As well as being compared against other compacts, the Olympus VG-180 is also often compared to travel zooms, ultra compacts, entry-level DSLRs and digicams. The Olympus VG-180's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the VR-370 and the Stylus 840) and Samsung (such as the ST72 and the Galaxy Camera)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus VG-180 compared to other compact competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.2), has a slightly wider wide angle lens (26 mm vs 36 mm), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs digital), creates panoramas in-camera and significantly closer macro focusing (1 cm vs 7 cm).

However, on average it is slightly larger (compact 104x60x28 mm vs super compact 92x59x21 mm), doesn't take 3D photos and is thicker (1.1" vs 0.9").

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

Nikon Coolpix L27

Nikon Coolpix L27
similar age
$64

Significant advantages of the L27 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the L27 (vs the VG-180)

  • Much worse macro capability: 10 cm vs 1 cm
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the L27 and VG-180

  • Inexpensive: $63.86 vs $58.81
arrow Compare the Nikon Coolpix L27 vs the Olympus VG-180

Olympus VG-170

Olympus VG-170
1 year older
$135

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: $135.30 vs $58.81
arrow Compare the VG-170 vs the 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

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 $58.81
arrow Compare the VG-160 vs the VG-180

Olympus Stylus 770 SW

Olympus Stylus 770 SW
6 years older

Significant advantages of the 770 SW (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact 92x59x21 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Waterproof

Significant disadvantages of the 770 SW (vs the VG-180)

  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 26 mm
  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • Much worse macro capability: 7 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the 770 SW and VG-180

  • None found
arrow Compare the Stylus 770 SW vs the 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/3.2), slightly closer macro focusing (1 cm vs 4 cm) and is newer (january, 2013 vs august, 2012).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (5x vs 18x), records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a significantly smaller screen (2.7" vs 4.8"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots) and doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps).

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

  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Inexpensive: $78.90 vs $58.81
arrow Compare the VR-370 vs the VG-180

Canon IXUS 132

Canon IXUS 132
similar age
$114

Significant advantages of the IXUS 132 (vs the VG-180)

  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Significantly smaller: Super compact 92x52x21 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm

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: $114.34 vs $58.81
arrow Compare the Canon IXUS 132 vs the Olympus VG-180

Samsung Galaxy Camera

Samsung Galaxy Camera
5 months older
$83 - $1,499

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

  • Much larger screen: 4.8" vs 2.7"
  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly more zoom: 21x vs 5x

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

  • Much heavier: 300 g vs 172 g

common strengths of the Camera and VG-180

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Inexpensive: $83.09 vs $58.81
arrow Compare the Samsung Galaxy Camera vs the Olympus VG-180

Nikon Coolpix S9100

Nikon Coolpix S9100
2 years older
$247 - $265

Significant advantages of the S9100 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly more zoom: 18x vs 5x
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the S9100 (vs the VG-180)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 4 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the S9100 and VG-180

  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the Nikon Coolpix S9100 vs the Olympus VG-180

Olympus VH-520

Olympus VH-520
similar age
$89

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

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 240fps vs 480p @ 30fps
  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

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 $58.81
arrow Compare the VH-520 vs the VG-180

Samsung WB35F

Samsung WB35F
1 year newer
$98 - $100

Significant advantages of the WB35F (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the WB35F (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the WB35F and VG-180

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Inexpensive: $97.99 vs $58.81
arrow Compare the Samsung WB35F 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 digital) and significantly closer macro focusing (1 cm vs 5 cm).

However, on average it is significantly larger (compact 104x60x28 mm vs ultra compact 50x22x54 mm), is slightly heavier (172 g vs 108 g) and slightly shorter exposures (4 seconds vs 60 seconds).

Samsung ST72

Samsung ST72
similar age
$91

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

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
$81 - $82

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1
similar age
$131

Significant advantages of the DMC-XS1 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly smaller: Ultra compact 94x54x18 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
  • Significantly thinner: 0.7" vs 1.1"

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-XS1 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-XS1 and VG-180

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good image stabilization: Lens vs Sensor shift
  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1 vs the Olympus 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 prosumer size 129x98x62 mm) and is slightly less expensive ($58.81 vs $199.95).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a significantly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3.0"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes much 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
$579 - $600 (body only)
$200 - $672 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

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus VG-180 compared to digicam competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.3), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), creates panoramas in-camera, is newer (january, 2013 vs january, 2012) and is slightly less expensive ($58.81 vs $183.44).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3.0"), lacks a built in HDR feature and doesn't take 3D photos.

Ricoh HZ15

Ricoh HZ15
7 months newer

Significant advantages of the HZ15 (vs the VG-180)

  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the HZ15 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the HZ15 and VG-180

  • None found
arrow Compare the Ricoh HZ15 vs the Olympus VG-180

Olympus VR-360

Olympus VR-360
1 year older
$183

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

  • Takes 3D photos

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

  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the VR-360 and VG-180

  • None found
arrow Compare the VR-360 vs the VG-180

Olympus VG-145

Olympus VG-145
1 year older

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

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the VG-145 (vs the VG-180)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the VG-145 and VG-180

  • None found
arrow Compare the VG-145 vs the VG-180