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Olympus TG-2 iHS vs Olympus TG-4

Portability
91
Imaging
36
Features
42
Overall
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Olympus Tough TG-2 iHS front
 
Olympus Tough TG-4 front
Portability
90
Imaging
41
Features
51
Overall
45

Olympus TG-2 iHS vs Olympus TG-4 Key Specs

Olympus TG-2 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 - 111 x 67 x 29mm
  • Released June 2013
Olympus TG-4
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 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
  • 247g - 112 x 66 x 31mm
  • Released April 2015
  • Succeeded the Olympus TG-3
  • Successor is Olympus TG-5
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Olympus TG-2 iHS vs Olympus TG-4 Overview

Here is a detailed assessment of the Olympus TG-2 iHS and Olympus TG-4, both Waterproof digital cameras and both of them are manufactured by Olympus. There is a significant difference between the image resolutions of the TG-2 iHS (12MP) and TG-4 (16MP) but they feature the exact same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The TG-2 iHS was introduced 21 months earlier than the TG-4 which makes the cameras a generation apart from each other. Both cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before getting straight into a detailed comparison, below is a quick summation of how the TG-2 iHS matches up vs the TG-4 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-2 iHS over the Olympus TG-4

 TG-2 iHS TG-4 
Screen resolution610k460kCrisper screen (+150k dot)

Reasons to pick Olympus TG-4 over the Olympus TG-2 iHS

 TG-4 TG-2 iHS 
ReleasedApril 2015June 2013Fresher by 21 months
Manual focus More precise focus

Common features in the Olympus TG-2 iHS and Olympus TG-4

 TG-2 iHS TG-4 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurements
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch friendly screen No Touch friendly screen

Olympus TG-2 iHS vs Olympus TG-4 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to carry your camera, you will have to think about its weight and proportions. The Olympus TG-2 iHS has external dimensions of 111mm x 67mm x 29mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.1") with a weight of 230 grams (0.51 lbs) whilst the Olympus TG-4 has measurements of 112mm x 66mm x 31mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.2") and a weight of 247 grams (0.54 lbs).

Look at the Olympus TG-2 iHS and Olympus TG-4 in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are employing during that time. Below is the front view overall size comparison of the TG-2 iHS vs the TG-4.

Olympus TG-2 iHS vs Olympus TG-4 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability grade of the TG-2 iHS and TG-4 is 91 and 90 respectively.

Olympus TG-2 iHS vs Olympus TG-4 top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-2 iHS vs Olympus TG-4 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it's tough to visualize the gap between sensor sizing merely by going over specs. The visual underneath will offer you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the TG-2 iHS and TG-4.

As you can plainly see, each of these cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit different resolution. You should expect the Olympus TG-4 to deliver greater detail using its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also let you crop photographs somewhat more aggressively. The older TG-2 iHS is going to be behind with regard to sensor technology.

Olympus TG-2 iHS vs Olympus TG-4 sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-2 iHS vs Olympus TG-4 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-2 iHS vs Olympus TG-4 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-2 iHS Portrait photography factors
Olympus TG-4 Portrait photography factors
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includes face detect autofocus
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not available
no external flash support
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
47
manual focus
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
provides face detection focusing
delivers RAW formats
lack of manual mode
cannot use external flash
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-2 iHS Street photography details
Olympus TG-4 Street photography details
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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proofing
screen is fixed
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
65
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
delivers RAW formats
weather sealing
no moving screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
more heavy than average (247 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-2 iHS Sports photography details
Olympus TG-4 Sports photography details
40
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes tracking focus
weather proofing
better than average battery pack (350 CIPA)
continuous shooting slow (5.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
48
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
provides tracking autofocus
weather sealing
good battery life (380 CIPA)
slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-2 iHS Travel photography info
Olympus TG-4 Travel photography info
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better than average battery pack (350 per charge)
weather proofing
built-in flash
fairly wide (25mm)
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
no Time Lapse function
megapixel count low (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
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good battery life (380 CIPA)
weather sealing
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (25mm)
good maximum aperture (f2.0)
more heavy than average (247g)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus TG-2 iHS as a Landscape photography camera
Olympus TG-4 as a Landscape photography camera
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fairly wide (25mm)
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
pretty good screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proofing
better than average battery pack (350 CIPA)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
manual exposure not available
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
no Time Lapse function
62
manual focus
reasonably wide (25mm)
good maximum aperture (f2.0)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
delivers RAW formats
weather sealing
good battery life (380 CIPA)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
lack of manual mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-2 iHS Vlogging advice
Olympus TG-4 Vlogging advice
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fairly wide (25mm)
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes face detect autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
display is not selfie friendly
no mic socket
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reasonably wide (25mm)
good maximum aperture (f2.0)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
lack of external microphone jack
more heavy than average (247 grams)
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Olympus TG-2 iHS vs Olympus TG-4 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-2 iHS and Olympus TG-4
 Olympus Tough TG-2 iHSOlympus Tough TG-4
General Information
Brand Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus Tough TG-2 iHS Olympus Tough TG-4
Category Waterproof Waterproof
Released 2013-06-28 2015-04-13
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip - TruePic VII
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 3968 x 2976 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points - 25
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-100mm (4.0x) 25-100mm (4.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.0-4.9 f/2.0-4.9
Macro focusing range 1cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 610k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech OLED -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 seconds 4 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 5.0 frames/s 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance - 7.90 m (at ISO 1600)
Flash modes - Auto, redeye reduction, fill-in, off, LED
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 H.264, Motion JPEG
Microphone 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 BuiltIn
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 230 gr (0.51 pounds) 247 gr (0.54 pounds)
Dimensions 111 x 67 x 29mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.1") 112 x 66 x 31mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.2")
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 photographs 380 photographs
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID Li-90B LI-92B
Self timer Yes (2 and 12 sec, Pet Auto Shutter) Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media - SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory
Storage slots 1 1
Pricing at release $380 $379