Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Sony G3

Portability
91
Imaging
41
Features
40
Overall
40
Olympus TG-830 iHS front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G3 front
Portability
94
Imaging
34
Features
30
Overall
32
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Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Sony G3 Overview

Let's take a more detailed look at the Olympus TG-830 iHS and Sony G3, former being a Waterproof while the other is a Small Sensor Compact by manufacturers Olympus and Sony. There is a large difference among the sensor resolutions of the TG-830 iHS (16MP) and G3 (10MP) but both cameras offer the same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The TG-830 iHS was announced 4 years later than the G3 and that is a fairly serious difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before diving right into a comprehensive comparison, here is a simple introduction of how the TG-830 iHS matches up against the G3 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Sony G3 Key Specs

Olympus TG-830 iHS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 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
  • 214g - 109 x 67 x 28mm
  • Released January 2013
Sony G3
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 35-140mm (F3.5-10.0) lens
  • 185g - 97 x 59 x 22mm
  • Announced January 2009
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Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Sony G3 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to travel with your camera frequently, you are going to need to think about its weight and volume. The Olympus TG-830 iHS enjoys exterior dimensions of 109mm x 67mm x 28mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 214 grams (0.47 lbs) and the Sony G3 has sizing of 97mm x 59mm x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9") having a weight of 185 grams (0.41 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you are utilising at that moment. Below is the front view measurements comparison of the TG-830 iHS against the G3.

Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Sony G3 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the TG-830 iHS and G3 is 91 and 94 respectively.

Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Sony G3 top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Sony G3 Sensor Comparison

Normally, its hard to picture the contrast in sensor dimensions merely by seeing specifications. The pic here should offer you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the TG-830 iHS and G3.

Plainly, both of the cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing albeit different resolution. You can count on the Olympus TG-830 iHS to show more detail having its extra 6MP. Higher resolution will also help you crop shots far more aggressively. The more modern TG-830 iHS provides a benefit in sensor tech.

Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Sony G3 sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Sony G3 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Sony G3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus TG-830 iHS
Portrait photography with Sony G3
36
good megapixels (16MP)
offers face detect focusing
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
27
you can focus manually
manual mode not available
can't use external flash
low MP (10 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-830 iHS Street photography information
Sony G3 Street photography information
62
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proofing
screen is fixed
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
56
image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-830 iHS Sports photography highlights
Sony G3 Sports photography highlights
49
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good megapixels (16MP)
offers tracking focus
weather proofing
lack of shutter priority mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
24
image stabilization (Optical)
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/1,000 seconds)
max fps very slow (2.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
low MP (10MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus TG-830 iHS
Travel photography with Sony G3
67
weather proofing
good megapixels (16MP)
flash built-in
fairly wide (28mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
does not have selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f3.9)
51
built-in flash
does not have Timelapse function
low MP (10MP)
display is not selfie friendly
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus TG-830 iHS Landscape photography features
Sony G3 Landscape photography features
46
fairly wide (28mm)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
weather proofing
focusing manually not possible
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.9)
no manual control
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
36
you can focus manually
lovely big screen (3.5")
image stabilization (Optical)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
manual mode not available
low MP (10MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
does not have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-830 iHS as a Vlogging camera
Sony G3 as a Vlogging camera
33
fairly wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
offers face detect focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
slow max aperture (f3.9)
does not have selfie friendly display
doesn't have mic jack
27
touchscreen functionality
image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
low quality video (640 x 480 pxls)
does not have external microphone port
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Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Sony G3 Specifications

General Information
Manufacturer
Olympus
Sony
Model type
Olympus TG-830 iHS
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G3
Type
Waterproof
Small Sensor Compact
Released
2013-01-08
2009-01-08
Body design
Compact
Compact
Sensor Information
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
16 megapixels
10 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution
4608 x 3456
3648 x 2736
Highest native ISO
6400
3200
Lowest native ISO
100
80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points
-
9
Cross type focus points
-
-
Lens
Lens mount type
fixed lens
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-140mm (5.0x)
35-140mm (4.0x)
Maximum aperture
f/3.9-5.9
f/3.5-10.0
Macro focusing range
1cm
-
Crop factor
5.8
5.8
Screen
Range of display
Fixed Type
Fixed Type
Display size
3 inch
3.5 inch
Resolution of display
460k dot
921k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
None
Features
Lowest shutter speed
4 secs
1 secs
Highest shutter speed
1/2000 secs
1/1000 secs
Continuous shooting speed
-
2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
-
4.30 m (Auto ISO)
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps)
640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Highest video resolution
1920x1080
640x480
Video format
H.264
Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless
None
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
BuiltIn
None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
214g (0.47 pounds)
185g (0.41 pounds)
Dimensions
109 x 67 x 28mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1")
97 x 59 x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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
300 shots
-
Battery form
Battery Pack
-
Battery ID
LI-50B
-
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter)
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo, Internal
Storage slots
One
One
Pricing at launch
$0
$200