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Olympus TG-2 iHS vs Panasonic TS5

Portability
91
Imaging
36
Features
42
Overall
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Olympus Tough TG-2 iHS front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 front
Portability
91
Imaging
40
Features
43
Overall
41

Olympus TG-2 iHS vs Panasonic TS5 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
  • Announced June 2013
Panasonic TS5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-128mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 214g - 110 x 67 x 29mm
  • Announced July 2013
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-FT5
  • Succeeded the Panasonic TS4
  • Successor is Panasonic TS6
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Olympus TG-2 iHS vs Panasonic TS5 Overview

Below is a extensive overview of the Olympus TG-2 iHS and Panasonic TS5, both Waterproof digital cameras by companies Olympus and Panasonic. There exists a sizable gap between the sensor resolutions of the TG-2 iHS (12MP) and TS5 (16MP) but they use the exact same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The TG-2 iHS was announced around the same time to the TS5 and they are both of a similar age. The two cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before getting through a more detailed comparison, below is a brief highlight of how the TG-2 iHS grades against the TS5 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-2 iHS over the Panasonic TS5

 TG-2 iHS TS5 
Display resolution610k460kSharper display (+150k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic TS5 over the Olympus TG-2 iHS

 TS5 TG-2 iHS 

Common features in the Olympus TG-2 iHS and Panasonic TS5

 TG-2 iHS TS5 
AnnouncedJune 2013July 2013Similar age
Manually focus No manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimension3"3"Identical display measurements
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch display Neither includes Touch display

Olympus TG-2 iHS vs Panasonic TS5 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to lug around your camera frequently, you have to factor its weight and size. The Olympus TG-2 iHS features external measurements of 111mm x 67mm x 29mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 230 grams (0.51 lbs) whilst the Panasonic TS5 has specifications of 110mm x 67mm x 29mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1") and a weight of 214 grams (0.47 lbs).

Contrast the Olympus TG-2 iHS and Panasonic TS5 in our completely new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you select during that time. The following is the front view size comparison of the TG-2 iHS compared to the TS5.

Olympus TG-2 iHS vs Panasonic TS5 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the TG-2 iHS and TS5 is 91 and 91 respectively.

Olympus TG-2 iHS vs Panasonic TS5 top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-2 iHS vs Panasonic TS5 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is very hard to picture the gap between sensor measurements purely by checking specifications. The graphic below might provide you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the TG-2 iHS and TS5.

Plainly, both of those cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements but different MP. You can anticipate the Panasonic TS5 to give more detail with its extra 4MP. Greater resolution can also make it easier to crop images somewhat more aggressively.

Olympus TG-2 iHS vs Panasonic TS5 sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-2 iHS vs Panasonic TS5 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-2 iHS vs Panasonic TS5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-2 iHS Portrait photography features
Panasonic TS5 Portrait photography features
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includes face detection focus
lack of manual focus
lack of manual mode
external flash not possible
low MP (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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decent megapixels (16MP)
lack of manual focus
can't use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-2 iHS Street photography details
Panasonic TS5 Street photography details
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image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment sealing
screen does not articulate
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
61
built in image stabilization (Optical)
weather sealing
fixed screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-2 iHS as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic TS5 as a Sports photography camera
40
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes tracking autofocus
environment sealing
good battery (350 CIPA)
slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
low MP (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
47
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
supports tracking autofocus
weather sealing
great battery life (370 shots)
max shutter speed is low (1/1,300s)
no shutter priority
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus TG-2 iHS
Travel photography with Panasonic TS5
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good battery (350 per charge)
environment sealing
has built in flash
quite wide (25mm)
good maximum aperture (f2.0)
no Time Lapse mode
low MP (12 megapixels)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
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great battery life (370 CIPA)
weather sealing
decent megapixels (16MP)
has built in flash
pretty wide (28mm)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus TG-2 iHS Landscape photography details
Panasonic TS5 Landscape photography details
46
quite wide (25mm)
good maximum aperture (f2.0)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment sealing
good battery (350 CIPA)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lack of manual mode
low MP (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
no Time Lapse mode
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pretty wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
weather sealing
great battery life (370 CIPA)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-2 iHS Vlogging info
Panasonic TS5 Vlogging info
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quite wide (25mm)
good maximum aperture (f2.0)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes face detection focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
no external mic jack
32
pretty wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
missing external mic socket
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Olympus TG-2 iHS vs Panasonic TS5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-2 iHS and Panasonic TS5
 Olympus Tough TG-2 iHSPanasonic Lumix DMC-TS5
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus Tough TG-2 iHS Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5
Also referred to as - Lumix DMC-FT5
Category Waterproof Waterproof
Announced 2013-06-28 2013-07-12
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 3968 x 2976 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 6400 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points - 23
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-100mm (4.0x) 28-128mm (4.6x)
Maximum aperture f/2.0-4.9 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus range 1cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.9
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 3"
Screen resolution 610 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology OLED TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 secs 60 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/1300 secs
Continuous shutter rate 5.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range - 5.60 m
Flash settings - Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
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 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic port
Headphone port
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 sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 230 gr (0.51 lbs) 214 gr (0.47 lbs)
Dimensions 111 x 67 x 29mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.1") 110 x 67 x 29mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 350 images 370 images
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model Li-90B DMW-BCM13
Self timer Yes (2 and 12 sec, Pet Auto Shutter) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage - SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Cost at release $380 $350