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 much 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 much 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 much larger screen (3" vs 1.5"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (460k dots vs 230k dots), is significantly smaller (super compact (101×60×21 mm) vs compact (99×56×34 mm)) and has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none).

However, on average it 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 smaller screen: 1.5" vs 3"
  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 26 mm
  • Much larger: Compact (99×56×34 mm) vs Super compact (101×60×21 mm)

common strengths of the Stylus 410 and VH-520

  • Very small: Compact (99×56×34 mm) vs Super compact (101×60×21 mm)
  • Light weight: 200 g vs 138 g

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
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Shoots much slower: 0.8 fps vs 15 fps

common strengths of the A2500 and VH-520

  • Very small: Super compact (98×56×21 mm) vs Super compact (101×60×21 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 0.8"
  • Very light: 125 g vs 138 g

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 much 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

  • Very small: Super compact (101×60×21 mm) vs Super compact (101×60×21 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 0.8"
  • Very light: 138 g vs 138 g

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
6 years older

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the Rebel XTi and VH-520

  • None found