Olympus VG-120 overview
Olympus VG-120 is Olympus's Ultracompact camera initially revealed on January of 2011. The camera has a 14MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4288 x 3216.
The VG-120 comes in at #75 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and all-around #1011 out of 1422 for cameras in our list. Remember to test our Smart camera search to get camera rankings based on your personal requirements.
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Olympus VG-120 family
The Olympus VG-120 is part of a family of cameras. You can read the detailed list underneath.
Olympus VG-120 Gallery
You can look at the VG-120 from various angles in the gallery below.
Olympus VG-120 Pros and Cons
Here is a collection of pros and cons of the Olympus VG-120 based on features which are oftentimes viewed as necessary in a camera.
Olympus VG-120 Sensor specs
The Olympus VG-120 features the TruePic III processor chip. The sensor size on the Olympus VG-120 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 4288 x 3216 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The CCD sensor boasts 14 megapixels and has a native ISO range of 80 to 1600. Unfortunately, RAW files are not saved which means that you have less room to maneuver in post.
The image underneath displays the VG-120's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The VG-120 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Olympus VG-120 dimensions
Olympus VG-120 weighs around 0.26 lbs (120 grams or 4.23 oz) and features exterior proportions of 96mm x 57mm x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7"). The weight of normal Ultracompact camera is 121 grams and the Olympus VG-120 is on par as compared with its rivals.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
Underneath is a image of the Olympus VG-120 next to a soft drink to help you to have a feel for its size.
The top view underneath will highlight the button design on the VG-120.
Olympus VG-120 Lens details
The VG-120 offers an inbuilt lens offering a focal range of 26-130mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which may not be perfect nevertheless it might be helpful in a few conditions.
At it's widest 26mm, it offers an aperture of f2.8 which is somewhat sluggish and not very good in low light occasions and you will likely find it hard to capture a shallow depth of field. You could also have to increase your ISO setting leading to noisy photographs. Towards the long end, 130mm comes at f6.5 making it fairly sluggish and you will have to go with slow shutter speeds.
Olympus VG-120 Connectivity
The VG-120 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Cameras that have NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to transfer pictures and in some cases adjust settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.
Several apps also enable a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it could be attached to an external display. Virtually all cameras enable you to charge the battery through the USB socket.
Olympus VG-120 Video details
The maximum video quality on the Olympus VG-120 is 1280 x 720 and it can record in Motion JPEG format. 720p is terrible by today's requirements. You should really go for at least 1080p quality for video recording. The body doesn't feature a mic or headphone port which means you get absolutely no control over your audio. It is probably best to buy a different model in case you require better audio in your video clips.
Olympus VG-120 Weather Sealing
There is no weather proofing for the Olympus VG-120 so you have to be cautious in wet and dusty conditions.
Olympus VG-120 Display and Viewfinder
The Olympus VG-120 has a 3" fixed screen having a resolution of 230k dots.
Please note that the screen offers no touch support.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The ViewFinder details regarding Olympus VG-120 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders are rather handy for sunny outdoor conditions which might make the camera display washed out and very difficult to view.
Olympus VG-120 Shutter details
The max shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.
Olympus VG-120 Flash and Hot shoe details
Olympus VG-120 includes just inbuilt flash without external flash ability.
Olympus VG-120 Autofocus details
Olympus VG-120 includes only Contrast Detect Autofocus and is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker and accurate as compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera has Face detect which makes it helpful for people photography.
Olympus VG-120 has not got manual focus. Manual focus can be good for low light or you need to have more exact focus control.
Olympus VG-120 Battery life
The battery (LI-70B) for the Olympus VG-120 is designed to last for 160 shutters based on the CIPA requirements which is less in comparison with its competition. The general Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 offers the highest possible (320) battery life for this kind of cameras.
Here is a list of Ultracompact cameras that come with the strongest battery life:
Olympus VG-120 for specific forms of photography
The following diagram displays a analysis of the Olympus VG-120 for specific forms of photography. To understand more, browse to the specific section underneath.
Portrait photography with Olympus VG-120
The Olympus VG-120 receives a points total of 34 which is really bad, and means the camera is not suitable for portrait photography. Shooting portrait images favors greatly towards sensor dimension, RAW support along with the capability to use external flash.
Olympus VG-120 Street photography highlights
Coming in at a reasonable points tally of 48, the Olympus VG-120 is reasonably suited to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera provides a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.
Olympus VG-120 Sports photography information
A really bad sports photography points tally of 27 means the Olympus VG-120 is not suitable for taking photos of sports. A camera needs fantastic autofocus plus shutter speeds for sports photography.
Olympus VG-120 Travel photography info
Size is really crucial when selecting a camera for travel. Overall, the Olympus VG-120 gets a nice 63 as a travel camera which is a respectable pick for your journeys.
Landscape photography with Olympus VG-120
If you find yourself looking to choose a camera for landscape photography, the most critical aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Olympus VG-120 at it's really bad rating of 37 as a landscape camera is not suitable in the current market.
Vlogging with Olympus VG-120
A camera for vlogging ought to offer a articulating display, microphone input and if possible image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Olympus VG-120 is not suitable for vlogging as it gets a really bad score of 28.
Olympus VG-120 Alternatives
If you are interested in alternatives to the VG-120, below is a range of the highest scored cameras which fall in to the class of Ultracompact.
The line chart below shows you an overview of the VG-120 versus it's top scoring rivals suggested previously.
These are various other cameras you might look at as alternatives. To look at a comprehensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.