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 VR-350 and the VG110) and Canon (such as the IXUS 165 and the PowerShot A4000 IS)

Competitor classes

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus VG-180 compared to other compact competitors include: it has a much wider wide angle lens (26 mm vs 36 mm), has a significantly larger screen (2.7" vs 1.8"), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), takes slightly higher resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 7.1 MP) and is newer (january 2013 vs august 2006).

However, on average it is significantly larger (compact (104×60×28 mm) vs compact (88×60×28 mm)).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810
1 year newer
$100

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

  • Much smaller: Super compact (93×53×23 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly lighter: 120 g vs 172 g

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

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

common strengths of the DSC-W810 and VG-180

  • Very small: Super compact (93×53×23 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Very light: 120 g vs 172 g
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 1.1"

Olympus D-545 Zoom

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8 years older

Significant advantages of the D-545 Zoom (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D-545 Zoom (vs the VG-180)

  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 26 mm
  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 2.7"
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the D-545 Zoom and VG-180

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Fairly small: Compact (106×56×36 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Light weight: 190 g vs 172 g

Olympus Stylus 740

Olympus Stylus 740
6 years older

Significant advantages of the Stylus 740 (vs the VG-180)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (96×54×24 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the Stylus 740 (vs the VG-180)

  • Much worse wide angle: 36 mm vs 26 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"

common strengths of the Stylus 740 and VG-180

  • Very small: Super compact (96×54×24 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Very light: 160 g vs 172 g
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 1.1"

Canon PowerShot A1400

Canon PowerShot A1400
similar age
$260

Significant advantages of the A1400 (vs the VG-180)

  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the A1400 (vs the VG-180)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the A1400 and VG-180

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Very small: Compact (95×62×30 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Very light: 174 g vs 172 g

Olympus FE-180

Olympus FE-180
6 years older

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

  • Much smaller: Compact (88×60×28 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)

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

  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 26 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"

common strengths of the FE-180 and VG-180

  • Very small: Compact (88×60×28 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Very light: 170 g vs 172 g
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 1.1"

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/3.2).

However, on average it has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3") and has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens).

Olympus VR-350

Olympus VR-350
1 year older

Significant advantages of the VR-350 (vs the VG-180)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the VR-350 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the VR-350 and VG-180

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/2.8

Canon IXUS 165

Canon IXUS 165
1 year newer
$140

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

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

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

  • None found

common strengths of the IXUS 165 and VG-180

  • Inexpensive: $139.53 vs $197.19

Olympus Stylus SZ-15

Olympus Stylus SZ-15
similar age
$388

Significant advantages of the SZ-15 (vs the VG-180)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the SZ-15 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the SZ-15 and VG-180

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/2.8
  • Inexpensive: $388.40 vs $197.19

Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

Canon PowerShot A4000 IS
1 year older
$199

Significant advantages of the A4000 IS (vs the VG-180)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the A4000 IS (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the A4000 IS and VG-180

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/2.8
  • Inexpensive: $198.75 vs $197.19

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus VG-180 compared to ultra compact competitors include: it is newer (january 2013 vs january 2012) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second).

However, on average it has a significantly 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 (92×52×13 mm)), significantly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Olympus VG110

Olympus VG-110
2 years older
$232

Significant advantages of the VG110 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the VG110 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the VG110 and VG-180

  • None found

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800
1 year newer
$80 - $105

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-TX30

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30
similar age

Significant advantages of the DSC-TX30 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-TX30 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-TX30 and VG-180

  • None found

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70
1 year older

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