Nikon D780 vs Olympus TG-4

Portability
57
Imaging
80
Features
89
Overall
83
Nikon D780 front
 
Olympus Tough TG-4 front
Portability
90
Imaging
42
Features
51
Overall
45
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Nikon D780 vs Olympus TG-4 Overview

On this page, we are looking at the Nikon D780 and Olympus TG-4, one being a Advanced DSLR and the other is a Waterproof by rivals Nikon and Olympus. There is a significant difference between the sensor resolutions of the D780 (25MP) and TG-4 (16MP) and the D780 (Full frame) and TG-4 (1/2.3") provide different sensor dimensions.

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The D780 was released 4 years later than the TG-4 and that is quite a sizable gap as far as tech is concerned. Both the cameras have different body design with the Nikon D780 being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Olympus TG-4 being a Compact camera.

Before getting straight to a comprehensive comparison, here is a short view of how the D780 scores versus the TG-4 for portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Nikon D780 vs Olympus TG-4 Key Specs

Nikon D780
(Full Review)
  • 25MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Expand to 204800)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 840g - 144 x 116 x 76mm
  • Released January 2020
  • Earlier Model is Nikon D750
Olympus TG-4
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-100mm (F2.0-4.9) lens
  • 247g - 112 x 66 x 31mm
  • Revealed April 2015
  • Older Model is Olympus TG-3
  • New Model is Olympus TG-5
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Nikon D780 vs Olympus TG-4 Physical Comparison

When you are planning to carry your camera frequently, you should factor its weight and size. The Nikon D780 has outer dimensions of 144mm x 116mm x 76mm (5.7" x 4.6" x 3.0") accompanied by a weight of 840 grams (1.85 lbs) while the Olympus TG-4 has specifications of 112mm x 66mm x 31mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.2") and a weight of 247 grams (0.54 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are using during that time. The following is a front view sizing comparison of the D780 and the TG-4.

Nikon D780 vs Olympus TG-4 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the D780 and TG-4 is 57 and 90 respectively.

Nikon D780 vs Olympus TG-4 top view buttons comparison

Nikon D780 vs Olympus TG-4 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is very difficult to imagine the difference between sensor sizing purely by reading technical specs. The graphic underneath will provide you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the D780 and TG-4.

As you have seen, the 2 cameras provide different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The D780 because of its bigger sensor is going to make getting shallower depth of field less difficult and the Nikon D780 will offer more detail utilizing its extra 9 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also help you crop photographs more aggressively. The fresher D780 should have an advantage with regard to sensor tech.

Nikon D780 vs Olympus TG-4 sensor size comparison

Nikon D780 vs Olympus TG-4 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D780 vs Olympus TG-4 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D780 Portrait photography information
Olympus TG-4 Portrait photography information
88
manual focus
megapixel count amazing (25 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
includes face detection focus
supports RAW formats
48
has manual focus
resolution is good (16MP)
offers face detect autofocus
delivers RAW formats
manual exposure not possible
cannot use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Nikon D780 Street photography features
Olympus TG-4 Street photography features
72
has a tilting screen
great sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
boasts touch focus
weather proof
good ISO range (51,200)
lack of image stabilization
65
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
delivers RAW formats
weather proof
screen does not articulate
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
more heavy than competition (247 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D780 as a Sports photography camera
Olympus TG-4 as a Sports photography camera
83
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
megapixel count amazing (25 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
includes tracking autofocus
weather proof
better than average battery pack (2,260 CIPA)
sensor has phase detect auto focus
lack of image stabilization
48
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
offers tracking focus
weather proof
better than average battery life (380 CIPA)
slow continuous shooting (5.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon D780 Travel photography advice
Olympus TG-4 Travel photography advice
72
better than average battery pack (2,260 per charge)
weather proof
has bluetooth
boasts touch focus
megapixel count amazing (25MP)
does not have selfie friendly display
74
better than average battery life (380 per charge)
weather proof
resolution is good (16MP)
built-in flash
decently wide (25mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
more heavy than competition (247 grams)
does not feature selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D780 Landscape photography information
Olympus TG-4 Landscape photography information
83
manual focus
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen is a good size (3.2")
megapixel count amazing (25MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
good ISO range (51,200)
supports RAW formats
weather proof
better than average battery pack (2,260 shots)
has dual storage slots
lack of image stabilization
63
has manual focus
decently wide (25mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
resolution is good (16MP)
delivers RAW formats
weather proof
better than average battery life (380 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
manual exposure not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D780 as a Vlogging camera
Olympus TG-4 as a Vlogging camera
32
built-in touchscreen
includes face detection focus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
includes external microphone jack
does not have selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
34
decently wide (25mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
offers face detect autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does not feature selfie friendly display
missing microphone port
more heavy than competition (247 grams)
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Nikon D780 vs Olympus TG-4 Specifications

General Information
Manufacturer
Nikon
Olympus
Model type
Nikon D780
Olympus Tough TG-4
Class
Advanced DSLR
Waterproof
Released
2020-01-07
2015-04-13
Body design
Mid-size SLR
Compact
Sensor Information
Processor
Expeed 6
TruePic VII
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
Sensor size
Full frame
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
35.9 x 23.9mm
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
858.0mm²
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
25 megapixel
16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
6048 x 4024
4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO
51200
6400
Highest enhanced ISO
204800
-
Minimum native ISO
100
100
RAW support
Minimum enhanced ISO
50
-
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points
51
25
Cross type focus points
15
-
Lens
Lens mount type
Nikon F
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
-
25-100mm (4.0x)
Largest aperture
-
f/2.0-4.9
Macro focusing distance
-
1cm
Available lenses
309
-
Crop factor
1
5.8
Screen
Display type
Tilting
Fixed Type
Display size
3.2 inches
3 inches
Resolution of display
2,359 thousand dot
460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
Optical (pentaprism)
None
Viewfinder coverage
100%
-
Viewfinder magnification
0.7x
-
Features
Minimum shutter speed
900 secs
4 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/8000 secs
1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter speed
7.0 frames/s
5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
-
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
no built-in flash
7.90 m (at ISO 1600)
Flash settings
no built-in flash
Auto, redeye reduction, fill-in, off, LED
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 120p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 100p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 24p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
3840x2160
1920x1080
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
H.264, Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
Yes
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
BuiltIn
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
840 gr (1.85 lbs)
247 gr (0.54 lbs)
Physical dimensions
144 x 116 x 76mm (5.7" x 4.6" x 3.0")
112 x 66 x 31mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.2")
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
2260 shots
380 shots
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery Pack
Battery ID
EN-EL15b
LI-92B
Self timer
Yes
Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II compatible)
SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory
Storage slots
Two
Single
Price at release
$2,297
$379