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Olympus TG-2 iHS vs Sony RX10 III

Portability
91
Imaging
36
Features
42
Overall
38
Olympus Tough TG-2 iHS front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III front
Portability
53
Imaging
53
Features
77
Overall
62

Olympus TG-2 iHS vs Sony RX10 III Key Specs

Olympus TG-2 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 - 111 x 67 x 29mm
  • Released June 2013
Sony RX10 III
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Bump to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-600mm (F2.4-4.0) lens
  • 1051g - 133 x 94 x 127mm
  • Launched March 2016
  • Previous Model is Sony RX10 II
  • New Model is Sony RX10 IV
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Olympus TG-2 iHS vs Sony RX10 III Overview

The following is a extended overview of the Olympus TG-2 iHS versus Sony RX10 III, one is a Waterproof and the latter is a Large Sensor Superzoom by competitors Olympus and Sony. There exists a crucial gap between the sensor resolutions of the TG-2 iHS (12MP) and RX10 III (20MP) and the TG-2 iHS (1/2.3") and RX10 III (1") boast totally different sensor sizing.

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The TG-2 iHS was announced 3 years before the RX10 III which is quite a serious gap as far as technology is concerned. Each of these cameras have different body design with the Olympus TG-2 iHS being a Compact camera and the Sony RX10 III being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before getting into a detailed comparison, here is a short highlight of how the TG-2 iHS matches up vs the RX10 III in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-2 iHS over the Sony RX10 III

 TG-2 iHS RX10 III 

Reasons to pick Sony RX10 III over the Olympus TG-2 iHS

 RX10 III TG-2 iHS 
LaunchedMarch 2016June 2013Newer by 33 months
Manual focus Very precise focus
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1229k610kCrisper screen (+619k dot)

Common features in the Olympus TG-2 iHS and Sony RX10 III

 TG-2 iHS RX10 III 
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen measurement
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch screen Lack of Touch screen

Olympus TG-2 iHS vs Sony RX10 III Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to travel with your camera, you have to take into account its weight and volume. The Olympus TG-2 iHS has external dimensions of 111mm x 67mm x 29mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.1") along with a weight of 230 grams (0.51 lbs) whilst the Sony RX10 III has sizing of 133mm x 94mm x 127mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 5.0") and a weight of 1051 grams (2.32 lbs).

Analyze the Olympus TG-2 iHS versus Sony RX10 III in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you use at the time. The following is a front view sizing comparison of the TG-2 iHS compared to the RX10 III.

Olympus TG-2 iHS vs Sony RX10 III size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the TG-2 iHS and RX10 III is 91 and 53 respectively.

Olympus TG-2 iHS vs Sony RX10 III top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-2 iHS vs Sony RX10 III Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is tough to see the gap between sensor dimensions simply by reading technical specs. The pic here may offer you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the TG-2 iHS and RX10 III.

As you have seen, both of these cameras provide different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The TG-2 iHS with its tinier sensor will make getting shallow DOF harder and the Sony RX10 III will offer more detail with its extra 8MP. Higher resolution will allow you to crop photographs more aggressively. The more aged TG-2 iHS is going to be behind when it comes to sensor innovation.

Olympus TG-2 iHS vs Sony RX10 III sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-2 iHS vs Sony RX10 III Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-2 iHS vs Sony RX10 III Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus TG-2 iHS
Portrait photography with Sony RX10 III
27
includes face detection focus
focusing manually not possible
no manual exposure
no external flash support
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
71
has manual focus
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
supports face detect autofocus
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-2 iHS Street photography factors
Sony RX10 III Street photography factors
61
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment sealing
no articulating screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
64
has a tilting screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is nice (1")
delivers RAW files
environment proofing
more heavy than others (1,051 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-2 iHS Sports photography factors
Sony RX10 III Sports photography factors
40
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes tracking autofocus
environment sealing
good battery life (350 shots)
max frames per second low (5.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
70
excellent zoom range (24-600mm 25.0 x zoom)
quiet shooting (1/32,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20MP)
sensor size is nice (1")
supports tracking focus
environment proofing
great battery life (420 shots)
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-2 iHS Travel photography features
Sony RX10 III Travel photography features
68
good battery life (350 CIPA)
environment sealing
built-in flash
decently wide (25mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
lack of Time Lapse recording
MP count low (12 megapixels)
does not have selfie friendly display
55
great battery life (420 per charge)
environment proofing
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
has built in flash
fairly wide (24mm)
great zoom (600mm)
lack of Timelapse function
more heavy than others (1,051 grams)
does not have a selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.4)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus TG-2 iHS
Landscape photography with Sony RX10 III
46
decently wide (25mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment sealing
good battery life (350 CIPA)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
no manual exposure
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
lack of Time Lapse recording
64
has manual focus
fairly wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
delivers RAW files
environment proofing
great battery life (420 per charge)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.4)
lack of Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus TG-2 iHS
Vlogging with Sony RX10 III
36
decently wide (25mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes face detection focus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does not have selfie friendly display
lack of external mic port
28
fairly wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect autofocus
high res video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
does have microphone support
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.4)
does not have a selfie friendly display
more heavy than others (1,051g)
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Olympus TG-2 iHS vs Sony RX10 III Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-2 iHS and Sony RX10 III
 Olympus Tough TG-2 iHSSony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III
General Information
Company Olympus Sony
Model Olympus Tough TG-2 iHS Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III
Class Waterproof Large Sensor Superzoom
Released 2013-06-28 2016-03-29
Physical type Compact SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Processor - Bionz X
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 3968 x 2976 5472 x 3648
Max native ISO 6400 12800
Max enhanced ISO - 25600
Min native ISO 100 125
RAW pictures
Min enhanced ISO - 64
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points - 25
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-100mm (4.0x) 24-600mm (25.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.0-4.9 f/2.4-4.0
Macro focus range 1cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 2.7
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display size 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 610k dots 1,229k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display tech OLED -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.7x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Fastest quiet shutter speed - 1/32000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 5.0fps 14.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range - 10.80 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash settings - Auto, fill-flash, slow sync, rear sync, off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 3840 x 2160 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p) ,1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Microphone support
Headphone support
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
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 230 gr (0.51 pounds) 1051 gr (2.32 pounds)
Physical dimensions 111 x 67 x 29mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.1") 133 x 94 x 127mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 5.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 70
DXO Color Depth score not tested 23.1
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.6
DXO Low light score not tested 472
Other
Battery life 350 pictures 420 pictures
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model Li-90B NP-FW50
Self timer Yes (2 and 12 sec, Pet Auto Shutter) Yes (2 or 10 sec, continuous)
Time lapse feature
Storage type - SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Single Single
Price at release $380 $1,398