Olympus VH-515 overview
Olympus VH-515 is Olympus's Small Sensor Compact camera initially revealed on August of 2012. It has got a 12 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 4608 x 3456.
The VH-515 is ranked #88 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all round #910 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. You can check out our Advanced camera filter to see camera results based on your personalized criteria.
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Olympus VH-515 family
The Olympus VH-515 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the complete list below.
Olympus VH-515 Gallery
You can look at the VH-515 from various angles in the gallery below.
Olympus VH-515 Pros and Cons
Here is a shortlist of upsides and downsides of the Olympus VH-515 based on features that are typically seen as useful in a camera.
Olympus VH-515 Sensor specs
The Olympus VH-515 is run by the TruePic III+ processor chip. The spec of the sensor on the Olympus VH-515 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). In body stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter may cause cropping.Kodak's Tri-X Black-and-White Film Now 30% Cheaper
The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 12MP and provides a native ISO range of 100 to 1600. Sadly, RAW files are not saved therefore the user has less margin for error.
The graphic below shows the VH-515's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The VH-515 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is highlighted in green.Playful Manatee Swipes Diver’s GoPro to Capture Hilariously Wobbly Video
To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Olympus VH-515 dimensions
Olympus VH-515 is 0.34 lbs (152 gr or 5.36 oz) and features outside size of 102mm x 60mm x 21mm (4.0" x 2.4" x 0.8"). The weight of general Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr and the Olympus VH-515 is lighter as compared with various competitors.OM System OM-1 Set to Enhance Autofocus
Listed below is a pic of the Olympus VH-515 alongside a softdrink to help you have a sense of its size.
The top view below will provide the button arrangement on the VH-515.
Olympus VH-515 Lens details
The VH-515 includes a fixed lens having a focal range of 26-130mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which is not at all outstanding nevertheless it will surely be very helpful in some scenarios.
At it's widest 26mm, it provides an aperture of f2.8 which is pretty sluggish and not good in low light circumstances and you will likely struggle to capture good bokeh. You will likely also have to boost your ISO setting which causes noisy photographs. For the long end, 130mm comes at f6.5 which is quite slow and you will have to apply slow shutter speeds.
Olympus VH-515 Connectivity
The VH-515 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
Cameras which include NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to copy photos and usually adjust camera settings with no need to connect directly with the camera.
Some apps also give a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external monitor. Many cameras will allow you to recharge the battery through the USB socket.
Olympus VH-515 Video details
The highest video resolution on the Olympus VH-515 is 1920 x 1080 and it can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p resolution is an excellent balance between quality and file size but FULL HD isn't going to leave you with much room to downsample. The body doesn't include a mic or headphone socket which means that you have absolutely no control over your sound. It is perhaps a better idea to consider an alternative camera in case you require good sound in your video clips.
Olympus VH-515 Weather Sealing
There is no weather sealing on the Olympus VH-515 so you have to be cautious in rainy and dusty situations.
Olympus VH-515 Display and Viewfinder
The Olympus VH-515 has got a 3" fixed display having a resolution of 460k dots.
Moreover the display is touch friendly which means you will be able to adjust focus point and adjust settings using your fingertips.Kodak's Tri-X Black-and-White Film Now 30% Cheaper
The View Finder specifications regarding Olympus VH-515 are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders are really useful during bright outdoor situations which can make the camera display washed out and difficult to view.
Olympus VH-515 Shutter details
Olympus VH-515 has the ability to shoot continuously at 2.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.
Olympus VH-515 Flash and Hot shoe details
Olympus VH-515 has got just integrated flash without external flash ability.
Olympus VH-515 Autofocus details
Olympus VH-515 has got only Contrast Based Autofocus and lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more snappier and precise as compared with Contrast Based focusing. The camera has got Face detect which is valuable for people photography.
Olympus VH-515 has touch to focus. You can use your fingers to shift where you focus. It also includes Tracking Autofocus for objects that move. Olympus VH-515 doesn't have manual focusing. Manual focusing mode can be good during low light occasions or you need more accurate depth of field control.
Olympus VH-515 Battery life
The typical Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 features the highest (470) battery life within this type of cameras.
Following is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras that come with the highest battery life:
Olympus VH-515 for specific styles of photography
The following illustration shows a overview of the Olympus VH-515 for specific styles of photography. To view more, have a look at the specific section below.
Olympus VH-515 as a Portrait photography camera
The Olympus VH-515 has a score of 27 which is subpar, and means the camera is not appropriate to use for portrait photos. Photographing portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor resolution, support for RAW photos plus the option to work with off-camera lighting.
Olympus VH-515 Street photography features
Having a nice points total of 62, the Olympus VH-515 is a good option for street photography. A decent street photography camera offers a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.
Olympus VH-515 Sports photography info
A subpar sports photography points total of 32 means the Olympus VH-515 is not appropriate for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have fantastic focusing and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Olympus VH-515 Travel photography advice
Portability is extremely crucial when choosing a camera for travel. On the whole, the Olympus VH-515 gets a nice 62 as a travelling camera which is a fine choice to take with you on your journeys.
Olympus VH-515 Landscape photography information
For anybody planning to pick a camera for landscape photography, the most important aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Olympus VH-515 with it's subpar rating of 37 as a landscape camera is not appropriate in the current market.
Olympus VH-515 as a Vlogging camera
A camera for vlogging really should offer a articulating display, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Considering every thing, the Olympus VH-515 is not appropriate as a vlog camera as it gets a subpar score of 35.
Olympus VH-515 Alternatives
If you are searching for replacements to the VH-515, below is a list of the top ranked cameras that fall in to the category of Small Sensor Compact.
The diagram followed below will give you a bird's eye view of the VH-515 versus it's top scoring competitors shown above.
These are some more cameras you may see as alternative options. To review a thorough comparison, just click on the "compare" link.