Olympus E-600 vs Olympus VG-145

Olympus E-600 front
Olympus VG-145 front

Olympus E-600 vs Olympus VG-145 Key Specs

Olympus E-600
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.7" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 515g - 130 x 94 x 60mm
  • Launched August 2009
Olympus VG-145
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-130mm (F2.8-6.5) lens
  • 120g - 96 x 57 x 19mm
  • Announced July 2011
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Olympus E-600 vs Olympus VG-145 Overview

In this write-up, we will be evaluating the Olympus E-600 and Olympus VG-145, one is a Entry-Level DSLR and the latter is a Ultracompact and they are both sold by Olympus. The resolution of the E-600 (12MP) and the VG-145 (14MP) is relatively similar but the E-600 (Four Thirds) and VG-145 (1/2.3") come with totally different sensor dimensions.

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The E-600 was released 23 months prior to the VG-145 which makes the cameras a generation away from each other. Both the cameras offer different body type with the Olympus E-600 being a Compact SLR camera and the Olympus VG-145 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before getting through a comprehensive comparison, below is a simple synopsis of how the E-600 grades versus the VG-145 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-600 over the Olympus VG-145

 E-600 VG-145 
Manual focus More accurate focusing
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Olympus VG-145 over the Olympus E-600

 VG-145 E-600 
AnnouncedJuly 2011August 2009Newer by 23 months
Screen sizing3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")

Common features in the Olympus E-600 and Olympus VG-145

 E-600 VG-145 
Screen resolution230k230kThe same screen resolution
Touch screen Absent Touch screen

Olympus E-600 vs Olympus VG-145 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to travel with your camera frequently, you need to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Olympus E-600 provides physical measurements of 130mm x 94mm x 60mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.4") having a weight of 515 grams (1.14 lbs) whilst the Olympus VG-145 has dimensions of 96mm x 57mm x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7") with a weight of 120 grams (0.26 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are utilising during that time. The following is the front view physical size comparison of the E-600 against the VG-145.

Olympus E-600 vs Olympus VG-145 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability rating of the E-600 and VG-145 is 71 and 96 respectively.

Olympus E-600 vs Olympus VG-145 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-600 vs Olympus VG-145 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, its tough to visualise the gap between sensor dimensions just by reviewing technical specs. The picture here may offer you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the E-600 and VG-145.

As you have seen, both the cameras offer different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The E-600 featuring a bigger sensor will make shooting shallower depth of field simpler and the Olympus VG-145 will offer greater detail as a result of its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will also let you crop photographs a little more aggressively. The more aged E-600 is going to be behind in sensor innovation.

Olympus E-600 vs Olympus VG-145 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-600 vs Olympus VG-145 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-600 vs Olympus VG-145 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-600 Portrait photography highlights
Olympus VG-145 Portrait photography highlights
focusing manually
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
has face detect autofocus
supports RAW formats
MP count low (12MP)
decent MP (14MP)
includes face detection focus
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not possible
external flash not possible
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-600 Street photography factors
Olympus VG-145 Street photography factors
fully articulated screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-600 Sports photography details
Olympus VG-145 Sports photography details
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
max frames per second very slow (4.0 frames/s)
MP count low (12MP)
low battery pack (500 CIPA)
decent MP (14MP)
no shutter priority
no image stabilization
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
bad battery pack (160 per charge)
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus E-600
Travel photography with Olympus VG-145
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
missing Time Lapse recording
low battery pack (500 shots)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
decent MP (14MP)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (26mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
bad battery pack (160 CIPA)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-600 Landscape photography features
Olympus VG-145 Landscape photography features
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
low battery pack (500 shots)
missing Time Lapse recording
reasonably wide (26mm)
screen size is good (3")
decent MP (14MP)
lack of manual focus
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
manual exposure not possible
no image stabilization
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
bad battery pack (160 CIPA)
does not have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-600 Vlogging features
Olympus VG-145 Vlogging features
can't shoot video
reasonably wide (26mm)
includes face detection focus
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have external microphone socket
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Olympus E-600 vs Olympus VG-145 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-600 and Olympus VG-145
 Olympus E-600Olympus VG-145
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Olympus
Model Olympus E-600 Olympus VG-145
Category Entry-Level DSLR Ultracompact
Launched 2009-08-30 2011-07-27
Physical type Compact SLR Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Chip TruePic III+ TruePic III
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3
Highest Possible resolution 4032 x 3024 4288 x 3216
Maximum native ISO 3200 1600
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW images
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 7 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 26-130mm (5.0x)
Max aperture - f/2.8-6.5
Macro focus distance - 1cm
Amount of lenses 45 -
Crop factor 2.1 5.8
Type of screen Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen size 2.7" 3"
Screen resolution 230k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Screen tech HyperCrystal LCD TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) None
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.48x -
Min shutter speed 60 secs 4 secs
Max shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 4.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 12.00 m 4.40 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Front curtain, Rear curtain, Fill-in, Manual Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/180 secs -
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions - 1280 x 720 (30, 15fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15fps)
Maximum video resolution None 1280x720
Video file format - Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
Wireless None None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 515 grams (1.14 lbs) 120 grams (0.26 lbs)
Dimensions 130 x 94 x 60mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.4") 96 x 57 x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 55 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 21.5 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.3 not tested
DXO Low light score 541 not tested
Battery life 500 shots 160 shots
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model BLS-1 LI-70B
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card SD/SDHC
Card slots 1 1
Launch price $0 $0