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Olympus introduces a new flagship model in its easy to use compact range with the illuminating advantage of a best in class flash that is nearly four times as powerful as that found on a regular compact camera, and offers twice the range.
This brighter-than-average bulb is capable of lighting up faces 15 metres away in wide-angle setting. What’s more, in Long Flash mode the camera will trade off megapixels against ISO sensitivity so that it is automatically set up to deliver the best results in low light photography. The result is great looking pictures even in otherwise tricky lighting conditions.
The VG-170 delivers the quality and feature set you would expect of an Olympus. It includes a high resolution for bigger enlargements, creatively broad focal range equivalent to a wide 26-130mm in 35mm film terms for flexibility in framing, plus effective anti shake to reduce blur when shooting handheld and in lower light. Light sensitivity settings between ISO80-1600 are also manually selectable. Alternatively turn on the built-in flash.
Among the most commonly used functions on a compact camera, a good quality built-in flash can mean the difference between getting a great quality photograph in low light or none at all. The big flash on the VF-170 is therefore capable of providing a big, big improvement in your photography.
Put simply it offers twoice the power of its nearest rival, which means it offers twice the range. In technical terms the VG-170’s Guide Number is 8.8, compared with 4 to 5.6 for regular digital compacts.
Specifically designed to expand the creative potential of digital photography, this impressive function of the VG-170 utilises in-camera image processing technology to effortlessly transform the everyday into extraordinary scenes. Simple to operate, the filters allow users to create entirely new worlds with their images. From vibrant colours and pencil drawings to mysterious or rounded perspectives, artistic spirits can magically turn ideas into reality, for both still photos and video.
Users can choose from Punk, Pop Art, Pin Hole, Drawing, Fish Eye, Soft Focus, Sparkle and new additions Watercolour and Reflection.
The VG-170 incorporates the latest must haves. These include a 3D shooting mode that produces striking stills that can be shared on 2D devices and regular TVs. Simply turn on the new Red and Cyan 3D feature before you take the picture.
With its slim and stylish body and enticing retro design the range topping VG-170 is also incredible value for money, making it an ideal choice for the photographer who just wants to point and shoot and let the camera do the rest. Placing its manufacturer’s renowned expertise in the hands of the everyman, this VG series camera is truly Very Good.
Just one press of the red button and users of the Olympus VG-170 can be instantly recording 720p High Definition video clips, no matter which shooting mode has previously been selected. So what chance of missing that special moment? No chance!
The Olympus VG-170 offers a large 3-inch, high-resolution 460,000-dot LCD screen for framing and reviewing your photos. This means that sharing shots on the spot with family and friends is not only a possibility but also a real pleasure.
Featuring automatic aids like AF Tracking, Intelligent Auto Mode (i-Auto), Scene Modes (including Landscape, Night), Beauty mode for banishing blemishes, Face Detection and Shadow Adjustment Technology, perfect focus and exposure is guaranteed for any given subject.
Also offering high capacity SDHC and SDXC media card compatibility so you never run out of storage space, plus Eye-Fi card compatibility for wireless image transfer when you want it, slip a VG in your pocket and you’re all set for photo excellence.
Connect the camera to a computer and let the battery charge while you save and organise your images. The supplied super-compact AC adaptor also makes it easy to charge the battery while you're travelling.
The VG-170 features an in-camera help guide so that even the least experienced family members can rapidly get to grips with the best of what the camera has to offer.
Thanks to [ib] software images can be browsed, organized, and viewed by person, place, location or event.
Smart and flashy with it, the Olympus VG-170 is available in black, white or red.
I have used Olympus film and digital cameras for many years. I use a Pen EP-1 and an SP Eagle Eye 100 but when I want to have something better than a mobile for the odd photo... Read morePublished 11 days ago by JB Photographic CSI
As with all Olympus cameras, the VG-170 doesn't disappoint with regards to form. It is a sleek and very compact camera with a very robust feel to it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Yusuf Rasul
It's only a cheap compact camera but it wasn't as good as my Pentax one, which was even cheaper. Photos not as clear as expected. The settings menu wasn't to my liking either. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Aegean
Disappointment regarding camera developed fault and had no picture on screen to take.Published 4 months ago by James Miller
The camera on my phone isn't that good. I had a Pentax Optio point and shoot camera that just died on me - the buttons stopped working when pressed, so I had to look for a new... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Suze
I needed a cheap pocket camera to replace a stolen one. This fitted the bill fine. A bit slow to power up and slightly larger than I ideally wanted. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Malc