Olympus Tough-3000 vs Sony A7R IV

Portability
94
Imaging
36
Features
26
Overall
32
Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 front
 
Sony Alpha A7R IV front
Portability
62
Imaging
84
Features
93
Overall
87

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Sony A7R IV 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
  • Introduced January 2010
  • Alternate Name is mju Tough 3000
Sony A7R IV
(Full Review)
  • 61MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 32000 (Bump to 102800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 665g - 129 x 96 x 78mm
  • Revealed July 2019
  • Previous Model is Sony A7R III
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Olympus Tough-3000 vs Sony A7R IV Overview

Lets take a deeper look at the Olympus Tough-3000 and Sony A7R IV, former is a Waterproof while the other is a Pro Mirrorless by competitors Olympus and Sony. There exists a sizable gap among the image resolutions of the Tough-3000 (12MP) and A7R IV (61MP) and the Tough-3000 (1/2.3") and A7R IV (Full frame) use totally different sensor size.

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The Tough-3000 was introduced 10 years prior to the A7R IV which is a fairly significant difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of these cameras offer different body type with the Olympus Tough-3000 being a Compact camera and the Sony A7R IV being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go through a complete comparison, below is a simple synopsis of how the Tough-3000 matches up versus the A7R IV for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus Tough-3000 over the Sony A7R IV

 Tough-3000 A7R IV 

Reasons to pick Sony A7R IV over the Olympus Tough-3000

 A7R IV Tough-3000 
RevealedJuly 2019January 2010Newer by 115 months
Focus manually Dial precise focus
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display sizing3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution1440k230kCrisper display (+1210k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus Tough-3000 and Sony A7R IV

 Tough-3000 A7R IV 
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Sony A7R IV Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to travel with your camera, you should factor in its weight and volume. The Olympus Tough-3000 features external dimensions of 96mm x 65mm x 23mm (3.8" x 2.6" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 159 grams (0.35 lbs) while the Sony A7R IV has sizing of 129mm x 96mm x 78mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 3.1") and a weight of 665 grams (1.47 lbs).

Take a look at the Olympus Tough-3000 and Sony A7R IV in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are utilizing at the time. Below is the front view sizing comparison of the Tough-3000 against the A7R IV.

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Sony A7R IV size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the Tough-3000 and A7R IV is 94 and 62 respectively.

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Sony A7R IV top view buttons comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Sony A7R IV Sensor Comparison

Quite often, its difficult to see the difference in sensor dimensions just by checking out specs. The pic below should offer you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the Tough-3000 and A7R IV.

As you can plainly see, the 2 cameras enjoy different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The Tough-3000 using its smaller sensor will make shooting shallower depth of field trickier and the Sony A7R IV will provide greater detail using its extra 49MP. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop photos far more aggressively. The more aged Tough-3000 will be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor tech.

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Sony A7R IV sensor size comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Sony A7R IV Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Sony A7R IV Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 Portrait photography information
Sony A7R IV Portrait photography information
21
manual focus not available
manual exposure not available
cannot use external flash
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
90
you can focus manually
megapixel count fantastic (61MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
includes face detect focusing
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 Street photography features
Sony A7R IV Street photography features
62
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proofing
no articulating screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
80
screen tilts up and down
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
large sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
provides touch to focus
weather proof
above average high ISO (32,000)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 as a Sports photography camera
Sony A7R IV as a Sports photography camera
36
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with tracking focus
environment proofing
max frames per second low (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
92
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count fantastic (61 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
includes tracking focus
weather proof
good battery pack (670 per charge)
comes with phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 Travel photography information
Sony A7R IV Travel photography information
61
environment proofing
has built in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
resolution not great (12MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
74
good battery pack (670 shots)
weather proof
supports bluetooth
provides touch to focus
megapixel count fantastic (61MP)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus Tough-3000
Landscape photography with Sony A7R IV
36
relatively wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proofing
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
tiny screen (2.7")
manual exposure not available
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
does not have Time Lapse mode
89
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Sony E mount)
decent sized screen (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count fantastic (61MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
doesnt have low pass filter
above average high ISO (32,000)
supports RAW formats
weather proof
good battery pack (670 CIPA)
two card slots
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus Tough-3000
Vlogging with Sony A7R IV
29
relatively wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have mic jack
37
touch screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
includes face detect focusing
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
does have microphone socket
does not posses selfie friendly screen
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Olympus Tough-3000 vs Sony A7R IV Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus Tough-3000 and Sony A7R IV
 Olympus Stylus Tough-3000Sony Alpha A7R IV
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Sony
Model type Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 Sony Alpha A7R IV
Also called mju Tough 3000 -
Category Waterproof Pro Mirrorless
Introduced 2010-01-07 2019-07-16
Physical type Compact SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic III Bionz X
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Full frame
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 35.8 x 23.8mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 852.0mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 61 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 3968 x 2976 9504 x 6336
Highest native ISO 1600 32000
Highest enhanced ISO - 102800
Min native ISO 64 100
RAW photos
Min enhanced ISO - 50
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points - 567
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens Sony E
Lens zoom range 28-102mm (3.6x) -
Maximal aperture f/3.5-5.1 -
Macro focusing distance 2cm -
Total lenses - 121
Crop factor 5.9 1
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Tilting
Screen size 2.7" 3"
Screen resolution 230k dots 1,440k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 5,760k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.78x
Features
Min shutter speed 4 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 1.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 4.00 m no built-in flash
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Red-eye reduction, Wireless, Hi-speed sync.
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize - 1/250 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Highest video resolution 1280x720 3840x2160
Video file format MPEG-4 MPEG-4, XAVC S, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.1 Gen 1(5 GBit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 159 gr (0.35 pounds) 665 gr (1.47 pounds)
Dimensions 96 x 65 x 23mm (3.8" x 2.6" x 0.9") 129 x 96 x 78mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 3.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 99
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 26.0
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 14.8
DXO Low light rating not tested 3344
Other
Battery life - 670 images
Battery type - Battery Pack
Battery ID - NP-FZ100
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 seconds) Yes
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC, Internal Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II compatible)
Card slots 1 2
Launch pricing $0 $3,498