Expert Review of Olympus VG-150 Point & Shoot Digital Camera Black
Olympus VG 150, is probably one of the most efficient entry level compact digital Point and Shoot available in market today under the Olympus V series. This camera can be your ideal mate if you are looking to learn the art of photography from the scratch, or for all the enthusiasts who are looking to enjoy all the perks of a standard Point and Shoot device at a really affordable price, truly Olympus VG-150 is an experience which is one of a king. Even for an entry level compact, this super slim device offers truly outstanding features which make it a real value for money object of use. And as covered under a firm named Olympus, it is obvious that photos and movies in everyday situations are captured at level best with Olympus VG-160. Coming alongside a 12 Megapixel CCD sensor (OOPS! No CMOS sensor here) it brings forth a moderate 4x wide optical zoom which is packed inside a really slim body, this device truly has a lot to be proud of and topping that is the price tag. Some additional features of this device include imaging aids like iAuto, Shadow Adjustment Technology and a range of Magic Filters for adding special effects to still photos.Rear of the device is covered by a 2.7 inch large LCD screen which makes it an absolute pleasure to share shots right on the spot.
Design and Build Quality
Olympus, the multinational, in designing of Olympus VG-150 does not go for the blockier finish but instead roots for the more edge-curved finish. One the first glance, Olympus VG-160 looks too sexy to be this affordable. This device is available in the color combinations of black, silver, red and orange. The exact dimensions of the device measure 92 mm x 54 mm x 19.8 mm and including battery the weight of Olympus VG 160 clocks 105 grams.
Focus and Face Detection
The light sensitivity of Olympus VG 150 ranges from ISO 80 to 1600 which gives the chance to the user to capture wonderful images irrespective of the light conditions available in the area. Focusing of Olympus VG 150 automatically detects focuses and prioritises the clarity of up to 16 faces within the image frame.
Lens and Image Stabilization
The lens mount on Olympus VG 150 fancies a good 26mm wide angle lens which comes thankfully with a RGB color filter. With a focal length of 4.8 – 19.2 mm and a 35 mm equivalent of 27 – 108 mm, the camera also features a 4x optical zoom with the availability of an additional 16x digital zoom.This gives Olympus VG-160 a combined zooming capacity of 64x magnification. Working through a slightly disappointing CCD image sensor, this efficient device from the multinational Olympus comes with a really strong 12 Megapixel resolution. Olympus VG 150 also comes with a wide range of shutter speeds (adjustable) that vary from aminimum of 1/2000 of a second to a maximum of 4 sec. There is anin-built flash with auto and manual adjustment modes which lets you control the intensity of the flash, with an available flash range of 20 cm to 4.8 m (Wide) and 60 cm to 2.1 m (Tele). Camera comes with another brilliant feature which increases the clarity of image i.e. Red Eye Reduction which makes it possible to capture images in dim conditions too. The aperture control function on Olympus VG-150 lets you adjust the amount of light that falls on the image sensor, which ranges from f/2.8 to f/6.5. It also features a TTL or through the lens iESP autofocus system that works using contrast detection. Olympus VG-150 has an autofocus range of 20 cm (Wide) and 60 cm (Tele) in the macro mode.
Screen and Menus
Almost the entire rear of Olympus VG 150 is covered by a 2.7 inch LCD screen which offers a really net preview of all the images and technological advancements such as AF tracking, Shadow Expansion etc that help a user capture images in precisely the way he needs. Also there is an intelligent Auto ( iAuto ) mode in Olympus VG 150 which quite automatically responds to all the shooting conditions that match any of the huge 29 modes that are already inbuilt in the design such as self-portrait, landscape and night + portrait mode. It also adjusts the focus and exposure to give pretty much a perfect balance of color and clarity in the device. So whether the user is capturing image of his kid playing in the playground or at a birthday party, Olympus VG 150s iAuto mode automatically optimising cameras setting to ensure a capture to all the everyday moments visible.
Olympus VG-150 runs on a LI-70B rechargeable lithium-ion battery that powers the camera for up to 165 shots. The main memory storage unit on this Olympus is accessible through the camera’s memory card slot that is compatible with SD or SDHC memory cards. The captured files from the memory card can be easily transferred to a PC or a laptop through the camera’s high-speed USB port or by using an SD memory card reader.
For a camera worth the price that it is placed at, Olympus VG 150 provides real catchy features, one of them being the video mode. Videos are recorded at 1280 x 720 image resolution at 30 frames per second or simply at 720p HD quality. In one charge the device can bring upon 90 minutes of HD movie, which is in no way a disappointing feature.
The camera works on 1/2.3 inch image sensor which is a CCD variant. To tell more about a CCD sensor it is an analog device. When light strikes the chip it is held as a small electrical charge in each photo sensor. The charges are converted to voltage one pixel at a time as they are read from the chip.
· VG-150 is a good value and compares favorably to others in this price range
· LCD is large versus other sub-$100 models
· Photo quality when using the flash is surprisingly good
· Start-up is pretty fast
· Shortcut on-screen menu makes it easy to select commands and shooting functions
· Some image quality problems with soft focus and chromatic aberration
· Zoom lens is small at 4X, and it isn't available when shooting movies
· Very limited movie controls and no full HD option
· Shot to shot delays are troublesome
· Small control buttons aren't comfortable