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Olympus SZ-16 iHS vs Olympus VG-110

Portability
89
Imaging
40
Features
36
Overall
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Olympus SZ-16 iHS front
 
Olympus VG-110 front
Portability
97
Imaging
36
Features
20
Overall
29

Olympus SZ-16 iHS vs Olympus VG-110 Key Specs

Olympus SZ-16 iHS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-600mm (F3.0-6.9) lens
  • 226g - 108 x 70 x 40mm
  • Introduced January 2013
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
  • Revealed February 2011
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Olympus SZ-16 iHS vs Olympus VG-110 Overview

Lets look a bit more closely at the Olympus SZ-16 iHS vs Olympus VG-110, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Ultracompact and both are produced by Olympus. There exists a crucial gap between the sensor resolutions of the SZ-16 iHS (16MP) and VG-110 (12MP) but both cameras offer the identical sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The SZ-16 iHS was unveiled 24 months after the VG-110 which makes them a generation away from one another. Each of the cameras feature different body design with the Olympus SZ-16 iHS being a Compact camera and the Olympus VG-110 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before diving right into a complete comparison, here is a brief introduction of how the SZ-16 iHS matches up against the VG-110 for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus SZ-16 iHS over the Olympus VG-110

 SZ-16 iHS VG-110 
RevealedJanuary 2013February 2011Newer by 24 months
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kClearer screen (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Olympus VG-110 over the Olympus SZ-16 iHS

 VG-110 SZ-16 iHS 

Common features in the Olympus SZ-16 iHS and Olympus VG-110

 SZ-16 iHS VG-110 
Manually focus No manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Absent Touch friendly screen

Olympus SZ-16 iHS vs Olympus VG-110 Physical Comparison

In case you're going to travel with your camera regularly, you are going to need to factor in its weight and measurements. The Olympus SZ-16 iHS provides exterior measurements of 108mm x 70mm x 40mm (4.3" x 2.8" x 1.6") having a weight of 226 grams (0.50 lbs) whilst the Olympus VG-110 has proportions of 92mm x 54mm x 20mm (3.6" x 2.1" x 0.8") along with a weight of 105 grams (0.23 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you are utilising at that moment. Below is a front view scale comparison of the SZ-16 iHS against the VG-110.

Olympus SZ-16 iHS vs Olympus VG-110 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the SZ-16 iHS and VG-110 is 89 and 97 respectively.

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Olympus SZ-16 iHS vs Olympus VG-110 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is very hard to see the difference between sensor dimensions purely by reading through a spec sheet. The image below will help provide you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the SZ-16 iHS and VG-110.

As you can see, both of those cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit not the same MP. You should expect the Olympus SZ-16 iHS to resolve greater detail having an extra 4MP. Higher resolution can also help you crop photographs a good deal more aggressively. The more modern SZ-16 iHS is going to have an edge in sensor tech.

Olympus SZ-16 iHS vs Olympus VG-110 sensor size comparison

Olympus SZ-16 iHS vs Olympus VG-110 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus SZ-16 iHS vs Olympus VG-110 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus SZ-16 iHS Portrait photography advice
Olympus VG-110 Portrait photography advice
35
good megapixels (16MP)
includes face detect focus
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
can't use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
27
provides face detection focusing
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
no external flash support
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus SZ-16 iHS Street photography information
Olympus VG-110 Street photography information
61
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competitors in class (226 grams)
screen is fixed
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
48
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Olympus SZ-16 iHS Sports photography info
Olympus VG-110 Sports photography info
42
incredible zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
includes tracking focus
low frames per second (2.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
terrible battery pack (220 per charge)
lack of phase detect auto focus
25
provides tracking autofocus
lack of shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
terrible battery power (170 per charge)
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus SZ-16 iHS Travel photography features
Olympus VG-110 Travel photography features
65
lighter than competitors in class (226 grams)
good megapixels (16MP)
flash built-in
relatively wide (25mm)
very long zoom (600mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
terrible battery pack (220 shots)
does not have a selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
57
flash built-in
relatively wide (27mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
terrible battery power (170 CIPA)
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.9)
World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

Landscape Comparison

Olympus SZ-16 iHS Landscape photography highlights
Olympus VG-110 Landscape photography highlights
41
relatively wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good megapixels (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
no manual control
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
terrible battery pack (220 shots)
lack of Time Lapse function
28
relatively wide (27mm)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.9)
tiny screen (2.7")
no manual control
does not have image stabilization
resolution not great (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
terrible battery power (170 CIPA)
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus SZ-16 iHS as a Vlogging camera
Olympus VG-110 as a Vlogging camera
31
relatively wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes face detect focus
lighter than competitors in class (226 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
does not have a selfie friendly display
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of mic support
28
relatively wide (27mm)
provides face detection focusing
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.9)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
low quality video (640 x 480 resolution)
lack of external microphone support
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Olympus SZ-16 iHS vs Olympus VG-110 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus SZ-16 iHS and Olympus VG-110
 Olympus SZ-16 iHSOlympus VG-110
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus SZ-16 iHS Olympus VG-110
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Ultracompact
Introduced 2013-01-08 2011-02-08
Physical type Compact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Chip - TruePic III
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 4:3
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 3968 x 2976
Maximum native ISO 6400 1600
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type 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 range - 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3" 2.7"
Display resolution 460k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display tech TFT Color LCD TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4s 4s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting rate 2.0 frames/s -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance - 4.70 m
Flash settings 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)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 226g (0.50 pounds) 105g (0.23 pounds)
Physical dimensions 108 x 70 x 40mm (4.3" x 2.8" 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 images 170 images
Battery style 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
Card slots 1 1
Price at launch $230 $150