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Olympus TG-850 iHS vs Sony G3

Portability
91
Imaging
40
Features
44
Overall
41
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G3 front
Portability
94
Imaging
33
Features
30
Overall
31

Olympus TG-850 iHS vs Sony G3 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
Sony G3
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 35-140mm (F3.5-10.0) lens
  • 185g - 97 x 59 x 22mm
  • Released January 2009
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Olympus TG-850 iHS vs Sony G3 Overview

In this write-up, we are analyzing the Olympus TG-850 iHS and Sony G3, former is a Waterproof while the other is a Small Sensor Compact by competitors Olympus and Sony. There is a sizable difference between the resolutions of the TG-850 iHS (16MP) and G3 (10MP) but they feature the same exact sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The TG-850 iHS was revealed 5 years after the G3 which is quite a significant difference as far as tech is concerned. Each of the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before going straight into a step-by-step comparison, below is a concise synopsis of how the TG-850 iHS scores against the G3 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-850 iHS over the Sony G3

 TG-850 iHS G3 
ReleasedJanuary 2014January 2009Newer by 62 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display

Reasons to pick Sony G3 over the Olympus TG-850 iHS

 G3 TG-850 iHS 
Manually focus Dial accurate focus
Display sizing3.5"3"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution921k460kSharper display (+461k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus TG-850 iHS and Sony G3

 TG-850 iHS G3 
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen

Olympus TG-850 iHS vs Sony G3 Physical Comparison

For those who are going to travel with your camera regularly, you'll need to take into account its weight and size. The Olympus TG-850 iHS offers outside measurements of 110mm x 64mm x 28mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.1") and a weight of 218 grams (0.48 lbs) while the Sony G3 has specifications of 97mm x 59mm x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9") along with a weight of 185 grams (0.41 lbs).

Examine the Olympus TG-850 iHS and Sony G3 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you are working with during that time. Underneath is the front view overall size comparison of the TG-850 iHS versus the G3.

Olympus TG-850 iHS vs Sony G3 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the TG-850 iHS and G3 is 91 and 94 respectively.

Olympus TG-850 iHS vs Sony G3 top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-850 iHS vs Sony G3 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is very tough to visualise the difference between sensor dimensions simply by reviewing a spec sheet. The picture below might provide you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the TG-850 iHS and G3.

Clearly, each of the cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing but not the same megapixels. You can anticipate the Olympus TG-850 iHS to offer you more detail because of its extra 6 Megapixels. Greater resolution will help you crop photos far more aggressively. The more recent TG-850 iHS is going to have a benefit in sensor innovation.

Olympus TG-850 iHS vs Sony G3 sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-850 iHS vs Sony G3 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-850 iHS vs Sony G3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-850 iHS Portrait photography information
Sony G3 Portrait photography information
35
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
supports face detect autofocus
manual focus not available
manual exposure not possible
cannot use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
26
focusing manually
no manual exposure
cannot use external flash
low megapixels (10MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus TG-850 iHS
Street photography with Sony G3
69
has a tilting screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
weather sealing
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
56
image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-850 iHS Sports photography info
Sony G3 Sports photography info
51
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
supports tracking focus
weather sealing
better than average battery power (330 per charge)
no shutter priority
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
23
image stabilization (Optical)
max shutter speed is low (1/1,000s)
slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-850 iHS Travel photography features
Sony G3 Travel photography features
72
better than average battery power (330 CIPA)
weather sealing
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
fairly wide (21mm)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
50
has built in flash
missing Time Lapse function
low megapixels (10MP)
does not have selfie friendly screen
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus TG-850 iHS
Landscape photography with Sony G3
50
fairly wide (21mm)
good sized screen (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
weather sealing
better than average battery power (330 CIPA)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
manual exposure not possible
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
36
focusing manually
very good size screen (3.5")
image stabilization (Optical)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
no manual exposure
low megapixels (10MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
missing Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-850 iHS Vlogging information
Sony G3 Vlogging information
33
fairly wide (21mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect autofocus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
lack of microphone port
27
touchscreen capability
image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
does not have selfie friendly screen
low quality video (640 x 480 pxls)
missing mic jack
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Olympus TG-850 iHS vs Sony G3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-850 iHS and Sony G3
 Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHSSony Cyber-shot DSC-G3
General Information
Company Olympus Sony
Model type Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G3
Class Waterproof Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2014-01-29 2009-01-08
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor TruePic VII -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 10MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4616 x 3464 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 6400 3200
Minimum native ISO 125 80
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points - 9
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 21-105mm (5.0x) 35-140mm (4.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.5-5.7 f/3.5-10.0
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3" 3.5"
Resolution of screen 460k dot 921k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen technology TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 1/2s 1s
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1000s
Continuous shutter speed 7.0 frames per sec 2.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance - 4.30 m (Auto ISO)
Flash modes - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
WB 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) 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video data format H.264, Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Yes None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 218 gr (0.48 lbs) 185 gr (0.41 lbs)
Dimensions 110 x 64 x 28mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.1") 97 x 59 x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9")
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 -
Battery format Battery Pack -
Battery ID 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 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Price at release $250 $200