As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Olympus VH-520 is also often compared to waterproofs, compacts and entry-level DSLRs. The Olympus VH-520's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the Stylus 410 and the Stylus SZ-16 iHS) and Canon (such as the PowerShot A2500 and the PowerShot SX220 HS)

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus VH-520 compared to other travel zoom competitors include: it has a built-in flash, shoots faster continuously (15 fps vs 3.2 fps) and is newer (march 2013 vs february 2011).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.3 vs f/3).

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS
similar age

Significant advantages of the SZ-16 iHS (vs the VH-520)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SZ-16 iHS (vs the VH-520)

  • None found

common strengths of the SZ-16 iHS and VH-520

  • None found

Olympus VH-510

Olympus VH-510
1 year older

Significant advantages of the VH-510 (vs the VH-520)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the VH-510 (vs the VH-520)

  • No built-in flash
  • Shoots significantly slower: 5 fps vs 15 fps

common strengths of the VH-510 and VH-520

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

Canon PowerShot SX220 HS
2 years older

Significant advantages of the SX220 HS (vs the VH-520)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the SX220 HS (vs the VH-520)

  • Shoots significantly slower: 3.2 fps vs 15 fps

common strengths of the SX220 HS and VH-520

  • None found

compared toWaterproof competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus VH-520 compared to waterproof competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/3.3 vs f/3.9), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (460k dots vs 230k dots), significantly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO) and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD).

However, on average it has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens) and is not waterproof.

Panasonic Lumix TS25

Panasonic Lumix TS25
similar age
$200

Significant advantages of the TS25 (vs the VH-520)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the TS25 (vs the VH-520)

  • None found

common strengths of the TS25 and VH-520

  • None found

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus VH-520 compared to compact competitors include: it has a significantly wider wide angle lens (26 mm vs 35 mm), has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 1.5"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (460k dots vs 230k dots), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none) and significantly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.3 vs f/2.8) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel).

Olympus Stylus 410

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9 years older

Significant advantages of the Stylus 410 (vs the VH-520)

  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the Stylus 410 (vs the VH-520)

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 26 mm
  • Much smaller screen: 1.5" vs 3"
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the Stylus 410 and VH-520

  • Each has a built-in flash

Canon PowerShot A2500

Canon PowerShot A2500
similar age

Significant advantages of the A2500 (vs the VH-520)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the A2500 (vs the VH-520)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Shoots significantly slower: 0.8 fps vs 15 fps
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO

common strengths of the A2500 and VH-520

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (98×56×21 mm) vs Super compact (101×60×21 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 0.8"

Olympus VH-210

Olympus VH-210
1 year older
$357

Significant advantages of the VH-210 (vs the VH-520)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the VH-210 (vs the VH-520)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Shoots significantly slower: 0.6 fps vs 15 fps
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO

common strengths of the VH-210 and VH-520

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (101×60×21 mm) vs Super compact (101×60×21 mm)
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus VH-520 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 240fps vs none), has a much larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has a much higher resolution screen (460k dots vs 230k dots), records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none) and has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none).

However, on average it takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 10.1 MP), has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.16x4.55mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.8mm), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentamirror), has a built-in lens and doesn't support an external flash.

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
6 years older

Significant advantages of the Rebel XTi (vs the VH-520)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher true resolution: 10.1 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel XTi (vs the VH-520)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 240fps
  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 15 fps
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"

common strengths of the Rebel XTi and VH-520

  • Very small: Prosumer size (127×94×65 mm) vs Super compact (101×60×21 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.6" vs 0.8"