Olympus VG-170 Review

February 15, 2012 | Matt Grayson |


Image Sensor
Effective pixels 14 Megapixels
Filter array Primary colour filter (RGB)
Full resolution 14.5 Megapixels
Type 1/2.3 '' CCD sensor
Optical zoom 5 x (WIDE)
Focal length 4.7 - 23.5 mm
Focal length (equiv. 35mm) 26 - 130 mm
Maximum aperture 2.8 - 6.5
Structure 7 lenses / 5 groups
Aspherical glass elements 5
Digital Zoom
Enlargement factor 4 x / 20 x combined with optical zoom
Resolution 460000 dots
Monitor size 7.6 cm / 3.0 ''
Monitor type TFT
Frame assistance Yes
Brightness adjustment 2 levels
Protection panel Yes
Focusing System
Method TTL iESP auto focus with contrast detection
Modes iESP, Face Detection AF, Spot, AF Tracking
Standard mode 0.6m - ∞ (wide) / 1.0m - ∞ (tele)
Macro mode 0.2m - ∞ (wide) / 0.6m - ∞ (tele)
Super Macro mode Closest focusing distance: 5 cm
AF illuminator Yes
Light Metering
Modes ESP light metering
Exposure System
Modes i-Auto, Programme automatic, DIS mode, Scene Modes, Magic Filter, Panorama, Movie, Beauty & Make-up
Enhancement function Digital Image Stabilisation
Advanced Face Detection Technology
Shutter speed 1/2 - 1/2000 s / < 4 s (Candle Scene)
Exposure compensation +/- 2 EV / 1/3 steps
Scene Modes
Number of scene modes 15
Modes Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Night Scene with portrait, Sports, Indoor, Candle, Self-portrait, Sunset, Fireworks, Cuisine, Documents, Beach and Snow, Pet, 3D
Magic Filter
Types Pop Art, Pin Hole, Fisheye, Drawing, Soft Focus, Punk, Sparkle, Water color, Reflection
Manual ISO 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
White Balance
AUTO WB system Yes
One-touch white balance 1 custom settings can be registered
Preset values Overcast, Sunlight, Tungsten, Flourescent 3
Internal Flash
Modes AUTO, Red-eye reduction, Long flash, Fill-in, Off
Working range (wide) 0.2 - 8.8 m (ISO 800)
Working range (tele) 0.6 - 3.8 m (ISO 800)
Sequence Shooting
Sequential shooting mode (high speed) 15 fps / 20 frames (in 3MP mode)
2 fps / 200 frames (in 3MP mode)
Sequential shooting mode 0.6 fps / 200 frames (Full Image Size)
Image Processing
Pixel mapping Yes
Noise reduction Yes
Shading compensation Yes
Distortion compensation Yes
Image Editing
Resize Yes
Trimming Yes
Beauty Fix Yes
View Images
Modes Single, Index, Zoom, Slide show
Index 5 x 4 frames
Zoom 1.1 - 10 x
Auto rotation Yes
Image protect mode Yes
View Movie
Modes Frame by frame, Fast forward, Reverse playback
Still Image Recording
EXIF 2.3
DPS PictBridge
Movie Recording System
Recording format AVI Motion JPEG®
Image Stabilisation Mode Digital Image Stabilisation
HD Movie quality 720P Recording time: Up to card capacity
Movie quality 640 x 480 / 30fps Recording time: Up to card capacity
Note: maximum file size 2GB
When shooting 720P movies use SDHC class 6 or higher.
Magic Filter Pop Art, Pin Hole, Fisheye, Drawing, Soft Focus, Punk, Water color, Reflection
Sound Recording System
Voice playback Yes
Sound recording Yes , format: WAV
Image footage 4 s
Speaker Yes
Removable Media SD / SDHC (UHS speed class not supported)
Internal memory 34.9 MB
Eye-Fi Card compatible Yes
Image Size
14M 4288 x 3216
8M 3264 x 2448
5M 2560 x 1920
3M 2048 x 1536
2M 1600 x 1200
1M 1280 x 960
VGA 640 x 480
16:9 1920 x 1080
Menu languages in camera 40
Other Features
3D Photo Shooting Mode Yes
Panorama function Image marker (Software)
Self timer 2 / 12 s
Menu guide Yes
Date imprint Yes
Power Supply
Battery LI-50B Lithium-Ion Battery
Internal Charging Yes
DC input Yes
Combined A/V & USB output Yes
USB 2.0 High Speed Yes
Dimensions (W x H x D) 103.7 x 62.5 x 22.2 mm
Weight 147 g (including battery and memory card)