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Olympus TG-1 iHS vs Sony WX350

Portability
91
Imaging
36
Features
40
Overall
37
Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350 front
Portability
94
Imaging
43
Features
43
Overall
43

Olympus TG-1 iHS vs Sony WX350 Key Specs

Olympus TG-1 iHS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-100mm (F2.0-4.9) lens
  • 230g - 112 x 67 x 30mm
  • Revealed May 2012
Sony WX350
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-500mm (F3.5-6.5) lens
  • 164g - 96 x 55 x 26mm
  • Released February 2014
  • Older Model is Sony WX300
  • New Model is Sony WX500
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Olympus TG-1 iHS vs Sony WX350 Overview

Here, we are comparing the Olympus TG-1 iHS versus Sony WX350, former being a Waterproof while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom by manufacturers Olympus and Sony. There is a considerable difference between the image resolutions of the TG-1 iHS (12MP) and WX350 (18MP) but both cameras posses the identical sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The TG-1 iHS was released 21 months earlier than the WX350 making them a generation apart from each other. Each of the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before delving straight to a more detailed comparison, here is a brief summation of how the TG-1 iHS scores against the WX350 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-1 iHS over the Sony WX350

 TG-1 iHS WX350 
Display resolution610k460kClearer display (+150k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony WX350 over the Olympus TG-1 iHS

 WX350 TG-1 iHS 
ReleasedFebruary 2014May 2012Fresher by 21 months

Common features in the Olympus TG-1 iHS and Sony WX350

 TG-1 iHS WX350 
Focus manually No manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display size3"3"Same display measurements
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch display Neither includes Touch display

Olympus TG-1 iHS vs Sony WX350 Physical Comparison

If you are intending to carry your camera frequently, you will need to factor in its weight and size. The Olympus TG-1 iHS features external dimensions of 112mm x 67mm x 30mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.2") with a weight of 230 grams (0.51 lbs) whilst the Sony WX350 has specifications of 96mm x 55mm x 26mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 1.0") and a weight of 164 grams (0.36 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you use at the time. Here is a front view physical size comparison of the TG-1 iHS compared to the WX350.

Olympus TG-1 iHS vs Sony WX350 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability score of the TG-1 iHS and WX350 is 91 and 94 respectively.

Olympus TG-1 iHS vs Sony WX350 top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-1 iHS vs Sony WX350 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, its tough to picture the gap between sensor sizing just by reading specifications. The graphic below should provide you a greater sense of the sensor sizes in the TG-1 iHS and WX350.

To sum up, each of these cameras feature the identical sensor size but different MP. You can expect to see the Sony WX350 to deliver more detail as a result of its extra 6MP. Greater resolution can also enable you to crop photos way more aggressively. The older TG-1 iHS is going to be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Olympus TG-1 iHS vs Sony WX350 sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-1 iHS vs Sony WX350 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-1 iHS vs Sony WX350 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-1 iHS Portrait photography details
Sony WX350 Portrait photography details
27
provides face detect focus
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not available
external flash not possible
megapixel count low (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
37
megapixel count good (18 megapixels)
includes face detect focus
lack of manual focus
manual mode not possible
external flash not possible
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-1 iHS Street photography advice
Sony WX350 Street photography advice
61
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather sealing
no articulating screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
63
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors in class (164 grams)
screen is fixed
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-1 iHS Sports photography info
Sony WX350 Sports photography info
40
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides tracking focus
weather sealing
good battery (350 CIPA)
very slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
megapixel count low (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
52
incredible zoom range (25-500mm 20.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (18MP)
includes tracking focus
great battery (470 CIPA)
no shutter priority
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-1 iHS Travel photography info
Sony WX350 Travel photography info
68
good battery (350 CIPA)
weather sealing
flash built-in
relatively wide (25mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
megapixel count low (12MP)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
72
great battery (470 per charge)
lighter than competitors in class (164 grams)
megapixel count good (18 megapixels)
flash built-in
decently wide (25mm)
very long reach (500mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
doesn't have selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus TG-1 iHS Landscape photography information
Sony WX350 Landscape photography information
46
relatively wide (25mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
nice screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather sealing
good battery (350 shots)
focusing manually not possible
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
manual mode not available
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse function
47
decently wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (18 megapixels)
great battery (470 shots)
lack of manual focus
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
manual mode not possible
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
missing Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-1 iHS Vlogging factors
Sony WX350 Vlogging factors
36
relatively wide (25mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides face detect focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
doesn't have mic port
35
decently wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competitors in class (164g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
missing mic jack
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Olympus TG-1 iHS vs Sony WX350 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-1 iHS and Sony WX350
 Olympus Tough TG-1 iHSSony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Sony
Model type Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350
Category Waterproof Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2012-05-08 2014-02-13
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor TruePic VI -
Sensor type BSI-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 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 3968 x 2976 4896 x 3672
Max native ISO 6400 12800
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-100mm (4.0x) 25-500mm (20.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.0-4.9 f/3.5-6.5
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 610 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4 secs 4 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shooting speed 3.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance - 4.30 m
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 VCHD: 28M PS(1,920x1,080/60p) / 24M FX(1,920x1,080/60i) / 17M FH(1,920x1,080/60i),MP4: 12M(1,440x1,080/30fps) / 3M VGA(640x480/30fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format H.264 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 BuiltIn None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 230 grams (0.51 lb) 164 grams (0.36 lb)
Physical dimensions 112 x 67 x 30mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.2") 96 x 55 x 26mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 1.0")
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 350 photos 470 photos
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID LI90B NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 and 12 sec) Yes (Off / 10sec. / 2sec. / portrait1 / portrait2)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage - SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots Single Single
Retail price $399 $270