Olympus VG-160 Review

Overall 41
Imaging 2
Features 17
Size 92
Price 0

Main Features

  • 14.0 MP 1/2.3" CCD sensor
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1280 x 720 (30,15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 180 (30,15 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 96 x 57 x 19 mm
  • Weight: 125 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Olympus VG-160 Summary

This review is devoted to VG-160 that Olympus has first introduced to the public in Jan 10, 2012. This model is a Small Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 14.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CCD sensor.

In Small Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #361 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 41/100 and it takes a rank of #811 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Olympus VG-160 Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Olympus VG-160 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Min Native Iso: 80
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Weight: 175 g

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 14.0 MP
  • Max Native Iso: 1600
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Olympus VG-160 With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Compact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Olympus VG-160. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Compact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Olympus VG-160

Olympus VG-160 has the following external dimensions 96 x 96 x 19 mm (37.8 x 22.44 x 7.48″) with the weight of 125 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Compact type cameras is 175g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Olympus VG-160, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Olympus VG-160 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 19mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Olympus VG-160 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Olympus VG-160 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Olympus VG-160 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Olympus VG-160 — 165 shots
Min: 140 shots
Average: 241 shots
Max: 470 shots

Thickness

Olympus VG-160 — 19 mm
Min: 10 mm
Average: 26 mm
Max: 60 mm

Weight

Olympus VG-160 — 125 g
Min: 103 g
Average: 175 g
Max: 423 g

Unfortunately, Olympus VG-160 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Olympus VG-160 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Olympus VG-160 Photo and Sensor Features

Olympus VG-160 boasts of a resolution of 14.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Olympus VG-160 has the following ISO range 80 - 1600 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Olympus VG-160. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Olympus VG-160 features a 14.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Olympus VG-160 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Olympus VG-160 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Olympus VG-160

LCD and ViewFinder

Olympus VG-160 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 230k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Olympus VG-160 are its fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, VG-160 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, VG-160 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Olympus VG-160, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1280 x 720 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Olympus VG-160 allows you to save files in Motion JPEG formats.

Comparing the technical characteristics of this model with the modern standards, we have to admit that 1280 x 720 is a rather poor indicator of video resolution. However, if you are looking for a camera that has 4K video support, we recommend you to consider our Cheapest Camera with 4K video.

Olympus VG-160 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect VG-160 to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Olympus VG-160 provides a shooting life of 165, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 241 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Olympus VG-160 is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Olympus VG-160 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Olympus VG-160’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Olympus VG-160’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the VG-160 to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Olympus VG-160 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus VG-160 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 13. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus VG-160 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • No Image Stabilization

Olympus VG-160 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus VG-160 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 13. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus VG-160 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (96 x 57 x 19 mm)
  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • No Image Stabilization
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Olympus VG-160 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus VG-160 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 32. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus VG-160 can be called a 32 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting ( fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Small Number of CrossFocus Points (0)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (1600)
  • Small battery life (165 shots)
  • Small size (96 x 57 x 19 mm)

Olympus VG-160 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus VG-160 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 46. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus VG-160 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (125 g)
  • Small size (96 x 57 x 19 mm)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Olympus VG-160 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus VG-160 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 2. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus VG-160 can be called a 2 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (14 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (1600)

Olympus VG-160 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Olympus
Model VG-160
Announced Jan 10, 2012
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus No
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 7
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 230k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 4 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting fps
Shutter Priority No
Aperture Priority No
Manual Exposure Mode No
Exposure Compensation No
Custom White Balance No
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 4.8
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye, Fill-in
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area Yes
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Sensor Area 28.07 mm2
Sensor Resolution 14.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4288 x 3216
Max Native ISO 1,600
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 80
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single No
AF Tracking No
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1280 x 720 (30,15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 180 (30,15 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1280 x 720
Video Formats Motion JPEG
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI No
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 125 g
Physical Dimensions 96 x 57 x 19 mm
Battery Life 165 shots
Battery Type 165 shots
Battery Model LI-70B
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC
Storage Slots 1

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