As well as being compared against other compacts, the Olympus VG-180 is also often compared to travel zooms, ultra compacts and super zooms. The Olympus VG-180's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the VG-160 and the VG-170) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix S100 and the Coolpix A10)

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) and is newer (january 2013 vs january 2012).

However, on average it has a significantly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), is slightly larger (compact (104×60×28 mm) vs super compact (99×65×18 mm)), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED) and is thicker (1.1" vs 0.8").

Olympus VG-160

Olympus VG-160
1 year older
$300

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

  • None found

Olympus VG-170

Olympus VG-170
1 year older
$203

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

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

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

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the VG-170 and VG-180

  • None found

Nikon Coolpix S100

Nikon Coolpix S100
1 year older
$194

Significant advantages of the S100 (vs the VG-180)

  • Much larger screen: 3.5" vs 2.7"
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the S100 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.9 vs f/2.8
  • Worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 26 mm
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/1500 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the S100 and VG-180

  • Inexpensive: $194.48 vs $139.00

Nikon Coolpix A10

Nikon Coolpix A10
3 years newer
$105

Significant advantages of the Coolpix A10 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix A10 (vs the VG-180)

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

common strengths of the Coolpix A10 and VG-180

  • Inexpensive: $104.95 vs $139.00

Pentax Optio M85

Pentax Optio M85
3 years older

Significant advantages of the M85 (vs the VG-180)

  • Smaller: Compact (93×58×24 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the M85 (vs the VG-180)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much worse wide angle: 32 mm vs 26 mm

common strengths of the M85 and VG-180

  • None found

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)

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

common strengths of the VG120 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 slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.2) and creates panoramas in-camera.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 1,000 fps) and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1.4 fps vs 30 fps).

Canon IXUS 132

Canon IXUS 132
similar age
$210

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)

  • Worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 26 mm

common strengths of the IXUS 132 and VG-180

  • None found

Olympus Stylus SZ-15

Olympus Stylus SZ-15
similar age
$139

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

  • None found

Olympus VR-350

Olympus VR-350
1 year older
$140

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

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Better wide angle: 24 mm vs 26 mm

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

  • None found

common strengths of the VR-350 and VG-180

  • None found

Olympus Stylus SH-1

Olympus Stylus SH-1
1 year newer
$237

Significant advantages of the SH-1 (vs the VG-180)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the SH-1 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the SH-1 and VG-180

  • None found

Casio Exilim ZR400

Casio Exilim ZR400
similar age
$177

Significant advantages of the ZR400 (vs the VG-180)

  • Records high-speed movies: 1,000 fps vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Better wide angle: 24 mm vs 26 mm

Significant disadvantages of the ZR400 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the ZR400 and VG-180

  • None found

Nikon Coolpix S9700

Nikon Coolpix S9700
1 year newer
$267

Significant advantages of the S9700 (vs the VG-180)

  • Has a GPS
  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the S9700 (vs the VG-180)

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

common strengths of the S9700 and VG-180

  • None found

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus VG-180 compared to ultra compact competitors include: it has a significantly wider wide angle lens (26 mm vs 38 mm), has a slightly larger screen (2.7" vs 2"), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), is newer (january 2013 vs june 2004) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second).

However, on average it is significantly larger (compact (104×60×28 mm) vs ultra compact (50×22×54 mm)), is slightly heavier (172 g vs 125 g), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel) and slightly shorter exposures (4 seconds vs 60 seconds).

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

Panasonic Lumix FH10

Panasonic Lumix FH10
similar age
$171

Significant advantages of the FH10 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the FH10 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the FH10 and VG-180

  • None found

Nikon Coolpix S3100

Nikon Coolpix S3100
2 years older
$130

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

Fujifilm FinePix F440 Zoom

Fujifilm FinePix F440 Zoom
8 years older

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the F440 Zoom and VG-180

  • None found

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus VG-180 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.4), is significantly smaller (compact (104×60×28 mm) vs prosumer size (117×78×93 mm)), is newer (january 2013 vs august 2012), is thinner (1.1" vs 3.7") and is slightly lighter (172 g vs 485 g).

However, on average it has significantly less zoom (5x vs 40.7x), records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much narrower wide angle lens (26 mm vs 22 mm), has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3") and has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 460k dots).

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS
5 months older
$314

Significant advantages of the SP-820UZ iHS (vs the VG-180)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much better wide angle: 22 mm vs 26 mm

Significant disadvantages of the SP-820UZ iHS (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (117×78×93 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 3.7" vs 1.1"
  • Significantly heavier: 485 g vs 172 g

common strengths of the SP-820UZ iHS and VG-180

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (117×78×93 mm) vs Compact (104×60×28 mm)
  • Light weight: 485 g vs 172 g
  • Inexpensive: $314.19 vs $139.00