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Olympus Tough-3000 vs Sony QX100

Portability
94
Imaging
36
Features
26
Overall
32
Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100 front
Portability
92
Imaging
52
Features
44
Overall
48

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Sony QX100 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
  • Other Name is mju Tough 3000
Sony QX100
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • " Fixed Display
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-100mm (F1.8-4.9) lens
  • 179g - 63 x 63 x 56mm
  • Launched September 2013
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Olympus Tough-3000 vs Sony QX100 Overview

On this page, we are analyzing the Olympus Tough-3000 and Sony QX100, one is a Waterproof and the other is a Lens-style by rivals Olympus and Sony. There exists a crucial gap between the image resolutions of the Tough-3000 (12MP) and QX100 (20MP) and the Tough-3000 (1/2.3") and QX100 (1") have totally different sensor dimensions.

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The Tough-3000 was introduced 4 years before the QX100 which is quite a serious gap as far as technology is concerned. Each of the cameras have different body design with the Olympus Tough-3000 being a Compact camera and the Sony QX100 being a Lens-style camera.

Before going into a comprehensive comparison, here is a short overview of how the Tough-3000 grades against the QX100 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus Tough-3000 over the Sony QX100

 Tough-3000 QX100 
Display dimensions2.7""Larger display (+2.7")
Display resolution230k0kClearer display (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony QX100 over the Olympus Tough-3000

 QX100 Tough-3000 
LaunchedSeptember 2013January 2010Newer by 44 months
Focus manually Very precise focus
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus Tough-3000 and Sony QX100

 Tough-3000 QX100 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Sony QX100 Physical Comparison

If you're aiming to travel with your camera regularly, you should factor in its weight and proportions. The Olympus Tough-3000 enjoys external dimensions of 96mm x 65mm x 23mm (3.8" x 2.6" x 0.9") and a weight of 159 grams (0.35 lbs) whilst the Sony QX100 has measurements of 63mm x 63mm x 56mm (2.5" x 2.5" x 2.2") having a weight of 179 grams (0.39 lbs).

Check out the Olympus Tough-3000 and Sony QX100 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you are utilising during that time. Below is a front view scale comparison of the Tough-3000 and the QX100.

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Sony QX100 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the Tough-3000 and QX100 is 94 and 92 respectively.

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Sony QX100 top view buttons comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Sony QX100 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is very difficult to envision the difference between sensor dimensions purely by reading a spec sheet. The picture here may offer you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the Tough-3000 and QX100.

As you can see, both the cameras have different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The Tough-3000 with its tinier sensor will make shooting bokeh more difficult and the Sony QX100 will deliver greater detail using its extra 8 Megapixels. Greater resolution will enable you to crop photos a bit more aggressively. The more aged Tough-3000 is going to be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Sony QX100 sensor size comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Sony QX100 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Sony QX100 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 Portrait photography advice
Sony QX100 Portrait photography advice
21
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual exposure
no external flash support
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
54
manual focus
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1")
offers face detection focusing
no manual control
can't use external flash
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 Street photography details
Sony QX100 Street photography details
62
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proofing
fixed screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
72
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor size (1")
features focus via touch
no moving screen
doesn't have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 Sports photography information
Sony QX100 Sports photography information
36
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides tracking autofocus
weather proofing
low frames per second (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
56
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (20MP)
decent sensor size (1")
not so great battery pack (200 per charge)
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 as a Travel photography camera
Sony QX100 as a Travel photography camera
61
weather proofing
flash built-in
decently wide (28mm)
doesn't have Timelapse function
MP count low (12 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
70
features focus via touch
megapixel count decent (20MP)
rather wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
no Timelapse mode
not so great battery pack (200 shots)
does not have selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 Landscape photography info
Sony QX100 Landscape photography info
36
decently wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proofing
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
lack of manual exposure
MP count low (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse function
55
manual focus
rather wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1")
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
small screen ( inch)
no manual control
doesn't have RAW format
not so great battery pack (200 CIPA)
no Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 as a Vlogging camera
Sony QX100 as a Vlogging camera
29
decently wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have external microphone support
38
rather wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
has touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does not have selfie friendly screen
no external microphone port
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Olympus Tough-3000 vs Sony QX100 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus Tough-3000 and Sony QX100
 Olympus Stylus Tough-3000Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100
General Information
Make Olympus Sony
Model Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100
Alternate name mju Tough 3000 -
Class Waterproof Lens-style
Launched 2010-01-07 2013-09-05
Body design Compact Lens-style
Sensor Information
Chip TruePic III -
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 3968 x 2976 5472 x 3648
Maximum native ISO 1600 6400
Min native ISO 64 160
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-102mm (3.6x) 28-100mm (3.6x)
Max aperture f/3.5-5.1 f/1.8-4.9
Macro focus range 2cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.9 2.7
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.7 inches -
Resolution of screen 230k dot 0k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen tech - Depends on connected smartphone
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 4 secs 4 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 1.0 frames per sec -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 4.00 m no built-in flash
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in None
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4 MPEG-4
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 159 grams (0.35 pounds) 179 grams (0.39 pounds)
Physical dimensions 96 x 65 x 23mm (3.8" x 2.6" x 0.9") 63 x 63 x 56mm (2.5" x 2.5" x 2.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 - 200 shots
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model - NP-BN,
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 seconds) Yes (2, 10 secs)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC, Internal microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC, Memory Stick Micro
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at release $0 $268