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Kodak M381 vs Olympus TG-870

Portability
95
Imaging
36
Features
13
Overall
26
Kodak EasyShare M381 front
 
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870 front
Portability
91
Imaging
42
Features
46
Overall
43

Kodak M381 vs Olympus TG-870 Key Specs

Kodak M381
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 35-175mm (F3.0-4.8) lens
  • 153g - 101 x 60 x 20mm
  • Released July 2009
Olympus TG-870
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400 (Raise to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 21-105mm (F3.5-5.7) lens
  • 221g - 113 x 64 x 28mm
  • Introduced January 2016
  • Replaced the Olympus TG-860
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Kodak M381 vs Olympus TG-870 Overview

Following is a thorough review of the Kodak M381 vs Olympus TG-870, both Ultracompact cameras by brands Kodak and Olympus. There exists a noticeable gap among the sensor resolutions of the M381 (12MP) and TG-870 (16MP) but both cameras posses the identical sensor size (1/2.3").

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The M381 was released 7 years earlier than the TG-870 which is a fairly sizable difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of these cameras feature the same body design (Ultracompact).

Before diving right into a comprehensive comparison, here is a quick overview of how the M381 scores versus the TG-870 for portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Kodak M381 over the Olympus TG-870

 M381 TG-870 

Reasons to pick Olympus TG-870 over the Kodak M381

 TG-870 M381 
IntroducedJanuary 2016July 2009More modern by 78 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution921k230kCrisper screen (+691k dot)

Common features in the Kodak M381 and Olympus TG-870

 M381 TG-870 
Focus manually Lack of manual focus
Screen size3"3"Same screen size
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch screen Neither contains Touch screen

Kodak M381 vs Olympus TG-870 Physical Comparison

If you are aiming to carry around your camera frequently, you will need to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Kodak M381 has got external measurements of 101mm x 60mm x 20mm (4.0" x 2.4" x 0.8") having a weight of 153 grams (0.34 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).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you have chosen at the time. Here is a front view physical size comparison of the M381 and the TG-870.

Kodak M381 vs Olympus TG-870 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the M381 and TG-870 is 95 and 91 respectively.

Kodak M381 vs Olympus TG-870 top view buttons comparison

Kodak M381 vs Olympus TG-870 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is very hard to envision the difference in sensor sizes merely by seeing specifications. The picture below will help provide you a clearer sense of the sensor measurements in the M381 and TG-870.

To sum up, both of these cameras feature the identical sensor size albeit not the same resolution. You can count on the Olympus TG-870 to show extra detail as a result of its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also let you crop pictures way more aggressively. The more aged M381 will be behind when it comes to sensor technology.

Kodak M381 vs Olympus TG-870 sensor size comparison

Kodak M381 vs Olympus TG-870 Screen and ViewFinder

Kodak M381 vs Olympus TG-870 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Kodak M381 as a Portrait photography camera
Olympus TG-870 as a Portrait photography camera
21
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not possible
external flash not possible
low MP (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
36
decent MP (16MP)
includes face detect focusing
lack of manual focus
no manual mode
can't use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Street Comparison

Kodak M381 Street photography advice
Olympus TG-870 Street photography advice
48
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
heavier than competition in class (153 grams)
66
screen tilts up and down
image stabilization (Optical)
weather proof
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
more heavy than competitors (221 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Kodak M381 as a Sports photography camera
Olympus TG-870 as a Sports photography camera
18
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,400 seconds)
lack of shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
52
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16MP)
includes tracking focus
weather proof
better than average battery power (300 per charge)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Kodak M381 as a Travel photography camera
Olympus TG-870 as a Travel photography camera
50
has built in flash
no Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition in class (153g)
low MP (12 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
69
better than average battery power (300 CIPA)
weather proof
decent MP (16MP)
flash built-in
pretty wide (21mm)
more heavy than competitors (221 grams)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Kodak M381
Landscape photography with Olympus TG-870
28
pretty good screen size (3")
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
manual exposure not possible
does not have image stabilization
low MP (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
no Time Lapse mode
50
pretty wide (21mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
weather proof
better than average battery power (300 CIPA)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
no manual mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Vlogging Comparison

Kodak M381 Vlogging features
Olympus TG-870 Vlogging features
22
wide angle not good (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
video quality not great (640 x 480 pxls)
no mic port
heavier than competition in class (153g)
32
pretty wide (21mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
no microphone port
more heavy than competitors (221g)
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Kodak M381 vs Olympus TG-870 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Kodak M381 and Olympus TG-870
 Kodak EasyShare M381Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870
General Information
Brand Kodak Olympus
Model Kodak EasyShare M381 Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870
Type Ultracompact Ultracompact
Released 2009-07-29 2016-01-06
Body design Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - TruePic VII
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 1600 6400
Maximum boosted ISO - 12800
Minimum native ISO 64 125
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 35-175mm (5.0x) 21-105mm (5.0x)
Max aperture f/3.0-4.8 f/3.5-5.7
Macro focus range 10cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Tilting
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 230k dot 921k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 8s 4s
Highest shutter speed 1/1400s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed - 7.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 3.20 m 4.00 m (at ISO 1600)
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, redeye reduction, fill flash, off, LED illuminator
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (60p)
Maximum video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
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
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 153g (0.34 pounds) 221g (0.49 pounds)
Physical dimensions 101 x 60 x 20mm (4.0" x 2.4" 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 photographs
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model KLIC-7003 Li-50B
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots One One
Launch pricing $170 $280