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Olympus TG-870 vs Samsung ST600

Portability
91
Imaging
41
Features
46
Overall
43
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870 front
 
Samsung ST600 front
Portability
95
Imaging
37
Features
40
Overall
38

Olympus TG-870 vs Samsung ST600 Key Specs

Olympus TG-870
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • 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
  • Announced January 2016
  • Previous Model is Olympus TG-860
Samsung ST600
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 4800 (Push to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 27-135mm (F3.3-5.5) lens
  • 150g - 104 x 60 x 20mm
  • Announced January 2010
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Olympus TG-870 vs Samsung ST600 Overview

Let's look more in depth at the Olympus TG-870 and Samsung ST600, both Ultracompact cameras by manufacturers Olympus and Samsung. The sensor resolution of the TG-870 (16MP) and the ST600 (14MP) is fairly close and both cameras boast the identical sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The TG-870 was revealed 6 years after the ST600 which is a fairly big gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both the cameras feature the same body design (Ultracompact).

Before getting into a more detailed comparison, here is a simple summation of how the TG-870 grades against the ST600 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-870 over the Samsung ST600

 TG-870 ST600 
AnnouncedJanuary 2016January 2010More modern by 74 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display

Reasons to pick Samsung ST600 over the Olympus TG-870

 ST600 TG-870 
Display size3.5"3"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution1152k921kSharper display (+231k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus TG-870 and Samsung ST600

 TG-870 ST600 
Manually focus Lack of manual focus
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen

Olympus TG-870 vs Samsung ST600 Physical Comparison

For those who are intending to carry around your camera frequently, you will have to factor in its weight and measurements. The Olympus TG-870 features external dimensions of 113mm x 64mm x 28mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 221 grams (0.49 lbs) whilst the Samsung ST600 has proportions of 104mm x 60mm x 20mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 0.8") having a weight of 150 grams (0.33 lbs).

Check out the Olympus TG-870 and Samsung ST600 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you have attached at the time. Underneath is a front view proportions comparison of the TG-870 and the ST600.

Olympus TG-870 vs Samsung ST600 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability score of the TG-870 and ST600 is 91 and 95 respectively.

Olympus TG-870 vs Samsung ST600 top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-870 vs Samsung ST600 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, its difficult to visualize the gap in sensor sizes only by viewing specifications. The picture underneath should give you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the TG-870 and ST600.

To sum up, the two cameras come with the identical sensor size but different megapixels. You should anticipate the Olympus TG-870 to render extra detail because of its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop pics a good deal more aggressively. The more modern TG-870 provides an advantage with regard to sensor innovation.

Olympus TG-870 vs Samsung ST600 sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-870 vs Samsung ST600 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-870 vs Samsung ST600 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-870 Portrait photography highlights
Samsung ST600 Portrait photography highlights
36
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
supports face detection focus
lack of manual focus
lack of manual exposure
no external flash support
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
30
MP count good (14MP)
lack of manual focus
no external flash support
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-870 as a Street photography camera
Samsung ST600 as a Street photography camera
65
screen tilts
has image stabilization (Optical)
environment sealing
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
heavier than competitors in class (221 grams)
60
has image stabilization (Optical)
has touch focus
fixed screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
heavier than competitors (150 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-870 as a Sports photography camera
Samsung ST600 as a Sports photography camera
51
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
supports tracking autofocus
environment sealing
great battery life (300 CIPA)
no shutter priority mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
43
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (14MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-870 Travel photography details
Samsung ST600 Travel photography details
69
great battery life (300 per charge)
environment sealing
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
decently wide (21mm)
heavier than competitors in class (221g)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
65
has touch focus
MP count good (14MP)
built-in flash
quite wide (27mm)
missing Time Lapse recording
heavier than competitors (150 grams)
does not posses selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus TG-870 Landscape photography information
Samsung ST600 Landscape photography information
50
decently wide (21mm)
good sized screen (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
environment sealing
great battery life (300 shots)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
lack of manual exposure
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
44
quite wide (27mm)
very good size screen (3.5 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (14MP)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
missing Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-870 as a Vlogging camera
Samsung ST600 as a Vlogging camera
32
decently wide (21mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
missing external mic jack
heavier than competitors in class (221g)
30
quite wide (27mm)
touchscreen enabled
has image stabilization (Optical)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not posses selfie friendly display
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing external mic socket
heavier than competitors (150 grams)
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Olympus TG-870 vs Samsung ST600 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-870 and Samsung ST600
 Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870Samsung ST600
General Information
Make Olympus Samsung
Model Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870 Samsung ST600
Category Ultracompact Ultracompact
Announced 2016-01-06 2010-01-06
Physical type 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 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 4320 x 3240
Maximum native ISO 6400 4800
Maximum enhanced ISO 12800 6400
Min native ISO 125 80
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 21-105mm (5.0x) 27-135mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.5-5.7 f/3.3-5.5
Macro focus range 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Display type Tilting Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inch 3.5 inch
Display resolution 921k dots 1,152k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 4 seconds 8 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1500 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 7.0 frames/s -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 4.00 m (at ISO 1600) 5.00 m
Flash options Auto, redeye reduction, fill flash, off, LED illuminator Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure 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 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30, 15 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
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
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 221 gr (0.49 lbs) 150 gr (0.33 lbs)
Physical dimensions 113 x 64 x 28mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.1") 104 x 60 x 20mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 -
Battery type Battery Pack -
Battery model Li-50B SLB07
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double, Motion)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal MicroSD/ MicroSDHC, Internal
Card slots One One
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