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Olympus TG-310 vs Panasonic TS5

Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
33
Overall
35
Olympus TG-310 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 front
Portability
91
Imaging
40
Features
43
Overall
41

Olympus TG-310 vs Panasonic TS5 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
  • Announced January 2011
Panasonic TS5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-128mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 214g - 110 x 67 x 29mm
  • Launched July 2013
  • Additionally referred to as Lumix DMC-FT5
  • Replaced the Panasonic TS4
  • Refreshed by Panasonic TS6
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Olympus TG-310 vs Panasonic TS5 Overview

The following is a in depth overview of the Olympus TG-310 vs Panasonic TS5, both Waterproof digital cameras by competitors Olympus and Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the TG-310 (14MP) and the TS5 (16MP) is very well matched and they feature the exact same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The TG-310 was unveiled 3 years earlier than the TS5 which is quite a big difference as far as tech is concerned. Both of these cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before going straight into a detailed comparison, below is a concise overview of how the TG-310 matches up vs the TS5 for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-310 over the Panasonic TS5

 TG-310 TS5 

Reasons to pick Panasonic TS5 over the Olympus TG-310

 TS5 TG-310 
LaunchedJuly 2013January 2011Newer by 30 months
Display dimension3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution460k230kClearer display (+230k dot)

Common features in the Olympus TG-310 and Panasonic TS5

 TG-310 TS5 
Focus manually Lack of manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch friendly display Lack of Touch friendly display

Olympus TG-310 vs Panasonic TS5 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to travel with your camera frequently, you are going to need to think about its weight and measurements. The Olympus TG-310 comes with exterior measurements of 96mm x 63mm x 23mm (3.8" x 2.5" x 0.9") with a weight of 155 grams (0.34 lbs) while the Panasonic TS5 has proportions of 110mm x 67mm x 29mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1") with a weight of 214 grams (0.47 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you are working with at the time. The following is the front view measurements comparison of the TG-310 against the TS5.

Olympus TG-310 vs Panasonic TS5 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the TG-310 and TS5 is 94 and 91 respectively.

Olympus TG-310 vs Panasonic TS5 top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-310 vs Panasonic TS5 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it's difficult to envision the gap between sensor dimensions just by checking a spec sheet. The picture here might provide you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the TG-310 and TS5.

Clearly, the two cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements but not the same MP. You can expect to see the Panasonic TS5 to resolve extra detail having an extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will let you crop photos much more aggressively. The more aged TG-310 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus TG-310 vs Panasonic TS5 sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-310 vs Panasonic TS5 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-310 vs Panasonic TS5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-310 Portrait photography factors
Panasonic TS5 Portrait photography factors
33
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
comes with face detection focusing
manual focus not available
no manual exposure
external flash not possible
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
32
good MP (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
external flash not possible
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-310 Street photography details
Panasonic TS5 Street photography details
66
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment sealing
lighter than others (155 grams)
fixed screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
61
built in image stabilization (Optical)
environment proof
no moving screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-310 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic TS5 as a Sports photography camera
40
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
comes with tracking autofocus
environment sealing
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
not so great battery pack (150 per charge)
has no phase detect AF
47
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16 megapixels)
has tracking focus
environment proof
good battery pack (370 CIPA)
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,300s)
lack of shutter priority mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-310 Travel photography factors
Panasonic TS5 Travel photography factors
67
lighter than others (155g)
environment sealing
megapixel count good (14MP)
has built in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
doesn't have Timelapse function
not so great battery pack (150 shots)
does not have selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.9)
72
good battery pack (370 shots)
environment proof
good MP (16MP)
flash built-in
relatively wide (28mm)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus TG-310 Landscape photography info
Panasonic TS5 Landscape photography info
39
relatively wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count good (14MP)
environment sealing
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.9)
small screen (2.7 inch)
no manual exposure
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
not so great battery pack (150 per charge)
doesn't have Timelapse function
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relatively wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16 megapixels)
environment proof
good battery pack (370 CIPA)
lack of manual focus
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-310 Vlogging features
Panasonic TS5 Vlogging features
32
relatively wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detection focusing
lighter than others (155 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.9)
does not have selfie friendly display
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have external microphone jack
32
relatively wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
display is not selfie friendly
no microphone socket
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Olympus TG-310 vs Panasonic TS5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-310 and Panasonic TS5
 Olympus TG-310Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5
General Information
Brand Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus TG-310 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5
Also referred to as - Lumix DMC-FT5
Class Waterproof Waterproof
Announced 2011-01-06 2013-07-12
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor TruePic III+ -
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4288 x 3216 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 1600 6400
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points - 23
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-102mm (3.6x) 28-128mm (4.6x)
Highest aperture f/3.9-5.9 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focusing distance 3cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.7 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 230k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display tech TFT Color LCD TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 4 seconds 60 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1300 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 1.0 frames per sec 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 4.20 m 5.60 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
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 BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 155g (0.34 lbs) 214g (0.47 lbs)
Dimensions 96 x 63 x 23mm (3.8" x 2.5" x 0.9") 110 x 67 x 29mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1")
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 photos 370 photos
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID LI-42B DMW-BCM13
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots One One
Retail price $0 $350