As well as being compared against other compacts, the Olympus VG-180 is also often compared to ultra compacts, travel zooms and entry-level DSLRs. The Olympus VG-180's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the VG-170 and the VG-160) and Canon (such as the PowerShot A2500 and the IXUS 132)

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 36 mm), 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, 2008).

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 0.8") and is slightly heavier (172 g vs 125 g).

Olympus VG-170

Olympus VG-170
1 year older
$129

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: $128.86 vs $57.49
arrow Compare the VG-170 vs the VG-180

Olympus VG-160

Olympus VG-160
1 year older
$112

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: $112.39 vs $57.49
arrow Compare the VG-160 vs the VG-180

Olympus Stylus 840

Olympus Stylus 840
5 years older

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

  • None found

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

  • Much worse wide angle: 36 mm vs 26 mm
  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the Stylus 840 and VG-180

  • None found
arrow Compare the Stylus 840 vs the VG-180

Olympus Stylus 730

Olympus Stylus 730
6 years older

Significant advantages of the Stylus 730 (vs the VG-180)

  • Smaller: Super compact 96x62x21 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm

Significant disadvantages of the Stylus 730 (vs the VG-180)

  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 26 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift
  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8

common strengths of the Stylus 730 and VG-180

  • None found
arrow Compare the Stylus 730 vs the VG-180

Canon PowerShot A2500

Canon PowerShot A2500
similar age
$99 - $109

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

  • Inexpensive: $99.00 vs $57.49
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot A2500 vs the Olympus VG-180

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710
similar age
$169

Significant advantages of the DSC-W710 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact 97x55x20 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Lighter: 114 g vs 172 g
  • Thinner: 0.8" vs 1.1"

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W710 (vs the VG-180)

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

common strengths of the DSC-W710 and VG-180

  • None found
arrow Compare the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710 vs the Olympus VG-180

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), much closer macro focusing (1 cm vs 8 cm) and is newer (january, 2013 vs june, 2004).

However, on average it is significantly larger (compact 104x60x28 mm vs ultra compact 50x22x54 mm), doesn't take 3D photos, is slightly heavier (172 g vs 116 g) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel).

Samsung ST72

Samsung ST72
similar age
$65

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"
  • Significantly 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

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good macro capabilities: 5 cm vs 1 cm
  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the Samsung ST72 vs the Olympus VG-180

Samsung DV150F

Samsung DV150F
similar age
$85 - $150

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

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Significantly smaller: Ultra compact 96x55x18 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Significantly thinner: 0.7" vs 1.1"

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

  • Much worse macro capability: 8 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the DV150F and VG-180

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the Samsung DV150F vs the Olympus VG-180

Olympus VG-150

Olympus VG-150
1 year older

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

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good macro capabilities: 5 cm vs 1 cm
arrow Compare the VG-150 vs the VG-180

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800
1 year newer
$78

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

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good image stabilization: Lens vs Sensor shift
  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the Sony CyberShot DSC-W800 vs the Olympus VG-180

Samsung ST150F

Samsung ST150F
similar age
$83

Significant advantages of the ST150F (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly smaller: Ultra compact 94x58x18 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Significantly thinner: 0.7" vs 1.1"
  • Lighter: 114 g vs 172 g

Significant disadvantages of the ST150F (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the ST150F and VG-180

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good macro capabilities: 5 cm vs 1 cm
  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the Samsung ST150F vs the Olympus VG-180

Fujifilm FinePix F440 Zoom

Fujifilm FinePix F440 Zoom
8 years older

Significant advantages of the F440 Zoom (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly smaller: Ultra compact 75x62x21 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the F440 Zoom (vs the VG-180)

  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 26 mm
  • Much smaller screen: 2.0" vs 2.7"
  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift

common strengths of the F440 Zoom and VG-180

  • Each has a built-in flash
arrow Compare the Fujifilm FinePix F440 Zoom vs the Olympus VG-180

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 records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 240fps), has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3.0") and users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection).

Olympus VR-370

Olympus VR-370
similar age
$79

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

  • Wide aperture: f/3.0 vs f/2.8
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the VR-370 vs the VG-180

Olympus VH-520

Olympus VH-520
similar age
$89 - $96

Significant advantages of the VH-520 (vs the VG-180)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 240fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Shoots significantly faster: 15 fps vs 1.4 fps

Significant disadvantages of the VH-520 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the VH-520 and VG-180

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Inexpensive: $89.00 vs $57.49
arrow Compare the VH-520 vs the VG-180

Canon IXUS 132

Canon IXUS 132
similar age
$117

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 cm vs 1 cm
  • Inexpensive: $117.16 vs $57.49
arrow Compare the Canon IXUS 132 vs the Olympus VG-180

Nikon Coolpix S3600

Nikon Coolpix S3600
1 year newer
$95 - $107

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

  • None found

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
  • Inexpensive: $59.99 vs $57.49
arrow Compare the Nikon Coolpix S3600 vs the Olympus VG-180

Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

Canon PowerShot SX170 IS
6 months newer
$149 - $180

Significant advantages of the SX170 IS (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SX170 IS (vs the VG-180)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the SX170 IS and VG-180

  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot SX170 IS vs the Olympus VG-180

Olympus VR-340

Olympus VR-340
1 year older

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

  • None found

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/3.0 vs f/2.8
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
arrow Compare the VR-340 vs the VG-180

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 newer (january, 2013 vs february, 2010), is much smaller (compact 104x60x28 mm vs professional size 130x100x78 mm) and is slightly less expensive ($57.49 vs $399.00).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3.0"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 17.9 MP) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
3 years older
$200 - $500 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T2i (vs the VG-180)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 22.3x14.9mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the T2i (vs the VG-180)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the T2i and VG-180

  • Very small: Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Very thin: 2.4" vs 1.1"
  • Light weight: 530 g vs 172 g
arrow Compare the Canon EOS Rebel T2i vs the Olympus VG-180

Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3
2 years older
$400 - $419 (body only)
$399 - $580 18-55mm lens

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

  • Higher resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 22.2x14.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None

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

  • Much larger: Professional size 130x100x78 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.1"

common strengths of the T3 and VG-180

  • Light weight: 459 g vs 172 g
  • Inexpensive: $399.00 vs $57.49
arrow Compare the Canon Rebel T3 vs the Olympus VG-180