What I think about the Olympus VG 170
I am not very particular about reviewing or testing gadgets, but I think there’s a first time for everything. I bought my first digital camera way back in the year 2000 and it has withstood the test of time until it finally gave out. Even though I have the money, I am not attracted to DSLRs because they’re big and awkward to carry around, so there’s actually no point in me buying them because they’re just oversized digital cameras. My first camera was an Olympus, and I can attest to how durable this brand is, so I went out looking for a brand new model from the same brand and I came across the Olympus VG-170.
Now, the Olympus VG-170 is a delightful little gadget primarily because of its price. I got it for a bargain of $150 and it’s one of those affordable digital cameras in the market today. What makes this an absolute steal is its specifications and build. It has a 14-megapixel snapper with a 5x optical zoom and it has all these amazing photo features like Panorama, Fish Eye, Pin Hole, and even a Beauty shot where you can edit pictures in the camera. Image quality is superb, at least in my opinion, although the night shots can be a bit dark even when flash is used.
I was a bit shocked to see 2 pairs of 3D glasses in the box because I thought they were freebies of some sort. I was even more shocked that you can actually take 3D images, similar to the ones we see in cereal boxes. It’s a bit tricky because there’s no instruction on how to go about with the feature, but I did succeed with my first shot. As for the battery life, I charged it for close to 6 hours via USB (4 hours using wall plug) after I drained it for the first time. I have no issue with the battery life because it does not drain out like other batteries even when not in use. Quite useful to have around, if you ask me.
The verdict – I got it for $150 and I did not regret it. It’s one of those cameras that is multifunctional without going overboard on the price.