Olympus VG-110

Olympus VG-110 front
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 27-108mm (F2.9-6.5) lens
  • 105g - 92 x 54 x 20mm
  • Announced February 2011
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
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Olympus VG-110 summary

Olympus VG-110 is Olympus's Ultracompact digital camera originally announced on February of 2011. The camera has a 12MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 3968 x 2976.

The VG-110 is scored #100 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and over all #1128 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. You should try our Advanced camera finder to see camera results based on your customized factors.

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Here is a graph of specific factors used in the rating system.

Olympus VG-110 history

The Olympus VG-110 is part of a family of cameras. You can view the detailed list below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Olympus-VG-145 front thumbnailOlympus VG-145
VG-110 vs VG-145
Olympus-VG-110 front thumbnailOlympus VG-11027-108mm
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Olympus-VG-120 front thumbnailOlympus VG-120
VG-110 vs VG-120

Olympus VG-110 Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of benefits and drawbacks of the Olympus VG-110 based on criterias that are normally considered necessary in a digital camera.

built in lens has zoom (27-108mm 4.0 x zoom)
good minimum ISO (80)
has built in flash
has face detection autofocus
has tracking autofocus
rather wide (27mm)
can't use external flash
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
doesn't have RAW files
does not have selfie friendly screen
lack of external mic jack
lack of HDMI support
lack of headphone jack
lack of image stabilization
lack of manual focus
lack of Time Lapse function
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low MP (12 megapixels)
manual exposure not possible
no aperture priority
no moving screen
no shutter priority
not so great battery pack (170 shots)
screen has low resolution (230 thousand dot)
sluggish at long end (f6.5)
sluggish max aperture (f2.9)
small screen (2.7")
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
video resolution low (640 x 480 resolution)
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Olympus VG-110 Sensor features

The Olympus VG-110 houses the TruePic III chip. The sensor spec on the Olympus VG-110 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 3968 x 2976 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3.

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The CCD sensor boasts 12 megapixels and has a standard ISO range of 80 to 1600. Sadly, RAW format is not supported so the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The graphic below displays the VG-110's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The VG-110 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus VG-110 dimensions

Olympus VG-110 weighs 0.23 lb (105g / 3.70 ounces) and features outside proportions of 92mm x 54mm x 20mm (3.6" x 2.1" x 0.8"). The weight of typical Ultracompact camera is 121g and the Olympus VG-110 is less heavy than various rivals.

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Listed below is a pic of the Olympus VG-110 beside a softdrink to help you to have a sense of its size.

Olympus VG-110 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will highlight the button design on the VG-110.

Olympus VG-110 topview buttons dials

Olympus VG-110 Lens features

The VG-110 has an inbuilt lens with a focal range of 27-108mm giving it a 4.0 x zoom which is definitely not amazing nevertheless it is likely to be handy in certain cases.

At it's widest 27mm, it will have an aperture of f2.9 and that is rather sluggish and not good in low light circumstances and you might find it hard to capture a shallow depth of field. You will likely also need to boost your ISO giving you noisy shots. At the long end, 108mm comes with f6.5 which is very slow and you will have to go with slower shutter speeds.

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Olympus VG-110 Connectivity

The VG-110 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that contain NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can transfer images and oftentimes adjust camera settings without the hassle of connecting physically with the camera.

Several apps also provide a Liveview and hit the shutter when you are not near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it could be attached to an external monitor. A good number of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack with the USB port.

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Olympus VG-110 Video features

The max video quality on the Olympus VG-110 is 640 x 480 and it can save in MPEG-4 file format. 480p is awful by today's standards. You should really strive for a minimum FUll HD quality for video. The body does not have a mic or headphone port so you have zero control over your sound. It is perhaps a better idea to get an alternative camera should you require good sound in your videos.

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Olympus VG-110 Weather Sealing

Olympus VG-110 does not have environment sealing so damp conditions could affect the camera.

