Olympus VH-515

 
Olympus VH-515 front
 
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 26-130mm (F2.8-6.5) lens
  • 152g - 102 x 60 x 21mm
  • Announced August 2012
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  • Alternatives
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Portability
95
Imaging
37
Features
34
Overall
35

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 #100 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all round #904 out of 1428 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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Here is a chart of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Olympus VH-515 family

The Olympus VH-515 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the complete list below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Olympus-VH-410 front thumbnailOlympus VH-410
VH-515 vs VH-410
26-130mm
F2.8-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2012
Olympus-VH-515 front thumbnailOlympus VH-51526-130mm
F2.8-6.5
12MP1/2.3"2012
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Olympus-VR-340 front thumbnailOlympus VR-340
VH-515 vs VR-340
24-240mm
F3.0-5.7
16MP1/2.3"2012
Olympus-VG-160 front thumbnailOlympus VG-160
VH-515 vs VG-160
26-130mm
F2.8-6.5
14MP1/2.3"2012
Olympus-VR-320 front thumbnailOlympus VR-320
VH-515 vs VR-320
24-300mm
F3.0-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2011
Olympus-VR-330 front thumbnailOlympus VR-330
VH-515 vs VR-330
24-300mm
F3.0-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2011
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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.

built in lens has zoom (26-130mm 5.0 x zoom)
fairly wide (26mm)
flash built-in
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
nice screen size (3 inch)
offers face detect focusing
offers focus via touch
offers tracking focus
touch screen
very good min ISO (100)
can't use external flash
doesn't have phase detect AF
doesn't have RAW files
doesn't have selfie friendly display
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
fixed screen
lack of manual exposure
low megapixels (12MP)
max zoom aperture not good (f6.5)
no aperture priority
no HDMI port
no headphone port
no manual focus
no microphone port
no shutter priority
no Timelapse function
screen has low resolution (460 k dot)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
very slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames per second)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
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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.

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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.

Olympus VH-515 sensor size World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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.

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Listed below is a pic of the Olympus VH-515 alongside a softdrink to help you have a sense of its size.

Olympus VH-515 dimensions scale

The top view below will provide the button arrangement on the VH-515.

Olympus VH-515 topview buttons dials

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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features face detection focus
lack of manual focus
no manual control
no external flash support
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files

Olympus VH-515 Street photography features

Having a nice points total of 63, 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.

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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with touch to focus
no articulating screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support

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.

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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
offers tracking focus
continuous shooting slow (2.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus

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.

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boasts touch to focus
has built in flash
reasonably wide (26mm)
no Timelapse mode
megapixel count low (12MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)

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.

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decently wide (26mm)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
manual exposure not possible
resolution not great (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
no Time Lapse function

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.

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decently wide (26mm)
has touchscreen
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
offers face detection autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not offer selfie friendly display
lack of external microphone socket

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.

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Specifications

General Information
Manufacturer
Olympus
Model type
Olympus VH-515
Category
Small Sensor Compact
Announced
2012-08-21
Body design
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Processor Chip
TruePic III+
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW support
Max native ISO
1600
Min native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Lens
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
26-130mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture
f/2.8-6.5
Macro focusing distance
5cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display sizing
3 inch
Resolution of display
460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display tech
TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
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
Features
Lowest shutter speed
4s
Highest shutter speed
1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed
2.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
4.70 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30,15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 180 (30,15 fps)
Max video resolution
1920x1080
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless
Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
152 grams (0.34 pounds)
Dimensions
102 x 60 x 21mm (4.0" x 2.4" x 0.8")
Other
Battery ID
LI-50B
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots
Single
Retail cost
$648