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Olympus TG-850 iHS vs Olympus XZ-10

Portability
91
Imaging
40
Features
44
Overall
41
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS front
 
Olympus Stylus XZ-10 front
Portability
91
Imaging
36
Features
57
Overall
44

Olympus TG-850 iHS vs Olympus XZ-10 Key Specs

Olympus TG-850 iHS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 21-105mm (F3.5-5.7) lens
  • 218g - 110 x 64 x 28mm
  • Introduced January 2014
Olympus XZ-10
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 26-130mm (F1.8-2.7) lens
  • 221g - 102 x 61 x 34mm
  • Announced January 2013
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Olympus TG-850 iHS vs Olympus XZ-10 Overview

Following is a in depth review of the Olympus TG-850 iHS and Olympus XZ-10, one is a Waterproof and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact and both of them are offered by Olympus. There exists a crucial gap among the image resolutions of the TG-850 iHS (16MP) and XZ-10 (12MP) but both cameras offer the identical sensor size (1/2.3").

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The TG-850 iHS was released 13 months after the XZ-10 which makes them a generation away from one another. Each of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before we go right into a step-by-step comparison, here is a brief summation of how the TG-850 iHS scores vs the XZ-10 for portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-850 iHS over the Olympus XZ-10

 TG-850 iHS XZ-10 
AnnouncedJanuary 2014January 2013More modern by 13 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen

Reasons to pick Olympus XZ-10 over the Olympus TG-850 iHS

 XZ-10 TG-850 iHS 
Manual focus Dial exact focusing
Screen resolution920k460kCrisper screen (+460k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Olympus TG-850 iHS and Olympus XZ-10

 TG-850 iHS XZ-10 
Screen size3"3"Same screen size
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen

Olympus TG-850 iHS vs Olympus XZ-10 Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to carry around your camera frequently, you should take into account its weight and volume. The Olympus TG-850 iHS comes with physical measurements of 110mm x 64mm x 28mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.1") with a weight of 218 grams (0.48 lbs) while the Olympus XZ-10 has sizing of 102mm x 61mm x 34mm (4.0" x 2.4" x 1.3") along with a weight of 221 grams (0.49 lbs).

Examine the Olympus TG-850 iHS and Olympus XZ-10 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you are working with at the time. Following is a front view over all size comparison of the TG-850 iHS vs the XZ-10.

Olympus TG-850 iHS vs Olympus XZ-10 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the TG-850 iHS and XZ-10 is 91 and 91 respectively.

Olympus TG-850 iHS vs Olympus XZ-10 top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-850 iHS vs Olympus XZ-10 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it can be tough to visualise the gap in sensor sizes purely by researching a spec sheet. The pic underneath might give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the TG-850 iHS and XZ-10.

Clearly, both cameras feature the identical sensor size albeit not the same MP. You should expect the Olympus TG-850 iHS to render more detail as a result of its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also help you crop shots way more aggressively. The younger TG-850 iHS will have an advantage with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus TG-850 iHS vs Olympus XZ-10 sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-850 iHS vs Olympus XZ-10 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-850 iHS vs Olympus XZ-10 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-850 iHS Portrait photography information
Olympus XZ-10 Portrait photography information
35
decent MP (16MP)
includes face detect autofocus
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not possible
no external flash support
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
45
has manual focus
comes with face detection focus
delivers RAW formats
low MP (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-850 iHS Street photography factors
Olympus XZ-10 Street photography factors
69
has a tilting screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
environment proofing
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
61
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
delivers RAW formats
fixed screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
heavier than average (221 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-850 iHS Sports photography advice
Olympus XZ-10 Sports photography advice
51
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
includes tracking focus
environment proofing
good battery life (330 shots)
no shutter priority mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
34
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with tracking autofocus
max frames per second low (5.0 frames/s)
low MP (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-850 iHS Travel photography highlights
Olympus XZ-10 Travel photography highlights
72
good battery life (330 CIPA)
environment proofing
decent MP (16MP)
flash built-in
rather wide (21mm)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
60
flash built-in
pretty wide (26mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
heavier than average (221g)
low MP (12MP)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus TG-850 iHS as a Landscape photography camera
Olympus XZ-10 as a Landscape photography camera
50
rather wide (21mm)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16MP)
environment proofing
good battery life (330 shots)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
manual exposure not possible
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
53
has manual focus
pretty wide (26mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
pretty good screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
delivers RAW formats
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low MP (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-850 iHS as a Vlogging camera
Olympus XZ-10 as a Vlogging camera
33
rather wide (21mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect autofocus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
lack of microphone port
35
pretty wide (26mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
touchscreen enabled
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detection focus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
doesn't have external mic support
heavier than average (221 grams)
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Olympus TG-850 iHS vs Olympus XZ-10 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-850 iHS and Olympus XZ-10
 Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHSOlympus Stylus XZ-10
General Information
Brand Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS Olympus Stylus XZ-10
Type Waterproof Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2014-01-29 2013-01-30
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip TruePic VII -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS 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 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4616 x 3464 3968 x 2976
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 125 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points - 35
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 21-105mm (5.0x) 26-130mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.5-5.7 f/1.8-2.7
Macro focusing range - 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 460k dots 920k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen technology TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 1/2s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter rate 7.0 frames/s 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash settings - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Wireless
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 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps, 18Mbps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps, 9Mbps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format H.264, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Yes Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 218 gr (0.48 lbs) 221 gr (0.49 lbs)
Physical dimensions 110 x 64 x 28mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.1") 102 x 61 x 34mm (4.0" x 2.4" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 330 shots 240 shots
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID LI-50B Li-50B
Self timer Yes (2 sec, 12 sec, Custom Self-Timer (1-30 sec start timer, 1-10 pictures, 1-3 sec interval)) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Cost at release $250 $428