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Olympus TG-310 vs Olympus TG-5

Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
33
Overall
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Olympus TG-310 front
 
Olympus Tough TG-5 front
Portability
90
Imaging
38
Features
51
Overall
43

Olympus TG-310 vs Olympus TG-5 Key Specs

Olympus TG-310
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-102mm (F3.9-5.9) lens
  • 155g - 96 x 63 x 23mm
  • Launched January 2011
Olympus TG-5
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Bump to 12800)
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 25-100mm (F2.0-4.9) lens
  • 250g - 113 x 66 x 32mm
  • Released May 2017
  • Superseded the Olympus TG-4
  • New Model is Olympus TG-6
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Olympus TG-310 vs Olympus TG-5 Overview

Below, we will be matching up the Olympus TG-310 and Olympus TG-5, both Waterproof cameras and they are both produced by Olympus. The sensor resolution of the TG-310 (14MP) and the TG-5 (12MP) is pretty close and they feature the exact same sensor size (1/2.3").

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The TG-310 was manufactured 7 years before the TG-5 which is a fairly large difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of these cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving through a comprehensive comparison, below is a quick introduction of how the TG-310 matches up vs the TG-5 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-310 over the Olympus TG-5

 TG-310 TG-5 

Reasons to pick Olympus TG-5 over the Olympus TG-310

 TG-5 TG-310 
ReleasedMay 2017January 2011More modern by 77 months
Manually focus Very accurate focusing
Screen dimension3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kClearer screen (+230k dot)

Common features in the Olympus TG-310 and Olympus TG-5

 TG-310 TG-5 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch friendly screen No Touch friendly screen

Olympus TG-310 vs Olympus TG-5 Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to carry around your camera regularly, you'll need to think about its weight and measurements. The Olympus TG-310 has physical dimensions of 96mm x 63mm x 23mm (3.8" x 2.5" x 0.9") having a weight of 155 grams (0.34 lbs) and the Olympus TG-5 has proportions of 113mm x 66mm x 32mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.3") accompanied by a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you use during that time. Underneath is the front view overall size comparison of the TG-310 versus the TG-5.

Olympus TG-310 vs Olympus TG-5 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the TG-310 and TG-5 is 94 and 90 respectively.

Olympus TG-310 vs Olympus TG-5 top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-310 vs Olympus TG-5 Sensor Comparison

Often, it's difficult to imagine the gap in sensor sizes just by researching a spec sheet. The image here will give you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the TG-310 and TG-5.

As you can see, each of the cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements albeit different MP. You can expect the Olympus TG-310 to render extra detail due to its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will help you crop shots much more aggressively. The more aged TG-310 will be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor innovation.

Olympus TG-310 vs Olympus TG-5 sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-310 vs Olympus TG-5 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-310 vs Olympus TG-5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-310 Portrait photography factors
Olympus TG-5 Portrait photography factors
33
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
offers face detect focusing
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not available
external flash not possible
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
39
has manual focus
includes face detect focusing
delivers RAW formats
no manual control
external flash not possible
low resolution (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-310 as a Street photography camera
Olympus TG-5 as a Street photography camera
66
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proof
lighter than competitors in class (155g)
fixed screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
64
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
delivers RAW formats
environment sealing
screen does not articulate
small sensor (1/2.3")
more heavy than competition in class (250 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus TG-310
Sports photography with Olympus TG-5
40
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count decent (14MP)
offers tracking focus
environment proof
max fps low (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
not so great battery power (150 CIPA)
doesn't have phase detect AF
46
fast shooting (20.0 frames/s)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes tracking focus
environment sealing
great battery life (340 per charge)
no shutter priority mode
low resolution (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-310 Travel photography highlights
Olympus TG-5 Travel photography highlights
67
lighter than competitors in class (155g)
environment proof
MP count decent (14MP)
built-in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
not so great battery power (150 shots)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
68
great battery life (340 CIPA)
environment sealing
flash built-in
relatively wide (25mm)
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
more heavy than competition in class (250g)
low resolution (12MP)
does not offer selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus TG-310
Landscape photography with Olympus TG-5
39
reasonably wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count decent (14MP)
environment proof
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
small screen (2.7 inch)
manual exposure not available
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
not so great battery power (150 per charge)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
57
has manual focus
relatively wide (25mm)
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
delivers RAW formats
environment sealing
great battery life (340 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
no manual control
low resolution (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-310 Vlogging features
Olympus TG-5 Vlogging features
32
reasonably wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
offers face detect focusing
lighter than competitors in class (155 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have mic port
34
relatively wide (25mm)
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes face detect focusing
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
does not offer selfie friendly display
missing microphone socket
more heavy than competition in class (250 grams)
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Olympus TG-310 vs Olympus TG-5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-310 and Olympus TG-5
 Olympus TG-310Olympus Tough TG-5
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus TG-310 Olympus Tough TG-5
Category Waterproof Waterproof
Launched 2011-01-06 2017-05-17
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic III+ TruePic VIII
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4288 x 3216 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 1600 12800
Maximum enhanced ISO - 12800
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW support
Lowest enhanced ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points - 25
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-102mm (3.6x) 25-100mm (4.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.9-5.9 f/2.0-4.9
Macro focusing range 3cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.7" 3"
Resolution of display 230k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display tech TFT Color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4s 4s
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter rate 1.0fps 20.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 4.20 m -
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, redeye reduction, slow sync, redeye slow sync, fill, manual, off
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps) 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 3840x2160
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Built-in
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 155g (0.34 lbs) 250g (0.55 lbs)
Dimensions 96 x 63 x 23mm (3.8" x 2.5" x 0.9") 113 x 66 x 32mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 150 shots 340 shots
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID LI-42B LI-92B
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I compatible)
Card slots 1 1
Retail cost $0 $449