Olympus TG-810 vs Sony HX90V

Olympus TG-810 front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V front

Olympus TG-810 vs Sony HX90V Key Specs

Olympus TG-810
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.9-5.9) lens
  • 215g - 100 x 65 x 26mm
  • Revealed August 2011
Sony HX90V
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.5-6.4) lens
  • 245g - 102 x 58 x 36mm
  • Introduced April 2015
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Olympus TG-810 vs Sony HX90V Overview

Lets look a bit more in depth at the Olympus TG-810 vs Sony HX90V, former being a Waterproof while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by competitors Olympus and Sony. There is a large difference among the sensor resolutions of the TG-810 (14MP) and HX90V (18MP) but both cameras offer the identical sensor size (1/2.3").

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The TG-810 was manufactured 4 years before the HX90V and that is a fairly serious difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before going into a detailed comparison, here is a concise synopsis of how the TG-810 grades versus the HX90V in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-810 over the Sony HX90V

 TG-810 HX90V 

Reasons to pick Sony HX90V over the Olympus TG-810

 HX90V TG-810 
IntroducedApril 2015August 2011More recent by 44 months
Manual focus Very precise focusing
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution921k920kCrisper screen (+1k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Olympus TG-810 and Sony HX90V

 TG-810 HX90V 
Screen size3"3"Same screen size
Touch screen Absent Touch screen

Olympus TG-810 vs Sony HX90V Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to lug around your camera, you need to factor in its weight and volume. The Olympus TG-810 enjoys external measurements of 100mm x 65mm x 26mm (3.9" x 2.6" x 1.0") along with a weight of 215 grams (0.47 lbs) and the Sony HX90V has sizing of 102mm x 58mm x 36mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.4") having a weight of 245 grams (0.54 lbs).

Take a look at the Olympus TG-810 vs Sony HX90V in our newest Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you have chosen at that time. Underneath is a front view over all size comparison of the TG-810 versus the HX90V.

Olympus TG-810 vs Sony HX90V size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the TG-810 and HX90V is 92 and 91 respectively.

Olympus TG-810 vs Sony HX90V top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-810 vs Sony HX90V Sensor Comparison

Usually, it can be tough to envision the gap in sensor measurements just by viewing specifications. The visual below will give you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the TG-810 and HX90V.

Plainly, both of those cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit not the same resolution. You can expect the Sony HX90V to render extra detail due to its extra 4MP. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop shots a good deal more aggressively. The older TG-810 will be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor technology.

Olympus TG-810 vs Sony HX90V sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-810 vs Sony HX90V Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-810 vs Sony HX90V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-810 Portrait photography details
Sony HX90V Portrait photography details
good megapixels (14MP)
comes with face detection focusing
lack of manual focus
lack of manual mode
external flash not possible
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
you can focus manually
MP count good (18 megapixels)
features face detection autofocus
external flash not possible
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus TG-810
Street photography with Sony HX90V
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather sealing
screen does not articulate
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
tilting screen
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (245g)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-810 Sports photography advice
Sony HX90V Sports photography advice
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good megapixels (14MP)
comes with tracking autofocus
weather sealing
continuous shooting slow (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
terrible battery pack (220 shots)
doesn't have phase detect AF
great zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (18 megapixels)
features tracking autofocus
great battery (360 CIPA)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus TG-810
Travel photography with Sony HX90V
weather sealing
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
decently wide (28mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
terrible battery pack (220 CIPA)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.9)
great battery (360 CIPA)
lighter than competitors (245 grams)
MP count good (18MP)
has built in flash
selfie friendly screen
relatively wide (24mm)
long reach (720mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus TG-810 Landscape photography information
Sony HX90V Landscape photography information
decently wide (28mm)
screen is a good size (3")
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
weather sealing
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.9)
lack of manual mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
terrible battery pack (220 shots)
lack of Time Lapse recording
you can focus manually
relatively wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (18MP)
great battery (360 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
does not have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus TG-810
Vlogging with Sony HX90V
decently wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detection focusing
sluggish max aperture (f3.9)
display isn't selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external mic support
relatively wide (24mm)
selfie friendly screen
image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competitors (245g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
does not have external microphone jack
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Olympus TG-810 vs Sony HX90V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-810 and Sony HX90V
 Olympus TG-810Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Sony
Model type Olympus TG-810 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V
Type Waterproof Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2011-08-16 2015-04-14
Body design Compact Compact
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 area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 18MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4288 x 3216 4896 x 3672
Highest native ISO 1600 12800
Min native ISO 80 80
RAW images
Manual focusing
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Cross type focus points - -
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-140mm (5.0x) 24-720mm (30.0x)
Max aperture f/3.9-5.9 f/3.5-6.4
Macro focusing range 3cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Range of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 920 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Display tech TFT Hypercrystal III Color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 638 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.5x
Slowest shutter speed 4 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 1.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 4.20 m 5.40 m (with Auto ISO)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, flash on, slow sync, flash off, rear sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB 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, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 AVCHD, XAVC S
Microphone input
Headphone input
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn BuiltIn
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 215 gr (0.47 lb) 245 gr (0.54 lb)
Physical dimensions 100 x 65 x 26mm (3.9" x 2.6" x 1.0") 102 x 58 x 36mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.4")
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
Battery life 220 pictures 360 pictures
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID LI-50B NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo
Storage slots One One
Cost at launch $428 $440