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Olympus TG-310 vs Sony HX7V

Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
33
Overall
35
Olympus TG-310 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V front
Portability
92
Imaging
39
Features
37
Overall
38

Olympus TG-310 vs Sony HX7V 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
Sony HX7V
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 208g - 102 x 58 x 29mm
  • Released July 2011
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Olympus TG-310 vs Sony HX7V Overview

On this page, we will be analyzing the Olympus TG-310 vs Sony HX7V, one being a Waterproof and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by competitors Olympus and Sony. The sensor resolution of the TG-310 (14MP) and the HX7V (16MP) is pretty close and both cameras boast the same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

Photography Glossary

The TG-310 was brought out 6 months earlier than the HX7V which means that they are both of a similar generation. Each of the cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before going into a full comparison, here is a simple introduction of how the TG-310 matches up against the HX7V with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-310 over the Sony HX7V

 TG-310 HX7V 

Reasons to pick Sony HX7V over the Olympus TG-310

 HX7V TG-310 
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution921k230kSharper screen (+691k dot)

Common features in the Olympus TG-310 and Sony HX7V

 TG-310 HX7V 
ReleasedJanuary 2011July 2011Same generation
Focus manually No manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Lacking Touch friendly screen

Olympus TG-310 vs Sony HX7V Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to lug around your camera frequently, you have to consider its weight and volume. The Olympus TG-310 has outside measurements of 96mm x 63mm x 23mm (3.8" x 2.5" x 0.9") and a weight of 155 grams (0.34 lbs) and the Sony HX7V has sizing of 102mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") having a weight of 208 grams (0.46 lbs).

Check the Olympus TG-310 vs Sony HX7V in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you are working with at that time. Here is a front view dimensions comparison of the TG-310 and the HX7V.

Olympus TG-310 vs Sony HX7V size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the TG-310 and HX7V is 94 and 92 respectively.

Olympus TG-310 vs Sony HX7V top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-310 vs Sony HX7V Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it's hard to visualize the gap in sensor measurements simply by researching specs. The visual here should provide you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the TG-310 and HX7V.

All in all, both of those cameras provide the same sensor dimensions albeit different MP. You should expect the Sony HX7V to result in extra detail having its extra 2MP. Higher resolution can also make it easier to crop shots more aggressively.

Olympus TG-310 vs Sony HX7V sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-310 vs Sony HX7V Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-310 vs Sony HX7V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-310 Portrait photography factors
Sony HX7V Portrait photography factors
33
MP count decent (14MP)
supports face detect autofocus
manual focus not available
lack of manual mode
no external flash support
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
30
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
no manual control
external flash not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-310 Street photography highlights
Sony HX7V Street photography highlights
66
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment sealing
lighter than competition (155 grams)
screen is fixed
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
56
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus TG-310
Sports photography with Sony HX7V
40
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count decent (14MP)
supports tracking focus
environment sealing
max fps very slow (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
not so great battery (150 shots)
does not have phase detect autofocus
39
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
no shutter priority mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-310 Travel photography info
Sony HX7V Travel photography info
67
lighter than competition (155g)
environment sealing
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
pretty wide (28mm)
doesn't have Timelapse function
not so great battery (150 shots)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
67
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (25mm)
long reach (250mm)
missing Timelapse function
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus TG-310 Landscape photography info
Sony HX7V Landscape photography info
39
pretty wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
environment sealing
manual focus not available
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
small screen (2.7 inch)
lack of manual mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
not so great battery (150 per charge)
doesn't have Timelapse function
42
reasonably wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
no manual control
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
missing Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-310 as a Vlogging camera
Sony HX7V as a Vlogging camera
32
pretty wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports face detect autofocus
lighter than competition (155g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have microphone port
32
reasonably wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
missing external microphone support
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Olympus TG-310 vs Sony HX7V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-310 and Sony HX7V
 Olympus TG-310Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V
General Information
Company Olympus Sony
Model type Olympus TG-310 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V
Category Waterproof Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2011-01-06 2011-07-19
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip TruePic III+ BIONZ
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 area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 4288 x 3216 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 1600 3200
Lowest native ISO 80 125
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points - 9
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-102mm (3.6x) 25-250mm (10.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.9-5.9 f/3.5-5.5
Macro focusing distance 3cm -
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.7" 3"
Screen resolution 230 thousand dots 921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech TFT Color LCD XtraFine LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 1.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 4.20 m 4.80 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Eye-Fi Connected
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 155 gr (0.34 lbs) 208 gr (0.46 lbs)
Physical dimensions 96 x 63 x 23mm (3.8" x 2.5" x 0.9") 102 x 58 x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" 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 shots -
Battery style Battery Pack -
Battery ID LI-42B NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Card slots One One
Launch price $0 $499