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Olympus TG-870 vs Panasonic FP5

Portability
91
Imaging
41
Features
46
Overall
43
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP5 front
Portability
95
Imaging
37
Features
33
Overall
35

Olympus TG-870 vs Panasonic FP5 Key Specs

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
  • Superseded the Olympus TG-860
Panasonic FP5
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-140mm (F3.5-5.9) lens
  • 141g - 101 x 59 x 18mm
  • Released January 2011
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Olympus TG-870 vs Panasonic FP5 Overview

Here is a thorough comparison of the Olympus TG-870 versus Panasonic FP5, both Ultracompact digital cameras by manufacturers Olympus and Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the TG-870 (16MP) and the FP5 (14MP) is very similar and both cameras boast the same sensor size (1/2.3").

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The TG-870 was introduced 5 years later than the FP5 and that is quite a big difference as far as technology is concerned. Both cameras have the same body design (Ultracompact).

Before going right into a full comparison, here is a concise highlight of how the TG-870 scores versus the FP5 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-870 over the Panasonic FP5

 TG-870 FP5 
ReleasedJanuary 2016January 2011Fresher by 61 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution921k230kSharper display (+691k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic FP5 over the Olympus TG-870

 FP5 TG-870 
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus TG-870 and Panasonic FP5

 TG-870 FP5 
Manually focus No manual focusing
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display size
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen

Olympus TG-870 vs Panasonic FP5 Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to carry your camera often, you're going to have to think about its weight and volume. The Olympus TG-870 provides exterior dimensions of 113mm x 64mm x 28mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.1") and a weight of 221 grams (0.49 lbs) and the Panasonic FP5 has sizing of 101mm x 59mm x 18mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 0.7") along with a weight of 141 grams (0.31 lbs).

Contrast the Olympus TG-870 versus Panasonic FP5 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you are employing at that moment. Underneath is a front view dimension comparison of the TG-870 compared to the FP5.

Olympus TG-870 vs Panasonic FP5 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability score of the TG-870 and FP5 is 91 and 95 respectively.

Olympus TG-870 vs Panasonic FP5 top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-870 vs Panasonic FP5 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it's tough to visualise the contrast between sensor sizing merely by reviewing a spec sheet. The photograph underneath will give you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the TG-870 and FP5.

Clearly, both of these cameras have the same sensor dimensions but not the same MP. You can expect to see the Olympus TG-870 to offer you extra detail using its extra 2MP. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop photos a bit more aggressively. The fresher TG-870 is going to have a benefit when it comes to sensor technology.

Olympus TG-870 vs Panasonic FP5 sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-870 vs Panasonic FP5 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-870 vs Panasonic FP5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-870 Portrait photography advice
Panasonic FP5 Portrait photography advice
36
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
offers face detection focus
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not possible
cannot use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
33
decent MP (14MP)
includes face detection focus
manual focus not available
manual mode not possible
no external flash support
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-870 Street photography factors
Panasonic FP5 Street photography factors
65
tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
weather sealing
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
heavier than competitors (221 grams)
63
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes touch to focus
screen does not articulate
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus TG-870
Sports photography with Panasonic FP5
51
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
offers tracking autofocus
weather sealing
great battery pack (300 per charge)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
43
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (14MP)
includes tracking autofocus
good battery (260 shots)
very slow continuous shooting (6.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-870 Travel photography information
Panasonic FP5 Travel photography information
69
great battery pack (300 CIPA)
weather sealing
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
fairly wide (21mm)
heavier than competitors (221g)
does not feature selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f3.5)
65
good battery (260 CIPA)
includes touch to focus
decent MP (14MP)
built-in flash
does not have Timelapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not great (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus TG-870 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic FP5 as a Landscape photography camera
50
fairly wide (21mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
weather sealing
great battery pack (300 per charge)
focusing manually not possible
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
manual mode not possible
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
40
screen size is decent (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (14 megapixels)
good battery (260 CIPA)
manual focus not available
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
manual mode not possible
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
does not have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-870 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic FP5 as a Vlogging camera
32
fairly wide (21mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
does not feature selfie friendly display
doesn't have external mic port
heavier than competitors (221 grams)
30
touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focus
wide angle not great (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have external microphone jack
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Olympus TG-870 vs Panasonic FP5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-870 and Panasonic FP5
 Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP5
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP5
Type Ultracompact Ultracompact
Revealed 2016-01-06 2011-01-05
Body design Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Chip TruePic VII Venus Engine IV
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 14MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 4320 x 3240
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Maximum boosted ISO 12800 -
Lowest native ISO 125 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points - 11
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 21-105mm (5.0x) 35-140mm (4.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.5-5.7 f/3.5-5.9
Macro focus range 1cm 10cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.9
Screen
Range of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 921 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen tech - TFT Touch Screen LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4 secs 60 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shooting speed 7.0fps 6.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 4.00 m (at ISO 1600) 4.90 m
Flash options Auto, redeye reduction, fill flash, off, LED illuminator Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (60p) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 221 gr (0.49 lbs) 141 gr (0.31 lbs)
Physical dimensions 113 x 64 x 28mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.1") 101 x 59 x 18mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 0.7")
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
Other
Battery life 300 shots 260 shots
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model Li-50B -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Pricing at launch $280 $199