Olympus TG-320 vs Sony QX30

Olympus TG-320 front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX30 front

Olympus TG-320 vs Sony QX30 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
  • Released January 2012
Sony QX30
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • " Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.5-6.3) lens
  • 193g - 68 x 65 x 58mm
  • Released September 2014
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Olympus TG-320 vs Sony QX30 Overview

Here, we are matching up the Olympus TG-320 and Sony QX30, former being a Waterproof while the other is a Lens-style by brands Olympus and Sony. There exists a considerable gap among the image resolutions of the TG-320 (14MP) and QX30 (20MP) but both cameras have the identical sensor size (1/2.3").

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The TG-320 was revealed 3 years earlier than the QX30 and that is a fairly large difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of these cameras feature different body design with the Olympus TG-320 being a Compact camera and the Sony QX30 being a Lens-style camera.

Before delving right into a complete comparison, here is a quick synopsis of how the TG-320 matches up vs the QX30 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-320 over the Sony QX30

 TG-320 QX30 
Display size2.7""Larger display (+2.7")
Display resolution230k0kCrisper display (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony QX30 over the Olympus TG-320

 QX30 TG-320 
ReleasedSeptember 2014January 2012Fresher by 32 months
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus TG-320 and Sony QX30

 TG-320 QX30 
Manually focus No manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen

Olympus TG-320 vs Sony QX30 Physical Comparison

If you're intending to carry your camera, you're going to have to take into account its weight and volume. The Olympus TG-320 comes with exterior 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 QX30 has sizing of 68mm x 65mm x 58mm (2.7" x 2.6" x 2.3") with a weight of 193 grams (0.43 lbs).

Take a look at the Olympus TG-320 and Sony QX30 in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you are utilizing at that time. The following is a front view dimensions comparison of the TG-320 versus the QX30.

Olympus TG-320 vs Sony QX30 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the TG-320 and QX30 is 94 and 91 respectively.

Olympus TG-320 vs Sony QX30 top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-320 vs Sony QX30 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is difficult to imagine the contrast in sensor sizing only by checking out technical specs. The photograph below will give you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the TG-320 and QX30.

As you have seen, each of the cameras come with the identical sensor size but different resolution. You can expect to see the Sony QX30 to show extra detail because of its extra 6MP. Greater resolution will also let you crop photos a good deal more aggressively. The older TG-320 will be behind in sensor technology.

Olympus TG-320 vs Sony QX30 sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-320 vs Sony QX30 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-320 vs Sony QX30 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-320 Portrait photography info
Sony QX30 Portrait photography info
good resolution (14MP)
has face detect focusing
no manual focus
manual mode not possible
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
has face detection focusing
no manual focus
manual exposure not available
no external flash support
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-320 Street photography details
Sony QX30 Street photography details
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment sealing
lighter than competitors (155 grams)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features focus via touch
fixed screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-320 Sports photography highlights
Sony QX30 Sports photography highlights
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good resolution (14MP)
has tracking focus
environment sealing
max frames per second low (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
low battery power (150 shots)
has no phase detect AF
incredible zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
not so great battery life (200 CIPA)
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-320 Travel photography features
Sony QX30 Travel photography features
lighter than competitors (155 grams)
environment sealing
good resolution (14MP)
built-in flash
fairly wide (28mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
low battery power (150 CIPA)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
features focus via touch
megapixel count good (20MP)
quite wide (24mm)
very long zoom (720mm)
missing Timelapse mode
not so great battery life (200 shots)
does not have a selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus TG-320 Landscape photography highlights
Sony QX30 Landscape photography highlights
fairly wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good resolution (14 megapixels)
environment sealing
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
manual mode not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
low battery power (150 per charge)
does not have Timelapse mode
quite wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20MP)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
small screen (")
manual exposure not available
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
not so great battery life (200 CIPA)
missing Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-320 as a Vlogging camera
Sony QX30 as a Vlogging camera
fairly wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has face detect focusing
lighter than competitors (155g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have microphone socket
quite wide (24mm)
touch screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
does not have a selfie friendly display
missing external microphone support
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Olympus TG-320 vs Sony QX30 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-320 and Sony QX30
 Olympus TG-320Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX30
General Information
Make Olympus Sony
Model Olympus TG-320 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX30
Category Waterproof Lens-style
Released 2012-01-10 2014-09-03
Physical type Compact Lens-style
Sensor Information
Chip TruePic III+ Bionz X
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 surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 20MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4288 x 3216 5184 x 3888
Maximum native ISO 1600 3200
Lowest native ISO 80 80
RAW photos
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Cross focus points - -
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-102mm (3.6x) 24-720mm (30.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.5-5.1 f/3.5-6.3
Macro focus distance 3cm -
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.7 inch -
Resolution of display 230 thousand dots 0 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Display tech TFT Color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Minimum shutter speed 4 seconds 4 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 1.0 frames per sec 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 5.80 m no built-in flash
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in None
Hot shoe
White balance bracketing
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 (60p, 30p)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4
Microphone support
Headphone support
Wireless None Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 155g (0.34 pounds) 193g (0.43 pounds)
Physical dimensions 96 x 63 x 23mm (3.8" x 2.5" x 0.9") 68 x 65 x 58mm (2.7" x 2.6" x 2.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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
Battery life 150 images 200 images
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model LI-42B NP-BN,
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter) Yes (2, 10 secs)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC, Memory Stick Micro
Card slots Single Single
Cost at release $0 $348