Olympus VG-145

Olympus VG-145 front
  • 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
  • Announced July 2011
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
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Olympus VG-145 overview

Olympus VG-145 is Olympus's Ultracompact camera initially announced on July of 2011. The camera uses a 14MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4288 x 3216.

The VG-145 ranks at #82 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and all-around #1066 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. You can use our Smart camera filter to get camera rankings based on your custom factors.

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Here is a diagram of various criteria used in the scoring system.

Olympus VG-145 family

The Olympus VG-145 comes with a history of related cameras. Listed below, you can look at all older and the latest models as well as important specifications.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Olympus-VG-145 front thumbnailOlympus VG-14526-130mm
Olympus-VG-110 front thumbnailOlympus VG-110
VG-145 vs VG-110
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Olympus-VG-120 front thumbnailOlympus VG-120
VG-145 vs VG-120

Olympus VG-145 Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of pluses and minuses of the Olympus VG-145 based on factors that are often seen as useful in a camera.

above average min ISO (80)
features face detection autofocus
flash built-in
good MP (14MP)
in built zoom lens (26-130mm 5.0 x zoom)
relatively wide (26mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
does not have external mic socket
does not have HDMI socket
does not have headphone socket
does not have phase detect autofocus
does not have RAW files
does not have Time Lapse function
external flash not possible
focusing manually not possible
lack of image stabilization
lack of manual mode
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
no aperture priority
no moving screen
no shutter priority mode
pixelated screen (230 thousand dots)
slow at tele end (f6.5)
small sensor (1/2.3")
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
terrible battery power (160 per charge)
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Olympus VG-145 Sensor specifications

The Olympus VG-145 is run by the TruePic III processor. The spec of the sensor in the Olympus VG-145 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4288 x 3216 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3.

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The CCD sensor boasts 14MP and supports a native ISO range of 80 - 1600. Sadly, RAW photos are not supported so you have less room to maneuver in post.

The image below illustrates the VG-145's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The VG-145 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.

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To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus VG-145 dimensions

Olympus VG-145 weighs around 0.26 lbs (120g / 4.23 oz) and the measurement of the camera is 96mm x 57mm x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7"). The weight of general Ultracompact camera is 121g so the Olympus VG-145 is very similar compared to its competitors.

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Listed below is a photo of the Olympus VG-145 beside a soda so you're able to have a feel for its scale.

Olympus VG-145 dimensions scale

The top view below will provide the button layout on the VG-145.

Olympus VG-145 topview buttons dials

Olympus VG-145 Lens specifications

The VG-145 offers a built in lens featuring a focal range of 26-130mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which may not be exceptional however it might be very helpful in some cases.

At the widest 26mm, the lens offers an aperture of f2.8 making it pretty slow and not very good in low light occasions and you will struggle to capture a shallow depth of field. You will likely also have to increase the ISO setting producing noisy files. Towards the tele end, 130mm comes to f6.5 making it fairly sluggish and you may need to apply slow shutter speeds.

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Olympus VG-145 Connectivity

The VG-145 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that consist of NFC or Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily transfer pictures and at times alter camera settings without connecting physically to the camera.

A few applications even enable a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it can easily be connected to an external monitor. The majority of cameras will allow you to charge the battery using the USB socket.

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Olympus VG-145 Video specifications

The highest video quality in the Olympus VG-145 is 1280 x 720 and it can shoot in Motion JPEG format. 720p is terrible by today's standards. You should really go for a minimum FUll HD quality for video. The camera doesn't include a mic or headphone socket so you have got little control over your sound. It is probably a better idea to have a look at another camera should you require good sound in your video clips.

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Olympus VG-145 Weather Sealing

Olympus VG-145 doesn't include weather proofing so wet conditions may affect the camera.

Olympus VG-145 Display and Viewfinder

The Olympus VG-145 houses a 3 inch fixed screen supporting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Please be aware that the screen offers no touch support.

Olympus VG-145 screen and viewfinder Photography Glossary

The ViewFinder specifications regarding Olympus VG-145 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

In those bright outdoor conditions which make the camera screens washed out and tricky to view, viewfinders can be particularly useful.

Olympus VG-145 Shutter specifications

The max shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Olympus VG-145 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Olympus VG-145 includes only integrated flash with no external flash ability.

Olympus VG-145 Autofocusing specifications

Olympus VG-145 includes just Contrast Based AF and lacks Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more snappier & precise when compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera boasts Face detect which makes it valuable for portrait photography.

Olympus VG-145 lacks manual focusing. Manual focusing mode is useful during low light or you require more precise control on focusing.

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Olympus VG-145 Battery life

The battery power (LI-70B) for the Olympus VG-145 is designed to last for 160 shots according to the CIPA specifications making it less when compared to its competitors. The typical Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 has got the highest (320) battery life within this class of cameras.

Listed below is a listing of Ultracompact cameras which have the strongest battery life:

Olympus VG-145 for various kinds of photography

The following graph indicates a overview of the Olympus VG-145 for various kinds of photography. To learn more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.

Portrait photography with Olympus VG-145

The Olympus VG-145 gets a points tally of 33 which is terrible, meaning that it is not really acceptable for portrait photography. Photographing portraits leans heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW photos in addition to the potential to utilize external flash.

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good megapixels (14MP)
supports face detect autofocus
manual focus not available
no manual mode
cannot use external flash
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format

Olympus VG-145 Street photography information

Having a average points total of 48, the Olympus VG-145 is somewhat acceptable for street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of image quality and portability.

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fixed screen
does not have image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files

Sports photography with Olympus VG-145

A terrible sports photography rating of 26 suggests the Olympus VG-145 is not really acceptable for taking pictures of sports. A camera should have excellent focusing plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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decent megapixels (14MP)
lack of shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
low battery power (160 per charge)
lack of phase detect autofocus

Olympus VG-145 as a Travel photography camera

Portability is really crucial when selecting a travel camera. All round, the Olympus VG-145 gets a very good 62 as a travel camera which is a good choice to purchase for your journeys.

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MP count decent (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
reasonably wide (26mm)
no Time Lapse recording
not so great battery pack (160 CIPA)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f2.8)

Olympus VG-145 Landscape photography details

If you find yourself looking to choose a camera for landscape photography, the most essential aspect is going to be image quality. The Olympus VG-145 at it's terrible grade of 36 for a landscape camera is not really acceptable among it's competitors.

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fairly wide (26mm)
screen size is good (3")
good MP (14MP)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
manual mode not available
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
bad battery life (160 CIPA)
lack of Timelapse mode

Olympus VG-145 Vlogging info

A vlogging camera should offer a articulating screen, mic input and if possible image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Olympus VG-145 is not really acceptable for vlogging as it gets a terrible score of 28.

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fairly wide (26mm)
features face detect focus
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of microphone socket

Olympus VG-145 Alternatives

If you are looking for alternatives to the VG-145, below is a selection of the top scored cameras which fall in to the category of Ultracompact.

The diagram below will give you a summary of the VG-145 compared to it's highest ranking rivals listed earlier.

These are various other cameras you might look at as alternative options. To look at a comprehensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

Photography Glossary


General Information
Model type
Olympus VG-145
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
TruePic III
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Full resolution
4288 x 3216
RAW data
Max native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Cross type focus points
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
26-130mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture
Macro focusing range
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Fixed Type
Display size
3 inches
Resolution of display
230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Display technology
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
Highest shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
4.40 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30, 15fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15fps)
Max video resolution
Video format
Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
120g (0.26 lbs)
96 x 57 x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7")
Battery life
160 pictures
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
Card slots
Retail pricing