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Olympus TG-1 iHS vs Samsung HZ15W

Portability
91
Imaging
36
Features
40
Overall
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Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS front
 
Samsung HZ15W front
Portability
90
Imaging
35
Features
31
Overall
33

Olympus TG-1 iHS vs Samsung HZ15W Key Specs

Olympus TG-1 iHS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-100mm (F2.0-4.9) lens
  • 230g - 112 x 67 x 30mm
  • Released May 2012
Samsung HZ15W
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-240mm (F3.3-5.8) lens
  • 249g - 105 x 61 x 37mm
  • Released February 2009
  • Also Known as WB550
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Olympus TG-1 iHS vs Samsung HZ15W Overview

Here is a extended review of the Olympus TG-1 iHS and Samsung HZ15W, former being a Waterproof while the other is a Small Sensor Compact by competitors Olympus and Samsung. The resolution of the TG-1 iHS (12MP) and the HZ15W (12MP) is fairly close and both cameras boast the same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The TG-1 iHS was manufactured 3 years later than the HZ15W and that is a fairly sizable difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before diving right into a full comparison, here is a concise introduction of how the TG-1 iHS grades against the HZ15W with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-1 iHS over the Samsung HZ15W

 TG-1 iHS HZ15W 
ReleasedMay 2012February 2009Fresher by 39 months
Display resolution610k460kClearer display (+150k dot)

Reasons to pick Samsung HZ15W over the Olympus TG-1 iHS

 HZ15W TG-1 iHS 
Manually focus Dial precise focusing

Common features in the Olympus TG-1 iHS and Samsung HZ15W

 TG-1 iHS HZ15W 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display measurements
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch display Lacking Touch display

Olympus TG-1 iHS vs Samsung HZ15W Physical Comparison

When you are planning to carry your camera regularly, you have to factor in its weight and volume. The Olympus TG-1 iHS enjoys physical measurements of 112mm x 67mm x 30mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.2") and a weight of 230 grams (0.51 lbs) while the Samsung HZ15W has sizing of 105mm x 61mm x 37mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.5") accompanied by a weight of 249 grams (0.55 lbs).

Contrast the Olympus TG-1 iHS and Samsung HZ15W in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. Following is a front view over all size comparison of the TG-1 iHS and the HZ15W.

Olympus TG-1 iHS vs Samsung HZ15W size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the TG-1 iHS and HZ15W is 91 and 90 respectively.

Olympus TG-1 iHS vs Samsung HZ15W top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-1 iHS vs Samsung HZ15W Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is very tough to envision the gap in sensor sizing merely by viewing specifications. The graphic below may provide you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the TG-1 iHS and HZ15W.

To sum up, both of these cameras provide the same sensor dimensions and the same megapixels and you can expect comparable quality of pictures however you will want to consider the launch date of the cameras into account. The more modern TG-1 iHS will have a benefit when it comes to sensor technology.

Olympus TG-1 iHS vs Samsung HZ15W sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-1 iHS vs Samsung HZ15W Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-1 iHS vs Samsung HZ15W Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-1 iHS Portrait photography info
Samsung HZ15W Portrait photography info
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has face detection focusing
lack of manual focus
lack of manual exposure
cannot use external flash
sensor resolution low (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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you can focus manually
offers face detection focusing
no manual control
no external flash support
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-1 iHS as a Street photography camera
Samsung HZ15W as a Street photography camera
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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather sealing
no moving screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
53
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no moving screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
heavier than competitors (249 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-1 iHS Sports photography info
Samsung HZ15W Sports photography info
40
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has tracking autofocus
weather sealing
great battery life (350 shots)
slow fps (3.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
27
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no shutter priority
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-1 iHS Travel photography features
Samsung HZ15W Travel photography features
68
great battery life (350 CIPA)
weather sealing
has built in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2.0)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
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built-in flash
reasonably wide (24mm)
no Time Lapse mode
heavier than competitors (249g)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus TG-1 iHS as a Landscape photography camera
Samsung HZ15W as a Landscape photography camera
46
pretty wide (25mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2.0)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather sealing
great battery life (350 CIPA)
lack of manual focus
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
lack of manual exposure
sensor resolution low (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse function
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you can focus manually
reasonably wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (3")
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
no manual control
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
no Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-1 iHS Vlogging advice
Samsung HZ15W Vlogging advice
36
pretty wide (25mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2.0)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has face detection focusing
high video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
doesn't have external mic port
29
reasonably wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
offers face detection focusing
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is not selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
no external mic jack
heavier than competitors (249 grams)
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Olympus TG-1 iHS vs Samsung HZ15W Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-1 iHS and Samsung HZ15W
 Olympus Tough TG-1 iHSSamsung HZ15W
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Samsung
Model type Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS Samsung HZ15W
Otherwise known as - WB550
Type Waterproof Small Sensor Compact
Released 2012-05-08 2009-02-23
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic VI -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Max resolution 3968 x 2976 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 6400 3200
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-100mm (4.0x) 24-240mm (10.0x)
Max aperture f/2.0-4.9 f/3.3-5.8
Macro focusing range - 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 610k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 seconds 16 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 3.0 frames per second -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance - 4.70 m
Flash settings - Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red eye fix
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30, 15 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 230 grams (0.51 lb) 249 grams (0.55 lb)
Physical dimensions 112 x 67 x 30mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.2") 105 x 61 x 37mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.5")
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 350 shots -
Battery format Battery Pack -
Battery ID LI90B -
Self timer Yes (2 and 12 sec) Yes (10 sec, 2 sec, Double, Motion Timer)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage - SC/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus, internal
Storage slots Single Single
Launch price $399 $330