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Olympus TG-870 vs Samsung PL120

Portability
91
Imaging
41
Features
46
Overall
43
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870 front
 
Samsung PL120 front
Portability
99
Imaging
37
Features
20
Overall
30

Olympus TG-870 vs Samsung PL120 Key Specs

Olympus TG-870
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400 (Raise 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  • Superseded the Olympus TG-860
Samsung PL120
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 0 - 3200
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • ()mm (F) lens
  • n/ag - 94 x 54 x 19mm
  • Launched January 2011
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Olympus TG-870 vs Samsung PL120 Overview

Its time to take a closer look at the Olympus TG-870 vs Samsung PL120, both Ultracompact cameras by companies Olympus and Samsung. The sensor resolution of the TG-870 (16MP) and the PL120 (14MP) is relatively comparable and they enjoy the exact same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The TG-870 was manufactured 5 years later than the PL120 and that is a fairly significant gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of these cameras come with the identical body type (Ultracompact).

Before diving in to a full comparison, below is a quick overview of how the TG-870 grades vs the PL120 for portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-870 over the Samsung PL120

 TG-870 PL120 
LaunchedJanuary 2016January 2011More recent by 61 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen dimension3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution921k230kCrisper screen (+691k dot)

Reasons to pick Samsung PL120 over the Olympus TG-870

 PL120 TG-870 

Common features in the Olympus TG-870 and Samsung PL120

 TG-870 PL120 
Manually focus No manual focusing
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen
Touch screen No Touch screen

Olympus TG-870 vs Samsung PL120 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to lug around your camera frequently, you'll have to take into account its weight and volume. The Olympus TG-870 offers outer dimensions of 113mm x 64mm x 28mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.1") having a weight of 221 grams (0.49 lbs) and the Samsung PL120 has sizing of 94mm x 54mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.7") with a weight of n/a grams (0.00 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you use at the time. Following is the front view physical size comparison of the TG-870 and the PL120.

Olympus TG-870 vs Samsung PL120 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the TG-870 and PL120 is 91 and 99 respectively.

Olympus TG-870 vs Samsung PL120 top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-870 vs Samsung PL120 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it's tough to visualize the contrast in sensor measurements purely by going through specifications. The graphic below may provide you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the TG-870 and PL120.

To sum up, each of these cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements albeit different resolution. You should count on the Olympus TG-870 to provide greater detail due to its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will also allow you to crop photographs much more aggressively. The fresher TG-870 provides a benefit in sensor technology.

Olympus TG-870 vs Samsung PL120 sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-870 vs Samsung PL120 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-870 vs Samsung PL120 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-870 as a Portrait photography camera
Samsung PL120 as a Portrait photography camera
36
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
offers face detection focus
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not available
can't use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
28
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
manual mode not possible
cannot use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-870 as a Street photography camera
Samsung PL120 as a Street photography camera
65
tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
weather proof
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
heavier than competition (221g)
49
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-870 as a Sports photography camera
Samsung PL120 as a Sports photography camera
51
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
offers tracking autofocus
weather proof
better than average battery power (300 CIPA)
no shutter priority
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
26
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
fixed focal length (()mm)
no shutter priority
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-870 as a Travel photography camera
Samsung PL120 as a Travel photography camera
69
better than average battery power (300 CIPA)
weather proof
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
rather wide (21mm)
heavier than competition (221 grams)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f3.5)
71
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
flash built-in
very good maximum aperture (f)
missing Time Lapse function
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus TG-870 Landscape photography details
Samsung PL120 Landscape photography details
50
rather wide (21mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16MP)
weather proof
better than average battery power (300 per charge)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
manual exposure not available
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
33
very good maximum aperture (f)
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
fixed focal length (()mm)
tiny screen (2.7")
manual mode not possible
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
missing Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-870 as a Vlogging camera
Samsung PL120 as a Vlogging camera
32
rather wide (21mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
no external mic port
heavier than competition (221g)
31
very good maximum aperture (f)
has external mic port
screen isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
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Olympus TG-870 vs Samsung PL120 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-870 and Samsung PL120
 Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870Samsung PL120
General Information
Brand Olympus Samsung
Model Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870 Samsung PL120
Category Ultracompact Ultracompact
Revealed 2016-01-06 2011-01-05
Body design Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Chip TruePic VII -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.16 x 4.62mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.5mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 6400 3200
Max boosted ISO 12800 -
Minimum native ISO 125 -
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 21-105mm (5.0x) ()
Max aperture f/3.5-5.7 -
Macro focus range 1cm -
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3" 2.7"
Screen resolution 921k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4s 8s
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed 7.0 frames/s -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 4.00 m (at ISO 1600) -
Flash settings Auto, redeye reduction, fill flash, off, LED illuminator -
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (60p) 1280 x 720
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) none
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 221 gr (0.49 pounds) -
Dimensions 113 x 64 x 28mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.1") 94 x 54 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.1" 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 photographs -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model Li-50B -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom) -
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal -
Storage slots 1 -
Price at launch $280 $150