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Olympus VG-120 vs Sony W810

Portability
96
Imaging
37
Features
24
Overall
31
Olympus VG-120 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810 front
Portability
96
Imaging
45
Features
26
Overall
37

Olympus VG-120 vs Sony W810 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
  • Announced January 2011
Sony W810
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 27-162mm (F3.5-6.5) lens
  • 111g - 97 x 56 x 21mm
  • Revealed January 2014
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Olympus VG-120 vs Sony W810 Overview

In this write-up, we will be comparing the Olympus VG-120 versus Sony W810, both Ultracompact digital cameras by companies Olympus and Sony. There is a huge difference between the image resolutions of the VG-120 (14MP) and W810 (20MP) but they possess the same exact sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The VG-120 was brought out 4 years earlier than the W810 which is quite a significant gap as far as tech is concerned. Both the cameras offer the identical body type (Ultracompact).

Before going through a detailed comparison, below is a quick introduction of how the VG-120 scores vs the W810 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus VG-120 over the Sony W810

 VG-120 W810 
Screen sizing3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")

Reasons to pick Sony W810 over the Olympus VG-120

 W810 VG-120 
RevealedJanuary 2014January 2011Newer by 36 months

Common features in the Olympus VG-120 and Sony W810

 VG-120 W810 
Focus manually No manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kExact same screen resolution
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch screen Lacking Touch screen

Olympus VG-120 vs Sony W810 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is planning to travel with your camera regularly, you need to think about its weight and size. The Olympus VG-120 offers physical dimensions of 96mm x 57mm x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7") and a weight of 120 grams (0.26 lbs) and the Sony W810 has specifications of 97mm x 56mm x 21mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.8") having a weight of 111 grams (0.24 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you have at that time. Below is the front view measurements comparison of the VG-120 vs the W810.

Olympus VG-120 vs Sony W810 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability rating of the VG-120 and W810 is 96 and 96 respectively.

Olympus VG-120 vs Sony W810 top view buttons comparison

Olympus VG-120 vs Sony W810 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it can be difficult to see the difference between sensor dimensions just by going over specifications. The picture here might give you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the VG-120 and W810.

To sum up, each of these cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same megapixels. You should expect the Sony W810 to offer more detail having its extra 6MP. Higher resolution can also let you crop pictures far more aggressively. The more aged VG-120 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor technology.

Olympus VG-120 vs Sony W810 sensor size comparison

Olympus VG-120 vs Sony W810 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus VG-120 vs Sony W810 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus VG-120 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony W810 as a Portrait photography camera
33
good MP (14 megapixels)
provides face detection focus
lack of manual focus
no manual mode
can't use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
38
megapixel count good (20MP)
features face detect focus
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not possible
cannot use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus VG-120 as a Street photography camera
Sony W810 as a Street photography camera
48
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
59
image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Olympus VG-120 Sports photography details
Sony W810 Sports photography details
26
good MP (14 megapixels)
lack of shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
bad battery pack (160 shots)
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
43
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20MP)
features tracking focus
slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus VG-120 Travel photography features
Sony W810 Travel photography features
62
good MP (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
relatively wide (26mm)
does not have Timelapse function
bad battery pack (160 shots)
does not contain selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
67
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
has built in flash
quite wide (27mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus VG-120 Landscape photography features
Sony W810 Landscape photography features
36
relatively wide (26mm)
good sized screen (3 inches)
good MP (14MP)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
no manual mode
does not have image stabilization
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
bad battery pack (160 per charge)
does not have Timelapse function
41
quite wide (27mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
tiny screen (2.7")
manual mode not possible
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
does not have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus VG-120 as a Vlogging camera
Sony W810 as a Vlogging camera
28
relatively wide (26mm)
provides face detection focus
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not contain selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have external microphone port
32
quite wide (27mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect focus
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have mic support
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Olympus VG-120 vs Sony W810 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus VG-120 and Sony W810
 Olympus VG-120Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Sony
Model Olympus VG-120 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810
Type Ultracompact Ultracompact
Announced 2011-01-06 2014-01-07
Physical type Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Processor 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 surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4288 x 3216 5152 x 3864
Maximum native ISO 1600 3200
Lowest native ISO 80 80
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 26-130mm (5.0x) 27-162mm (6.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.8-6.5 f/3.5-6.5
Macro focus range 7cm -
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3" 2.7"
Display resolution 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display technology TFT Color LCD Clear Photo LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4s 2s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1500s
Continuous shooting rate - 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 4.40 m 3.20 m (with ISO auto)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto / Flash On / Slow Synchro / Flash Off / Advanced Flash
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
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 H.264
Mic 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 proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 120 grams (0.26 pounds) 111 grams (0.24 pounds)
Dimensions 96 x 57 x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7") 97 x 56 x 21mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 160 shots 200 shots
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model LI-70B NP-BN
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo, microSD/microSDHC
Card slots Single Single
Cost at launch $190 $100