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Olympus VG-130 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £80
inc VAT

Looks great for the price on paper, but automatic exposures leave a lot to be desired


1/2.3in 14.0-megapixel sensor, 5.0x zoom (26-130mm equivalent), 125g

Another option would be to use the Digital Image Stabilisation mode, but this went too far the other way, using excessively fast shutter and ISO speeds that resulted in aggressive noise reduction that gave details a blocky appearance. Switching to Program mode and adjusting the ISO speed manually gave the best results, but that won’t be popular with the casual photographers at whom this camera is aimed.

Olympus VG-130 sample 2

It’s a pretty fundamental flaw in what is otherwise a competent, keenly priced camera. Photos in well-lit conditions were detailed and balanced, with sharp focus right into the corners of frames. However, there was some noise even at the base ISO 80 sensitivity setting. At its best, image quality was only average for the price. At worst, it was disastrous.

If you’re looking for a cheap, smart, compact digital camera, then you’d be much better off with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3.

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Basic Specifications

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CCD effective megapixels 14.0 megapixels
CCD size 1/2.3in
Viewfinder none
Viewfinder magnification, coverage N/A
LCD screen size 3.0in
LCD screen resolution 230,400 pixels
Articulated screen No
Live view Yes
Optical zoom 5.0x
Zoom 35mm equivalent 26-130mm
Image stabilisation none
Maximum image resolution 4,288×3,216
Maximum movie resolution 1280×720
Movie frame rate at max quality 30fps
File formats JPEG; AVI (M-JPEG)


Memory slot SDHC
Mermory supplied 49MB internal
Battery type Li-ion
Battery Life (tested) 160 shots
Connectivity USB, AV
HDMI output resolution N/A
Body material aluminium
Lens mount N/A
Focal length multiplier N/A
Kit lens model name N/A
Accessories USB and AV cables
Weight 125g
Size 57x96x20mm

Buying Information

Warranty one-year RTB
Price £80

Camera Controls

Exposure modes auto
Shutter speed auto
Aperture range f/2.8 (wide), f/6.5 (tele)
ISO range (at full resolution) 80 to 1600
Exposure compensation +/-2 EV
White balance auto, 4 presets
Additional image controls none
Manual focus No
Closest macro focus 7cm
Auto-focus modes multi/face detect, spot, tracking
Metering modes multi, face detect
Flash auto, forced, suppressed, red-eye reduction
Drive modes single, continuous, self-timer