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Olympus TG-850 iHS vs Samsung WB850F

Portability
91
Imaging
40
Features
44
Overall
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Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS front
 
Samsung WB850F front
Portability
91
Imaging
39
Features
51
Overall
43

Olympus TG-850 iHS vs Samsung WB850F 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
  • Launched January 2014
Samsung WB850F
(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 - 109 x 62 x 25mm
  • Announced January 2012
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Olympus TG-850 iHS vs Samsung WB850F Overview

The following is a detailed assessment of the Olympus TG-850 iHS vs Samsung WB850F, one is a Waterproof and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by competitors Olympus and Samsung. The resolution of the TG-850 iHS (16MP) and the WB850F (16MP) is relatively well matched and both cameras posses the identical sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The TG-850 iHS was revealed 2 years after the WB850F which is quite a big gap as far as tech is concerned. Each of the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before delving straight to a thorough comparison, here is a simple highlight of how the TG-850 iHS grades vs the WB850F for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-850 iHS over the Samsung WB850F

 TG-850 iHS WB850F 
AnnouncedJanuary 2014January 2012Newer by 26 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen

Reasons to pick Samsung WB850F over the Olympus TG-850 iHS

 WB850F TG-850 iHS 
Manually focus Very precise focus
Screen resolution614k460kClearer screen (+154k dot)

Common features in the Olympus TG-850 iHS and Samsung WB850F

 TG-850 iHS WB850F 
Screen size3"3"Same screen sizing
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Absent Touch friendly screen

Olympus TG-850 iHS vs Samsung WB850F Physical Comparison

If you're looking to travel with your camera often, you are going to need to factor its weight and proportions. The Olympus TG-850 iHS comes with outer measurements of 110mm x 64mm x 28mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.1") and a weight of 218 grams (0.48 lbs) whilst the Samsung WB850F has measurements of 109mm x 62mm x 25mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.0") with a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you select at that moment. The following is a front view physical size comparison of the TG-850 iHS and the WB850F.

Olympus TG-850 iHS vs Samsung WB850F size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the TG-850 iHS and WB850F is 91 and 91 respectively.

Olympus TG-850 iHS vs Samsung WB850F top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-850 iHS vs Samsung WB850F Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is very tough to imagine the gap between sensor dimensions just by checking a spec sheet. The picture below will provide you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the TG-850 iHS and WB850F.

As you can see, the 2 cameras come with the identical sensor size and the exact same megapixels and you should expect similar quality of photos although you have to consider the release date of the products into consideration. The more modern TG-850 iHS provides an advantage when it comes to sensor tech.

Olympus TG-850 iHS vs Samsung WB850F sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-850 iHS vs Samsung WB850F Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-850 iHS vs Samsung WB850F Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-850 iHS Portrait photography information
Samsung WB850F Portrait photography information
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megapixel count decent (16MP)
features face detect autofocus
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not available
can't use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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focusing manually
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
supports face detect autofocus
external flash not possible
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-850 iHS as a Street photography camera
Samsung WB850F as a Street photography camera
69
has a tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
weather proof
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
61
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others (250g)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus TG-850 iHS
Sports photography with Samsung WB850F
51
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
features tracking focus
weather proof
good battery pack (330 per charge)
no shutter priority
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
52
excellent zoom range (23-483mm 21.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
supports tracking focus
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus TG-850 iHS
Travel photography with Samsung WB850F
72
good battery pack (330 shots)
weather proof
megapixel count decent (16MP)
has built in flash
rather wide (21mm)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
69
lighter than others (250 grams)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
has built in flash
pretty wide (23mm)
great reach (483mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
does not contain selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus TG-850 iHS Landscape photography info
Samsung WB850F Landscape photography info
50
rather wide (21mm)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
weather proof
good battery pack (330 per charge)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
manual mode not available
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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focusing manually
pretty wide (23mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
does not have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-850 iHS as a Vlogging camera
Samsung WB850F as a Vlogging camera
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rather wide (21mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
lack of mic support
34
pretty wide (23mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than others (250 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
does not have mic port
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Olympus TG-850 iHS vs Samsung WB850F Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-850 iHS and Samsung WB850F
 Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHSSamsung WB850F
General Information
Company Olympus Samsung
Model type Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS Samsung WB850F
Category Waterproof Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2014-01-29 2012-01-09
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor 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 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4616 x 3464 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 6400 3200
Lowest native ISO 125 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 21-105mm (5.0x) 23-483mm (21.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.5-5.7 f/2.8-5.9
Macro focusing range - 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dot 614 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology TFT LCD AMOLED display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 1/2 seconds 8 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 7.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance - 3.50 m
Flash settings - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 480fps (176 x 128), 240fps (384 x 288)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format H.264, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Yes Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 218g (0.48 pounds) 250g (0.55 pounds)
Physical dimensions 110 x 64 x 28mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.1") 109 x 62 x 25mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.0")
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 pictures -
Battery form Battery Pack -
Battery ID LI-50B SLB-10A
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 10 sec, Double)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
Launch cost $250 $599