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Olympus VG-145 vs Samsung Galaxy NX

Portability
96
Imaging
38
Features
24
Overall
32
Olympus VG-145 front
 
Samsung Galaxy NX front
Portability
82
Imaging
64
Features
76
Overall
68

Olympus VG-145 vs Samsung Galaxy NX Key Specs

Olympus VG-145
(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
  • Launched July 2011
Samsung Galaxy NX
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 4.8" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1/6000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Samsung NX Mount
  • 495g - 137 x 101 x 26mm
  • Introduced June 2013
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Olympus VG-145 vs Samsung Galaxy NX Overview

Below, we are matching up the Olympus VG-145 and Samsung Galaxy NX, one being a Ultracompact and the other is a Entry-Level Mirrorless by brands Olympus and Samsung. There is a huge difference between the sensor resolutions of the VG-145 (14MP) and Galaxy NX (20MP) and the VG-145 (1/2.3") and Galaxy NX (APS-C) come with different sensor measurements.

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The VG-145 was introduced 23 months before the Galaxy NX making the cameras a generation apart from each other. Both of the cameras come with different body type with the Olympus VG-145 being a Ultracompact camera and the Samsung Galaxy NX being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before getting through a full comparison, below is a simple summation of how the VG-145 grades versus the Galaxy NX in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus VG-145 over the Samsung Galaxy NX

 VG-145 Galaxy NX 

Reasons to pick Samsung Galaxy NX over the Olympus VG-145

 Galaxy NX VG-145 
IntroducedJune 2013July 2011Fresher by 23 months
Focus manually Dial precise focus
Display dimension4.8"3"Larger display (+1.8")
Display resolution922k230kClearer display (+692k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus VG-145 and Samsung Galaxy NX

 VG-145 Galaxy NX 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen

Olympus VG-145 vs Samsung Galaxy NX Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to carry your camera often, you are going to need to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Olympus VG-145 offers physical dimensions of 96mm x 57mm x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7") accompanied by a weight of 120 grams (0.26 lbs) and the Samsung Galaxy NX has dimensions of 137mm x 101mm x 26mm (5.4" x 4.0" x 1.0") along with a weight of 495 grams (1.09 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you are employing during that time. The following is the front view scale comparison of the VG-145 vs the Galaxy NX.

Olympus VG-145 vs Samsung Galaxy NX size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the VG-145 and Galaxy NX is 96 and 82 respectively.

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Olympus VG-145 vs Samsung Galaxy NX Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is very tough to imagine the gap between sensor sizing purely by going over technical specs. The graphic underneath may provide you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the VG-145 and Galaxy NX.

As you can tell, the 2 cameras posses different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The VG-145 having a tinier sensor is going to make shooting shallower depth of field more difficult and the Samsung Galaxy NX will offer greater detail using its extra 6MP. Greater resolution will allow you to crop images somewhat more aggressively. The older VG-145 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor technology.

Olympus VG-145 vs Samsung Galaxy NX sensor size comparison

Olympus VG-145 vs Samsung Galaxy NX Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus VG-145 vs Samsung Galaxy NX Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus VG-145 Portrait photography information
Samsung Galaxy NX Portrait photography information
34
good MP (14 megapixels)
features face detect focusing
manual focus not available
lack of manual mode
can't use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
78
has manual focus
resolution is good (20MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
features face detect autofocus
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Olympus VG-145 as a Street photography camera
Samsung Galaxy NX as a Street photography camera
48
no moving screen
lack of image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
69
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
features focus via touch
good ISO range (25,600)
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
more heavy than competition (495g)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus VG-145 Sports photography highlights
Samsung Galaxy NX Sports photography highlights
27
good MP (14 megapixels)
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
not so great battery life (160 shots)
doesn't have phase detect AF
73
great max shutter speed (1/6,000s)
resolution is good (20MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
good battery pack (440 CIPA)
supports phase detect autofocus
lack of image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus VG-145
Travel photography with Samsung Galaxy NX
63
good MP (14MP)
built-in flash
relatively wide (26mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
not so great battery life (160 CIPA)
does not offer selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f2.8)
68
good battery pack (440 CIPA)
features focus via touch
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
doesn't have Timelapse recording
more heavy than competition (495 grams)
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus VG-145 Landscape photography details
Samsung Galaxy NX Landscape photography details
37
relatively wide (26mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
good MP (14MP)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
lack of manual mode
lack of image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
not so great battery life (160 shots)
lack of Timelapse recording
73
has manual focus
switch lenses (Samsung NX mount)
very good size screen (4.8 inch)
resolution is good (20MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
good ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW formats
good battery pack (440 shots)
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus VG-145
Vlogging with Samsung Galaxy NX
28
relatively wide (26mm)
features face detect focusing
slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not offer selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of microphone socket
34
screen is touchscreen
features face detect autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
comes with microphone jack
display is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
more heavy than competition (495 grams)
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Olympus VG-145 vs Samsung Galaxy NX Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus VG-145 and Samsung Galaxy NX
 Olympus VG-145Samsung Galaxy NX
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Samsung
Model type Olympus VG-145 Samsung Galaxy NX
Category Ultracompact Entry-Level Mirrorless
Launched 2011-07-27 2013-06-20
Body design Ultracompact SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic III DRIMe IV
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4288 x 3216 5472 x 3648
Max native ISO 1600 25600
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens Samsung NX
Lens zoom range 26-130mm (5.0x) -
Highest aperture f/2.8-6.5 -
Macro focusing distance 1cm -
Total lenses - 32
Crop factor 5.8 1.5
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3" 4.8"
Display resolution 230 thousand dot 922 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display tech TFT Color LCD HD TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Features
Min shutter speed 4 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/6000 secs
Continuous shutter speed - 9.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 4.40 m -
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, 1st/2nd Curtain, Smart Flash, Manual
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash sync - 1/180 secs
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30, 15fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15fps) 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 120 gr (0.26 lbs) 495 gr (1.09 lbs)
Dimensions 96 x 57 x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7") 137 x 101 x 26mm (5.4" x 4.0" x 1.0")
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 pictures 440 pictures
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID LI-70B -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 sec to 30 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots One One
Price at release $0 $1,300