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Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic GX9

Portability
92
Imaging
36
Features
37
Overall
36
Olympus TG-820 iHS front
 
Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 front
Portability
82
Imaging
61
Features
80
Overall
68

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic GX9 Key Specs

Olympus TG-820 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
  • 206g - 101 x 65 x 26mm
  • Introduced February 2012
Panasonic GX9
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 407g - 124 x 72 x 47mm
  • Introduced February 2018
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Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic GX9 Overview

In this article, we will be contrasting the Olympus TG-820 iHS and Panasonic GX9, one is a Waterproof and the latter is a Advanced Mirrorless by competitors Olympus and Panasonic. There exists a significant gap among the image resolutions of the TG-820 iHS (12MP) and GX9 (20MP) and the TG-820 iHS (1/2.3") and GX9 (Four Thirds) use totally different sensor measurements.

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The TG-820 iHS was brought out 7 years earlier than the GX9 which is a fairly sizable gap as far as camera technology is concerned. The two cameras offer different body type with the Olympus TG-820 iHS being a Compact camera and the Panasonic GX9 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go in to a detailed comparison, below is a brief overview of how the TG-820 iHS scores vs the GX9 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-820 iHS over the Panasonic GX9

 TG-820 iHS GX9 

Reasons to pick Panasonic GX9 over the Olympus TG-820 iHS

 GX9 TG-820 iHS 
IntroducedFebruary 2018February 2012Newer by 73 months
Manually focus More accurate focusing
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1240k1030kClearer screen (+210k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Olympus TG-820 iHS and Panasonic GX9

 TG-820 iHS GX9 
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen measurements
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic GX9 Physical Comparison

If you are intending to travel with your camera, you should factor its weight and measurements. The Olympus TG-820 iHS provides physical dimensions of 101mm x 65mm x 26mm (4.0" x 2.6" x 1.0") along with a weight of 206 grams (0.45 lbs) while the Panasonic GX9 has proportions of 124mm x 72mm x 47mm (4.9" x 2.8" x 1.9") with a weight of 407 grams (0.90 lbs).

Compare the Olympus TG-820 iHS and Panasonic GX9 in the all new Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are using at that moment. Here is the front view scale comparison of the TG-820 iHS and the GX9.

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic GX9 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the TG-820 iHS and GX9 is 92 and 82 respectively.

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic GX9 top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic GX9 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is very difficult to visualise the gap in sensor dimensions simply by checking out technical specs. The image below might give you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the TG-820 iHS and GX9.

As you have seen, both of those cameras offer different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The TG-820 iHS because of its smaller sensor will make shooting shallow depth of field tougher and the Panasonic GX9 will provide greater detail having its extra 8MP. Higher resolution will allow you to crop shots a little more aggressively. The more aged TG-820 iHS will be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic GX9 sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic GX9 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic GX9 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus TG-820 iHS
Portrait photography with Panasonic GX9
27
has face detect focus
manual focus not available
manual mode not possible
can't use external flash
low MP (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
76
you can focus manually
good megapixels (20MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
has face detection autofocus
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-820 iHS Street photography information
Panasonic GX9 Street photography information
61
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proof
screen is fixed
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
84
has a tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
has touch focus
very good high ISO (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-820 iHS Sports photography features
Panasonic GX9 Sports photography features
34
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has tracking focus
weather proof
slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
low MP (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
low battery life (220 shots)
does not have phase detect auto focus
73
quiet shooting (1/16,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
has tracking autofocus
has phase detect autofocus
terrible battery (260 CIPA)
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-820 iHS as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic GX9 as a Travel photography camera
59
weather proof
flash built-in
decently wide (28mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
low battery life (220 CIPA)
low MP (12MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.9)
71
has bluetooth
has touch focus
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
has built in flash
terrible battery (260 CIPA)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus TG-820 iHS
Landscape photography with Panasonic GX9
38
decently wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proof
manual focus not available
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.9)
manual mode not possible
low MP (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
low battery life (220 shots)
missing Time Lapse mode
77
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a good size (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
does not have low pass filter
very good high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW files
terrible battery (260 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-820 iHS Vlogging features
Panasonic GX9 Vlogging features
33
decently wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has face detect focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.9)
display isn't selfie friendly
missing mic socket
35
touch screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
has face detection autofocus
high video quality (3840 x 2160 pxls)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
missing external microphone port
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Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic GX9 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-820 iHS and Panasonic GX9
 Olympus TG-820 iHSPanasonic Lumix DC-GX9
General Information
Brand Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus TG-820 iHS Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9
Category Waterproof Advanced Mirrorless
Introduced 2012-02-08 2018-02-13
Body design Compact Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic VI Venus Engine
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 20MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 3968 x 2976 5184 x 3888
Highest native ISO 6400 25600
Min native ISO 100 200
RAW data
Min boosted ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points - 49
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens Micro Four Thirds
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) -
Maximum aperture f/3.9-5.9 -
Macro focus distance 1cm -
Number of lenses - 107
Crop factor 5.8 2.1
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 1,030 thousand dot 1,240 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display tech HyperCrystal III TFT Color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,760 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.7x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4s 60s
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000s 1/4000s
Maximum quiet shutter speed - 1/16000s
Continuous shooting speed 5.0 frames/s 9.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 3.50 m 6.00 m (at ISO 200)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, forced on, forced on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, forced off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps)1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps) -
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) Yes
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 206 grams (0.45 lb) 407 grams (0.90 lb)
Dimensions 101 x 65 x 26mm (4.0" x 2.6" x 1.0") 124 x 72 x 47mm (4.9" x 2.8" x 1.9")
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 photos 260 photos
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model LI-50B -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter) Yes (2 or 10 secs, 3 photos over 10 secs)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I supported)
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at launch $500 $1,000