Clicky

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Sony HX30V

Portability
92
Imaging
37
Features
37
Overall
37
Olympus TG-820 iHS front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V front
Portability
90
Imaging
43
Features
50
Overall
45

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Sony HX30V 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
  • Introduced February 2012
Sony HX30V
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-500mm (F3.2-5.8) lens
  • 254g - 107 x 62 x 35mm
  • Revealed February 2012
  • Old Model is Sony HX20V
  • Successor is Sony HX50V
Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Sony HX30V Overview

Its time to examine more in depth at the Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Sony HX30V, one is a Waterproof and the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom by manufacturers Olympus and Sony. There exists a sizeable gap among the image resolutions of the TG-820 iHS (12MP) and HX30V (18MP) but they enjoy the same exact sensor size (1/2.3").

Handle those 8K RED files like a boss

The TG-820 iHS was unveiled very close to the HX30V and they are of a similar generation. Each of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving straight into a step-by-step comparison, below is a brief summary of how the TG-820 iHS scores versus the HX30V with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
	
	

Reasons to pick Olympus TG-820 iHS over the Sony HX30V

 TG-820 iHS HX30V 
Display resolution1030k922kSharper display (+108k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony HX30V over the Olympus TG-820 iHS

 HX30V TG-820 iHS 
Manual focus Very accurate focus

Common features in the Olympus TG-820 iHS and Sony HX30V

 TG-820 iHS HX30V 
RevealedFebruary 2012February 2012Same generation
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display size
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither contains Touch friendly display

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Sony HX30V Physical Comparison

If you are aiming to carry around your camera often, you will want to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Olympus TG-820 iHS has got outer 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) whilst the Sony HX30V has dimensions of 107mm x 62mm x 35mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.4") having a weight of 254 grams (0.56 lbs).

Check the Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Sony HX30V in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you have attached at the time. Underneath is the front view measurements comparison of the TG-820 iHS vs the HX30V.

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Sony HX30V size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the TG-820 iHS and HX30V is 92 and 90 respectively.

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Sony HX30V top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Sony HX30V Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is very difficult to visualize the difference in sensor sizes merely by checking out specs. The image here may provide you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the TG-820 iHS and HX30V.

As you can plainly see, each of these cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but different resolution. You should anticipate the Sony HX30V to produce extra detail having an extra 6 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also make it easier to crop images a little more aggressively.

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Sony HX30V sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Sony HX30V Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Sony HX30V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-820 iHS Portrait photography factors
Sony HX30V Portrait photography factors
27
comes with face detection focus
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
can't use external flash
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
45
focusing manually
decent megapixels (18MP)
has face detection autofocus
no external flash support
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
Instagram's $20 billion Ad success

Street Comparison

Olympus TG-820 iHS Street photography highlights
Sony HX30V Street photography highlights
61
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proofing
no moving screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
62
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others in class (254 grams)
screen is fixed
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos

Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-820 iHS Sports photography factors
Sony HX30V Sports photography factors
35
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with tracking autofocus
weather proofing
continuous shooting slow (5.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
MP count low (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
terrible battery power (220 per charge)
lack of phase detect auto focus
50
great zoom range (25-500mm 20.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (18MP)
has tracking autofocus
no shutter priority mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos

Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-820 iHS as a Travel photography camera
Sony HX30V as a Travel photography camera
59
weather proofing
flash built-in
decently wide (28mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
terrible battery power (220 CIPA)
MP count low (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
69
lighter than others in class (254g)
decent megapixels (18 megapixels)
built-in flash
rather wide (25mm)
long reach (500mm)
missing Time Lapse function
does not contain selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month

Landscape Comparison

Olympus TG-820 iHS Landscape photography highlights
Sony HX30V Landscape photography highlights
39
decently wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proofing
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
no manual control
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
terrible battery power (220 shots)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
51
focusing manually
rather wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (18 megapixels)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
missing Time Lapse function
Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone

Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-820 iHS Vlogging highlights
Sony HX30V Vlogging highlights
33
decently wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detection focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have external mic socket
34
rather wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than others in class (254 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
missing external mic jack
Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down

Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Sony HX30V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-820 iHS and Sony HX30V
 Olympus TG-820 iHSSony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V
General Information
Company Olympus Sony
Model type Olympus TG-820 iHS Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V
Category Waterproof Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2012-02-08 2012-02-28
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic VI BIONZ
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 18MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 3968 x 2976 4896 x 3672
Max native ISO 6400 12800
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-140mm (5.0x) 25-500mm (20.0x)
Max aperture f/3.9-5.9 f/3.2-5.8
Macro focusing range 1cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 1,030k dot 922k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen technology HyperCrystal III TFT Color LCD XtraFine TruBlack TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 secs 30 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter speed 5.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 3.50 m 7.10 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
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) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 206g (0.45 lbs) 254g (0.56 lbs)
Dimensions 101 x 65 x 26mm (4.0" x 2.6" x 1.0") 107 x 62 x 35mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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
Other
Battery life 220 photos 320 photos
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID 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 media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots One One
Pricing at release $500 $420