

Olympus VG120

Olympus VG-120
1 year older

Significant advantages of the VG120 (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)
  • Higher resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the VG120 (vs the VG-180)

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

common strengths of the VG120 and VG-180

  • Light weight: 120 g vs 172 g

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus VG-180 compared to ultra compact competitors include: it 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 records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), is much larger (compact (104×60×28 mm) vs ultra compact (50×22×54 mm)) and has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens).

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800
1 year newer
$107 - $120

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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70
1 year older
$228

Significant advantages of the DSC-WX70 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-WX70 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-WX70 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 built-in flash and has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 4 seconds).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p), has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), is slightly larger (compact (104×60×28 mm) vs compact (95×57×24 mm)) and is older (january 2013 vs july 2013).

Canon IXUS 132

Canon IXUS 132
similar age

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

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (93×52×22 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Higher resolution movies: 720p @ 25fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

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

  • Worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 26 mm

common strengths of the IXUS 132 and VG-180

  • Fairly small: Super compact (93×52×22 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Light weight: 133 g vs 172 g
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 1.1"

Kodak PixPro FZ151

Kodak PixPro FZ151
5 months newer
$95

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

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Better wide angle: 24 mm vs 26 mm
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

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

  • Light weight: 180 g vs 172 g

Olympus VH-510

Olympus VH-510
9 months older

Significant advantages of the VH-510 (vs the VG-180)

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

Significant disadvantages of the VH-510 (vs the VG-180)

  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the VH-510 and VG-180

  • Fairly small: Compact (100×65×26 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Thin: 1" vs 1.1"

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS
1 year newer
$342

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

  • Better wide angle: 24 mm vs 26 mm
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Higher resolution movies: 720p @ 25fps vs 480p @ 30fps

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

  • None found

common strengths of the ELPH 150 IS and VG-180

  • Fairly small: Compact (95×57×24 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Light weight: 142 g vs 172 g
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 1.1"

Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

Canon PowerShot IXUS 145
1 year newer
$238

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

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (95×54×22 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Higher resolution movies: 720p @ 25fps vs 480p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the IXUS 145 (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 IXUS 145 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"