Canon ELPH 180 vs Olympus TG-870

Portability
96
Imaging
48
Features
24
Overall
38
Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 front
 
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870 front
Portability
91
Imaging
43
Features
46
Overall
44

Canon ELPH 180 vs Olympus TG-870 Key Specs

Canon ELPH 180
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-224mm (F3.2-6.9) lens
  • 126g - 95 x 54 x 22mm
  • Announced January 2016
Olympus TG-870
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400 (Bump to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 21-105mm (F3.5-5.7) lens
  • 221g - 113 x 64 x 28mm
  • Released January 2016
  • Old Model is Olympus TG-860
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Canon ELPH 180 vs Olympus TG-870 Overview

Following is a thorough analysis of the Canon ELPH 180 and Olympus TG-870, both Ultracompact cameras by brands Canon and Olympus. There is a huge difference among the sensor resolutions of the ELPH 180 (20MP) and TG-870 (16MP) but they come with the exact same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The ELPH 180 was manufactured about the same time to the TG-870 which means that they are of a similar generation. Both the cameras come with the identical body type (Ultracompact).

Before diving through a full comparison, below is a quick synopsis of how the ELPH 180 grades against the TG-870 for portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon ELPH 180 over the Olympus TG-870

 ELPH 180 TG-870 

Reasons to pick Olympus TG-870 over the Canon ELPH 180

 TG-870 ELPH 180 
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen dimension3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution921k230kSharper screen (+691k dot)

Common features in the Canon ELPH 180 and Olympus TG-870

 ELPH 180 TG-870 
ReleasedJanuary 2016January 2016Same generation
Manual focus Lack of manual focus
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither features Touch friendly screen

Canon ELPH 180 vs Olympus TG-870 Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to carry around your camera, you will want to factor its weight and dimensions. The Canon ELPH 180 enjoys outside dimensions of 95mm x 54mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 126 grams (0.28 lbs) while the Olympus TG-870 has dimensions of 113mm x 64mm x 28mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.1") along with a weight of 221 grams (0.49 lbs).

Take a look at the Canon ELPH 180 and Olympus TG-870 in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you are working with at that moment. Underneath is the front view dimension comparison of the ELPH 180 against the TG-870.

Canon ELPH 180 vs Olympus TG-870 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability rating of the ELPH 180 and TG-870 is 96 and 91 respectively.

Canon ELPH 180 vs Olympus TG-870 top view buttons comparison

Canon ELPH 180 vs Olympus TG-870 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is difficult to envision the gap in sensor sizes just by looking through specs. The pic below will help provide you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the ELPH 180 and TG-870.

All in all, both the cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same megapixels. You should count on the Canon ELPH 180 to result in greater detail due to its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop shots somewhat more aggressively.

Canon ELPH 180 vs Olympus TG-870 sensor size comparison

Canon ELPH 180 vs Olympus TG-870 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon ELPH 180 vs Olympus TG-870 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon ELPH 180 Portrait photography advice
Olympus TG-870 Portrait photography advice
40
resolution is good (20MP)
offers face detect autofocus
lack of manual focus
manual mode not possible
no external flash support
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW support
37
good megapixels (16MP)
supports face detect autofocus
no manual focus
manual mode not possible
external flash not possible
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon ELPH 180
Street photography with Olympus TG-870
60
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW support
66
tilting screen
image stabilization (Optical)
environment proof
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
heavier than competition (221 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Canon ELPH 180 Sports photography highlights
Olympus TG-870 Sports photography highlights
40
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
max fps very slow (0.8 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
52
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
supports tracking focus
environment proof
great battery pack (300 shots)
lack of shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Canon ELPH 180 Travel photography advice
Olympus TG-870 Travel photography advice
68
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
fairly wide (28mm)
does not have Time Lapse recording
does not contain selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
70
great battery pack (300 per charge)
environment proof
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
fairly wide (21mm)
heavier than competition (221g)
display isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon ELPH 180
Landscape photography with Olympus TG-870
42
fairly wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (20MP)
lack of manual focus
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
screen is small (2.7")
manual mode not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW support
does not have Time Lapse recording
51
fairly wide (21mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
environment proof
great battery pack (300 CIPA)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
manual mode not possible
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon ELPH 180 Vlogging information
Olympus TG-870 Vlogging information
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fairly wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect autofocus
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
does not contain selfie friendly display
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have mic port
32
fairly wide (21mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect autofocus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have mic support
heavier than competition (221g)
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Canon ELPH 180 vs Olympus TG-870 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon ELPH 180 and Olympus TG-870
 Canon PowerShot ELPH 180Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870
General Information
Brand Name Canon Olympus
Model Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870
Category Ultracompact Ultracompact
Announced 2016-01-05 2016-01-06
Physical type Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Processor DIGIC 4+ TruePic VII
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 5152 x 3864 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 1600 6400
Highest enhanced ISO - 12800
Lowest native ISO 100 125
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-224mm (8.0x) 21-105mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.2-6.9 f/3.5-5.7
Macro focus range 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display size 2.7 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230 thousand dots 921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 15 secs 4 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 0.8fps 7.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 3.00 m (at Auto ISO) 4.00 m (at ISO 1600)
Flash settings Auto, on, slow synchro, off Auto, redeye reduction, fill flash, off, LED illuminator
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (25p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (60p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (60p)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 126 gr (0.28 lb) 221 gr (0.49 lb)
Dimensions 95 x 54 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9") 113 x 64 x 28mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 220 images 300 images
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NB-11LH Li-50B
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Retail price $119 $280