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Olympus TG-310 vs Panasonic TS6

Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
33
Overall
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Olympus TG-310 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 front
Portability
91
Imaging
41
Features
45
Overall
42

Olympus TG-310 vs Panasonic TS6 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
  • Revealed January 2011
Panasonic TS6
(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
  • Revealed January 2015
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-FT6
  • Older Model is Panasonic TS5
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Olympus TG-310 vs Panasonic TS6 Overview

Let's look more closely at the Olympus TG-310 versus Panasonic TS6, both Waterproof digital cameras by competitors Olympus and Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the TG-310 (14MP) and the TS6 (16MP) is very well matched and both cameras posses the identical sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The TG-310 was manufactured 5 years earlier than the TS6 and that is quite a large difference as far as technology is concerned. The two cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before going into a detailed comparison, here is a concise overview of how the TG-310 grades vs the TS6 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-310 over the Panasonic TS6

 TG-310 TS6 

Reasons to pick Panasonic TS6 over the Olympus TG-310

 TS6 TG-310 
RevealedJanuary 2015January 2011Fresher by 48 months
Display size3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution460k230kCrisper display (+230k dot)

Common features in the Olympus TG-310 and Panasonic TS6

 TG-310 TS6 
Focus manually No manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch friendly display Absent Touch friendly display

Olympus TG-310 vs Panasonic TS6 Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to carry your camera, you will need to factor its weight and volume. The Olympus TG-310 comes with outer dimensions of 96mm x 63mm x 23mm (3.8" x 2.5" x 0.9") along with a weight of 155 grams (0.34 lbs) while the Panasonic TS6 has sizing of 110mm x 67mm x 29mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 214 grams (0.47 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you select at that moment. Underneath is a front view proportions comparison of the TG-310 against the TS6.

Olympus TG-310 vs Panasonic TS6 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the TG-310 and TS6 is 94 and 91 respectively.

Olympus TG-310 vs Panasonic TS6 top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-310 vs Panasonic TS6 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it can be tough to imagine the difference between sensor sizing simply by reading through a spec sheet. The graphic below might give you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the TG-310 and TS6.

Clearly, both the cameras feature the identical sensor size but different resolution. You can expect to see the Panasonic TS6 to resolve greater detail due to its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will also help you crop pics way more aggressively. The older TG-310 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor technology.

Olympus TG-310 vs Panasonic TS6 sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-310 vs Panasonic TS6 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-310 vs Panasonic TS6 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus TG-310
Portrait photography with Panasonic TS6
33
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
provides face detect focus
no manual focus
lack of manual mode
external flash not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
37
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
has face detect focus
no manual focus
can't use external flash
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-310 Street photography advice
Panasonic TS6 Street photography advice
66
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proof
lighter than competition (155g)
screen is fixed
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
62
has image stabilization (Optical)
weather proof
fixed screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-310 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic TS6 as a Sports photography camera
40
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
provides tracking focus
environment proof
max frames per second low (1.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
terrible battery power (150 shots)
no phase detect auto focus
48
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
has tracking focus
weather proof
better than average battery (370 shots)
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,300 seconds)
no shutter priority mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-310 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic TS6 as a Travel photography camera
67
lighter than competition (155 grams)
environment proof
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (28mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
terrible battery power (150 CIPA)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f3.9)
73
better than average battery (370 shots)
weather proof
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
built-in flash
rather wide (28mm)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus TG-310 Landscape photography highlights
Panasonic TS6 Landscape photography highlights
39
reasonably wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
environment proof
no manual focus
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.9)
tiny screen (2.7")
lack of manual mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
terrible battery power (150 per charge)
lack of Time Lapse mode
52
rather wide (28mm)
screen is a decent size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
weather proof
better than average battery (370 CIPA)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-310 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic TS6 as a Vlogging camera
32
reasonably wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides face detect focus
lighter than competition (155 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f3.9)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of mic jack
33
rather wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
does not have microphone socket
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Olympus TG-310 vs Panasonic TS6 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-310 and Panasonic TS6
 Olympus TG-310Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Panasonic
Model type Olympus TG-310 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6
Also called - Lumix DMC-FT6
Class Waterproof Waterproof
Revealed 2011-01-06 2015-01-06
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 14MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4288 x 3216 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 1600 6400
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points - 23
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-102mm (3.6x) 28-128mm (4.6x)
Largest aperture f/3.9-5.9 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focusing distance 3cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.7" 3"
Screen resolution 230 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen tech TFT Color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4s 60s
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1300s
Continuous shooting rate 1.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 4.20 m 5.60 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, slow sync w/redeye reduction, 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) 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest 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
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 155g (0.34 pounds) 214g (0.47 pounds)
Physical 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 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 photos 370 photos
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID LI-42B -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Launch pricing $0 $300