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Olympus VG-145 vs Samsung HZ15W

Portability
96
Imaging
37
Features
24
Overall
31
Olympus VG-145 front
 
Samsung HZ15W front
Portability
90
Imaging
35
Features
31
Overall
33

Olympus VG-145 vs Samsung HZ15W Key Specs

Olympus VG-145
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-130mm (F2.8-6.5) lens
  • 120g - 96 x 57 x 19mm
  • Introduced July 2011
Samsung HZ15W
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-240mm (F3.3-5.8) lens
  • 249g - 105 x 61 x 37mm
  • Announced February 2009
  • Alternative Name is WB550
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Olympus VG-145 vs Samsung HZ15W Overview

Let's look more closely at the Olympus VG-145 versus Samsung HZ15W, one is a Ultracompact and the other is a Small Sensor Compact by rivals Olympus and Samsung. The image resolution of the VG-145 (14MP) and the HZ15W (12MP) is very comparable and they use the exact same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The VG-145 was launched 2 years after the HZ15W which is a fairly significant gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both cameras come with different body type with the Olympus VG-145 being a Ultracompact camera and the Samsung HZ15W being a Compact camera.

Before getting in to a step-by-step comparison, below is a quick synopsis of how the VG-145 matches up versus the HZ15W with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus VG-145 over the Samsung HZ15W

 VG-145 HZ15W 
AnnouncedJuly 2011February 2009Newer by 30 months

Reasons to pick Samsung HZ15W over the Olympus VG-145

 HZ15W VG-145 
Manual focus More accurate focusing
Display resolution460k230kSharper display (+230k dot)

Common features in the Olympus VG-145 and Samsung HZ15W

 VG-145 HZ15W 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimension3"3"Identical display sizing
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither includes Touch friendly display

Olympus VG-145 vs Samsung HZ15W Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to travel with your camera regularly, you're going to have to take into account its weight and proportions. The Olympus VG-145 features outer 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) and the Samsung HZ15W has measurements of 105mm x 61mm x 37mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.5") with a weight of 249 grams (0.55 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you have attached during that time. Here is the front view dimension comparison of the VG-145 against the HZ15W.

Olympus VG-145 vs Samsung HZ15W size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability grade of the VG-145 and HZ15W is 96 and 90 respectively.

Olympus VG-145 vs Samsung HZ15W top view buttons comparison

Olympus VG-145 vs Samsung HZ15W Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is hard to picture the gap in sensor dimensions purely by checking out a spec sheet. The picture underneath will offer you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the VG-145 and HZ15W.

As you can see, both of those cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements but different megapixels. You should expect to see the Olympus VG-145 to show more detail utilizing its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop photos somewhat more aggressively. The newer VG-145 provides a benefit in sensor innovation.

Olympus VG-145 vs Samsung HZ15W sensor size comparison

Olympus VG-145 vs Samsung HZ15W Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus VG-145 vs Samsung HZ15W Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus VG-145
Portrait photography with Samsung HZ15W
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good megapixels (14MP)
supports face detection autofocus
manual focus not available
manual exposure not possible
no external flash support
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
32
you can focus manually
comes with face detection focus
manual exposure not possible
external flash not possible
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus VG-145
Street photography with Samsung HZ15W
48
no moving screen
no image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
53
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
fixed screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
heavier than competition (249 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus VG-145
Sports photography with Samsung HZ15W
26
good megapixels (14MP)
no shutter priority
no image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
terrible battery pack (160 shots)
does not have phase detect autofocus
27
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lack of shutter priority mode
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus VG-145 Travel photography information
Samsung HZ15W Travel photography information
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good megapixels (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
quite wide (26mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
terrible battery pack (160 CIPA)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
54
built-in flash
rather wide (24mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition (249 grams)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus VG-145 Landscape photography features
Samsung HZ15W Landscape photography features
36
quite wide (26mm)
good sized screen (3 inch)
good megapixels (14MP)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
manual exposure not possible
no image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
terrible battery pack (160 shots)
lack of Timelapse mode
41
you can focus manually
rather wide (24mm)
decent sized screen (3")
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
manual exposure not possible
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
does not have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus VG-145 as a Vlogging camera
Samsung HZ15W as a Vlogging camera
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quite wide (26mm)
supports face detection autofocus
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of external microphone support
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rather wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detection focus
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have external mic support
heavier than competition (249g)
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Olympus VG-145 vs Samsung HZ15W Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus VG-145 and Samsung HZ15W
 Olympus VG-145Samsung HZ15W
General Information
Company Olympus Samsung
Model type Olympus VG-145 Samsung HZ15W
Alternate name - WB550
Class Ultracompact Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2011-07-27 2009-02-23
Physical type Ultracompact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip TruePic III -
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Highest Possible resolution 4288 x 3216 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 1600 3200
Min native ISO 80 80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 26-130mm (5.0x) 24-240mm (10.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.8-6.5 f/3.3-5.8
Macro focusing distance 1cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.9
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 230k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen technology TFT Color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 4s 16s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 4.40 m 4.70 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red eye fix
Hot shoe
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, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30, 15 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video file format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 120 grams (0.26 lb) 249 grams (0.55 lb)
Dimensions 96 x 57 x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7") 105 x 61 x 37mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.5")
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 photographs -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID LI-70B -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (10 sec, 2 sec, Double, Motion Timer)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC SC/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus, internal
Card slots Single Single
Pricing at release $0 $330