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Olympus TG-310 vs Olympus TG-6

Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
33
Overall
35
Olympus TG-310 front
 
Olympus Tough TG-6 front
Portability
90
Imaging
39
Features
54
Overall
45

Olympus TG-310 vs Olympus TG-6 Key Specs

Olympus TG-310
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-102mm (F3.9-5.9) lens
  • 155g - 96 x 63 x 23mm
  • Announced January 2011
Olympus TG-6
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 25-100mm (F2.0-4.9) lens
  • 253g - 113 x 66 x 32mm
  • Revealed May 2019
  • Superseded the Olympus TG-5
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Olympus TG-310 vs Olympus TG-6 Overview

Below is a in-depth analysis of the Olympus TG-310 and Olympus TG-6, both Waterproof cameras and both of them are designed by Olympus. The sensor resolution of the TG-310 (14MP) and the TG-6 (12MP) is pretty close and both cameras provide the identical sensor size (1/2.3").

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The TG-310 was unveiled 9 years earlier than the TG-6 and that is a fairly serious difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before going right into a more detailed comparison, here is a concise synopsis of how the TG-310 scores vs the TG-6 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-310 over the Olympus TG-6

 TG-310 TG-6 

Reasons to pick Olympus TG-6 over the Olympus TG-310

 TG-6 TG-310 
RevealedMay 2019January 2011More recent by 101 months
Manually focus Very exact focus
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution1040k230kClearer screen (+810k dot)

Common features in the Olympus TG-310 and Olympus TG-6

 TG-310 TG-6 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither has Touch friendly screen

Olympus TG-310 vs Olympus TG-6 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to lug around your camera often, you'll have to consider its weight and proportions. The Olympus TG-310 has exterior measurements of 96mm x 63mm x 23mm (3.8" x 2.5" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 155 grams (0.34 lbs) and the Olympus TG-6 has measurements of 113mm x 66mm x 32mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.3") having a weight of 253 grams (0.56 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you choose at that time. Here is a front view size comparison of the TG-310 vs the TG-6.

Olympus TG-310 vs Olympus TG-6 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the TG-310 and TG-6 is 94 and 90 respectively.

Olympus TG-310 vs Olympus TG-6 top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-310 vs Olympus TG-6 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is very difficult to see the gap in sensor measurements simply by researching a spec sheet. The photograph below will give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the TG-310 and TG-6.

As you can see, both of those cameras feature the identical sensor size albeit not the same MP. You can expect the Olympus TG-310 to provide you with greater detail having an extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution will allow you to crop photographs way more aggressively. The older TG-310 will be disadvantaged with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus TG-310 vs Olympus TG-6 sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-310 vs Olympus TG-6 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-310 vs Olympus TG-6 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-310 Portrait photography features
Olympus TG-6 Portrait photography features
33
good MP (14 megapixels)
comes with face detection focusing
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual mode
external flash not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
40
has manual focus
includes face detect focusing
exports RAW formats
manual mode not possible
can't use external flash
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-310 as a Street photography camera
Olympus TG-6 as a Street photography camera
66
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment sealing
lighter than competition in class (155 grams)
screen is fixed
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
65
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW formats
weather sealing
no articulating screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
more heavy than others (253g)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-310 as a Sports photography camera
Olympus TG-6 as a Sports photography camera
40
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good MP (14 megapixels)
comes with tracking autofocus
environment sealing
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
terrible battery pack (150 CIPA)
lacks phase detect AF
47
high max frames per second (20.0 frames per second)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes tracking focus
weather sealing
good battery power (340 shots)
no shutter priority
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-310 as a Travel photography camera
Olympus TG-6 as a Travel photography camera
67
lighter than competition in class (155 grams)
environment sealing
good MP (14MP)
built-in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
missing Timelapse mode
terrible battery pack (150 CIPA)
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
68
good battery power (340 per charge)
weather sealing
built-in flash
rather wide (25mm)
fast max aperture (f2.0)
more heavy than others (253 grams)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus TG-310
Landscape photography with Olympus TG-6
39
relatively wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good MP (14 megapixels)
environment sealing
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
tiny screen (2.7")
lack of manual mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
terrible battery pack (150 CIPA)
missing Timelapse mode
57
has manual focus
rather wide (25mm)
fast max aperture (f2.0)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW formats
weather sealing
good battery power (340 per charge)
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
manual mode not possible
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-310 as a Vlogging camera
Olympus TG-6 as a Vlogging camera
32
relatively wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detection focusing
lighter than competition in class (155 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
display isn't selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing external microphone port
34
rather wide (25mm)
fast max aperture (f2.0)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes face detect focusing
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
no microphone socket
more heavy than others (253g)
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Olympus TG-310 vs Olympus TG-6 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-310 and Olympus TG-6
 Olympus TG-310Olympus Tough TG-6
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus TG-310 Olympus Tough TG-6
Type Waterproof Waterproof
Announced 2011-01-06 2019-05-22
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 resolution 4288 x 3216 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 1600 12800
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points - 25
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-102mm (3.6x) 25-100mm (4.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.9-5.9 f/2.0-4.9
Macro focusing range 3cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.7 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dots 1,040 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen tech TFT Color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4 secs 4 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 1.0 frames per sec 20.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 4.20 m -
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, Red Eye Reduction, Slow sync. (1st curtain), Red-eye Slow sync. (1st curtain), Fill- in, Manual, Flash Off
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported 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 PC
Highest video resolution 1280x720 3840x2160
Video file 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
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 155 grams (0.34 lbs) 253 grams (0.56 lbs)
Physical 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 All around 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 photographs 340 photographs
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID LI-42B LI-92B
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I support)
Card slots One One
Launch pricing $0 $449