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Olympus SZ-12 vs Olympus VG-110

Portability
89
Imaging
38
Features
36
Overall
37
Olympus SZ-12 front
 
Olympus VG-110 front
Portability
97
Imaging
36
Features
20
Overall
29

Olympus SZ-12 vs Olympus VG-110 Key Specs

Olympus SZ-12
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-600mm (F3.0-6.9) lens
  • 226g - 106 x 69 x 40mm
  • Released January 2012
Olympus VG-110
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 27-108mm (F2.9-6.5) lens
  • 105g - 92 x 54 x 20mm
  • Launched February 2011
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Olympus SZ-12 vs Olympus VG-110 Overview

Here, we will be reviewing the Olympus SZ-12 versus Olympus VG-110, former being a Small Sensor Superzoom while the latter is a Ultracompact and they are both created by Olympus. The resolution of the SZ-12 (14MP) and the VG-110 (12MP) is relatively well matched and both cameras have the identical sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The SZ-12 was announced 12 months later than the VG-110 so they are both of a similar age. Both cameras feature different body design with the Olympus SZ-12 being a Compact camera and the Olympus VG-110 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before we go right into a in depth comparison, here is a short overview of how the SZ-12 scores vs the VG-110 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus SZ-12 over the Olympus VG-110

 SZ-12 VG-110 
LaunchedJanuary 2012February 2011Fresher by 12 months
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kCrisper screen (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Olympus VG-110 over the Olympus SZ-12

 VG-110 SZ-12 

Common features in the Olympus SZ-12 and Olympus VG-110

 SZ-12 VG-110 
Manually focus No manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch screen No Touch screen

Olympus SZ-12 vs Olympus VG-110 Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to carry your camera regularly, you'll have to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Olympus SZ-12 features outside dimensions of 106mm x 69mm x 40mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.6") along with a weight of 226 grams (0.50 lbs) while the Olympus VG-110 has dimensions of 92mm x 54mm x 20mm (3.6" x 2.1" x 0.8") having a weight of 105 grams (0.23 lbs).

Examine the Olympus SZ-12 versus Olympus VG-110 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you use at that time. Here is a front view proportions comparison of the SZ-12 against the VG-110.

Olympus SZ-12 vs Olympus VG-110 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the SZ-12 and VG-110 is 89 and 97 respectively.

Olympus SZ-12 vs Olympus VG-110 top view buttons comparison

Olympus SZ-12 vs Olympus VG-110 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is very difficult to visualize the contrast between sensor sizing merely by checking specifications. The graphic here may give you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the SZ-12 and VG-110.

Plainly, the two cameras feature the identical sensor size albeit different MP. You can count on the Olympus SZ-12 to resolve more detail with its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will make it easier to crop shots way more aggressively. The newer SZ-12 provides a benefit in sensor technology.

Olympus SZ-12 vs Olympus VG-110 sensor size comparison

Olympus SZ-12 vs Olympus VG-110 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus SZ-12 vs Olympus VG-110 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus SZ-12 Portrait photography features
Olympus VG-110 Portrait photography features
34
MP count good (14 megapixels)
comes with face detection focus
manual focus not available
manual exposure not possible
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
27
comes with face detection focus
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not possible
no external flash support
sensor resolution low (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus SZ-12 Street photography details
Olympus VG-110 Street photography details
60
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than average (226g)
fixed screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
48
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Olympus SZ-12 as a Sports photography camera
Olympus VG-110 as a Sports photography camera
41
incredible zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count good (14MP)
comes with tracking autofocus
max fps low (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
not so great battery pack (220 per charge)
does not have phase detect auto focus
25
comes with tracking autofocus
lack of shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
low battery (170 per charge)
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus SZ-12
Travel photography with Olympus VG-110
65
lighter than average (226g)
MP count good (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
fairly wide (25mm)
great zoom (600mm)
no Timelapse mode
not so great battery pack (220 per charge)
does not have selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
57
built-in flash
fairly wide (27mm)
does not have Time Lapse recording
low battery (170 shots)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f2.9)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus SZ-12 Landscape photography highlights
Olympus VG-110 Landscape photography highlights
40
fairly wide (25mm)
good sized screen (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count good (14MP)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
manual exposure not possible
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
not so great battery pack (220 shots)
no Timelapse mode
28
fairly wide (27mm)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.9)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
manual exposure not possible
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution low (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
low battery (170 per charge)
does not have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus SZ-12 Vlogging highlights
Olympus VG-110 Vlogging highlights
31
fairly wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detection focus
lighter than average (226 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
does not have selfie friendly display
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
no external microphone port
28
fairly wide (27mm)
comes with face detection focus
slow max aperture (f2.9)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
video quality not great (640 x 480 resolution)
does not have external mic jack
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Olympus SZ-12 vs Olympus VG-110 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus SZ-12 and Olympus VG-110
 Olympus SZ-12Olympus VG-110
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus SZ-12 Olympus VG-110
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Ultracompact
Released 2012-01-10 2011-02-08
Body design Compact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Chip - TruePic III
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 4:3
Full resolution 4288 x 3216 3968 x 2976
Max native ISO 1600 1600
Lowest native ISO 80 80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-600mm (24.0x) 27-108mm (4.0x)
Max aperture f/3.0-6.9 f/2.9-6.5
Macro focusing distance - 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 2.7 inch
Resolution of display 460k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display technology TFT Color LCD TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4s 4s
Maximum shutter speed 1/1700s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed 1.0 frames per sec -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance - 4.70 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps) 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 226 grams (0.50 lbs) 105 grams (0.23 lbs)
Physical dimensions 106 x 69 x 40mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.6") 92 x 54 x 20mm (3.6" x 2.1" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 220 shots 170 shots
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID LI-50B LI-70B
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC
Storage slots 1 1
Retail price $350 $150