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Nikon AW120 vs Olympus TG-6

Portability
92
Imaging
40
Features
45
Overall
42
Nikon Coolpix AW120 front
 
Olympus Tough TG-6 front
Portability
90
Imaging
39
Features
54
Overall
45

Nikon AW120 vs Olympus TG-6 Key Specs

Nikon AW120
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.8-4.9) lens
  • 213g - 110 x 66 x 26mm
  • Revealed February 2014
  • Older Model is Nikon AW110
  • Newer Model is Nikon AW130
Olympus TG-6
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 25-100mm (F2.0-4.9) lens
  • 253g - 113 x 66 x 32mm
  • Revealed May 2019
  • Earlier Model is Olympus TG-5
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Nikon AW120 vs Olympus TG-6 Overview

Lets look a little more closely at the Nikon AW120 vs Olympus TG-6, both Waterproof digital cameras by rivals Nikon and Olympus. There is a crucial difference between the image resolutions of the AW120 (16MP) and TG-6 (12MP) but both cameras posses the same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The AW120 was released 6 years before the TG-6 and that is quite a serious gap as far as tech is concerned. Both of these cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before delving into a step-by-step comparison, here is a brief synopsis of how the AW120 matches up vs the TG-6 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon AW120 over the Olympus TG-6

 AW120 TG-6 

Reasons to pick Olympus TG-6 over the Nikon AW120

 TG-6 AW120 
RevealedMay 2019February 2014More recent by 64 months
Manual focus Very exact focusing
Display resolution1040k921kClearer display (+119k dot)

Common features in the Nikon AW120 and Olympus TG-6

 AW120 TG-6 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display measurements
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch display Lack of Touch display

Nikon AW120 vs Olympus TG-6 Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to lug around your camera, you'll need to take into account its weight and proportions. The Nikon AW120 enjoys outside dimensions of 110mm x 66mm x 26mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.0") with a weight of 213 grams (0.47 lbs) while the Olympus TG-6 has measurements of 113mm x 66mm x 32mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.3") and a weight of 253 grams (0.56 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you have chosen during that time. Following is a front view overall size comparison of the AW120 against the TG-6.

Nikon AW120 vs Olympus TG-6 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the AW120 and TG-6 is 92 and 90 respectively.

Nikon AW120 vs Olympus TG-6 top view buttons comparison

Nikon AW120 vs Olympus TG-6 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it can be tough to see the gap between sensor measurements just by going over specifications. The graphic underneath may give you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the AW120 and TG-6.

Plainly, both of the cameras provide the same sensor dimensions but not the same megapixels. You should expect to see the Nikon AW120 to offer you more detail as a result of its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop photos more aggressively. The older AW120 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor tech.

Nikon AW120 vs Olympus TG-6 sensor size comparison

Nikon AW120 vs Olympus TG-6 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon AW120 vs Olympus TG-6 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon AW120 Portrait photography information
Olympus TG-6 Portrait photography information
35
good megapixels (16MP)
features face detect focus
lack of manual focus
lack of manual mode
can't use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
40
focusing manually
comes with face detection focusing
saves RAW formats
manual mode not available
cannot use external flash
MP count low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Nikon AW120
Street photography with Olympus TG-6
62
image stabilization (Optical)
weather sealing
screen is fixed
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
65
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
saves RAW formats
weather proofing
screen does not articulate
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
heavier than average (253 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Nikon AW120 Sports photography factors
Olympus TG-6 Sports photography factors
51
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
features tracking focus
weather sealing
great battery pack (350 per charge)
no shutter priority
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
47
high frames per second (20.0 frames per second)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with tracking autofocus
weather proofing
good battery (340 CIPA)
no shutter priority mode
MP count low (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon AW120 as a Travel photography camera
Olympus TG-6 as a Travel photography camera
69
great battery pack (350 per charge)
weather sealing
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
decently wide (24mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
does not feature selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
68
good battery (340 shots)
weather proofing
has built in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
heavier than average (253 grams)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon AW120 Landscape photography highlights
Olympus TG-6 Landscape photography highlights
48
decently wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
weather sealing
great battery pack (350 CIPA)
lack of manual focus
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
lack of manual mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
does not have Timelapse mode
57
focusing manually
relatively wide (25mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
good sized screen (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
saves RAW formats
weather proofing
good battery (340 CIPA)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
manual mode not available
MP count low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon AW120 Vlogging information
Olympus TG-6 Vlogging information
33
decently wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect focus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
does not feature selfie friendly display
does not have microphone port
34
relatively wide (25mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detection focusing
great video quality (3840 x 2160 pixels)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
does not have external mic port
heavier than average (253 grams)
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Nikon AW120 vs Olympus TG-6 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon AW120 and Olympus TG-6
 Nikon Coolpix AW120Olympus Tough TG-6
General Information
Brand Nikon Olympus
Model type Nikon Coolpix AW120 Olympus Tough TG-6
Category Waterproof Waterproof
Revealed 2014-02-07 2019-05-22
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip - TruePic VIII
Sensor type CMOS 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 16 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 6400 12800
Minimum native ISO 125 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points - 25
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-120mm (5.0x) 25-100mm (4.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.8-4.9 f/2.0-4.9
Macro focusing range 1cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 921 thousand dot 1,040 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display technology OLED monitor -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4s 4s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed 7.0fps 20.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 5.20 m -
Flash options - Auto, Red Eye Reduction, Slow sync. (1st curtain), Red-eye Slow sync. (1st curtain), Fill- in, Manual, Flash Off
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PC
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn Built-in
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 213 gr (0.47 lb) 253 gr (0.56 lb)
Physical dimensions 110 x 66 x 26mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.0") 113 x 66 x 32mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 350 pictures 340 pictures
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL12 LI-92B
Self timer - Yes
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD / SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I support)
Storage slots Single Single
Retail pricing $350 $449