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Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Sony A9 II

Portability
91
Imaging
40
Features
40
Overall
40
Olympus TG-830 iHS front
 
Sony Alpha A9 Mark II front
Portability
62
Imaging
76
Features
93
Overall
82

Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Sony A9 II Key Specs

Olympus TG-830 iHS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 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
  • 214g - 109 x 67 x 28mm
  • Launched January 2013
Sony A9 II
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Raise to 204800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 678g - 129 x 96 x 76mm
  • Introduced October 2019
  • Previous Model is Sony A9
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Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Sony A9 II Overview

Its time to take a deeper look at the Olympus TG-830 iHS versus Sony A9 II, former is a Waterproof while the latter is a Pro Mirrorless by brands Olympus and Sony. There is a considerable difference between the image resolutions of the TG-830 iHS (16MP) and A9 II (24MP) and the TG-830 iHS (1/2.3") and A9 II (Full frame) have totally different sensor dimensions.

Photography Glossary

The TG-830 iHS was launched 7 years before the A9 II which is quite a large difference as far as tech is concerned. The two cameras have different body design with the Olympus TG-830 iHS being a Compact camera and the Sony A9 II being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before going right into a in depth comparison, here is a simple synopsis of how the TG-830 iHS scores vs the A9 II in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-830 iHS over the Sony A9 II

 TG-830 iHS A9 II 

Reasons to pick Sony A9 II over the Olympus TG-830 iHS

 A9 II TG-830 iHS 
IntroducedOctober 2019January 2013Newer by 81 months
Focus manually Dial precise focusing
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1440k460kSharper screen (+980k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Olympus TG-830 iHS and Sony A9 II

 TG-830 iHS A9 II 
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen sizing
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen

Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Sony A9 II Physical Comparison

When you are aiming to travel with your camera frequently, you have to consider its weight and volume. The Olympus TG-830 iHS provides exterior dimensions of 109mm x 67mm x 28mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1") with a weight of 214 grams (0.47 lbs) while the Sony A9 II has sizing of 129mm x 96mm x 76mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 3.0") with a weight of 678 grams (1.49 lbs).

Contrast the Olympus TG-830 iHS versus Sony A9 II in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you have during that time. Underneath is a front view size comparison of the TG-830 iHS versus the A9 II.

Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Sony A9 II size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the TG-830 iHS and A9 II is 91 and 62 respectively.

Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Sony A9 II top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Sony A9 II Sensor Comparison

In many cases, its hard to envision the difference between sensor dimensions simply by reviewing specifications. The image here will help give you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the TG-830 iHS and A9 II.

Plainly, each of the cameras have different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The TG-830 iHS due to its tinier sensor will make shooting shallow depth of field harder and the Sony A9 II will offer extra detail utilizing its extra 8MP. Higher resolution will help you crop pictures a bit more aggressively. The more aged TG-830 iHS is going to be behind in sensor tech.

Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Sony A9 II sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Sony A9 II Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Sony A9 II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus TG-830 iHS
Portrait photography with Sony A9 II
35
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
provides face detect focus
no manual focus
manual exposure not possible
cannot use external flash
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
85
has manual focus
decent MP (24MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
supports face detect focusing
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-830 iHS Street photography highlights
Sony A9 II Street photography highlights
61
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment sealing
fixed screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
78
screen tilts up and down
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
large sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW files
comes with touch to focus
environment sealing
above average ISO range (51,200)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-830 iHS Sports photography details
Sony A9 II Sports photography details
48
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
resolution is good (16MP)
provides tracking focus
environment sealing
no shutter priority mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
88
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
silent shooting (1/32,000s)
fast shooting (20.0 frames per second)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent MP (24 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
supports tracking focus
environment sealing
better than average battery power (690 per charge)
comes with phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-830 iHS Travel photography advice
Sony A9 II Travel photography advice
67
environment sealing
resolution is good (16MP)
has built in flash
fairly wide (28mm)
no Time Lapse mode
does not offer selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f3.9)
73
better than average battery power (690 shots)
environment sealing
connects via bluetooth
comes with touch to focus
decent MP (24 megapixels)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus TG-830 iHS Landscape photography highlights
Sony A9 II Landscape photography highlights
45
fairly wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
environment sealing
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.9)
manual exposure not possible
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
no Time Lapse mode
86
has manual focus
swap lenses (Sony E mount)
screen is a decent size (3")
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent MP (24MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
above average ISO range (51,200)
exports RAW files
environment sealing
better than average battery power (690 per charge)
two card slots
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus TG-830 iHS
Vlogging with Sony A9 II
33
fairly wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides face detect focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
slow max aperture (f3.9)
does not offer selfie friendly display
no mic support
36
touchscreen enabled
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
supports face detect focusing
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
does have microphone socket
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
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Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Sony A9 II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-830 iHS and Sony A9 II
 Olympus TG-830 iHSSony Alpha A9 Mark II
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Sony
Model Olympus TG-830 iHS Sony Alpha A9 Mark II
Type Waterproof Pro Mirrorless
Launched 2013-01-08 2019-10-03
Physical type Compact SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - BIONZ X
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Full frame
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 35.6 x 23.8mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 847.3mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 3:2
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 6000 x 4000
Max native ISO 6400 51200
Max boosted ISO - 204800
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Lowest boosted ISO - 50
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points - 693
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens Sony E
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) -
Max aperture f/3.9-5.9 -
Macro focus distance 1cm -
Total lenses - 121
Focal length multiplier 5.8 1
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Tilting
Screen size 3" 3"
Screen resolution 460k dots 1,440k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 3,686k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.78x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/8000s
Highest silent shutter speed - 1/32000s
Continuous shooting rate - 20.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range - no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Red-eye reduction, Wireless, Hi-speed sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps) 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Max video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video format H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 214 gr (0.47 lb) 678 gr (1.49 lb)
Physical dimensions 109 x 67 x 28mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1") 129 x 96 x 76mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 3.0")
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 300 photographs 690 photographs
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model LI-50B NP-FZ100
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter) Yes (2, 5, 10 secs + continuous, 3 or 5 frames)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II compatible)
Card slots 1 Two
Launch price $0 $4,498