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Canon S95 vs Olympus TG-310

Portability
93
Imaging
34
Features
42
Overall
37
Canon PowerShot S95 front
 
Olympus TG-310 front
Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
33
Overall
35

Canon S95 vs Olympus TG-310 Key Specs

Canon S95
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-105mm (F2.0-4.9) lens
  • 195g - 100 x 58 x 30mm
  • Released November 2010
  • Replaced the Canon S90
  • Refreshed by Canon S100
Olympus TG-310
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-102mm (F3.9-5.9) lens
  • 155g - 96 x 63 x 23mm
  • Revealed January 2011
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Canon S95 vs Olympus TG-310 Overview

Below, we are reviewing the Canon S95 vs Olympus TG-310, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the other is a Waterproof by rivals Canon and Olympus. There is a huge difference between the image resolutions of the S95 (10MP) and TG-310 (14MP) and the S95 (1/1.7") and TG-310 (1/2.3") possess totally different sensor dimensions.

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The S95 was announced at a similar time to the TG-310 which means that they are both of a similar generation. Both cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before getting in to a in-depth comparison, below is a short view of how the S95 scores vs the TG-310 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon S95 over the Olympus TG-310

 S95 TG-310 
Focus manually More exact focus
Display dimension3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution461k230kSharper display (+231k dot)

Reasons to pick Olympus TG-310 over the Canon S95

 TG-310 S95 

Common features in the Canon S95 and Olympus TG-310

 S95 TG-310 
RevealedNovember 2010January 2011Similar generation
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch display Neither features Touch display

Canon S95 vs Olympus TG-310 Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to lug around your camera frequently, you will have to factor its weight and volume. The Canon S95 enjoys exterior dimensions of 100mm x 58mm x 30mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.2") having a weight of 195 grams (0.43 lbs) whilst the Olympus TG-310 has sizing of 96mm x 63mm x 23mm (3.8" x 2.5" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 155 grams (0.34 lbs).

See the Canon S95 vs Olympus TG-310 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you use at the time. Following is the front view proportions comparison of the S95 and the TG-310.

Canon S95 vs Olympus TG-310 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the S95 and TG-310 is 93 and 94 respectively.

Canon S95 vs Olympus TG-310 top view buttons comparison

Canon S95 vs Olympus TG-310 Sensor Comparison

Often, its difficult to visualise the gap between sensor measurements only by reviewing specifications. The visual underneath might provide you a greater sense of the sensor sizes in the S95 and TG-310.

To sum up, each of the cameras have got different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The S95 having a larger sensor will make shooting shallow DOF less difficult and the Olympus TG-310 will deliver extra detail with its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop photos much more aggressively.

Canon S95 vs Olympus TG-310 sensor size comparison

Canon S95 vs Olympus TG-310 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon S95 vs Olympus TG-310 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon S95 Portrait photography information
Olympus TG-310 Portrait photography information
40
focusing manually
flash sync speed is above average (1/500 seconds)
supports RAW files
no external flash support
low megapixels (10MP)
sensor is small (1/1.7")
33
megapixel count decent (14MP)
provides face detection focusing
lack of manual focus
lack of manual exposure
external flash not possible
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Canon S95 Street photography information
Olympus TG-310 Street photography information
65
image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
screen does not articulate
sensor is small (1/1.7")
66
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proof
lighter than others (155 grams)
screen is fixed
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Canon S95 Sports photography advice
Olympus TG-310 Sports photography advice
27
image stabilization (Optical)
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/1.7")
lack of phase detect autofocus
40
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
provides tracking autofocus
weather proof
slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
not so great battery life (150 per charge)
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon S95 Travel photography info
Olympus TG-310 Travel photography info
64
has built in flash
pretty wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f2.0)
missing Timelapse function
low megapixels (10MP)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
67
lighter than others (155g)
weather proof
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
pretty wide (28mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
not so great battery life (150 per charge)
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.9)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon S95 Landscape photography information
Olympus TG-310 Landscape photography information
52
focusing manually
pretty wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f2.0)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
low megapixels (10MP)
sensor is small (1/1.7")
missing Timelapse function
39
pretty wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count decent (14MP)
weather proof
lack of manual focus
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.9)
small screen (2.7 inch)
lack of manual exposure
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
not so great battery life (150 shots)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon S95 as a Vlogging camera
Olympus TG-310 as a Vlogging camera
32
pretty wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f2.0)
image stabilization (Optical)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing external microphone socket
32
pretty wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides face detection focusing
lighter than others (155g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.9)
screen is not selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have external microphone jack
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Canon S95 vs Olympus TG-310 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon S95 and Olympus TG-310
 Canon PowerShot S95Olympus TG-310
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Olympus
Model type Canon PowerShot S95 Olympus TG-310
Class Small Sensor Compact Waterproof
Released 2010-11-23 2011-01-06
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Digic 4 TruePic III+
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 7.44 x 5.58mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 41.5mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Max resolution 3648 x 2736 4288 x 3216
Max native ISO 3200 1600
Lowest native ISO 80 80
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 9 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-105mm (3.8x) 28-102mm (3.6x)
Highest aperture f/2.0-4.9 f/3.9-5.9
Macro focusing distance 5cm 3cm
Crop factor 4.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inch 2.7 inch
Resolution of screen 461k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen tech - TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 15 seconds 4 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/1600 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 1.0 frames per sec 1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 6.50 m 4.20 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/500 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (24 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 195 grams (0.43 lb) 155 grams (0.34 lb)
Dimensions 100 x 58 x 30mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.2") 96 x 63 x 23mm (3.8" x 2.5" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 47 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 20.4 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.3 not tested
DXO Low light rating 153 not tested
Other
Battery life - 150 shots
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID NB-6L LI-42B
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus card SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots - Single
Price at release $495 $0