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Olympus TG-310 vs Panasonic TS1

Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
33
Overall
35
Olympus TG-310 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 front
Portability
93
Imaging
35
Features
24
Overall
30

Olympus TG-310 vs Panasonic TS1 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
  • Released January 2011
Panasonic TS1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-128mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 189g - 98 x 63 x 23mm
  • Launched January 2009
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-FT1
  • Renewed by Panasonic TS2
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Olympus TG-310 vs Panasonic TS1 Overview

The following is a in-depth assessment of the Olympus TG-310 and Panasonic TS1, both Waterproof digital cameras by companies Olympus and Panasonic. The image resolution of the TG-310 (14MP) and the TS1 (12MP) is relatively well matched and both cameras offer the same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The TG-310 was revealed 24 months after the TS1 which makes them a generation away from each other. Each of these cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before delving into a complete comparison, here is a quick overview of how the TG-310 matches up against the TS1 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-310 over the Panasonic TS1

 TG-310 TS1 
LaunchedJanuary 2011January 2009Newer by 24 months

Reasons to pick Panasonic TS1 over the Olympus TG-310

 TS1 TG-310 

Common features in the Olympus TG-310 and Panasonic TS1

 TG-310 TS1 
Manual focus No manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimensions2.7"2.7"Equal screen measurements
Screen resolution230k230kEqual screen resolution
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch screen Neither comes with Touch screen

Olympus TG-310 vs Panasonic TS1 Physical Comparison

If you're aiming to travel with your camera often, you need to factor its weight and dimensions. The Olympus TG-310 comes with outside measurements of 96mm x 63mm x 23mm (3.8" x 2.5" x 0.9") having a weight of 155 grams (0.34 lbs) while the Panasonic TS1 has dimensions of 98mm x 63mm x 23mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 0.9") having a weight of 189 grams (0.42 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you use at the time. Below is a front view scale comparison of the TG-310 and the TS1.

Olympus TG-310 vs Panasonic TS1 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the TG-310 and TS1 is 94 and 93 respectively.

Olympus TG-310 vs Panasonic TS1 top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-310 vs Panasonic TS1 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is hard to envision the contrast between sensor dimensions merely by looking at specifications. The picture here will help give you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the TG-310 and TS1.

To sum up, both of these cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same megapixels. You can count on the Olympus TG-310 to give you greater detail because of its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will enable you to crop pictures a bit more aggressively. The more recent TG-310 is going to have a benefit with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus TG-310 vs Panasonic TS1 sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-310 vs Panasonic TS1 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-310 vs Panasonic TS1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-310 Portrait photography details
Panasonic TS1 Portrait photography details
33
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
provides face detection focusing
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not possible
cannot use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
21
manual focus not available
no manual control
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-310 Street photography info
Panasonic TS1 Street photography info
66
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proof
lighter than competitors in class (155g)
no articulating screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
61
built in image stabilization (Optical)
environment proofing
fixed screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-310 Sports photography features
Panasonic TS1 Sports photography features
40
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
provides tracking autofocus
weather proof
max fps low (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
terrible battery life (150 CIPA)
has no phase detect AF
30
built in image stabilization (Optical)
environment proofing
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/1,300 seconds)
very slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
low resolution sensor (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-310 Travel photography features
Panasonic TS1 Travel photography features
67
lighter than competitors in class (155g)
weather proof
decent megapixels (14MP)
built-in flash
rather wide (28mm)
does not have Timelapse function
terrible battery life (150 shots)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
61
environment proofing
built-in flash
rather wide (28mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
low resolution sensor (12MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus TG-310 Landscape photography factors
Panasonic TS1 Landscape photography factors
39
rather wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
weather proof
lack of manual focus
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
manual exposure not possible
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
terrible battery life (150 shots)
does not have Timelapse function
35
rather wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
environment proofing
manual focus not available
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
small screen (2.7 inches)
no manual control
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-310 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic TS1 as a Vlogging camera
32
rather wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides face detection focusing
lighter than competitors in class (155g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have external microphone jack
28
rather wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen is not selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have external microphone jack
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Olympus TG-310 vs Panasonic TS1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-310 and Panasonic TS1
 Olympus TG-310Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus TG-310 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1
Also called - Lumix DMC-FT1
Type Waterproof Waterproof
Released 2011-01-06 2009-01-27
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic III+ -
Sensor type CCD 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 14 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4288 x 3216 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 1600 6400
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points - 11
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-102mm (3.6x) 28-128mm (4.6x)
Maximal aperture f/3.9-5.9 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focusing range 3cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.7" 2.7"
Screen resolution 230k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen tech TFT Color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4 seconds 60 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1300 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 1.0 frames/s 2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 4.20 m -
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
Auto exposure 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) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video file format Motion JPEG AVCHD Lite
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 155g (0.34 pounds) 189g (0.42 pounds)
Physical dimensions 96 x 63 x 23mm (3.8" x 2.5" x 0.9") 98 x 63 x 23mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 0.9")
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 images -
Battery format Battery Pack -
Battery ID LI-42B -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/MMC/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at launch $0 $380