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Olympus TG-860 vs Olympus TG-870

Portability
91
Imaging
42
Features
42
Overall
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Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 front
 
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870 front
Portability
91
Imaging
42
Features
46
Overall
43

Olympus TG-860 vs Olympus TG-870 Key Specs

Olympus TG-860
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 21-105mm (F3.5-5.7) lens
  • 224g - 110 x 64 x 28mm
  • Introduced February 2015
  • Renewed by Olympus TG-870
Olympus TG-870
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400 (Bump to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 21-105mm (F3.5-5.7) lens
  • 221g - 113 x 64 x 28mm
  • Revealed January 2016
  • Previous Model is Olympus TG-860
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Olympus TG-860 vs Olympus TG-870 Overview

Below, we will be looking at the Olympus TG-860 and Olympus TG-870, one is a Waterproof and the latter is a Ultracompact and they are both sold by Olympus. The sensor resolution of the TG-860 (16MP) and the TG-870 (16MP) is relatively close and they enjoy the exact same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The TG-860 was introduced 11 months before the TG-870 so they are of a similar generation. Both the cameras come with the identical body type (Ultracompact).

Before getting in to a complete comparison, below is a concise summation of how the TG-860 matches up versus the TG-870 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-860 over the Olympus TG-870

 TG-860 TG-870 

Reasons to pick Olympus TG-870 over the Olympus TG-860

 TG-870 TG-860 
RevealedJanuary 2016February 2015Newer by 11 months
Screen resolution921k460kCrisper screen (+461k dot)

Common features in the Olympus TG-860 and Olympus TG-870

 TG-860 TG-870 
Manual focus No manual focus
Screen typeTiltingTiltingTilting screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurement
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch screen Neither comes with Touch screen

Olympus TG-860 vs Olympus TG-870 Physical Comparison

When you are going to travel with your camera often, you'll have to factor its weight and volume. The Olympus TG-860 comes with external dimensions of 110mm x 64mm x 28mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.1") and a weight of 224 grams (0.49 lbs) while the Olympus TG-870 has sizing of 113mm x 64mm x 28mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.1") along with a weight of 221 grams (0.49 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you use at that moment. Below is the front view measurement comparison of the TG-860 versus the TG-870.

Olympus TG-860 vs Olympus TG-870 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability grade of the TG-860 and TG-870 is 91 and 91 respectively.

Olympus TG-860 vs Olympus TG-870 top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-860 vs Olympus TG-870 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it's difficult to see the difference in sensor dimensions purely by researching technical specs. The image here will offer you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the TG-860 and TG-870.

As you have seen, each of the cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements and the exact same resolution so you should expect comparable quality of pictures but you will need to take the production date of the cameras into account. The more aged TG-860 will be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus TG-860 vs Olympus TG-870 sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-860 vs Olympus TG-870 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-860 vs Olympus TG-870 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-860 Portrait photography information
Olympus TG-870 Portrait photography information
36
megapixel count good (16MP)
features face detect focusing
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not available
no external flash support
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
36
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
has face detect autofocus
manual focus not available
no manual mode
external flash not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-860 as a Street photography camera
Olympus TG-870 as a Street photography camera
69
screen tilts
has image stabilization (Optical)
weather proof
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
66
screen tilts up and down
image stabilization (Optical)
weather proofing
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
heavier than competition (221 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-860 as a Sports photography camera
Olympus TG-870 as a Sports photography camera
49
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16MP)
features tracking focus
weather proof
no shutter priority mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
52
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16MP)
has tracking focus
weather proofing
better than average battery pack (300 shots)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-860 as a Travel photography camera
Olympus TG-870 as a Travel photography camera
71
weather proof
megapixel count good (16MP)
has built in flash
fairly wide (21mm)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
69
better than average battery pack (300 CIPA)
weather proofing
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
relatively wide (21mm)
heavier than competition (221g)
does not feature selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus TG-860 Landscape photography information
Olympus TG-870 Landscape photography information
48
fairly wide (21mm)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
weather proof
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
manual exposure not available
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
50
relatively wide (21mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
weather proofing
better than average battery pack (300 shots)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
no manual mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-860 as a Vlogging camera
Olympus TG-870 as a Vlogging camera
33
fairly wide (21mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect focusing
good video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have microphone support
32
relatively wide (21mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
does not feature selfie friendly display
no mic port
heavier than competition (221g)
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Olympus TG-860 vs Olympus TG-870 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-860 and Olympus TG-870
 Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870
General Information
Brand Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870
Type Waterproof Ultracompact
Introduced 2015-02-06 2016-01-06
Body design Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic VII TruePic VII
Sensor type 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 16MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 6400 6400
Max enhanced ISO - 12800
Min native ISO 125 125
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 21-105mm (5.0x) 21-105mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.5-5.7 f/3.5-5.7
Macro focusing range 1cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Tilting Tilting
Display size 3" 3"
Display resolution 460k dot 921k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 4 seconds 4 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 7.0fps 7.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 4.00 m (at ISO 1600) 4.00 m (at ISO 1600)
Flash modes Auto, redeye reduction, fill flash, off, LED illuminator Auto, redeye reduction, fill flash, off, LED illuminator
External flash
AEB
WB 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), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (60p) 1920 x 1080 (60p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (60p)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Yes BuiltIn
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 224 gr (0.49 pounds) 221 gr (0.49 pounds)
Dimensions 110 x 64 x 28mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.1") 113 x 64 x 28mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.1")
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 300 photos 300 photos
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID Li-50B Li-50B
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Retail price $279 $280