Olympus TG-860 vs Sony W800

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W800 front

Olympus TG-860 vs Sony W800 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
  • Introduced February 2015
  • Updated by Olympus TG-870
Sony W800
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-130mm (F3.2-6.4) lens
  • 125g - 97 x 55 x 21mm
  • Announced February 2014
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Olympus TG-860 vs Sony W800 Overview

Here, we will be reviewing the Olympus TG-860 and Sony W800, one is a Waterproof and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by competitors Olympus and Sony. The resolution of the TG-860 (16MP) and the W800 (20MP) is pretty comparable and both cameras boast the identical sensor size (1/2.3").

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The TG-860 was manufactured 12 months after the W800 so they are of a similar generation. Each of the cameras feature different body design with the Olympus TG-860 being a Ultracompact camera and the Sony W800 being a Compact camera.

Before we go into a detailed comparison, here is a brief view of how the TG-860 grades versus the W800 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-860 over the Sony W800

 TG-860 W800 
AnnouncedFebruary 2015February 2014More modern by 12 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kSharper screen (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony W800 over the Olympus TG-860

 W800 TG-860 

Common features in the Olympus TG-860 and Sony W800

 TG-860 W800 
Manually focus No manual focus
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch friendly screen No Touch friendly screen

Olympus TG-860 vs Sony W800 Physical Comparison

When you are aiming to carry around your camera frequently, you will have to consider its weight and size. The Olympus TG-860 features 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) and the Sony W800 has specifications of 97mm x 55mm x 21mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.8") and a weight of 125 grams (0.28 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you choose at that moment. Following is a front view dimensions comparison of the TG-860 compared to the W800.

Olympus TG-860 vs Sony W800 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability score of the TG-860 and W800 is 91 and 96 respectively.

Olympus TG-860 vs Sony W800 top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-860 vs Sony W800 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, its difficult to envision the difference in sensor sizes merely by checking out specs. The image below will help give you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the TG-860 and W800.

All in all, both of these cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit not the same megapixels. You should expect the Sony W800 to show extra detail due to its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will also help you crop shots a good deal more aggressively. The more modern TG-860 will have a benefit with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus TG-860 vs Sony W800 sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-860 vs Sony W800 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-860 vs Sony W800 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-860 Portrait photography information
Sony W800 Portrait photography information
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
supports face detect focusing
manual focus not available
manual mode not available
no external flash support
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
provides face detect focus
lack of manual focus
no manual exposure
no external flash support
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-860 Street photography factors
Sony W800 Street photography factors
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
environment proof
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average (125g)
fixed screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-860 Sports photography advice
Sony W800 Sports photography advice
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
supports tracking focus
environment proof
no shutter priority
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
provides tracking focus
continuous shooting slow (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-860 Travel photography info
Sony W800 Travel photography info
environment proof
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
built-in flash
really wide (21mm)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
lighter than average (125g)
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
really wide (26mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus TG-860 Landscape photography factors
Sony W800 Landscape photography factors
really wide (21mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
environment proof
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
manual mode not available
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
really wide (26mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
screen is small (2.7")
no manual exposure
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
lack of Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-860 Vlogging advice
Sony W800 Vlogging advice
really wide (21mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
missing mic jack
really wide (26mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focus
lighter than average (125 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of microphone support
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Olympus TG-860 vs Sony W800 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-860 and Sony W800
 Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W800
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Sony
Model Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W800
Category Waterproof Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2015-02-06 2014-02-13
Physical type Ultracompact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor TruePic VII -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 20MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 5152 x 3864
Maximum native ISO 6400 3200
Lowest native ISO 125 100
RAW support
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Cross focus points - -
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 21-105mm (5.0x) 26-130mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.5-5.7 f/3.2-6.4
Macro focus distance 1cm -
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inch 2.7 inch
Screen resolution 460 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Screen tech - TFT LCD display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Slowest shutter speed 4s 2s
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1500s
Continuous shooting rate 7.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 4.00 m (at ISO 1600) 3.50 m
Flash options Auto, redeye reduction, fill flash, off, LED illuminator Auto / Flash On / Slow Synchro / Flash Off / Advanced Flash
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (60p) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format H.264 AVI MPEG4
Microphone support
Headphone support
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Yes None
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 224g (0.49 pounds) 125g (0.28 pounds)
Physical dimensions 110 x 64 x 28mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.1") 97 x 55 x 21mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Battery life 300 images -
Battery style Battery Pack -
Battery model Li-50B NP-BN
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Card slots One One
Launch price $279 $90