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Olympus Tough-3000 vs Panasonic FH27

Portability
94
Imaging
35
Features
26
Overall
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Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH27 front
Portability
94
Imaging
39
Features
34
Overall
37

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Panasonic FH27 Key Specs

Olympus Tough-3000
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-102mm (F3.5-5.1) lens
  • 159g - 96 x 65 x 23mm
  • Launched January 2010
  • Also referred to as mju Tough 3000
Panasonic FH27
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-224mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 152g - 99 x 57 x 28mm
  • Introduced January 2011
Photography Glossary

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Panasonic FH27 Overview

Below is a complete comparison of the Olympus Tough-3000 and Panasonic FH27, former being a Waterproof while the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by companies Olympus and Panasonic. There exists a sizable gap between the sensor resolutions of the Tough-3000 (12MP) and FH27 (16MP) but they possess the same exact sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The Tough-3000 was manufactured 12 months before the FH27 and they are both of a similar age. Each of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving in to a complete comparison, below is a concise summation of how the Tough-3000 matches up versus the FH27 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus Tough-3000 over the Panasonic FH27

 Tough-3000 FH27 

Reasons to pick Panasonic FH27 over the Olympus Tough-3000

 FH27 Tough-3000 
IntroducedJanuary 2011January 2010More recent by 12 months
Screen sizing3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Olympus Tough-3000 and Panasonic FH27

 Tough-3000 FH27 
Focus manually Lack of manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kIdentical screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Panasonic FH27 Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to lug around your camera, you have to think about its weight and proportions. The Olympus Tough-3000 features outer measurements of 96mm x 65mm x 23mm (3.8" x 2.6" x 0.9") having a weight of 159 grams (0.35 lbs) and the Panasonic FH27 has measurements of 99mm x 57mm x 28mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.1") and a weight of 152 grams (0.34 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you use at that moment. Underneath is the front view size comparison of the Tough-3000 vs the FH27.

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Panasonic FH27 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the Tough-3000 and FH27 is 94 and 94 respectively.

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Panasonic FH27 top view buttons comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Panasonic FH27 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is very hard to picture the gap between sensor measurements just by reading specs. The photograph underneath might provide you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the Tough-3000 and FH27.

As you can plainly see, both of these cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing albeit different resolution. You can expect the Panasonic FH27 to offer greater detail due to its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also make it easier to crop photographs a little more aggressively. The older Tough-3000 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor tech.

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Panasonic FH27 sensor size comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Panasonic FH27 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Panasonic FH27 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 Portrait photography advice
Panasonic FH27 Portrait photography advice
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no manual focus
no manual control
cannot use external flash
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
34
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
supports face detect autofocus
no manual focus
lack of manual exposure
no external flash support
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 Street photography details
Panasonic FH27 Street photography details
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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proofing
screen does not articulate
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
63
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has focus via touch
no articulating screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 Sports photography information
Panasonic FH27 Sports photography information
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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
features tracking autofocus
weather proofing
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
40
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
supports tracking focus
painfully slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic FH27 as a Travel photography camera
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weather proofing
flash built-in
relatively wide (28mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
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has focus via touch
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
pretty wide (28mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 Landscape photography details
Panasonic FH27 Landscape photography details
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relatively wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proofing
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
no manual control
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
lack of Time Lapse mode
43
pretty wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
lack of manual exposure
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus Tough-3000
Vlogging with Panasonic FH27
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relatively wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of external mic port
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pretty wide (28mm)
built-in touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect autofocus
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of microphone jack
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Olympus Tough-3000 vs Panasonic FH27 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus Tough-3000 and Panasonic FH27
 Olympus Stylus Tough-3000Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH27
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH27
Also called as mju Tough 3000 -
Category Waterproof Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2010-01-07 2011-01-05
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic III Venus Engine VI
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 -
Full resolution 3968 x 2976 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 1600 6400
Minimum native ISO 64 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points - 11
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-102mm (3.6x) 28-224mm (8.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.5-5.1 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus distance 2cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.9
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.7 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 230k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen tech - TFT Touch Screen LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4s 60s
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1600s
Continuous shooting speed 1.0fps 4.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 4.00 m 5.80 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4 Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 159 gr (0.35 lbs) 152 gr (0.34 lbs)
Dimensions 96 x 65 x 23mm (3.8" x 2.6" x 0.9") 99 x 57 x 28mm (3.9" x 2.2" 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 - 250 photographs
Battery format - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 seconds) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots One One
Launch price $0 $229