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Olympus SZ-15 vs Olympus TG-810

Portability
88
Imaging
40
Features
50
Overall
44
Olympus SZ-15 front
 
Olympus TG-810 front
Portability
92
Imaging
37
Features
37
Overall
37

Olympus SZ-15 vs Olympus TG-810 Key Specs

Olympus SZ-15
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 23-483mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 250g - 108 x 70 x 40mm
  • Launched June 2013
Olympus TG-810
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.9-5.9) lens
  • 215g - 100 x 65 x 26mm
  • Released August 2011
Photography Glossary

Olympus SZ-15 vs Olympus TG-810 Overview

Lets examine more in depth at the Olympus SZ-15 versus Olympus TG-810, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Waterproof and they are both built by Olympus. The resolution of the SZ-15 (16MP) and the TG-810 (14MP) is fairly comparable and they use the same exact sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The SZ-15 was unveiled 23 months after the TG-810 making the cameras a generation away from one another. Both cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before we go straight into a complete comparison, below is a quick summation of how the SZ-15 matches up versus the TG-810 for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus SZ-15 over the Olympus TG-810

 SZ-15 TG-810 
ReleasedJune 2013August 2011Newer by 23 months
Focus manually Very accurate focus

Reasons to pick Olympus TG-810 over the Olympus SZ-15

 TG-810 SZ-15 
Display resolution920k460kCrisper display (+460k dot)

Common features in the Olympus SZ-15 and Olympus TG-810

 SZ-15 TG-810 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display sizing
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither has Touch friendly display

Olympus SZ-15 vs Olympus TG-810 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to travel with your camera, you will need to take into account its weight and size. The Olympus SZ-15 has physical dimensions of 108mm x 70mm x 40mm (4.3" x 2.8" x 1.6") with a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs) and the Olympus TG-810 has specifications of 100mm x 65mm x 26mm (3.9" x 2.6" x 1.0") having a weight of 215 grams (0.47 lbs).

See the Olympus SZ-15 versus Olympus TG-810 in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you select at that moment. Below is the front view measurements comparison of the SZ-15 vs the TG-810.

Olympus SZ-15 vs Olympus TG-810 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the SZ-15 and TG-810 is 88 and 92 respectively.

Olympus SZ-15 vs Olympus TG-810 top view buttons comparison

Olympus SZ-15 vs Olympus TG-810 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it can be tough to envision the difference in sensor dimensions simply by seeing a spec sheet. The pic underneath may provide you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the SZ-15 and TG-810.

As you can see, each of these cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing but not the same MP. You should anticipate the Olympus SZ-15 to provide more detail having an extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will let you crop pics far more aggressively. The newer SZ-15 is going to have an edge when it comes to sensor technology.

Olympus SZ-15 vs Olympus TG-810 sensor size comparison

Olympus SZ-15 vs Olympus TG-810 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus SZ-15 vs Olympus TG-810 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus SZ-15 Portrait photography info
Olympus TG-810 Portrait photography info
44
you can focus manually
good resolution (16 megapixels)
features face detect autofocus
no external flash support
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
33
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
comes with face detection autofocus
no manual focus
manual exposure not available
can't use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus SZ-15
Street photography with Olympus TG-810
60
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (250 grams)
fixed screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
61
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proof
screen is fixed
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Olympus SZ-15 as a Sports photography camera
Olympus TG-810 as a Sports photography camera
53
great zoom range (23-483mm 21.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (16MP)
features tracking focus
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
40
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
comes with tracking autofocus
environment proof
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
terrible battery (220 CIPA)
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus SZ-15 Travel photography information
Olympus TG-810 Travel photography information
68
lighter than competition in class (250 grams)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
decently wide (23mm)
very long reach (483mm)
no Timelapse mode
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
64
environment proof
megapixel count good (14MP)
flash built-in
quite wide (28mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
terrible battery (220 shots)
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.9)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus SZ-15 Landscape photography features
Olympus TG-810 Landscape photography features
49
you can focus manually
decently wide (23mm)
good sized screen (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
no Timelapse mode
43
quite wide (28mm)
good sized screen (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count good (14MP)
environment proof
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.9)
manual exposure not available
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
terrible battery (220 per charge)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus SZ-15 Vlogging factors
Olympus TG-810 Vlogging factors
34
decently wide (23mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect autofocus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition in class (250 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
display is not selfie friendly
no microphone port
30
quite wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detection autofocus
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.9)
display isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have external mic socket
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Olympus SZ-15 vs Olympus TG-810 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus SZ-15 and Olympus TG-810
 Olympus SZ-15Olympus TG-810
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Olympus
Model Olympus SZ-15 Olympus TG-810
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Waterproof
Launched 2013-06-21 2011-08-16
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - TruePic III+
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 4288 x 3216
Highest native ISO 3200 1600
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 23-483mm (21.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.8-5.9 f/3.9-5.9
Macro focus distance 5cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 460k dots 920k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display technology LCD TFT Hypercrystal III Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 8 seconds 4 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 10.0 frames per sec 1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 3.50 m 4.20 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 480fps (176 x 128), 240fps (384 x 288) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format AVI MPEG4, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 250g (0.55 pounds) 215g (0.47 pounds)
Dimensions 108 x 70 x 40mm (4.3" x 2.8" x 1.6") 100 x 65 x 26mm (3.9" x 2.6" x 1.0")
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 - 220 photographs
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model SLB-10A LI-50B
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Retail cost $200 $428