Olympus VG-120 Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 14 megapixels
  • 5x optical zoom
  • 26mm wide-angle
  • 720p video
  • 3-inch LCD monitor
  • Captures to SD/SDHC
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2011-01-24
  • Final Grade: 83 4.15 Star Rating: Recommended

4.15 Star Rating: Recommended
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Olympus VG-120
14 megapixels; 5x optical zoom; 26mm wide-angle; 720p video; 3-inch LCD monitor; Captures to SD/SDHC; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery;
By , Last updated on: 5/18/2014

The VG-120 isn't a standout in any way, but includes a number of standard features at a very low cost. You'll find 14 megapixels, a 5x optical zoom lens and 720p HD video recording. We do find it hard to recommend this camera given Olympus' past record in the cheap point-and-shoot category. The VG-120 is also missing image stabilization which, while not necessarily standard at this price point, can be found elsewhere. Take a look elsewhere, particularly at Sony's latest W-series compacts, before you commit to this.

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Olympus Reviews

Olympus is a long-time camera manufacturer, but lately they've been offering innovative, compact imaging options that are well worth a look. While Olympus doesn't have a camera in every category like Nikon or Sony, their focus on the cameras they offer shows.

Olympus' main, and best, cameras are their mirrorless line. The OM-D line offers mirrorless cameras that rival professional results while their PEN options offer the most portability and affordability. Most of their mirrorless cameras have simple, retro designs that work really well. Their kit lenses are often a bit higher quality than most. The Olympus mirrorless cameras we've been able to test have shown excellent image quality and usability.

While most of Olympus' focus seems to be on their excellent mirrorless line, we haven't been disappointed with any of their compacts we've put through our tests either. The TG-3 and TG-4 are among the best waterproof compacts on the market. And when we put the super zoom SP-100 to the test, we were quite happy with the image quality and performance.

Olympus may not have a camera in each and every category, but they've really put a lot into their existing cameras, making them excellent options.

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