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 Canon (such as the PowerShot IXUS 145 and the PowerShot ELPH 150 IS) and Olympus (such as the FE-190 and the IR-300)

Competitor classes

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 38 mm), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), takes slightly higher resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 5.9 MP), creates panoramas in-camera and slightly closer macro focusing (1 cm vs 3 cm).

However, on average it is slightly larger (compact 104x60x28 mm vs super compact 99x53x22 mm), doesn't take 3D photos, is thicker (1.1" vs 0.8") and is slightly heavier (172 g vs 138 g).

Olympus FE-190

Olympus FE-190
6 years older
$100

Significant advantages of the FE-190 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact 91x59x19 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Significantly thinner: 0.7" vs 1.1"

Significant disadvantages of the FE-190 (vs the VG-180)

  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 26 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the FE-190 and VG-180

  • Inexpensive: $100.00 vs $75.00

Olympus IR-300

Olympus IR-300
8 years older

Significant advantages of the IR-300 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact 99x53x22 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm

Significant disadvantages of the IR-300 (vs the VG-180)

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

common strengths of the IR-300 and VG-180

  • None found

Canon PowerShot A2500

Canon PowerShot A2500
similar age
$159

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

  • None found

Olympus VH-210

Olympus VH-210
1 year older
$160

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

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Smaller: Super compact 100x60x20 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Thinner: 0.8" vs 1.1"

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

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the VH-210 and VG-180

  • None found

Olympus VG-160

Olympus VG-160
1 year older
$93

Significant advantages of the VG-160 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact 96x57x19 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Significantly 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

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Inexpensive: $92.88 vs $75.00

Olympus VG-170

Olympus VG-170
1 year older
$79

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: $79.48 vs $75.00

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), creates panoramas in-camera, slightly closer macro focusing (1 cm vs 5 cm) and is slightly less expensive ($75.00 vs $237.49).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3.0"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 922k dots) and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

Canon PowerShot IXUS 145
1 year newer
$120

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 cm vs 1 cm

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS
1 year newer
$109 - $160

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

  • None found

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

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the ELPH 150 IS and VG-180

  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
1 year newer
$279 - $383

Significant advantages of the SX700 HS (vs the VG-180)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1920 x 1280 @ 60fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the SX700 HS (vs the VG-180)

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

common strengths of the SX700 HS and VG-180

  • None found

Nikon Coolpix S8200

Nikon Coolpix S8200
1 year older
$340

Significant advantages of the S8200 (vs the VG-180)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 961k dots vs 230k dots
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the S8200 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the S8200 and VG-180

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS
similar age
$237 - $360

Significant advantages of the SX280 HS (vs the VG-180)

  • Has a GPS
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the SX280 HS (vs the VG-180)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the SX280 HS and VG-180

  • None found

Canon IXUS 132

Canon IXUS 132
similar age
$111

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

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus VG-180 compared to ultra compact competitors include: it significantly closer macro focusing (1 cm vs 5 cm).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), is significantly larger (compact 104x60x28 mm vs ultra compact 77x51x17 mm), doesn't have a touch screen and is slightly heavier (172 g vs 108 g).

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"
  • Slower max shutter speed: 1/1500 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

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

Samsung ST72

Samsung ST72
similar age
$114

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

Samsung ST150F

Samsung ST150F
similar age
$249

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

Nikon Coolpix S01

Nikon Coolpix S01
5 months older
$77

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

  • Much smaller: Ultra compact 77x51x17 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly thinner: 0.7" vs 1.1"

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

  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the S01 and VG-180

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good macro capabilities: 5 cm vs 1 cm
  • Inexpensive: $76.99 vs $75.00