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Olympus VG-170 review

New 14MP compact camera offers premium features at bargain price

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Overall picture

Our results from the lab have been compared against the Samsung ST93, Ricoh PX and Nikon Coolpix S4150.

Our analysis shows that the Olympus VG-170 has better signal to noise ratio results than the comparison cameras, and although its dynamic range performance at the lower end of the sensitvity range is beaten by the Samsung ST93, Ricoh PX and Nikon Coolpix S4150, from ISO 200 and above it achieves the best results.

JPEG Signal to Noise Ratio

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Olympus VG-170 review: signal to noise ratio

JPEG images from the Olympus VG-170 have good signal to noise ratios across the sensitivity range beating the Ricoh PX and Samsung ST93 up to its maximum sensitivity of ISO 1600. The Nikon Coolpix S4150 just has the edge at ISO 1600.

JPEG dynamic range

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Olympus VG-170 review: dynamic range

This chart shows that the Olympus VG-170 has the lowest dynamic range in the group at low sensitivities, however from ISO 200 this chart shows that it out performs the Samsung ST93, Ricoh PX and Nikon Coolpix S4150.

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
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