Olympus VG-110 Screen and Viewfinder

The Olympus VG-110 has a 2.7 inch fixed display screen with a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Please note that the display offers no touch support.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Olympus VG-110 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be very beneficial in bright outdoor conditions which can easily make the camera screen washed out and difficult to view.

Olympus VG-110 Shutter features

The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Olympus VG-110 Flash and Hot shoe features

Olympus VG-110 boasts just in-built flash without external flash support.

Olympus VG-110 Autofocusing features

Olympus VG-110 boasts only Contrast Based AF and lacks Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more faster & precise than Contrast Based focusing. The camera has Face detection which is valuable for taking portraits of people.

It also includes Tracking AF for subjects on the move. Olympus VG-110 doesn't have manual focusing. Manual focusing option can be good in low light occasions or you need more precise focus control.

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Olympus VG-110 Battery life

The battery pack (LI-70B) for the Olympus VG-110 is made to last for 170 photographs with respect to the CIPA specifications making it lower than its rivals. The usual Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 features the maximum (320) battery life in this category of cameras.

Following is a collection of Ultracompact cameras with the highest battery life:

Olympus VG-110 for varying categories of photography

The following diagram provides a rundown of the Olympus VG-110 for varying categories of photography. To see more, go to the specific paragraph below.

Olympus VG-110 Portrait photography info

The Olympus VG-110 gets a rating of 27 which is subpar, and means the camera is not very good for portrait photography. Photographing portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimensions, RAW support along with the option to utilize off-camera flash.

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features face detection focusing
lack of manual focus
no manual mode
no external flash support
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format

Olympus VG-110 as a Street photography camera

With a decent score of 48, the Olympus VG-110 is reasonably appropriate to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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no moving screen
lack of image stabilization
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support

Olympus VG-110 Sports photography information

A subpar sports photography score of 25 indicates the Olympus VG-110 is not very good for taking pictures of sports. A camera really should have good focusing plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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provides tracking autofocus
no shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
low battery life (170 CIPA)
does not have phase detect autofocus

Olympus VG-110 as a Travel photography camera

Size is super critical in selecting a travel camera. Overall, the Olympus VG-110 gets a average 57 for a travel camera which makes it fairly suitable to take with you on your vacations.

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flash built-in
reasonably wide (27mm)
no Time Lapse function
terrible battery life (170 shots)
MP count low (12MP)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.9)

Olympus VG-110 as a Landscape photography camera

In case you're looking to choose a digital camera for landscape photography, the most critical factor will be image quality. The Olympus VG-110 with it's subpar rating of 28 as a landscape camera is not very good within the current marketplace.

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reasonably wide (27mm)
no manual focus
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.9)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
manual exposure not possible
no image stabilization
low MP (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
bad battery life (170 CIPA)
lack of Timelapse mode

Olympus VG-110 Vlogging factors

A vlogging camera preferably should offer a articulating display, mic input and ideally image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Olympus VG-110 is not very good as a vlog camera as it gets a subpar score of 28.

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quite wide (27mm)
provides face detect focusing
sluggish max aperture (f2.9)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
video quality not great (640 x 480 resolution)
missing microphone socket

Olympus VG-110 Alternatives

If you need replacements to the VG-110, below is a range of the highest scored cameras which fall in to the class of Ultracompact.

The line graph here shows you a summary of the VG-110 vs it's highest ranked rivals listed earlier.

These are some more cameras you might take into account as alternatives. To review a complete comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Olympus VG-110
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Powered by
TruePic III
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Max resolution
3968 x 2976
RAW support
Max native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
27-108mm (4.0x)
Largest aperture
Macro focusing distance
Crop factor
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
Resolution of screen
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Screen technology
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Min shutter speed
4 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
4.70 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15fps)
Max video resolution
Video data format
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
105g (0.23 pounds)
92 x 54 x 20mm (3.6" x 2.1" x 0.8")
Battery life
170 images
Battery format
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Storage slots
Pricing at release