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Olympus VG-160 14MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom - VG-160

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it is a nice camera but...

by Jim on 9/5/2013

I was replacing an old Kodak Easyshare, so at $80, this camera seemed like a steal. It's easy to setup, offers 720HD video with sound (and it's good quality), but it can't take a night picture (such as a cityscape) to save it's life. I've tried every setting in both manual and automatic modes, and you have to take 5 or 6 photo's to possibly get 1 good one that is clear. For photo's in light, no problem! The image in your nice size LCD for night photo's is the one I desire, but never the one I get. Battery life is very good, including when you use video. The video feature is easy to use, BUT, you must zoom in or out BEFORE you start the video recording. Once recording, you cannot zoom. It is a great deal, but if I had to do it all over again I would make sure the camera could take night pictures, and that the video featured zoom while recording. Again, great deal, easy to use, but 1 or 2 major flaws. Simply because of the inability to take a good night shot, I would not recommend to a friend to get one.

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Product Overview


Brains and beauty the VG-160 has it all and then some. This is the camera that offers all the extras without the extra costs. With creative features including One-Touch HD Video, Magic Art Filters, a 26mm Wide-Angle Lens and 5x Optical Zoom, you'll capture million dollar pictures and video. Options and value - it's a deal you can't refuse.

The Olympus VG-160 Digital Camera (Black) is a dutiful companion for capturing life's fleeting moments. Budget-friendly, yet packed with respectable specs, the VG-160 helps you capture your photos with ease and clarity.

The camera boasts a 14Mp CCD imaging sensor that takes both detailed photos and 720p HD video. A 3.0" LCD screen gives you a generous platform on which to compose and review images, while the 5x wide-angle zoom lens gets close to your subjects and gives you a wide view of the scene, allowing everyone to get into the shot.

Additional features like digital image stabilization ensure that your shots are blur-free. Intelligent Auto + Shadow Adjustment automatically identifies the type of scene you're shooting and adjusts the camera's settings for the best result possible. Magic Art Filters gives you the latitude to use up to 12 special effects for your photos or videos to add a creative touch your memories. AF Tracking gives you a leg up on capturing unpredictable, fast-moving subjects, and face detection ensures that every face in the frame looks great.


Manufacturer Olympus
Mfg Part# VG-160
SKU 245538400
UPC 050332182561
UPC 14 00050332182561
Product Guide Click Here for the Olympus Store
14Mp Resolution
3.0" LCD Display
26-130mm Equivalent Lens
80-1600 ISO
Dual Image Stabilization
5x Wide-Angle Zoom
720p HD Movie Mode
Built-In Flash
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slot
Intelligent Auto + Shadow Adjustment
What’s in the Box
Olympus VG-160 Digital Camera
Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery (650mAh)
USB Cable & AC Adapter
Audio/Video Cable
Instruction Manual & Software CD
1-Year Limited Warranty
Tech Specs
Pixels: 14 Megapixel
Sensor: 1/2.3"
File Formats: Still Images: JPEG, Movies: MJPEG
Max Resolution: 14MP: 4288 x 3216 @ 4:3
Other Resolutions:
8.0MP: 3264 x 2448 @ 4:3
4.9MP: 2560 x 1920 @ 4:3
2.9MP: 2048 x 1536 @ 4:3
2.1MP: 1920 x 1080 @ 16:9
1.9MP: 1600 x 1200 @ 4:3
0.3MP: 640 x 480 @ 4:3
Aspect Ratio: 4:3, 16:9
Lens: EFL: 4.7-23.5 mm (35 mm equivalent: 26-130 mm)
Aperture: f/2.8 (W) - 18 (T)
Optical: 5x
Digital: 4x
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 80-1600
Shutter: 1/2000 - 4 seconds in Candle Scene Mode
Exposure Metering: Digital ESP
Exposure Modes: Not Specified By Manufacturer
White Balance Modes: Auto, Daylight, Fluorescent, Overcast, Tungsten 1
Burst Rate:
Up to 10 fps at 3 MP for up to 200 frames
Up to 2.4 fps at 5 MP for up to 200 frames
Up to 0.8 fps at 14 MP for up to 200 frames
Self Timer: 12 Seconds, 2 Seconds
Flash Modes: Auto, Fill-in, Off, Red-eye Reduction
Built-in Flash: Yes
External Flash Connection: None
Memory Card Type: SD, SDHC, SDXC
Audio Recording: With Video
Video Recording: Yes
Viewfinder Type: LCD Display
Screen: 3.0" LCD Rear Screen (230000 pixels)
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity: 1x AV Output, USB 2.0
Software Requirements:
Windows: 2000, XP, Vista, 7
Mac: OS X 10.3 or later
Battery: LI-70B Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Dimensions (WxHxD): 3.78 x 2.22 x 0.76" / 96 x 56.5 x 19.3 mm
Weight: 4.41 oz / 125 g
Product Attributes
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Camera Megapixels 10 - 14 Megapixel
Camera Resolution (Megapixel) 14
Color Black
Color Class Black
Digital Zoom (x) 4
Focus Mode Auto
Image Stabilization Type Electronic
Maximum Still Frame Rate (fps) 30
Memory Card Type SD
Minimum Aperture f/2.8
Product Line Stylus
Resolution 4288 x 3216
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