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Olympus TG-630 iHS vs Sony A9 II

Portability
94
Imaging
36
Features
34
Overall
35
Olympus TG-630 iHS front
 
Sony Alpha A9 Mark II front
Portability
62
Imaging
76
Features
93
Overall
82

Olympus TG-630 iHS vs Sony A9 II Key Specs

Olympus TG-630 iHS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.9-5.9) lens
  • 167g - 98 x 66 x 22mm
  • Introduced January 2013
Sony A9 II
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Expand to 204800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 678g - 129 x 96 x 76mm
  • Released October 2019
  • Superseded the Sony A9
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Olympus TG-630 iHS vs Sony A9 II Overview

Below is a thorough overview of the Olympus TG-630 iHS versus Sony A9 II, former being a Waterproof while the latter is a Pro Mirrorless by rivals Olympus and Sony. There is a sizable difference among the sensor resolutions of the TG-630 iHS (12MP) and A9 II (24MP) and the TG-630 iHS (1/2.3") and A9 II (Full frame) boast totally different sensor sizes.

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The TG-630 iHS was unveiled 7 years prior to the A9 II and that is a fairly significant difference as far as camera tech is concerned. The two cameras have different body design with the Olympus TG-630 iHS being a Compact camera and the Sony A9 II being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go into a detailed comparison, here is a short view of how the TG-630 iHS scores vs the A9 II with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-630 iHS over the Sony A9 II

 TG-630 iHS A9 II 

Reasons to pick Sony A9 II over the Olympus TG-630 iHS

 A9 II TG-630 iHS 
ReleasedOctober 2019January 2013More recent by 81 months
Manually focus Dial exact focus
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1440k460kSharper screen (+980k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Olympus TG-630 iHS and Sony A9 II

 TG-630 iHS A9 II 
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen dimensions
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen

Olympus TG-630 iHS vs Sony A9 II Physical Comparison

If you are going to lug around your camera frequently, you are going to need to think about its weight and dimensions. The Olympus TG-630 iHS enjoys exterior dimensions of 98mm x 66mm x 22mm (3.9" x 2.6" x 0.9") having a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs) while the Sony A9 II has dimensions of 129mm x 96mm x 76mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 3.0") having a weight of 678 grams (1.49 lbs).

Contrast the Olympus TG-630 iHS versus Sony A9 II in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you use during that time. Below is a front view scale comparison of the TG-630 iHS versus the A9 II.

Olympus TG-630 iHS vs Sony A9 II size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the TG-630 iHS and A9 II is 94 and 62 respectively.

Olympus TG-630 iHS vs Sony A9 II top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-630 iHS vs Sony A9 II Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is very difficult to see the contrast in sensor measurements merely by checking out a spec sheet. The visual here might give you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the TG-630 iHS and A9 II.

As you can see, both of the cameras have different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The TG-630 iHS having a smaller sensor will make achieving shallow depth of field more challenging and the Sony A9 II will provide greater detail having an extra 12MP. Higher resolution can also let you crop shots a bit more aggressively. The older TG-630 iHS will be behind with regard to sensor technology.

Olympus TG-630 iHS vs Sony A9 II sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-630 iHS vs Sony A9 II Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-630 iHS vs Sony A9 II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-630 iHS Portrait photography info
Sony A9 II Portrait photography info
27
comes with face detection focus
lack of manual focus
lack of manual mode
cannot use external flash
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
85
you can focus manually
good megapixels (24MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
provides face detection autofocus
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-630 iHS Street photography features
Sony A9 II Street photography features
62
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proofing
screen does not articulate
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
78
has a tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
great sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
offers touch focus
environment proof
above average high ISO (51,200)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-630 iHS Sports photography features
Sony A9 II Sports photography features
34
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with tracking autofocus
environment proofing
max frames per second very slow (5.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
not so great battery life (220 per charge)
has no phase detect auto focus
88
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
quiet shutter (1/32,000 seconds)
high frames per second (20.0 frames per second)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
provides tracking autofocus
environment proof
better than average battery life (690 shots)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-630 iHS as a Travel photography camera
Sony A9 II as a Travel photography camera
59
environment proofing
flash built-in
fairly wide (28mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
not so great battery life (220 per charge)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.9)
73
better than average battery life (690 CIPA)
environment proof
supports bluetooth
offers touch focus
good megapixels (24MP)
does not offer selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus TG-630 iHS as a Landscape photography camera
Sony A9 II as a Landscape photography camera
39
fairly wide (28mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proofing
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.9)
lack of manual mode
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
not so great battery life (220 CIPA)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
86
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
above average high ISO (51,200)
delivers RAW formats
environment proof
better than average battery life (690 shots)
two card slots
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-630 iHS as a Vlogging camera
Sony A9 II as a Vlogging camera
33
fairly wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detection focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.9)
display isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have external microphone socket
36
touchscreen functionality
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
provides face detection autofocus
great video quality (3840 x 2160 pxls)
includes external microphone socket
does not offer selfie friendly display
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Olympus TG-630 iHS vs Sony A9 II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-630 iHS and Sony A9 II
 Olympus TG-630 iHSSony Alpha A9 Mark II
General Information
Company Olympus Sony
Model type Olympus TG-630 iHS Sony Alpha A9 Mark II
Class Waterproof Pro Mirrorless
Introduced 2013-01-08 2019-10-03
Physical type Compact SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by - BIONZ X
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Full frame
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 35.6 x 23.8mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 847.3mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 3:2
Highest Possible resolution 3968 x 2976 6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 6400 51200
Maximum enhanced ISO - 204800
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Lowest enhanced ISO - 50
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points - 693
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens Sony E
Lens zoom range 28-140mm (5.0x) -
Maximum aperture f/3.9-5.9 -
Macro focusing range 1cm -
Number of lenses - 121
Focal length multiplier 5.8 1
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Tilting
Display size 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 460 thousand dots 1,440 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 3,686 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.78x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/8000s
Fastest quiet shutter speed - 1/32000s
Continuous shutter rate 5.0fps 20.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance - no built-in flash
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Red-eye reduction, Wireless, Hi-speed sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps) 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 167g (0.37 lbs) 678g (1.49 lbs)
Physical dimensions 98 x 66 x 22mm (3.9" x 2.6" x 0.9") 129 x 96 x 76mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 3.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 220 images 690 images
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID LI-50B NP-FZ100
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter) Yes (2, 5, 10 secs + continuous, 3 or 5 frames)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II compatible)
Card slots Single Dual
Retail cost $200 $4,498