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Advantages of the Olympus VG-180

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the VG-180's lens captures slightly more light (0.6 f-stops)
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1600s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-TX30

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Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 230k dots
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Around 5.5x higher resolution screen
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Size
Significantly smaller
96×59×15 mm vs 104×60×28 mm
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2.1x smaller
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.3" vs 2.7"
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More than 20% larger screen
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
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  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Thickness
Much thinner
0.6" vs 1.1"
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Around 50% thinner
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 1.4 fps
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More than 7x faster continuous shooting
Waterproof
Waterproof
Yes vs No
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Great for vacations and holidays at the beach, or around the pool
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DSC-TX30's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
140 g vs 172 g
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Around 20% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Thickness Thin Help
              VG-1801.1"
              DSC-TX300.6"
              Weight Light weight Help
              VG-180172 g
              DSC-TX30140 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              4 seconds
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              VG-1801,600 ISO
              DSC-TX303,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              VG-1801.4 fps
              DSC-TX3010 fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

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              Olympus VG-180
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