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Olympus SZ-15 vs Olympus TG-6

Portability
88
Imaging
40
Features
50
Overall
44
Olympus SZ-15 front
 
Olympus Tough TG-6 front
Portability
90
Imaging
39
Features
54
Overall
45

Olympus SZ-15 vs Olympus TG-6 Key Specs

Olympus SZ-15
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 23-483mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 250g - 108 x 70 x 40mm
  • Revealed June 2013
Olympus TG-6
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 25-100mm (F2.0-4.9) lens
  • 253g - 113 x 66 x 32mm
  • Announced May 2019
  • Old Model is Olympus TG-5
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Olympus SZ-15 vs Olympus TG-6 Overview

Its time to look closer at the Olympus SZ-15 and Olympus TG-6, former is a Small Sensor Superzoom while the latter is a Waterproof and they are both sold by Olympus. There is a noticeable difference between the sensor resolutions of the SZ-15 (16MP) and TG-6 (12MP) but both cameras have the identical sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The SZ-15 was introduced 7 years prior to the TG-6 which is quite a sizable difference as far as tech is concerned. Both the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before diving into a in depth comparison, here is a concise view of how the SZ-15 scores versus the TG-6 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus SZ-15 over the Olympus TG-6

 SZ-15 TG-6 

Reasons to pick Olympus TG-6 over the Olympus SZ-15

 TG-6 SZ-15 
AnnouncedMay 2019June 2013More modern by 72 months
Screen resolution1040k460kCrisper screen (+580k dot)

Common features in the Olympus SZ-15 and Olympus TG-6

 SZ-15 TG-6 
Manual focus Dial exact focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen size3"3"Same screen measurement
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch screen Absent Touch screen

Olympus SZ-15 vs Olympus TG-6 Physical Comparison

If you're planning to carry around your camera regularly, you need to think about its weight and volume. The Olympus SZ-15 has outside dimensions of 108mm x 70mm x 40mm (4.3" x 2.8" x 1.6") with a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs) while the Olympus TG-6 has sizing of 113mm x 66mm x 32mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.3") having a weight of 253 grams (0.56 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you are using at that moment. Below is a front view scale comparison of the SZ-15 and the TG-6.

Olympus SZ-15 vs Olympus TG-6 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the SZ-15 and TG-6 is 88 and 90 respectively.

Olympus SZ-15 vs Olympus TG-6 top view buttons comparison

Olympus SZ-15 vs Olympus TG-6 Sensor Comparison

Often, it's difficult to imagine the gap between sensor sizes purely by reviewing specifications. The image below might give you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the SZ-15 and TG-6.

Plainly, both of those cameras feature the identical sensor size albeit different resolution. You can expect the Olympus SZ-15 to offer you greater detail using its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop pictures way more aggressively. The more aged SZ-15 is going to be behind with regard to sensor technology.

Olympus SZ-15 vs Olympus TG-6 sensor size comparison

Olympus SZ-15 vs Olympus TG-6 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus SZ-15 vs Olympus TG-6 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus SZ-15
Portrait photography with Olympus TG-6
44
focusing manually
good megapixels (16MP)
has face detection focusing
external flash not possible
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
40
has manual focus
comes with face detection focusing
saves RAW formats
no manual exposure
cannot use external flash
low MP (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Olympus SZ-15 Street photography info
Olympus TG-6 Street photography info
60
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (250g)
no articulating screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
65
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
saves RAW formats
environment proofing
no moving screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
heavier than competition in class (253g)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus SZ-15 Sports photography advice
Olympus TG-6 Sports photography advice
53
excellent zoom range (23-483mm 21.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
has tracking autofocus
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
47
max fps high (20.0 frames/s)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with tracking autofocus
environment proofing
good battery (340 CIPA)
no shutter priority mode
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus SZ-15 Travel photography factors
Olympus TG-6 Travel photography factors
68
lighter than competition (250 grams)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
fairly wide (23mm)
long reach (483mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
display is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f2.8)
68
good battery (340 CIPA)
environment proofing
flash built-in
rather wide (25mm)
good maximum aperture (f2.0)
heavier than competition in class (253g)
low MP (12 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus SZ-15 Landscape photography info
Olympus TG-6 Landscape photography info
49
focusing manually
fairly wide (23mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
missing Time Lapse mode
57
has manual focus
rather wide (25mm)
good maximum aperture (f2.0)
screen size is decent (3")
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
saves RAW formats
environment proofing
good battery (340 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
no manual exposure
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus SZ-15 Vlogging factors
Olympus TG-6 Vlogging factors
34
fairly wide (23mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition (250 grams)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
display is not selfie friendly
missing external mic support
34
rather wide (25mm)
good maximum aperture (f2.0)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detection focusing
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
no external mic jack
heavier than competition in class (253g)
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Olympus SZ-15 vs Olympus TG-6 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus SZ-15 and Olympus TG-6
 Olympus SZ-15Olympus Tough TG-6
General Information
Brand Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus SZ-15 Olympus Tough TG-6
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Waterproof
Revealed 2013-06-21 2019-05-22
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip - TruePic VIII
Sensor type CCD 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 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 3200 12800
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points - 25
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 23-483mm (21.0x) 25-100mm (4.0x)
Max aperture f/2.8-5.9 f/2.0-4.9
Macro focusing distance 5cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 460 thousand dot 1,040 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen technology LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 8 secs 4 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 10.0fps 20.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 3.50 m -
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync Auto, Red Eye Reduction, Slow sync. (1st curtain), Red-eye Slow sync. (1st curtain), Fill- in, Manual, Flash Off
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 480fps (176 x 128), 240fps (384 x 288) 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PC
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video data format AVI MPEG4, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
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
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 250 gr (0.55 lbs) 253 gr (0.56 lbs)
Physical dimensions 108 x 70 x 40mm (4.3" x 2.8" x 1.6") 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 - 340 photos
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID SLB-10A LI-92B
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double) Yes
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I support)
Storage slots 1 1
Launch cost $200 $449