Olympus VG-160 overview
Olympus VG-160 is Olympus's Small Sensor Compact camera initially released on January of 2012. It comes with a 14 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4288 x 3216.
The VG-160 is ranked #135 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all around #976 out of 1422 for cameras in our list. Remember to use our Smart camera search to see camera listings based on your customized requirements.
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Olympus VG-160 family
The Olympus VG-160 comes with a history of related cameras. Down below, you can take a look at all previous and brand new models as well as main specs.
Olympus VG-160 Gallery
You can view the VG-160 from various angles in the gallery here.
Olympus VG-160 Pros and Cons
Here is a collection of upsides and downsides of the Olympus VG-160 based on factors that are oftentimes viewed as necessary in a camera.
Olympus VG-160 Sensor features
The size of the sensor in the Olympus VG-160 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4288 x 3216 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The CCD sensor boasts 14 megapixels and gives a native ISO range of 80 - 1600. Sadly, RAW photos are not saved therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.
The picture below shows the VG-160's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The VG-160 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Olympus VG-160 dimensions
Olympus VG-160 is 0.28 lb (125 gr or 4.41 oz) and the overall size of the camera is 96mm x 57mm x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr so the Olympus VG-160 is lighter than other rivals.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
Below is a visual of the Olympus VG-160 with a softdrink so you can have a feel for its size.
The top view here will provide the button design on the VG-160.
Olympus VG-160 Lens features
The VG-160 offers a built-in lens with a focal range of 26-130mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which won't be very good but it would certainly be convenient in a few conditions.
At it's widest 26mm, the lens offers an aperture of f2.8 and that is kind of sluggish and not good in low light conditions and you will probably find it difficult to capture good bokeh. You will also have to up your ISO setting producing noisy files. Towards the long end, 130mm comes with f6.5 making it really sluggish and you will have to go with slow shutter speeds.
Olympus VG-160 Connectivity
The VG-160 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Cameras that have NFC and Bluetooth support can easily be used wirelessly through smartphones. You can send photos and usually adjust settings with no need to connect straight with the camera.
Several apps also allow a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external monitor. A good number of cameras will allow you to charge the battery with the USB socket.
Olympus VG-160 Video features
The maximum video resolution in the Olympus VG-160 is 1280 x 720 and it can save in Motion JPEG format. 720p is awful by today's standards. You should try to get at least FUll HD resolution for good video. The body doesn't feature a mic and headphone socket which means that you have got zero control over your sound. It is probably a better idea to take a look at another camera should you require good sound in your video clips.
Olympus VG-160 Weather Sealing
There is no weather proofing for the Olympus VG-160 so you have to be cautious in rainy or dusty situations.
Olympus VG-160 Display and Viewfinder
The Olympus VG-160 comes with a 3" fixed display with a resolution of 230k dots.
Please note that the display screen offers no touch support.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The View Finder specs regarding Olympus VG-160 are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders are pretty useful in bright outdoor situations which can make the camera display washed out and difficult to view.
Olympus VG-160 Shutter features
The max shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.
Olympus VG-160 Flash and Hot shoe features
Olympus VG-160 includes just in-built flash lacking external flash ability.
Olympus VG-160 Autofocus features
Olympus VG-160 includes only Contrast Based AF and doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more faster and precise than Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera comes with Face detect which can be handy for portraits.
Olympus VG-160 doesn't have manual focusing. Manual focusing is good in low light scenarios or you want more precise control on focusing.
Olympus VG-160 Battery life
The battery (LI-70B) for the Olympus VG-160 is fashioned to last for 165 shots with respect to the CIPA measurements which is lower than its rivals. The general Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 features the highest possible (470) battery life in this group of cameras.
Following is a collection of Small Sensor Compact cameras that have the highest battery life:
Olympus VG-160 for different styles of photography
The following graph shows a overview of the Olympus VG-160 for different styles of photography. To see more, check out the specific section below.
Olympus VG-160 Portrait photography information
The Olympus VG-160 receives a rating of 34 which is awful, meaning that it is not suitable to use for portraits. Shooting portrait photos leans heavily to sensor size, support for RAW photos plus the capability to use external lighting.
Street photography with Olympus VG-160
Getting a reasonable score of 56, the Olympus VG-160 is somewhat appropriate for street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of image quality and portability.
Olympus VG-160 Sports photography features
A awful sports photography points tally of 27 indicates the Olympus VG-160 is not suitable for shooting sports. A camera must have fantastic autofocus plus continuous shooting for sports photography.
Olympus VG-160 as a Travel photography camera
Size is very important when choosing a travel camera. All things considered, the Olympus VG-160 gets a above average 66 as a travelling camera which is a fine option to take on your vacations.
Olympus VG-160 as a Landscape photography camera
When you are looking to buy a digital camera for landscape photography, the biggest factor will be image quality. The Olympus VG-160 and it's awful rating of 37 as a landscape camera is not suitable within the current marketplace.
Vlogging with Olympus VG-160
A vlogging camera preferably should offer a moving display, mic input and ideally IBIS. Considering all the details, the Olympus VG-160 is not suitable for vlogging as it gets a awful rating of 30.
Olympus VG-160 Alternatives
If you are trying to find alternatives to the VG-160, below is a number of the highest ranked cameras that fall in to the class of Small Sensor Compact.
The line graph below provides you a summary of the VG-160 vs it's highest ranking rivals mentioned earlier.
These are various other cameras you may check out as alternative options. To look at a comprehensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.