As well as being compared against other compacts, the Olympus VG-180 is also often compared to ultra compacts and travel zooms. 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 ELPH 135 and the PowerShot A2500)

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 36 mm), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), creates panoramas in-camera, significantly closer macro focusing (1 cm vs 10 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 doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel).

Olympus VG-170

Olympus VG-170
1 year older
$105

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: $104.70 vs $58.99
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 $58.99
arrow Compare the VG-160 vs the VG-180

Canon PowerShot A2500

Canon PowerShot A2500
similar age
$100 - $118

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: $99.99 vs $58.99
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot A2500 vs the Olympus VG-180

Olympus FE-190

Olympus FE-190
6 years older

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

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact 91x59x19 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • 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

  • None found
arrow Compare the FE-190 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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170
5 years older

Significant advantages of the DSC-W170 (vs the VG-180)

  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W170 (vs the VG-180)

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

common strengths of the DSC-W170 and VG-180

  • None found
arrow Compare the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170 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 creates panoramas in-camera, slightly closer macro focusing (1 cm vs 5 cm) and is newer (january, 2013 vs february, 2009).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), is significantly larger (compact 104x60x28 mm vs ultra compact 50x22x54 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
$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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1
similar age
$86

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

Canon PowerShot SD780 IS

Canon PowerShot SD780 IS
4 years older

Significant advantages of the SD780 IS (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly smaller: Ultra compact 87x56x18 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None
  • Significantly thinner: 0.7" vs 1.1"

Significant disadvantages of the SD780 IS (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 33 mm vs 26 mm
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the SD780 IS and VG-180

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good image stabilization: Lens vs Sensor shift
  • Excellent macro capabilities: 3 cm vs 1 cm
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot SD780 IS 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/3.2) and creates panoramas in-camera.

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 25fps), is slightly larger (compact 104x60x28 mm vs super compact 95x54x22 mm), doesn't take 3D photos, users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection) and is older (january, 2013 vs january, 2014).

Canon PowerShot ELPH 135

Canon PowerShot ELPH 135
1 year newer
$99 - $131

Significant advantages of the ELPH 135 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact 95x54x22 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm

Significant disadvantages of the ELPH 135 (vs the VG-180)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the ELPH 135 and VG-180

  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
  • Inexpensive: $99.00 vs $58.99
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot ELPH 135 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

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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830
1 year newer
$118 - $128

Significant advantages of the DSC-W830 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact 93x52x22 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W830 (vs the VG-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-W830 and VG-180

  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830 vs the Olympus VG-180

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

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
  • Inexpensive: $79.00 vs $58.99
arrow Compare the VR-370 vs the VG-180

Fujifilm FinePix T500

Fujifilm FinePix T500
similar age
$68

Significant advantages of the T500 (vs the VG-180)

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Significantly smaller: Super compact 99x57x18 mm vs Compact 104x60x28 mm
  • Significantly thinner: 0.7" vs 1.1"

Significant disadvantages of the T500 (vs the VG-180)

  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the T500 and VG-180

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Inexpensive: $67.99 vs $58.99
arrow Compare the Fujifilm FinePix T500 vs the Olympus VG-180

Canon IXUS 135

Canon IXUS 135
similar age
$152 - $253

Significant advantages of the IXUS 135 (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 135 (vs the VG-180)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the IXUS 135 and VG-180

  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
arrow Compare the Canon IXUS 135 vs the Olympus VG-180