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Olympus VG-120 vs Sony H20

Portability
96
Imaging
37
Features
24
Overall
31
Olympus VG-120 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 front
Portability
87
Imaging
33
Features
29
Overall
31

Olympus VG-120 vs Sony H20 Key Specs

Olympus VG-120
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-130mm (F2.8-6.5) lens
  • 120g - 96 x 57 x 19mm
  • Introduced January 2011
Sony H20
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 38-380mm (F3.5-4.4) lens
  • 250g - 107 x 69 x 47mm
  • Revealed May 2009
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Olympus VG-120 vs Sony H20 Overview

Let's look a bit more closely at the Olympus VG-120 vs Sony H20, one being a Ultracompact and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by brands Olympus and Sony. There exists a crucial gap between the image resolutions of the VG-120 (14MP) and H20 (10MP) but they enjoy the exact same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The VG-120 was announced 21 months later than the H20 which makes the cameras a generation apart from one another. Both cameras come with different body type with the Olympus VG-120 being a Ultracompact camera and the Sony H20 being a Compact camera.

Before diving through a in-depth comparison, below is a concise introduction of how the VG-120 matches up vs the H20 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus VG-120 over the Sony H20

 VG-120 H20 
RevealedJanuary 2011May 2009Fresher by 21 months

Reasons to pick Sony H20 over the Olympus VG-120

 H20 VG-120 
Focus manually Very accurate focus

Common features in the Olympus VG-120 and Sony H20

 VG-120 H20 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurements
Screen resolution230k230kSame screen resolution
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch friendly screen No Touch friendly screen

Olympus VG-120 vs Sony H20 Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to carry your camera regularly, you're going to have to think about its weight and measurements. The Olympus VG-120 enjoys external measurements of 96mm x 57mm x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7") along with a weight of 120 grams (0.26 lbs) whilst the Sony H20 has proportions of 107mm x 69mm x 47mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.9") accompanied by a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs).

Examine the Olympus VG-120 vs Sony H20 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you choose during that time. Following is the front view over all size comparison of the VG-120 and the H20.

Olympus VG-120 vs Sony H20 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability score of the VG-120 and H20 is 96 and 87 respectively.

Olympus VG-120 vs Sony H20 top view buttons comparison

Olympus VG-120 vs Sony H20 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is very hard to picture the gap between sensor sizing merely by reading through a spec sheet. The graphic here should offer you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the VG-120 and H20.

As you can see, both cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit different MP. You should expect the Olympus VG-120 to resolve extra detail with its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop photographs somewhat more aggressively. The newer VG-120 provides an advantage when it comes to sensor innovation.

Olympus VG-120 vs Sony H20 sensor size comparison

Olympus VG-120 vs Sony H20 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus VG-120 vs Sony H20 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus VG-120 Portrait photography information
Sony H20 Portrait photography information
33
megapixel count decent (14MP)
features face detection focusing
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
no external flash support
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
27
focusing manually
no external flash support
MP count low (10 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus VG-120 as a Street photography camera
Sony H20 as a Street photography camera
48
no articulating screen
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
51
image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
more heavy than others (250g)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus VG-120
Sports photography with Sony H20
26
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
not so great battery life (160 shots)
no phase detect AF
26
image stabilization (Optical)
very slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
MP count low (10 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus VG-120 Travel photography info
Sony H20 Travel photography info
62
megapixel count decent (14MP)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (26mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
not so great battery life (160 shots)
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f2.8)
51
built-in flash
very long reach (380mm)
lack of Timelapse function
more heavy than others (250 grams)
MP count low (10 megapixels)
does not contain selfie friendly display
wide angle not the best (38mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus VG-120 Landscape photography features
Sony H20 Landscape photography features
36
reasonably wide (26mm)
screen size is decent (3")
megapixel count decent (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
no manual control
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
not so great battery life (160 CIPA)
lack of Timelapse mode
36
focusing manually
nice screen size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (38mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
MP count low (10 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
lack of Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus VG-120 Vlogging features
Sony H20 Vlogging features
28
reasonably wide (26mm)
features face detection focusing
slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external microphone port
23
image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not the best (38mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
does not contain selfie friendly display
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of microphone port
more heavy than others (250g)
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Olympus VG-120 vs Sony H20 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus VG-120 and Sony H20
 Olympus VG-120Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20
General Information
Make Olympus Sony
Model type Olympus VG-120 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20
Category Ultracompact Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2011-01-06 2009-05-14
Body design Ultracompact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor TruePic III -
Sensor type CCD 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 14 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4288 x 3216 3648 x 2736
Maximum native ISO 1600 3200
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points - 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 26-130mm (5.0x) 38-380mm (10.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.8-6.5 f/3.5-4.4
Macro focusing range 7cm 2cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display tech TFT Color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 4 seconds 30 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed - 2.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 4.40 m 7.10 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30, 15fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format Motion JPEG -
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
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 120 gr (0.26 lb) 250 gr (0.55 lb)
Dimensions 96 x 57 x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7") 107 x 69 x 47mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 160 shots -
Battery form Battery Pack -
Battery ID LI-70B NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Storage slots One One
Cost at release $190 $249