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Canon D30 vs Olympus TG-4

Portability
91
Imaging
37
Features
38
Overall
37
Canon PowerShot D30 front
 
Olympus Tough TG-4 front
Portability
90
Imaging
41
Features
51
Overall
45

Canon D30 vs Olympus TG-4 Key Specs

Canon D30
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.9-4.8) lens
  • 218g - 109 x 68 x 28mm
  • Announced February 2014
Olympus TG-4
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-100mm (F2.0-4.9) lens
  • 247g - 112 x 66 x 31mm
  • Launched April 2015
  • Replaced the Olympus TG-3
  • Newer Model is Olympus TG-5
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Canon D30 vs Olympus TG-4 Overview

Here, we will be reviewing the Canon D30 and Olympus TG-4, both Waterproof digital cameras by competitors Canon and Olympus. There is a noticeable difference between the sensor resolutions of the D30 (12MP) and TG-4 (16MP) but both cameras posses the identical sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The D30 was brought out 14 months prior to the TG-4 which makes them a generation away from each other. Each of the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before getting right into a comprehensive comparison, here is a concise highlight of how the D30 matches up versus the TG-4 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon D30 over the Olympus TG-4

 D30 TG-4 
Screen resolution461k460kCrisper screen (+1k dot)

Reasons to pick Olympus TG-4 over the Canon D30

 TG-4 D30 
LaunchedApril 2015February 2014Newer by 14 months

Common features in the Canon D30 and Olympus TG-4

 D30 TG-4 
Manually focus Dial precise focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen size3"3"Same screen measurement
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch screen Lacking Touch screen

Canon D30 vs Olympus TG-4 Physical Comparison

For those who are intending to travel with your camera often, you should consider its weight and dimensions. The Canon D30 comes with external measurements of 109mm x 68mm x 28mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.1") and a weight of 218 grams (0.48 lbs) and the Olympus TG-4 has dimensions of 112mm x 66mm x 31mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.2") with a weight of 247 grams (0.54 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you use at that moment. Here is a front view dimensions comparison of the D30 vs the TG-4.

Canon D30 vs Olympus TG-4 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the D30 and TG-4 is 91 and 90 respectively.

Canon D30 vs Olympus TG-4 top view buttons comparison

Canon D30 vs Olympus TG-4 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is very hard to envision the contrast between sensor dimensions only by reviewing technical specs. The pic here might offer you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the D30 and TG-4.

As you have seen, both of those cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit not the same megapixels. You can count on the Olympus TG-4 to offer extra detail having its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also help you crop photographs a good deal more aggressively. The more aged D30 is going to be behind in sensor tech.

Canon D30 vs Olympus TG-4 sensor size comparison

Canon D30 vs Olympus TG-4 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon D30 vs Olympus TG-4 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon D30
Portrait photography with Olympus TG-4
33
manual focus
has face detect focus
manual mode not possible
external flash not possible
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
47
focusing manually
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
features face detect focus
exports RAW formats
no manual exposure
external flash not possible
small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Canon D30 Street photography details
Olympus TG-4 Street photography details
61
image stabilization (Optical)
weather sealing
screen is fixed
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
65
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW formats
weather proof
no moving screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
heavier than competition (247g)
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Sports Comparison

Canon D30 as a Sports photography camera
Olympus TG-4 as a Sports photography camera
37
image stabilization (Optical)
has tracking focus
weather sealing
low fps (2.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
48
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
features tracking focus
weather proof
good battery power (380 shots)
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.0 fps)
no shutter priority
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon D30 Travel photography features
Olympus TG-4 Travel photography features
60
weather sealing
has built in flash
rather wide (28mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
74
good battery power (380 shots)
weather proof
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
rather wide (25mm)
good maximum aperture (f2.0)
heavier than competition (247 grams)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon D30 Landscape photography factors
Olympus TG-4 Landscape photography factors
44
manual focus
rather wide (28mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
weather sealing
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
manual mode not possible
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
does not have Time Lapse mode
62
focusing manually
rather wide (25mm)
good maximum aperture (f2.0)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
exports RAW formats
weather proof
good battery power (380 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
no manual exposure
small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon D30 as a Vlogging camera
Olympus TG-4 as a Vlogging camera
33
rather wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have mic support
34
rather wide (25mm)
good maximum aperture (f2.0)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
features face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
doesn't have mic jack
heavier than competition (247 grams)
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Canon D30 vs Olympus TG-4 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon D30 and Olympus TG-4
 Canon PowerShot D30Olympus Tough TG-4
General Information
Brand Name Canon Olympus
Model type Canon PowerShot D30 Olympus Tough TG-4
Category Waterproof Waterproof
Announced 2014-02-12 2015-04-13
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor DIGIC 4 TruePic VII
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 3200 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 9 25
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-140mm (5.0x) 25-100mm (4.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.9-4.8 f/2.0-4.9
Macro focusing distance 1cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 461 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology PureColor II LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15s 4s
Highest shutter speed 1/1600s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed 2.0 frames/s 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 3.50 m 7.90 m (at ISO 1600)
Flash settings Auto, on, slow sync, off Auto, redeye reduction, fill-in, off, LED
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format H.264 H.264, Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn BuiltIn
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 218 gr (0.48 lbs) 247 gr (0.54 lbs)
Physical dimensions 109 x 68 x 28mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.1") 112 x 66 x 31mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 300 pictures 380 pictures
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NB-6LH LI-92B
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom, face, wink) Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory
Storage slots One One
Cost at launch $329 $379