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Olympus VG-160 vs Sony QX10

Portability
96
Imaging
38
Features
26
Overall
33
Olympus VG-160 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 front
Portability
96
Imaging
43
Features
34
Overall
39

Olympus VG-160 vs Sony QX10 Key Specs

Olympus VG-160
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-130mm (F2.8-6.5) lens
  • 125g - 96 x 57 x 19mm
  • Announced January 2012
Sony QX10
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • " Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1440 x 1080 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 105g - 62 x 62 x 33mm
  • Announced September 2013
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Olympus VG-160 vs Sony QX10 Overview

Here is a in-depth review of the Olympus VG-160 versus Sony QX10, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Lens-style by companies Olympus and Sony. There is a noticeable difference among the sensor resolutions of the VG-160 (14MP) and QX10 (18MP) but they possess the same exact sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The VG-160 was announced 20 months before the QX10 making the cameras a generation apart from each other. Both cameras offer different body type with the Olympus VG-160 being a Compact camera and the Sony QX10 being a Lens-style camera.

Before going straight into a more detailed comparison, below is a brief overview of how the VG-160 matches up against the QX10 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus VG-160 over the Sony QX10

 VG-160 QX10 
Display sizing3""Larger display (+3")
Display resolution230k0kSharper display (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony QX10 over the Olympus VG-160

 QX10 VG-160 
AnnouncedSeptember 2013January 2012Fresher by 20 months
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus VG-160 and Sony QX10

 VG-160 QX10 
Manually focus Lack of manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen

Olympus VG-160 vs Sony QX10 Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to carry your camera often, you will have to consider its weight and proportions. The Olympus VG-160 offers outer dimensions of 96mm x 57mm x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7") having a weight of 125 grams (0.28 lbs) and the Sony QX10 has measurements of 62mm x 62mm x 33mm (2.4" x 2.4" x 1.3") having a weight of 105 grams (0.23 lbs).

Look at the Olympus VG-160 versus Sony QX10 in our newest Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you use during that time. Underneath is the front view sizing comparison of the VG-160 vs the QX10.

Olympus VG-160 vs Sony QX10 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the VG-160 and QX10 is 96 and 96 respectively.

Olympus VG-160 vs Sony QX10 top view buttons comparison

Olympus VG-160 vs Sony QX10 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is very difficult to envision the difference in sensor sizing purely by going through specs. The visual underneath may offer you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the VG-160 and QX10.

As you can plainly see, both of those cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing but not the same resolution. You can anticipate the Sony QX10 to provide extra detail with its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will help you crop photos far more aggressively. The older VG-160 will be disadvantaged with regard to sensor technology.

Olympus VG-160 vs Sony QX10 sensor size comparison

Olympus VG-160 vs Sony QX10 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus VG-160 vs Sony QX10 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus VG-160 Portrait photography advice
Sony QX10 Portrait photography advice
34
good MP (14MP)
offers face detection focus
lack of manual focus
no manual exposure
external flash not possible
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
37
good MP (18 megapixels)
includes face detect focus
manual focus not available
no manual control
cannot use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Street Comparison

Olympus VG-160 Street photography info
Sony QX10 Street photography info
56
lighter than competition (125 grams)
no moving screen
does not have image stabilization
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
68
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with focus by touch
lighter than competition (105g)
no articulating screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Olympus VG-160 as a Sports photography camera
Sony QX10 as a Sports photography camera
27
good MP (14 megapixels)
lack of shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
bad battery pack (165 per charge)
has no phase detect auto focus
38
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (18MP)
no shutter priority
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
low battery pack (220 CIPA)
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus VG-160
Travel photography with Sony QX10
66
lighter than competition (125 grams)
good MP (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
quite wide (26mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
bad battery pack (165 CIPA)
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
69
lighter than competition (105 grams)
comes with focus by touch
good MP (18MP)
fairly wide (25mm)
great zoom (250mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
low battery pack (220 shots)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus VG-160 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony QX10 as a Landscape photography camera
37
quite wide (26mm)
good sized screen (3 inch)
good MP (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
no manual exposure
does not have image stabilization
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
bad battery pack (165 shots)
lack of Time Lapse function
39
fairly wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (18 megapixels)
manual focus not available
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is somewhat small ( inches)
no manual control
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
low battery pack (220 CIPA)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus VG-160 as a Vlogging camera
Sony QX10 as a Vlogging camera
30
quite wide (26mm)
offers face detection focus
lighter than competition (125g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of external mic jack
34
fairly wide (25mm)
screen is touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focus
lighter than competition (105 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
video res low (1440 x 1080 pxls)
doesn't have mic jack
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Olympus VG-160 vs Sony QX10 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus VG-160 and Sony QX10
 Olympus VG-160Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Sony
Model Olympus VG-160 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10
Class Small Sensor Compact Lens-style
Announced 2012-01-10 2013-09-04
Body design Compact Lens-style
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 18 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4288 x 3216 4896 x 3672
Highest native ISO 1600 3200
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
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) 25-250mm (10.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.8-6.5 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus range 7cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3" -
Resolution of display 230k dot 0k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display technology TFT Color LCD Depends on connected smartphone
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 4s 4s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1600s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 4.80 m no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in None
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30,15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 180 (30,15 fps) 1440 x 1080 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1440x1080
Video file format Motion JPEG MPEG-4
Mic 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 None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 125g (0.28 lb) 105g (0.23 lb)
Dimensions 96 x 57 x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7") 62 x 62 x 33mm (2.4" x 2.4" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 165 photographs 220 photographs
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model LI-70B NP-BN,
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2, 10 secs)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC, Memory Stick Micro
Storage slots One One
Retail price $90 $250