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Olympus VG-170 Digital Compact Camera - Black (14MP, 5x Wide Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD

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  • Powerful and big built-in flash
  • 5x wide optical zoom
  • Super-slim body
  • 720p HD Movie recording
  • Magic Filters in stills and movies
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  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 10.4 x 6.3 cm ; 145 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 499 g
  • Item model number: VG-170
  • ASIN: B006Q9J2T4
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 9 Jan. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,935 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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The Olympus VG-170: A brighter dawn for your photography with a flash that’s twice as powerful

A brighter dawn for your photography
A brighter dawn for your photography
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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.

5x wide optical zoom
5x wide optical zoom
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14 megapixels, 5x wide optical zoom plus Digital Image Stabilisation

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.

Massive matchless flash helps make light work

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.

Nine Magic Filters for turning the everyday into the extraordinary
Nine Magic Filters for turning the everyday into the extraordinary
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Nine Magic Filters for turning the everyday into the extraordinary

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.

  • Punk: Pose like Sid and Nancy and have your world turned dayglo, with this fun feature that transforms your photos into crudely photocopied fanzine style images, but in a good way.
  • Pop Art: In the tradition of Andy Warhol, this effect enhances colours, making them stronger and more vivid. It creates high-impact pictures that express the happy, light-hearted feeling of the pop art style.
  • Fish-Eye: With its distorted 180-degree perspective, this filter reproduces the dramatic effect of a fish-eye lens. It lends a new perspective to the whole scene with a "round" effect.
  • Drawing: This filter gives the impression that subjects have been sketched on the fly by an artist just at the moment that inspiration struck. Images are transformed into line drawings for improvised, creative results.
  • Pin Hole: For an ethereal feel, Pin Hole reduces the peripheral brightness of images like an image seen through a pinhole. Added to this is a unique colour tone that results in a style that has an air of secrecy or portrays the feeling of being lost in another dimension or space.
  • Soft Focus: Give your portraits that romantic otherworldly look beloved of wedding photographers.
  • Sparkle: Well, you can never have enough sparkle in your life, can you? A photos-only Magic Filter that truly imparts a sprinkling of fairy dust.
  • Watercolour: One of two new filters on this model. Turn your photos into watercolour-like ‘paintings’.
  • Reflection: Second of two new Magic Filters.
3D photo shooting mode

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.

Dual IS banishes blur for perfect results
Dual IS banishes blur for perfect results
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Classic retro design and fantastic value for money

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.

High Definition movie recording

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!

Big and bright LCD screen

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.

A brighter dawn for your photography
A brighter dawn for your photography
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Effortless image making, wireless image transfer

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.

USB Battery Charging

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.

In-camera help and features you can trust to deliver

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.

Quick photo surfing thanks to innovative software

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.

Box Contains

Olympus VG-170 Digital Compact Camera (Black)
Li-50b Lithium-ion rechargeable battery
AC Adapter
CB-USB7 USB Cable
CB-AVC5 Audio/Video Cable
3D Goggles (Red/Cyan)
Hand strap
Warranty card
Instruction manual
[ib] Image Management Software


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I chose this because I have been using Olympus cameras for a number of years and have always found them very easy and straightforward to use. I enjoy photography, but like a simple and straightforward camera without having to bother with too much tricky technology. I have been very pleased with the quality of the prints from this camera and would definitely recommend it.
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I was in the market for buying a camera so the 1st place I went to was Amazon.co.uk,after reading the reviews the camera that I decided
to buy was the Olympus VG-170.
It does every thing I want and more,I am still learning to use this camera to its full potential.
The shopping experience at Amazon could't have been easier,the camera arrived within three days so you could say"one happy customer".
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Great camera. Far to many functions for me but the basics are great. Transferring the pics and videos to the computer is not described in detail in the instructions and proved troublesome although I've cracked it now.
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I bought this camera based on the many 5 star reviews here at Amazon. Shortly after I'd completed my purchase, I had a look at the various reviews online and most were mediocre to slightly above average. My camera arrived this morning (thank you Smart Sales UK) and it's great. It does exactly what I wanted it to do. Sure, I doubt it would be David Bailey's go-to camera but it takes good clear photographs for general use. I'm really happy with it. It feels substantial, it looks great and it's very easy to use, the menus are straightforward to navigate through. If you're looking for a no frills honest-to-goodness camera then this is it, the built-in rechargeable battery is a bonus. It comes with an adapter for charging through the mains, as well as the option to charge via the supplied USB cable. The enclosed CD-ROM software disc is excellent, very professional looking. Couldn't ask for more. Very happy.

***Amended on May 31st 2015***

I gave the camera a full 5 stars initially because for what I wanted it for at the time, taking a few snaps on a day trip, it performed fine or so I thought. Looking at the images closely upon downloading them however, I noticed that although each shot was composed well they all contained substantial amounts of blurring and all shots had purple fringing around the edges. I took the camera out with me and took random shots; some with the zoom, others employing the macro function and again most of them were blurred. I used the anti-shake function and took time over each shot but again blurring was present in most images. The macro shots were less prone to blurring but the colours looked washed out, deep purple flowers coming out as bright blue to give one example.
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Initially what I thought I wanted and what I thought I was buying was a point and shoot camera. Don't get me wrong this does that but it also does a lot more. I wont go into that here other people have already done that and better than what I could have. I would and will recommend this camera as a good buy.
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Exelent choice for my wife compact and easy to use charging very easy makes battery life good many usable features
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quality product
lots of diffrent effects including 3d
easy to use and softwareeasy to follow to
quality product
would recommend
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Just needed a cheap camera that took reasonable shots and this fits perfectly, takes good images and solid build quality.
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