Olympus TG-310 vs Pentax P80

Portability
94
Imaging
38
Features
33
Overall
36
Olympus TG-310 front
 
Pentax Optio P80 front
Portability
95
Imaging
36
Features
23
Overall
30

Olympus TG-310 vs Pentax P80 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
  • Introduced January 2011
Pentax P80
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-110mm (F2.6-5.8) lens
  • 125g - 102 x 59 x 25mm
  • Announced August 2009
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Olympus TG-310 vs Pentax P80 Overview

Below is a in-depth review of the Olympus TG-310 vs Pentax P80, former being a Waterproof while the other is a Small Sensor Compact by competitors Olympus and Pentax. The image resolution of the TG-310 (14MP) and the P80 (12MP) is fairly comparable and both cameras boast the identical sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The TG-310 was revealed 18 months later than the P80 making them a generation apart from each other. Each of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before going straight to a detailed comparison, here is a simple summation of how the TG-310 grades vs the P80 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-310 over the Pentax P80

 TG-310 P80 
AnnouncedJanuary 2011August 2009More recent by 18 months

Reasons to pick Pentax P80 over the Olympus TG-310

 P80 TG-310 
Manual focus More exact focus

Common features in the Olympus TG-310 and Pentax P80

 TG-310 P80 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display size2.7"2.7"Same display measurements
Display resolution230k230kIdentical display resolution
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch display Neither has Touch display

Olympus TG-310 vs Pentax P80 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to lug around your camera often, you'll have to think about its weight and volume. The Olympus TG-310 has exterior measurements 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 Pentax P80 has sizing of 102mm x 59mm x 25mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.0") with a weight of 125 grams (0.28 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you use at that time. Here is a front view measurements comparison of the TG-310 and the P80.

Olympus TG-310 vs Pentax P80 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability score of the TG-310 and P80 is 94 and 95 respectively.

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Olympus TG-310 vs Pentax P80 Sensor Comparison

Often, it can be difficult to envision the difference in sensor measurements simply by seeing technical specs. The visual below will help provide you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the TG-310 and P80.

As you can tell, both the cameras feature the identical sensor size but not the same megapixels. You can anticipate the Olympus TG-310 to produce greater detail because of its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also enable you to crop images way more aggressively. The more modern TG-310 is going to have an edge in sensor innovation.

Olympus TG-310 vs Pentax P80 sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-310 vs Pentax P80 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-310 vs Pentax P80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus TG-310
Portrait photography with Pentax P80
34
decent MP (14 megapixels)
supports face detect autofocus
lack of manual focus
no manual mode
external flash not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
28
has manual focus
no manual control
cannot use external flash
low MP (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-310 as a Street photography camera
Pentax P80 as a Street photography camera
66
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proofing
lighter than competition (155 grams)
fixed screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
55
lighter than average in class (125g)
screen is fixed
no image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus TG-310
Sports photography with Pentax P80
41
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent MP (14 megapixels)
supports tracking focus
environment proofing
max fps very slow (1.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
bad battery (150 shots)
lacks phase detect autofocus
18
max shutter speed is low (1/1,000s)
slow frames per second (3.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-310 Travel photography details
Pentax P80 Travel photography details
67
lighter than competition (155 grams)
environment proofing
decent MP (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
missing Timelapse function
bad battery (150 shots)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
62
lighter than average in class (125g)
flash built-in
pretty wide (28mm)
no Time Lapse mode
low MP (12MP)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f2.6)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus TG-310 Landscape photography info
Pentax P80 Landscape photography info
39
reasonably wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent MP (14MP)
environment proofing
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
screen is small (2.7")
no manual mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
bad battery (150 CIPA)
missing Timelapse function
32
has manual focus
pretty wide (28mm)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.6)
screen is small (2.7")
no manual control
no image stabilization
low MP (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
no Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus TG-310
Vlogging with Pentax P80
32
reasonably wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports face detect autofocus
lighter than competition (155 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing microphone support
28
pretty wide (28mm)
lighter than average in class (125 grams)
slow max aperture (f2.6)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
no external mic socket
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Olympus TG-310 vs Pentax P80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-310 and Pentax P80
 Olympus TG-310Pentax Optio P80
General Information
Brand Olympus Pentax
Model Olympus TG-310 Pentax Optio P80
Class Waterproof Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2011-01-06 2009-08-05
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip TruePic III+ Prime
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio - 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4288 x 3216 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 1600 6400
Min native ISO 80 64
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points - 9
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-102mm (3.6x) 28-110mm (3.9x)
Maximal aperture f/3.9-5.9 f/2.6-5.8
Macro focus range 3cm 10cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 2.7" 2.7"
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology TFT Color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4s 4s
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1000s
Continuous shooting rate 1.0 frames/s 3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 4.20 m 4.60 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in -
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
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, 15 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
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
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 155 gr (0.34 pounds) 125 gr (0.28 pounds)
Physical dimensions 96 x 63 x 23mm (3.8" x 2.5" x 0.9") 102 x 59 x 25mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 150 images -
Style of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model LI-42B D-LI68
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Launch pricing $0 $200