Olympus TG-860 vs Sony A6300

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 front
Sony Alpha a6300 front

Olympus TG-860 vs Sony A6300 Key Specs

Olympus TG-860
(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
  • 224g - 110 x 64 x 28mm
  • Released February 2015
  • Replacement is Olympus TG-870
Sony A6300
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Increase to 51200)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 404g - 120 x 67 x 49mm
  • Revealed February 2016
  • Older Model is Sony A6000
  • Successor is Sony A6500
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Olympus TG-860 vs Sony A6300 Overview

Its time to look a little more in depth at the Olympus TG-860 and Sony A6300, former being a Waterproof while the other is a Advanced Mirrorless by competitors Olympus and Sony. There exists a substantial gap among the sensor resolutions of the TG-860 (16MP) and A6300 (24MP) and the TG-860 (1/2.3") and A6300 (APS-C) provide different sensor sizing.

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The TG-860 was revealed 12 months before the A6300 so they are both of a similar age. Both the cameras have different body design with the Olympus TG-860 being a Ultracompact camera and the Sony A6300 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go right into a step-by-step comparison, here is a short view of how the TG-860 scores against the A6300 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-860 over the Sony A6300

 TG-860 A6300 

Reasons to pick Sony A6300 over the Olympus TG-860

 A6300 TG-860 
RevealedFebruary 2016February 2015Fresher by 12 months
Focus manually Dial accurate focus
Display resolution922k460kClearer display (+462k dot)

Common features in the Olympus TG-860 and Sony A6300

 TG-860 A6300 
Display typeTiltingTiltingTilting display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display measurement
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch display Lacking Touch display

Olympus TG-860 vs Sony A6300 Physical Comparison

When you are going to carry your camera frequently, you are going to need to take into account its weight and proportions. The Olympus TG-860 provides physical measurements of 110mm x 64mm x 28mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.1") with a weight of 224 grams (0.49 lbs) whilst the Sony A6300 has measurements of 120mm x 67mm x 49mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 1.9") accompanied by a weight of 404 grams (0.89 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you are using at that time. Here is a front view dimensions comparison of the TG-860 versus the A6300.

Olympus TG-860 vs Sony A6300 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the TG-860 and A6300 is 91 and 83 respectively.

Olympus TG-860 vs Sony A6300 top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-860 vs Sony A6300 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is very hard to picture the gap in sensor sizing simply by going through specifications. The photograph below should offer you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the TG-860 and A6300.

Plainly, both of these cameras have different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The TG-860 using its smaller sensor is going to make getting shallow DOF tougher and the Sony A6300 will show extra detail because of its extra 8MP. Greater resolution will also help you crop images a bit more aggressively. The older TG-860 will be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor innovation.

Olympus TG-860 vs Sony A6300 sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-860 vs Sony A6300 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-860 vs Sony A6300 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus TG-860
Portrait photography with Sony A6300
MP count decent (16MP)
comes with face detection focus
no manual focus
manual mode not available
cannot use external flash
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
has manual focus
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
features face detection focusing
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-860 Street photography advice
Sony A6300 Street photography advice
has a tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
weather proofing
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
tilting screen
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
environment sealing
good high ISO (25,600)
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-860 Sports photography advice
Sony A6300 Sports photography advice
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
comes with tracking autofocus
weather proofing
no shutter priority mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
features tracking autofocus
environment sealing
supports phase detect AF
no image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-860 Travel photography advice
Sony A6300 Travel photography advice
weather proofing
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
pretty wide (21mm)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
environment sealing
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
has built in flash
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus TG-860 Landscape photography info
Sony A6300 Landscape photography info
pretty wide (21mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
weather proofing
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
manual mode not available
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
has manual focus
swap lenses (Sony E mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
good high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
environment sealing
no image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus TG-860
Vlogging with Sony A6300
pretty wide (21mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
no external microphone jack
features face detection focusing
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
comes with external mic jack
screen is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
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Olympus TG-860 vs Sony A6300 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-860 and Sony A6300
 Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860Sony Alpha a6300
General Information
Brand Olympus Sony
Model type Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 Sony Alpha a6300
Type Waterproof Advanced Mirrorless
Released 2015-02-06 2016-02-03
Body design Ultracompact Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic VII BIONZ X
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 24MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4608 x 3456 6000 x 4000
Highest native ISO 6400 25600
Highest enhanced ISO - 51200
Minimum native ISO 125 100
RAW images
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points - 425
Lens mount type fixed lens Sony E
Lens zoom range 21-105mm (5.0x) -
Highest aperture f/3.5-5.7 -
Macro focusing distance 1cm -
Number of lenses - 121
Focal length multiplier 5.8 1.5
Screen type Tilting Tilting
Screen sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 460 thousand dot 922 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.7x
Minimum shutter speed 4s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter speed 7.0 frames/s 11.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 4.00 m (at ISO 1600) 6.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options Auto, redeye reduction, fill flash, off, LED illuminator Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction, Hi-speed sync, Wireless
External flash
White balance bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (60p) 4K (3840 x 2160 @ 30p/24p), 1920 x 1080 (120p, 60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (24p)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video file format H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Wireless Built-In Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Yes None
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 224 grams (0.49 pounds) 404 grams (0.89 pounds)
Physical dimensions 110 x 64 x 28mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.1") 120 x 67 x 49mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 1.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 85
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 24.4
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 13.7
DXO Low light rating not tested 1437
Battery life 300 photos 400 photos
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID Li-50B NP-FW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom) Yes
Time lapse recording With downloadable app
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Price at release $279 $889