Conclusion: Whilst this camera may have a few annoyances it must be remembered where this camera sits it terms of price (RRP). The flash is an absolute standout and will give great results when shooting groups of people at night. The 3D mode is interesting and worth the cameras price alone if its your thing and the 3” LCD is of a very good size.
Conclusion: For beginners who want a raft of quirky features and ease of use and aren't concerned about ultimate image quality, the Olympus VG-170 is a great choice. For everyone else, the slightly flawed image quality means that other similarly priced cameras might make a better choice.
Conclusion: 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 find this camera very easy to use. Apart from the photos lacking vivid colours there is not a lot to dislike.
Pros: Small size, USB charging, good sized LCD screen at this price point
Excerpt: The new Olympus VG-170 packs a host of features into an affordable, compact camera body. With a recommended UK price of £100 and available to buy for just £80 if you shop around, this camera falls firmly into budget compact territory - but comes with many more premium functions.
Excerpt: The Olympus VG-170 was released in January 2012 and is a budget compact digital camera with a flash which is twice as powerful as a regular compact camera. The VG-170 is available in white, red and black for £89.00.
Pros: Larger flash is a unique feature, Good value for money, Grip on front of camera, Good colour reproduction
Cons: No optical stabilisation, Purple fringing on occasion, Significant noise from ISO 400 upwards, AWB struggles under indoor lighting
Excerpt: The first thing we thought of when we saw the Olympus VG-170 was "look at the size of that flash!" It dominates the front of the camera even more than the large lens barrel that houses the 5x optical zoom. On the white model that we had for review, the lens remains black, which is unusual but not bad looking. In fact it's a nice little camera to look at. Next to the lens is a small, leatherette grip to hold onto when shooting or carrying the camera between shots.
Excerpt: Peu spectaculaire également, la couleur beige du VG170m, avec son traditionnel bord d'environ 3,5 centimètres. C'est au bas de l'écran que l'on trouve les deux haut-parleurs intégrés : s'ils ne remplacent certes pas un système audio externe, ils offrent néanmoins un bon compromis grâce à leurs 3 watts chacun.