As well as being compared against other compacts, the Olympus VG-180 is also often compared to travel zooms, ultra compacts and digicams. The Olympus VG-180's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot IXUS 145 and the IXUS 132) and Olympus (such as the VG-160 and the VR-360)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus VG-180 compared to other compact competitors include: it has a slightly wider wide angle lens (26 mm vs 28 mm), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), creates panoramas in-camera, much closer macro focusing (1.0 cm vs 7.0 cm) and is newer (january 2013 vs february 2011).

However, on average it has a significantly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), is significantly larger (compact (104×60×28 mm) vs super compact (95×59×20 mm)), doesn't take 3D photos, is thicker (1.1" vs 0.8") and is slightly heavier (172 g vs 126 g).

Nikon Coolpix S2900

Nikon Coolpix S2900
1 year newer
$85

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: $84.99 vs $139.00

Olympus VG-160

Olympus VG-160
1 year older
$169

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)
  • Significantly thinner: 0.7" vs 1.1"

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
  • In-camera panoramas

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)
  • Significantly thinner: 0.8" vs 1.1"

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

  • Much worse macro capability: 7.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Digital
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the VG120 and VG-180

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

Olympus VG-170

Olympus VG-170
1 year older
$205

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

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)
  • Thinner: 0.9" vs 1.1"

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

  • Much worse wide angle: 36 mm vs 26 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8

common strengths of the FE-340 and VG-180

  • None found

Casio Exilim Z150

Casio Exilim EX-Z150
1 year older

Significant advantages of the Z150 (vs the VG-180)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (97×57×20 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 0.8" vs 1.1"

Significant disadvantages of the Z150 (vs the VG-180)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much worse macro capability: 15.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • Worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 26 mm

common strengths of the Z150 and VG-180

  • Wide aperture: f/2.6 vs f/2.8

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), creates panoramas in-camera and slightly closer macro focusing (1.0 cm vs 10.0 cm).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3") and users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection).

Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

Canon PowerShot IXUS 145
1 year newer
$165

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

  • None found

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: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

Olympus Stylus SZ-15

Olympus Stylus SZ-15
similar age
$130

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)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the SZ-15 and VG-180

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/2.8

Canon IXUS 132

Canon IXUS 132
similar age
$213 - $306

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

Nikon Coolpix S6200

Nikon Coolpix S6200
1 year older
$211

Significant advantages of the S6200 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S6200 (vs the VG-180)

  • Much worse macro capability: 10.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the S6200 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

Olympus VR-340

Olympus VR-340
1 year older
$130

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

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

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

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the VR-340 and VG-180

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/2.8
  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

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 digital), creates panoramas in-camera, significantly closer macro focusing (1.0 cm vs 10.0 cm) and is newer (january 2013 vs january 2012).

However, on average it is much larger (compact (104×60×28 mm) vs ultra compact (77×51×17 mm)), doesn't have a touch screen, is thicker (1.1" vs 0.8") and is significantly heavier (172 g vs 108 g).

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800
1 year newer
$88 - $110

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

Nikon Coolpix S3100

Nikon Coolpix S3100
2 years older
$140

Significant advantages of the S3100 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S3100 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the S3100 and VG-180

  • None found

Samsung ST72

Samsung ST72
similar age
$140

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

Nikon Coolpix S01

Nikon Coolpix S01
5 months older
$110

Significant advantages of the S01 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S01 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the S01 and VG-180

  • None found

Olympus VG-150

Olympus VG-150
1 year older
$130

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the VG-150 and VG-180

  • None found

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, is newer (january 2013 vs january 2012) and is slightly less expensive ($139.00 vs $367.41).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (26 mm vs 24 mm), has a much 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
$367

Significant advantages of the VR-360 (vs the VG-180)

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Much 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

  • None found