Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to make a detailed comparison of two cameras that fall into different categories. While the first model we are looking at, Olympus VG-145 belongs to a Ultracompact category, the other model, Olympus VG-145 is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera. Both models feature different types of sensors. Thus, Olympus VG-145 comes with CCD sensor that has a resolution of 14.0 MP resolution, while our second compared model Canon SX220 HS features a 12.0 MP BSI-CMOS sensor.
Both cameras we are going to look at in our overview fall into two different categories - Compact and SuperZoom. Keeping in mind all the distinctive features of each category, it will be hard to make a detailed comparison of these two models. However, we will do our best to make this review as unbiased and detailed as possible.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Olympus VG-145 and Canon SX220 HS and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Olympus VG-145 Key Features:
Canon SX220 HS Key Features:
|Sensor Resolution||14.0 MP vs 12.0 MP||14.3% more pixels|
|Flash Range||4.4 vs 3.5||0.9 better flash range|
|Image Stabilization||Yes vs No||All lenses are stabilized|
|Manual Exposure Mode||Yes vs No||Has Manual Exposure Mode|
|Continuous Shooting||3 fps vs No fps||3 fps faster|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/3200 vs 1/2000||Faster shutter speed|
|Screen Resolution||461k dots vs 230k dots||50.1% higher resolution screen|
|Battery Life||210 shots vs 160 shots||50 more frames with a single charge|
|Weight||No g vs 120 g||120 g lighter|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080 vs 1280 x 720||Higher Resolution Video|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Screen Resolution||230k dots | 461k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type | Fixed Type||No flexible viewing angles|
|Viewfinder||No | No||No ViewFinder|
|Raw Support||No | No||Doesn's support RAW format|
|Sensor Resolution||14.0 MP | 12.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Microphone Port||No | No||No microphone port|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Timelapse Recording||No | No||No timelapse recording|
|External Flash Shoe||No | No||No Flash Shoe|
|Bracketing||No | No||No AE bracketing|
|Continuous Shooting||fps | 3.0 fps||Low continuous shooting|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
|Battery Life||160 shots | 210 shots||Low battery life|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Olympus VG-145 and Canon SX220 HS from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Canon SX220 HS is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 120g less than the Olympus VG-145. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Olympus VG-145 and Canon SX220 HS any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Olympus VG-145 features a 14.0 MP 1/2.3" sized CCD sensor and boasts of a TruePic III processor . Canon SX220 HS, in its turn, comes with a 12.0 MP 1/2.3" sized BSI-CMOS sensor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Olympus VG-145 and Canon SX220 HS by the size of their sensors.
Olympus VG-145 and Canon SX220 HS are identical by this indicator, as each feature a sensor of the same size. Thus, both cameras will provide the same level of control in terms of the depth of field if you use them with the same focal length and aperture.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Olympus VG-145 and Canon SX220 HS in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Olympus VG-145||Canon SX220 HS|
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Olympus VG-145 or Canon SX220 HS, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Olympus VG-145 and Canon SX220 HS here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Canon SX220 HS deserves a higher Total Score than the Olympus VG-145. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Olympus VG-145||Canon SX220 HS|
|Announced||Jul 27, 2011||Feb 07, 2011|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.17 x 4.55 mm||6.17 x 4.55 mm|
|Sensor Area||28.07 mm2||28.07 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||14.0 MP||12.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4288 x 3216||4000 x 3000|
|Max Native ISO||1,600||3,200|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||80||100|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||1||5|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a||9|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||0||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||230k dots||461k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||4 s||15 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s||1/3200 s|
|Continuous Shooting||fps||3.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye, Fill-in||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync|
|Video Resolutions||1280 x 720 (30, 15fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15fps)||1920 x 1080 (24fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30,120 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 240 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1280 x 720||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||Motion JPEG||H.264|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Physical Dimensions||96 x 57 x 19 mm||106 x 59 x 33 mm|
|Battery Life||160 shots||210 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC||SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/ MMCplus/HC MMCplus|