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Olympus TG-320 vs Sony A390

Portability
94
Imaging
38
Features
33
Overall
36
Olympus TG-320 front
 
Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 front
Portability
66
Imaging
54
Features
54
Overall
54

Olympus TG-320 vs Sony A390 Key Specs

Olympus TG-320
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-102mm (F3.5-5.1) lens
  • 155g - 96 x 63 x 23mm
  • Launched January 2012
Sony A390
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 549g - 128 x 97 x 86mm
  • Introduced July 2010
  • Superseded the Sony A380
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Olympus TG-320 vs Sony A390 Overview

Let's take a deeper look at the Olympus TG-320 vs Sony A390, former is a Waterproof while the other is a Entry-Level DSLR by companies Olympus and Sony. The resolution of the TG-320 (14MP) and the A390 (14MP) is very well matched but the TG-320 (1/2.3") and A390 (APS-C) posses different sensor size.

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The TG-320 was announced 18 months after the A390 making them a generation away from one another. The two cameras feature different body design with the Olympus TG-320 being a Compact camera and the Sony A390 being a Compact SLR camera.

Before going into a in-depth comparison, here is a short overview of how the TG-320 matches up versus the A390 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-320 over the Sony A390

 TG-320 A390 
IntroducedJanuary 2012July 2010Newer by 18 months

Reasons to pick Sony A390 over the Olympus TG-320

 A390 TG-320 
Focus manually Dial precise focus
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display

Common features in the Olympus TG-320 and Sony A390

 TG-320 A390 
Display size2.7"2.7"Same display size
Display resolution230k230kSame display resolution
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither contains Touch friendly display

Olympus TG-320 vs Sony A390 Physical Comparison

If you're intending to travel with your camera often, you will want to think about its weight and proportions. The Olympus TG-320 has got external dimensions 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 Sony A390 has measurements of 128mm x 97mm x 86mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 3.4") having a weight of 549 grams (1.21 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you are utilizing at the time. Underneath is a front view dimensions comparison of the TG-320 compared to the A390.

Olympus TG-320 vs Sony A390 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the TG-320 and A390 is 94 and 66 respectively.

Olympus TG-320 vs Sony A390 top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-320 vs Sony A390 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, its hard to visualize the contrast between sensor dimensions simply by reading through specs. The pic below might provide you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the TG-320 and A390.

As you can plainly see, both of these cameras come with the identical megapixel count but different sensor dimensions. The TG-320 includes the tinier sensor which will make getting shallow depth of field trickier. The newer TG-320 should have an edge when it comes to sensor tech.

Olympus TG-320 vs Sony A390 sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-320 vs Sony A390 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-320 vs Sony A390 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-320 Portrait photography info
Sony A390 Portrait photography info
34
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
has face detection autofocus
manual focus not available
manual mode not available
external flash not possible
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
72
focusing manually
good megapixels (14MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
offers face detect focusing
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-320 Street photography details
Sony A390 Street photography details
66
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather sealing
lighter than competition in class (155g)
no moving screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
76
screen tilts up and down
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-320 as a Sports photography camera
Sony A390 as a Sports photography camera
41
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
has tracking autofocus
weather sealing
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
not so great battery pack (150 CIPA)
has no phase detect autofocus
60
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports phase detect AF
max frames per second very slow (3.0 fps)
low battery (230 CIPA)
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-320 Travel photography information
Sony A390 Travel photography information
67
lighter than competition in class (155 grams)
weather sealing
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
not so great battery pack (150 shots)
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
53
good megapixels (14MP)
built-in flash
missing Timelapse mode
low battery (230 CIPA)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus TG-320
Landscape photography with Sony A390
39
reasonably wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
weather sealing
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
small screen (2.7 inches)
manual mode not available
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
not so great battery pack (150 shots)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
61
focusing manually
switch lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (14MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
low battery (230 shots)
missing Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus TG-320
Vlogging with Sony A390
32
reasonably wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has face detection autofocus
lighter than competition in class (155 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
screen is not selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have external microphone support
9
can't shoot video
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Olympus TG-320 vs Sony A390 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-320 and Sony A390
 Olympus TG-320Sony Alpha DSLR-A390
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Sony
Model type Olympus TG-320 Sony Alpha DSLR-A390
Category Waterproof Entry-Level DSLR
Launched 2012-01-10 2010-07-28
Body design Compact Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic III+ Bionz
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4288 x 3216 4592 x 3056
Maximum native ISO 1600 3200
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points - 9
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens Sony/Minolta Alpha
Lens zoom range 28-102mm (3.6x) -
Maximum aperture f/3.5-5.1 -
Macro focusing distance 3cm -
Total lenses - 143
Focal length multiplier 5.8 1.5
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display sizing 2.7 inch 2.7 inch
Resolution of display 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display tech TFT Color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage - 95%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.49x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting speed 1.0 frames per sec 3.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 5.80 m 10.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Wireless
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync - 1/160s
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) -
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 None
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None 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 lb) 549g (1.21 lb)
Physical dimensions 96 x 63 x 23mm (3.8" x 2.5" x 0.9") 128 x 97 x 86mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 3.4")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 66
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 22.5
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 11.5
DXO Low light rating not tested 607
Other
Battery life 150 images 230 images
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID LI-42B NP-FH50
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/ SDHC, Memory Stick Pro Duo
Storage slots Single Single
Retail cost $0 $500