Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Sony H90

Olympus TG-820 iHS front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90 front

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Sony H90 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
  • Released February 2012
Sony H90
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-384mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 222g - 105 x 60 x 34mm
  • Revealed February 2012
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Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Sony H90 Overview

Its time to take a more detailed look at the Olympus TG-820 iHS and Sony H90, former is a Waterproof while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by rivals Olympus and Sony. There exists a considerable gap between the image resolutions of the TG-820 iHS (12MP) and H90 (16MP) but both cameras offer the same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The TG-820 iHS was manufactured at a similar time to the H90 and they are of a similar age. Each of the cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before diving into a in depth comparison, here is a concise highlight of how the TG-820 iHS grades versus the H90 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-820 iHS over the Sony H90

 TG-820 iHS H90 
Screen resolution1030k461kSharper screen (+569k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony H90 over the Olympus TG-820 iHS

 H90 TG-820 iHS 

Common features in the Olympus TG-820 iHS and Sony H90

 TG-820 iHS H90 
RevealedFebruary 2012February 2012Similar age
Focus manually No manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen dimensions
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch screen Neither includes Touch screen

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Sony H90 Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to travel with your camera, you have to think about its weight and proportions. The Olympus TG-820 iHS features physical dimensions of 101mm x 65mm x 26mm (4.0" x 2.6" x 1.0") having a weight of 206 grams (0.45 lbs) and the Sony H90 has measurements of 105mm x 60mm x 34mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3") having a weight of 222 grams (0.49 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you have chosen during that time. The following is a front view over all size comparison of the TG-820 iHS compared to the H90.

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Sony H90 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the TG-820 iHS and H90 is 92 and 91 respectively.

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Sony H90 top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Sony H90 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is very tough to see the gap between sensor dimensions only by going over technical specs. The picture here might give you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the TG-820 iHS and H90.

As you have seen, both of the cameras provide the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same MP. You can expect the Sony H90 to offer extra detail due to its extra 4MP. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop pictures more aggressively.

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Sony H90 sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Sony H90 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Sony H90 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-820 iHS Portrait photography details
Sony H90 Portrait photography details
features face detection focus
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not available
cannot use external flash
low megapixels (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
good MP (16 megapixels)
includes face detection autofocus
no manual focus
no external flash support
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-820 iHS as a Street photography camera
Sony H90 as a Street photography camera
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment sealing
screen is fixed
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (222 grams)
no moving screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-820 iHS Sports photography advice
Sony H90 Sports photography advice
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
features tracking autofocus
environment sealing
max fps very slow (5.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
low megapixels (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
bad battery pack (220 CIPA)
no phase detect auto focus
amazing zoom range (24-384mm 16.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16MP)
includes tracking autofocus
low frames per second (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-820 iHS Travel photography information
Sony H90 Travel photography information
environment sealing
built-in flash
pretty wide (28mm)
no Timelapse mode
bad battery pack (220 shots)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
lighter than competition (222 grams)
good MP (16MP)
built-in flash
quite wide (24mm)
very long zoom (384mm)
missing Timelapse mode
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus TG-820 iHS Landscape photography highlights
Sony H90 Landscape photography highlights
pretty wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment sealing
focusing manually not possible
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
manual mode not available
low megapixels (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
bad battery pack (220 shots)
no Timelapse mode
quite wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16 megapixels)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
missing Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-820 iHS as a Vlogging camera
Sony H90 as a Vlogging camera
pretty wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
features face detection focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
screen is not selfie friendly
no external microphone support
quite wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection autofocus
lighter than competition (222g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing external microphone support
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Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Sony H90 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-820 iHS and Sony H90
 Olympus TG-820 iHSSony Cyber-shot DSC-H90
General Information
Make Olympus Sony
Model Olympus TG-820 iHS Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90
Type Waterproof Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2012-02-08 2012-02-28
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic VI BIONZ
Sensor type CMOS CCD
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 12 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio - 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 3968 x 2976 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 6400 3200
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW files
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Cross focus points - -
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 24-384mm (16.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.9-5.9 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus range 1cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3" 3"
Resolution of display 1,030 thousand dots 461 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Display tech HyperCrystal III TFT Color LCD ClearPhoto TFT LCD display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Lowest shutter speed 4 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 5.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 3.50 m 3.70 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 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)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4
Microphone support
Headphone support
Wireless None None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 206 gr (0.45 pounds) 222 gr (0.49 pounds)
Physical dimensions 101 x 65 x 26mm (4.0" x 2.6" x 1.0") 105 x 60 x 34mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3")
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
Battery life 220 shots 290 shots
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model LI-50B NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Card slots 1 1
Pricing at launch $500 $230