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Casio EX-ZR300 vs Olympus TG-310

Portability
92
Imaging
39
Features
50
Overall
43
Casio Exilim EX-ZR300 front
 
Olympus TG-310 front
Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
33
Overall
35

Casio EX-ZR300 vs Olympus TG-310 Key Specs

Casio EX-ZR300
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-300mm (F3.0-5.9) lens
  • 205g - 105 x 59 x 29mm
  • Revealed May 2012
Olympus TG-310
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-102mm (F3.9-5.9) lens
  • 155g - 96 x 63 x 23mm
  • Introduced January 2011
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Casio EX-ZR300 vs Olympus TG-310 Overview

Its time to take a deeper look at the Casio EX-ZR300 versus Olympus TG-310, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Waterproof by competitors Casio and Olympus. The resolution of the EX-ZR300 (16MP) and the TG-310 (14MP) is relatively close and they come with the exact same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The EX-ZR300 was unveiled 17 months after the TG-310 which makes the cameras a generation away from each other. Each of these cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before going straight into a in depth comparison, below is a short summary of how the EX-ZR300 matches up against the TG-310 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Casio EX-ZR300 over the Olympus TG-310

 EX-ZR300 TG-310 
IntroducedMay 2012January 2011Newer by 17 months
Manual focus More precise focus
Screen dimension3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution461k230kClearer screen (+231k dot)

Reasons to pick Olympus TG-310 over the Casio EX-ZR300

 TG-310 EX-ZR300 

Common features in the Casio EX-ZR300 and Olympus TG-310

 EX-ZR300 TG-310 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither includes Touch friendly screen

Casio EX-ZR300 vs Olympus TG-310 Physical Comparison

If you're planning to travel with your camera, you have to take into account its weight and size. The Casio EX-ZR300 features outer dimensions of 105mm x 59mm x 29mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1") and a weight of 205 grams (0.45 lbs) whilst the Olympus TG-310 has specifications of 96mm x 63mm x 23mm (3.8" x 2.5" x 0.9") along with a weight of 155 grams (0.34 lbs).

Take a look at the Casio EX-ZR300 versus Olympus TG-310 in the new Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you are working with at that time. Here is the front view physical size comparison of the EX-ZR300 and the TG-310.

Casio EX-ZR300 vs Olympus TG-310 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the EX-ZR300 and TG-310 is 92 and 94 respectively.

Casio EX-ZR300 vs Olympus TG-310 top view buttons comparison

Casio EX-ZR300 vs Olympus TG-310 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is very tough to see the difference in sensor dimensions just by viewing specs. The picture underneath may offer you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the EX-ZR300 and TG-310.

As you can plainly see, both cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same MP. You should count on the Casio EX-ZR300 to result in extra detail having an extra 2MP. Higher resolution will help you crop shots somewhat more aggressively. The more modern EX-ZR300 will have an edge with regard to sensor innovation.

Casio EX-ZR300 vs Olympus TG-310 sensor size comparison

Casio EX-ZR300 vs Olympus TG-310 Screen and ViewFinder

Casio EX-ZR300 vs Olympus TG-310 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Casio EX-ZR300 Portrait photography details
Olympus TG-310 Portrait photography details
39
focusing manually
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
can't use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
33
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
comes with face detection focusing
no manual focus
manual exposure not possible
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Casio EX-ZR300 Street photography highlights
Olympus TG-310 Street photography highlights
62
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than others (205 grams)
no articulating screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
66
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proofing
lighter than others in class (155g)
screen does not articulate
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Casio EX-ZR300 as a Sports photography camera
Olympus TG-310 as a Sports photography camera
55
long zoom range (24-300mm 12.5 x zoom)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
comes with tracking focus
good battery (500 CIPA)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
40
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count good (14MP)
comes with tracking autofocus
weather proofing
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
low battery pack (150 shots)
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Casio EX-ZR300
Travel photography with Olympus TG-310
71
good battery (500 CIPA)
lighter than others (205g)
MP count decent (16MP)
built-in flash
rather wide (24mm)
very long reach (300mm)
no Time Lapse function
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
67
lighter than others in class (155 grams)
weather proofing
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
decently wide (28mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
low battery pack (150 shots)
display is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
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Landscape Comparison

Casio EX-ZR300 Landscape photography highlights
Olympus TG-310 Landscape photography highlights
52
focusing manually
rather wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count decent (16MP)
good battery (500 CIPA)
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
no Time Lapse function
39
decently wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count good (14MP)
weather proofing
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
manual exposure not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
low battery pack (150 per charge)
does not have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Casio EX-ZR300 Vlogging advice
Olympus TG-310 Vlogging advice
33
rather wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than others (205g)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
no mic jack
32
decently wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detection focusing
lighter than others in class (155 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
display is not selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have external mic support
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Casio EX-ZR300 vs Olympus TG-310 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Casio EX-ZR300 and Olympus TG-310
 Casio Exilim EX-ZR300Olympus TG-310
General Information
Make Casio Olympus
Model type Casio Exilim EX-ZR300 Olympus TG-310
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Waterproof
Revealed 2012-05-22 2011-01-06
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Exilim Engine HS TruePic III+
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
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 16 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Peak resolution 4608 x 3456 4288 x 3216
Highest native ISO 3200 1600
Lowest native ISO 80 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-300mm (12.5x) 28-102mm (3.6x)
Maximum aperture f/3.0-5.9 f/3.9-5.9
Macro focusing distance 1cm 3cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 2.7 inch
Display resolution 461 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display technology Super Clear TFT color LCD TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 15s 4s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter rate - 1.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 4.70 m 4.20 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (15, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 512 x 384 (30, 240 fps), 224 x 160 (480 fps) 224 x 64 (1000 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
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 sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 205 gr (0.45 pounds) 155 gr (0.34 pounds)
Dimensions 105 x 59 x 29mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1") 96 x 63 x 23mm (3.8" x 2.5" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 500 shots 150 shots
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-130 LI-42B
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 seconds, Triple) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Retail pricing $329 $0