As well as being compared against other compacts, the Olympus C-180 is also often compared to travel zooms, entry-level DSLRs, digicams and mirrorless. The Olympus C-180's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the C-25 and the C-170) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-SZ1)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, compared to other compact competitors the Olympus C-180 has a slightly smaller screen (1.5" vs 2.5"), is slightly larger (compact (101×52×35 mm) vs super compact (96×57×22 mm)), is older (may 2005 vs august 2008), is thicker (1.4" vs 0.9") and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1500 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

Olympus C-25

Olympus C-25
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the C-25 (vs the C-180)

  • Much larger screen: 2.5" vs 1.5"
  • Smaller: Super compact (96×57×22 mm) vs Compact (101×52×35 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.9" vs 1.4"

Significant disadvantages of the C-25 (vs the C-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the C-25 and C-180

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Light weight: 128 g vs 140 g

Olympus C-170

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4 months older

Significant advantages of the C-170 (vs the C-180)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the C-170 (vs the C-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the C-170 and C-180

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Light weight: 170 g vs 140 g

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, compared to travel zoom competitors the Olympus C-180 has a much narrower wide angle lens (36 mm vs 25 mm), has a much smaller screen (1.5" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (85k dots vs 461k dots), is slightly larger (compact (101×52×35 mm) vs super compact (96×57×22 mm)) and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1
6 years newer
$209

Significant advantages of the DMC-SZ1 (vs the C-180)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 36 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.5"

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-SZ1 (vs the C-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-SZ1 and C-180

  • Very small: Super compact (99×59×21 mm) vs Compact (101×52×35 mm)
  • Very light: 131 g vs 140 g
  • Thin: 0.8" vs 1.4"

Canon IXUS 230 HS

Canon IXUS 230 HS
6 years newer
$285

Significant advantages of the IXUS 230 HS (vs the C-180)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 36 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    2. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.5"

Significant disadvantages of the IXUS 230 HS (vs the C-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the IXUS 230 HS and C-180

  • Very small: Super compact (96×57×22 mm) vs Compact (101×52×35 mm)
  • Very light: 140 g vs 140 g
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 1.4"

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus C-180 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it is much smaller (compact (101×52×35 mm) vs prosumer size (124×98×76 mm)), is thinner (1.4" vs 3") and is significantly lighter (140 g vs 430 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (320 x 240 @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much smaller screen (1.5" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (85k dots vs 921k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (5 MP vs 24.2 MP) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
8 years newer
$473 (body only)
$399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the C-180)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 5 MP
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.5"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 85k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the C-180)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×98×76 mm) vs Compact (101×52×35 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 1.4"
  • Significantly heavier: 430 g vs 140 g

common strengths of the D3300 and C-180

  • Light weight: 430 g vs 140 g

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus C-180 compared to digicam competitors include: it is newer (may 2005 vs may 2002).

However, on average it doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel) and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1500 of a second vs 1/1700 of a second).

Kodak EasyShare CX4230

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3 years older

Significant advantages of the CX4230 (vs the C-180)

  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the CX4230 (vs the C-180)

  • None found

common strengths of the CX4230 and C-180

  • None found

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus C-180 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it is slightly lighter (140 g vs 350 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (320 x 240 @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (1.5" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (85k dots vs 920k dots), takes significantly lower resolution photos (5 MP vs 16 MP) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Fujifilm X-A2

Fujifilm X-A2
9 years newer

Significant advantages of the X-A2 (vs the C-180)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.5"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 85k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the X-A2 (vs the C-180)

  • Heavier: 350 g vs 140 g

common strengths of the X-A2 and C-180

  • Fairly small: Mid size (117×67×40 mm) vs Compact (101×52×35 mm)
  • Light weight: 350 g vs 140 g
  • Thin: 1.6" vs 1.4"