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Olympus TG-630 iHS vs Sony TX1

Portability
94
Imaging
36
Features
34
Overall
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Olympus TG-630 iHS front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX1 front
Portability
96
Imaging
33
Features
21
Overall
28

Olympus TG-630 iHS vs Sony TX1 Key Specs

Olympus TG-630 iHS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.9-5.9) lens
  • 167g - 98 x 66 x 22mm
  • Announced January 2013
Sony TX1
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.4" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-140mm (F3.5-4.6) lens
  • 142g - 94 x 58 x 17mm
  • Introduced August 2009
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Olympus TG-630 iHS vs Sony TX1 Overview

Let's look much closer at the Olympus TG-630 iHS versus Sony TX1, one is a Waterproof and the other is a Ultracompact by companies Olympus and Sony. The image resolution of the TG-630 iHS (12MP) and the TX1 (10MP) is very close but the TG-630 iHS (1/2.3") and TX1 (1/2.4") possess different sensor sizes.

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The TG-630 iHS was brought out 3 years after the TX1 which is a fairly sizable gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of these cameras offer different body type with the Olympus TG-630 iHS being a Compact camera and the Sony TX1 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before going in to a step-by-step comparison, below is a short overview of how the TG-630 iHS grades against the TX1 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-630 iHS over the Sony TX1

 TG-630 iHS TX1 
IntroducedJanuary 2013August 2009Newer by 42 months
Display resolution460k230kClearer display (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony TX1 over the Olympus TG-630 iHS

 TX1 TG-630 iHS 
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus TG-630 iHS and Sony TX1

 TG-630 iHS TX1 
Manual focus Lack of manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display dimensions
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen

Olympus TG-630 iHS vs Sony TX1 Physical Comparison

For those who are going to travel with your camera, you'll have to consider its weight and volume. The Olympus TG-630 iHS enjoys outer measurements of 98mm x 66mm x 22mm (3.9" x 2.6" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs) while the Sony TX1 has sizing of 94mm x 58mm x 17mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.7") accompanied by a weight of 142 grams (0.31 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you have at the time. Following is the front view overall size comparison of the TG-630 iHS and the TX1.

Olympus TG-630 iHS vs Sony TX1 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability rating of the TG-630 iHS and TX1 is 94 and 96 respectively.

Olympus TG-630 iHS vs Sony TX1 top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-630 iHS vs Sony TX1 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it's tough to imagine the contrast in sensor dimensions only by researching a spec sheet. The image below will help offer you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the TG-630 iHS and TX1.

As you can see, each of the cameras enjoy different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The TG-630 iHS because of its larger sensor is going to make achieving shallow DOF less difficult and the Olympus TG-630 iHS will render extra detail having its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop photos far more aggressively. The more modern TG-630 iHS provides an edge in sensor technology.

Olympus TG-630 iHS vs Sony TX1 sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-630 iHS vs Sony TX1 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-630 iHS vs Sony TX1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-630 iHS Portrait photography details
Sony TX1 Portrait photography details
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provides face detect autofocus
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual exposure
can't use external flash
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
19
no manual focus
lack of manual mode
cannot use external flash
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
sensor is small (1/2.4")
no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus TG-630 iHS
Street photography with Sony TX1
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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proof
no articulating screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
57
has image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
sensor is small (1/2.4")
no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-630 iHS Sports photography features
Sony TX1 Sports photography features
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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides tracking focus
environment proof
max frames per second low (5.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
bad battery (220 CIPA)
lacks phase detect autofocus
24
has image stabilization (Optical)
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,250s)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.4")
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-630 iHS Travel photography highlights
Sony TX1 Travel photography highlights
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environment proof
flash built-in
reasonably wide (28mm)
no Timelapse recording
bad battery (220 CIPA)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f3.9)
51
built-in flash
missing Timelapse function
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus TG-630 iHS Landscape photography highlights
Sony TX1 Landscape photography highlights
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reasonably wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proof
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.9)
lack of manual exposure
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
bad battery (220 CIPA)
no Timelapse recording
31
nice screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
lack of manual mode
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.4")
no RAW files
missing Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-630 iHS as a Vlogging camera
Sony TX1 as a Vlogging camera
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reasonably wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides face detect autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish max aperture (f3.9)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
no microphone socket
28
touch screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not good (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing external microphone socket
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Olympus TG-630 iHS vs Sony TX1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-630 iHS and Sony TX1
 Olympus TG-630 iHSSony Cyber-shot DSC-TX1
General Information
Brand Olympus Sony
Model Olympus TG-630 iHS Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX1
Category Waterproof Ultracompact
Announced 2013-01-08 2009-08-06
Physical type Compact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Chip - Bionz
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.4"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.104 x 4.578mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 27.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 3968 x 2976 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 6400 3200
Min native ISO 100 125
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
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 28-140mm (5.0x) 35-140mm (4.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.9-5.9 f/3.5-4.6
Macro focus range 1cm 8cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 460k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4 seconds 2 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1250 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 5.0 frames per sec -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range - 3.00 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None 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 167 grams (0.37 lbs) 142 grams (0.31 lbs)
Dimensions 98 x 66 x 22mm (3.9" x 2.6" x 0.9") 94 x 58 x 17mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.7")
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 220 shots -
Battery type Battery Pack -
Battery model LI-50B -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Launch pricing $200 $350