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Casio EX-ZS5 vs Olympus TG-870

Portability
99
Imaging
37
Features
23
Overall
31
Casio Exilim EX-ZS5 front
 
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870 front
Portability
91
Imaging
41
Features
46
Overall
43

Casio EX-ZS5 vs Olympus TG-870 Key Specs

Casio EX-ZS5
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • 848 x 480 video
  • ()mm (F) lens
  • n/ag - 103 x 59 x 20mm
  • Released January 2011
Olympus TG-870
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400 (Push to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 21-105mm (F3.5-5.7) lens
  • 221g - 113 x 64 x 28mm
  • Announced January 2016
  • Replaced the Olympus TG-860
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Casio EX-ZS5 vs Olympus TG-870 Overview

Following is a extended overview of the Casio EX-ZS5 and Olympus TG-870, both Ultracompact cameras by competitors Casio and Olympus. The resolution of the EX-ZS5 (14MP) and the TG-870 (16MP) is relatively comparable and both cameras boast the same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The EX-ZS5 was announced 6 years before the TG-870 which is a fairly significant gap as far as camera tech is concerned. The two cameras have the same body design (Ultracompact).

Before we go straight to a more detailed comparison, here is a quick view of how the EX-ZS5 grades against the TG-870 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Casio EX-ZS5 over the Olympus TG-870

 EX-ZS5 TG-870 

Reasons to pick Olympus TG-870 over the Casio EX-ZS5

 TG-870 EX-ZS5 
AnnouncedJanuary 2016January 2011More modern by 60 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution921k461kSharper screen (+460k dot)

Common features in the Casio EX-ZS5 and Olympus TG-870

 EX-ZS5 TG-870 
Manually focus No manual focus
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen sizing
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Absent Touch friendly screen

Casio EX-ZS5 vs Olympus TG-870 Physical Comparison

When you are looking to carry around your camera often, you'll have to factor its weight and dimensions. The Casio EX-ZS5 has outside measurements of 103mm x 59mm x 20mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8") accompanied by a weight of n/a grams (0.00 lbs) whilst the Olympus TG-870 has dimensions of 113mm x 64mm x 28mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 221 grams (0.49 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you choose at the time. Underneath is a front view overall size comparison of the EX-ZS5 against the TG-870.

Casio EX-ZS5 vs Olympus TG-870 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the EX-ZS5 and TG-870 is 99 and 91 respectively.

Casio EX-ZS5 vs Olympus TG-870 top view buttons comparison

Casio EX-ZS5 vs Olympus TG-870 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is hard to envision the difference in sensor sizes just by checking out a spec sheet. The picture below should give you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the EX-ZS5 and TG-870.

Clearly, both cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same resolution. You should count on the Olympus TG-870 to produce greater detail with its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will enable you to crop photographs a bit more aggressively. The more aged EX-ZS5 will be behind in sensor technology.

Casio EX-ZS5 vs Olympus TG-870 sensor size comparison

Casio EX-ZS5 vs Olympus TG-870 Screen and ViewFinder

Casio EX-ZS5 vs Olympus TG-870 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Casio EX-ZS5 Portrait photography highlights
Olympus TG-870 Portrait photography highlights
28
MP count good (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
no manual mode
can't use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
36
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
has face detection autofocus
manual focus not available
no manual exposure
cannot use external flash
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Casio EX-ZS5 as a Street photography camera
Olympus TG-870 as a Street photography camera
49
no moving screen
lack of image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
65
has a tilting screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
environment sealing
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
more heavy than others in class (221g)
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Sports Comparison

Casio EX-ZS5 as a Sports photography camera
Olympus TG-870 as a Sports photography camera
32
MP count good (14MP)
comes with tracking focus
focal length is fixed (()mm)
no shutter priority
lack of image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
51
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
has tracking autofocus
environment sealing
better than average battery power (300 shots)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Casio EX-ZS5 as a Travel photography camera
Olympus TG-870 as a Travel photography camera
71
MP count good (14MP)
built-in flash
fast max aperture (f)
no Time Lapse recording
display isn't selfie friendly
69
better than average battery power (300 per charge)
environment sealing
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
really wide (21mm)
more heavy than others in class (221g)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Casio EX-ZS5 Landscape photography information
Olympus TG-870 Landscape photography information
38
fast max aperture (f)
screen size is good (3 inches)
MP count good (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (()mm)
no manual mode
lack of image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
no Time Lapse recording
50
really wide (21mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
environment sealing
better than average battery power (300 CIPA)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
no manual exposure
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Vlogging Comparison

Casio EX-ZS5 Vlogging advice
Olympus TG-870 Vlogging advice
27
fast max aperture (f)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
low quality video (848 x 480 pxls)
no mic socket
32
really wide (21mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
lack of external microphone port
more heavy than others in class (221g)
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Casio EX-ZS5 vs Olympus TG-870 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Casio EX-ZS5 and Olympus TG-870
 Casio Exilim EX-ZS5Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870
General Information
Brand Casio Olympus
Model Casio Exilim EX-ZS5 Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870
Class Ultracompact Ultracompact
Released 2011-01-05 2016-01-06
Body design Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Powered by Exilim Engine 5.0 TruePic VII
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.16 x 4.62mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.5mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4320 x 3240 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 3200 6400
Max boosted ISO - 12800
Lowest native ISO 100 125
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range () 21-105mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture - f/3.5-5.7
Macro focus distance - 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Tilting
Screen diagonal 3" 3"
Screen resolution 461 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15s 4s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed - 7.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range - 4.00 m (at ISO 1600)
Flash options - Auto, redeye reduction, fill flash, off, LED illuminator
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 848 x 480 1920 x 1080 (60p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (60p)
Max video resolution 848x480 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB none USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight - 221g (0.49 lb)
Physical dimensions 103 x 59 x 20mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8") 113 x 64 x 28mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 - 300 photos
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model - Li-50B
Self timer - Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media - SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Price at launch $100 $280