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Olympus VG-170

alaTest has collected and analyzed 56 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the battery and color are overall positive. The portability and value for money also get good feedback, but the features and storage get critical reviews. The build quality and image quality get mixed reviews.

usability, value for money, portability, color, battery

responsiveness, performance, storage, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus VG-170 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 56 reviews)

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Olympus VG-170 review


Olympus's VG-170 is bursting with quirky features such as 3D shooting and a larger flash than average, but can it be a master of all?

Packed with features ; Chea ; Easy to use ; Large, high resolution screen ; Wide 26mm lens

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

For those starting out in photography who want an undemanding, simple to use camera, the Olympus VG-170 fits the bill. In the main, exposure, metering, white balance and speed are all good enough for casual photographers for whom ease of use and...

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Olympus VG-170 review


At just £80, the VG-170 is a very inexpensive camera, particularly when you consider its resolution, size and smart features. Unfortunately, its performance is a let-down, with noise appearing in too many of our test shots.

Inexpensive ; 3D shooting mode

Disappointing picture quality in shadows ; Below-par video performance

The VG-170 certainly looks the part, and it's keenly priced too. When put to the test though, the necessary compromises in a 14-megapixel camera that costs just £80 sadly came to the fore.

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Olympus VG-170


When writing reviews it is not always easy to come up with a long list of reasons to buy a camera. That is true of the Olympus VG-170. It does a lot of things well without standing out from the competition. It takes sharp looking photos and you should...


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Olympus VG-170 Review


The Olympus VG-170 is a budget digital compact that sports some beefy-looking specification, but what exactly is it you get for a penny shy of £100, and is it any good? Doug Harman finds out.

Inexpensive, Flash power, 3D shooting mode, Ease of use

Picture quality, Image noise, Video performance, Build

At just £99.99, the VG-170 has enough clever kit, filters and features to make it an appealing-looking camera for those on a tighter budget. But if image quality, finer detail and tougher build are your bag, look elsewhere.

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Olympus VG-170 Digital Camera Review


The Olympus VG-170 is a compact digital camera with an extra powerful flash, Daniel Bell reviews.

Larger flash is a unique feature; Good value for money; Grip on front of camera; Good colour reproduction

AWB struggles under indoor lighting

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Amazon review summary for Olympus VG-170


alaTest has collected and analysed 23 user reviews of Olympus VG-170 from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

usability, value for money, portability, size, battery


96% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Olympus VG-170 Digital Compact Camera - White (14MP, 5x Wide Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCDOlympus VG-170 ( 14.5 MP,5 x Optical Zoom,3 -inch LCD )Olympus VG-170 Digital Compact Camera - Black (14MP, 5x Wide Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD

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powerful flashgun !


A simple to operate camera with a host of features if you want.

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best purchase


the camera is of good name and ease y to use... the screen is bigger than some similar type cameras... good ion lithium battery...little fiddley where the lead goes... good compact pocket size... on screen info could be better ....

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Great value


Great camera, very good picture quality and easy to use.

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Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: No
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity:WiFi Ready

General Features

3D:3D enabled
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CCD
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/2.3''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:4
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/2000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:Internal + External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Olympus LI-50 B
Battery Type:Olympus LI-50 B


Aperture Priority: No
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: No