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The Olympus VG-130 was released in January 2011 and is a budget digital compact available in silver, black, red and pink with prices started from around £70.
Olympus VG-130 Front
As are commonly found on most Olympus compacts, the VG-130 has a range of magic filters, including: Punk, Pop Art, Pin Hole, Drawing, Fish Eye, Soft Focus and Sparkle. Other features include AF tracking, Intelligent Auto Mode (i-Auto), Shadow Adjustment Technology and Advanced Face Detection.
Movies are recorded in 720p HD with a dedicated button which starts shooting straight away.
Olympus VG-130 Top
- 5x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 26-130mm)
- 720p HD movie recording
- 14 megapixel sensor
- 3.0 inch 230,000 dot colour LCD screen
- Magic filters
- Digital Image Stabilisation
- Intelligent Auto Mode
- Advanced Face Detection
- Battery charging via USB-cable
Olympus VG-130 Screen
If you've used an Olympus compact recently, you'll be familiar with their menu layout. As soon as you switch the camera on you can switch between the shooting menus by cycling left or right. When you are in your desired mode you can changed the settings available in that mode by pressing up or down. The menus are easy to use and well labelled, although if you move round the menus too quickly the camera can take a second to catch up on occasions.
The camera is ready to take pictures within a couple of seconds of switching on and is quick to focus. Although there is no CIPA rating provided for the battery, during testing it was capable of around 220 shots. There are three continuous shooting modes available, sequential (full resolution), high-speed 1 (3 megapixel) and high-speed 2 (3 megapixel), capable of 0.8 fps, 2.3 fps and 10 fps respectively.
Olympus VG-130 Battery
Olympus VG-130 Lens test images
Wide-angle | 1/800 sec | f/2.8 | 4.7 mm | ISO 100
Full optical zoom | 1/400 sec | f/6.5 | 23.5 mm | ISO 100
Digital zoom | 1/160 sec | f/6.5 | 23.5 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/400 sec | f/3.4 | 8.3 mm | ISO 100
At ISO 80, noise is very minimal, which is also the same for ISO 100. Noise does increase steadily through ISO 200 and ISO 400 but it is only ISO 800 where detail and sharpness is effected. Images produced at ISO 1600 do have a significant amount of noise and are best for small sized web use.
Olympus VG-130 ISO test images
ISO 80 | 1/10 sec | f/3.4 | 8.3 mm
ISO 100 | 1/13 sec | f/3.4 | 8.3 mm
ISO 200 | 1/25 sec | f/3.4 | 8.3 mm
ISO 400 | 1/50 sec | f/3.4 | 8.3 mm
ISO 800 | 1/100 sec | f/3.4 | 8.3 mm
ISO 1600 | 1/200 sec | f/3.4 | 8.3 mm
Landscape images look great with a good boost to the blues and greens. Portrait images look a bit flat with a touch of red-eye present, but the skin tones are accurately reproduced. Sport mode has been used to capture the water droplets coming from the water fountain.
Olympus VG-130 Sample Photos
Landscape | 1/200 sec | f/8.0 | 4.7 mm | ISO 80
Landscape with building | 1/250 sec | f/8.0 | 4.7 mm | ISO 80
Portrait | 1/50 sec | f/4.4 | 13.0 mm | ISO 125
Sport | 1/500 sec | f/4.9 | 15.4 mm | ISO 250
Under our studio lights, the white-balance performance is quite inconsistent. The AWB preset produces an image with an orange cast, with the incandescent preset giving the better image. The fluorescent lights causes the VG-130 to take images with a magenta cast although the AWB has less of a cast than when the fluorescent preset is used.
Olympus VG-130 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/20 sec | f/3.1 | 6.4 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/20 sec | f/3.1 | 6.4 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent preset | 1/6 sec | f/3.1 | 6.4 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/8 sec | f/3.1 | 6.4 mm | ISO 100
The following images are all examples taken using the seven magic filters available on the VG-130.
Olympus VG-130 Digital filters
Pop art | 0.3 sec | f/5.8 | 19.6 mm | ISO 125
Pin hole | 0.3 sec | f/5.8 | 19.6 mm | ISO 125
Fish eye | 0.3 sec | f/5.8 | 19.6 mm | ISO 125
Drawing | 0.3 sec | f/5.8 | 19.6 mm | ISO 125
Soft focus | 0.3 sec | f/5.8 | 19.6 mm | ISO 125
Punk | 0.3 sec | f/5.8 | 19.6 mm | ISO 125
Sparkle | 1/5 sec | f/5.8 | 19.6 mm | ISO 125
Video ModeVideos can be recorded at 720p HD at 30 and 15 fps as well as VGA and QVGA. Optical zoom is also available during recording but not at the same time as sound recording. An example using the zoom during video recording can be found on the ePHOTOzine YouTube page.
Value For MoneyThe Olympus VG-130 is currently available for around £70.00. There are plenty of cameras to consider with a similar price and features such as the: Canon PowerShot A3200 IS at £104.99, Fujifilm FinePix Z90 at £89.95, Nikon Coolpix S3100 at £74.99, Sony Cybershot W520 at £84.95, Pentax Optio S1 at £79.00 and Samsung ST90 at £89.99.
Olympus VG-130 ProsExcellent value for money
Full metal body
Good colour reproduction
Well detailed images
Olympus VG-130 ConsPurple fringing quite common
Inconsistent white-balance performance
Close focusing distance is 7cm
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Olympus VG-130 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/2.8 - f/6.5|
|35mm equivalent||26mm - 130mm|
|CCD pixels||14Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||6.16mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||4.62mm|
|Screen resolution||230,000 dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||4sec|
|ISO sensitivity||80 - 1600|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|CIPA Rating||No Data|
|Box Contents||LI-70B Lithium-Ion Battery, F-2AC AC Adapter, CB-USB7 USB Cable, CB-AVC5 Audio/Video cable, Hand Strap, World Wide Warranty Card, Instruction Manual, [ib] Image Management Software|