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Olympus VG-170 review

New 14MP compact camera offers premium features at bargain price

Our Verdict

For

  • Packed with features
  • Cheap
  • Easy to use
  • Large, high resolution screen
  • Wide 26mm lens

Against

  • Basic image quality isn't great
  • Many images have cold colour cast
  • Few Magic Filters add value
  • Needs fewer features but better execution

As part of our image quality testing for the Olympus VG-170 we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the VG-170 is capable of resolving up to around 18 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

See a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them please click here.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Olympus VG-170 review: resolution ISO 100
Olympus VG-170 review: resolution ISO 100

JPEG images

Olympus VG-170 review: resolution ISO 80
Olympus VG-170 review: resolution ISO 80

ISO 80, score: 18 (see full image)

Panasonic FT4 review: resolution ISO 100
Panasonic FT4 review: resolution ISO 100

ISO 100, score: 18 (see full image)

Olympus VG-170 review: resolution ISO 200
Olympus VG-170 review: resolution ISO 200

ISO 200, score: 16 (see full image)

Olympus VG-170 review: resolution ISO 400
Olympus VG-170 review: resolution ISO 400

ISO 400, score: 16 (see full image)

Olympus VG-170 review: resolution ISO 800
Olympus VG-170 review: resolution ISO 800

ISO 800, score: 14 (see full image)

Olympus VG-170 review: resolution ISO 1600
Olympus VG-170 review: resolution ISO 1600

ISO 1600, score: 12 (see full image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution14 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilySmart
Image StabilizationElectronic
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameOlympus
FeaturesSelf-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Face Detection, 3D Panorama
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)147 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Flash Memory Capacity34.90 MB
Minimum Focus Distance50 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4288 x 3216
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCCD
Total Camera Resolution14.5 Megapixel
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedLI-50B / LI-50BA / LI-50BB
Memory Card SupportedEye-Fi Card, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height62.5 mm
Width103.7 mm
Depth22.2 mm
Focal Length4.70 mm to 23.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsWAV
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Long Flash, Red-eye Reduction
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerOlympus Corporation
Product ModelVG-170
Product NameSmart VG-170 Compact Camera
Product LineSmart
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberV106090BE000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.olympus.co.uk
Marketing Information

Experience a compact and convenient point-and-shoot camera - but with a truly brilliant extra: Besides being absolutely easy to handle, the new VG-170 provides a flash nearly twice as powerful as on a regular compact camera. The Guide Number is approx. 8.8, in contrast to 4 to 5.6 with comparable cameras. Thanks to the long flash mode you can even light up faces and objects up to fully 15 meters away, as it automatically selects higher ISO sensitivity. 14 Megapixels and a 5x wide optical zoom (26-130mm*) enable effortless close-ups and wide-angle shots. In addition to the big 3" LCD, 720p HD Movie with sound and lots of automatic features and effects, be sure to get a high quality photo or movie every time. With its slim, stylish body and sturdy retro design, the VG-170 could be mistaken for a high-end camera - until you learn about the fantastic low-budget price!

Battery Life300 Shot
Package Contents
  • Smart VG-170 Compact Camera
  • LI-50B Lithium-Ion Battery
  • F-2AC AC Adapter
  • CB-USB7 USB Cable
  • CB-AVC5 Audio / Video Cable
  • 3D Glasses (Red / Cyan)
  • Hand Strap
  • World Wide Warranty Card
  • Instruction Manual
  • Software Media
Display Resolution460000 Pixel
Limited Warranty2 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone