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Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic GH5S

Portability
92
Imaging
36
Features
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Overall
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Olympus TG-820 iHS front
 
Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S front
Portability
62
Imaging
50
Features
82
Overall
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Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic GH5S Key Specs

Olympus TG-820 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
  • 206g - 101 x 65 x 26mm
  • Revealed February 2012
Panasonic GH5S
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 160 - 51200 (Raise to 204800)
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 660g - 139 x 98 x 87mm
  • Launched January 2018
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Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic GH5S Overview

Lets take a deeper look at the Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic GH5S, one is a Waterproof and the latter is a Pro Mirrorless by rivals Olympus and Panasonic. The resolution of the TG-820 iHS (12MP) and the GH5S (10MP) is pretty close but the TG-820 iHS (1/2.3") and GH5S (Four Thirds) enjoy totally different sensor sizing.

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The TG-820 iHS was launched 7 years earlier than the GH5S which is a fairly big gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both cameras come with different body type with the Olympus TG-820 iHS being a Compact camera and the Panasonic GH5S being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before delving through a complete comparison, below is a brief introduction of how the TG-820 iHS matches up vs the GH5S when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-820 iHS over the Panasonic GH5S

 TG-820 iHS GH5S 

Reasons to pick Panasonic GH5S over the Olympus TG-820 iHS

 GH5S TG-820 iHS 
LaunchedJanuary 2018February 2012Newer by 72 months
Manual focus Very accurate focusing
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen dimension3.2"3"Bigger screen (+0.2")
Screen resolution1620k1030kSharper screen (+590k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Olympus TG-820 iHS and Panasonic GH5S

 TG-820 iHS GH5S 

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic GH5S Physical Comparison

For those who are intending to travel with your camera, you'll need to factor its weight and measurements. The Olympus TG-820 iHS provides external measurements of 101mm x 65mm x 26mm (4.0" x 2.6" x 1.0") having a weight of 206 grams (0.45 lbs) while the Panasonic GH5S has proportions of 139mm x 98mm x 87mm (5.5" x 3.9" x 3.4") having a weight of 660 grams (1.46 lbs).

Contrast the Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic GH5S in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you have attached at that moment. The following is the front view sizing comparison of the TG-820 iHS compared to the GH5S.

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic GH5S size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability grade of the TG-820 iHS and GH5S is 92 and 62 respectively.

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic GH5S top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic GH5S Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is hard to envision the contrast in sensor dimensions purely by viewing specifications. The image here should offer you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the TG-820 iHS and GH5S.

Plainly, both of these cameras posses different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The TG-820 iHS due to its smaller sensor will make achieving shallower depth of field more difficult and the Olympus TG-820 iHS will render more detail utilizing its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also help you crop pictures somewhat more aggressively. The more aged TG-820 iHS will be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic GH5S sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic GH5S Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic GH5S Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-820 iHS Portrait photography info
Panasonic GH5S Portrait photography info
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provides face detect focusing
manual focus not available
no manual mode
no external flash support
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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manual focus
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
features face detection focusing
saves RAW files
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus TG-820 iHS
Street photography with Panasonic GH5S
61
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proofing
no moving screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
68
screen articulates fully
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
has focus by touch
weather proof
great ISO range (51,200)
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-820 iHS Sports photography info
Panasonic GH5S Sports photography info
34
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides tracking focus
environment proofing
continuous shooting slow (5.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
low battery power (220 per charge)
lack of phase detect AF
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high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
silent mode (1/16,000 seconds)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
features tracking autofocus
weather proof
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-820 iHS Travel photography advice
Panasonic GH5S Travel photography advice
59
environment proofing
flash built-in
rather wide (28mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
low battery power (220 per charge)
low MP (12 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.9)
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weather proof
has bluetooth
has focus by touch
selfie friendly screen
doesn't have Timelapse function
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus TG-820 iHS Landscape photography info
Panasonic GH5S Landscape photography info
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rather wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proofing
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.9)
no manual mode
low MP (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
low battery power (220 per charge)
does not have Time Lapse mode
63
manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice screen size (3.2")
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
no anti aliasing filter
great ISO range (51,200)
saves RAW files
weather proof
2 card slots
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
doesn't have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-820 iHS Vlogging advice
Panasonic GH5S Vlogging advice
33
rather wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides face detect focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.9)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have mic jack
68
selfie friendly screen
built-in touchscreen
features face detection focusing
high quality video (4096 x 2160 resolution)
has external microphone support
does not have image stabilization
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Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic GH5S Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-820 iHS and Panasonic GH5S
 Olympus TG-820 iHSPanasonic Lumix DC-GH5S
General Information
Make Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus TG-820 iHS Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S
Category Waterproof Pro Mirrorless
Revealed 2012-02-08 2018-01-08
Physical type Compact SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip TruePic VI Venus Engine 10
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 10 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 3968 x 2976 3680 x 2760
Highest native ISO 6400 51200
Highest boosted ISO - 204800
Min native ISO 100 160
RAW images
Min boosted ISO - 80
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
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 - 225
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens Micro Four Thirds
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) -
Largest aperture f/3.9-5.9 -
Macro focus distance 1cm -
Amount of lenses - 107
Crop factor 5.8 2.1
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Screen diagonal 3" 3.2"
Resolution of screen 1,030 thousand dots 1,620 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen tech HyperCrystal III TFT Color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 3,680 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.76x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4 seconds 60 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Maximum silent shutter speed - 1/16000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 5.0 frames/s 12.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 3.50 m no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps)1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps) 4096 x 2160 @ 60p / 150 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 4096x2160
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264, H.265
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.1
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 206g (0.45 pounds) 660g (1.46 pounds)
Dimensions 101 x 65 x 26mm (4.0" x 2.6" x 1.0") 139 x 98 x 87mm (5.5" x 3.9" x 3.4")
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 photographs 440 photographs
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model LI-50B DMW-BLF19
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter) Yes (2 or 10 secs, 10 secs w/3 images)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC cards (UHS-II V60 cards supported)
Card slots One Two
Launch price $500 $2,498