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Olympus TG-3 vs Sony RX10 IV

Portability
90
Imaging
41
Features
46
Overall
43
Olympus Tough TG-3 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV front
Portability
52
Imaging
54
Features
82
Overall
65

Olympus TG-3 vs Sony RX10 IV Key Specs

Olympus TG-3
(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
  • Announced March 2014
  • Replacement is Olympus TG-4
Sony RX10 IV
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Boost to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-600mm (F2.4-4.0) lens
  • 1095g - 133 x 94 x 145mm
  • Launched September 2017
  • Replaced the Sony RX10 III
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Olympus TG-3 vs Sony RX10 IV Overview

Here is a in depth overview of the Olympus TG-3 and Sony RX10 IV, one being a Waterproof and the other is a Large Sensor Superzoom by rivals Olympus and Sony. The resolution of the TG-3 (16MP) and the RX10 IV (20MP) is very close but the TG-3 (1/2.3") and RX10 IV (1") use totally different sensor sizing.

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The TG-3 was manufactured 4 years before the RX10 IV and that is a fairly significant gap as far as camera technology is concerned. The two cameras offer different body type with the Olympus TG-3 being a Compact camera and the Sony RX10 IV being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before getting through a in depth comparison, below is a concise highlight of how the TG-3 scores versus the RX10 IV with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-3 over the Sony RX10 IV

 TG-3 RX10 IV 

Reasons to pick Sony RX10 IV over the Olympus TG-3

 RX10 IV TG-3 
LaunchedSeptember 2017March 2014Fresher by 42 months
Focus manually More precise focusing
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution1440k460kCrisper display (+980k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus TG-3 and Sony RX10 IV

 TG-3 RX10 IV 
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display measurement
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen

Olympus TG-3 vs Sony RX10 IV Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to carry your camera often, you will have to factor its weight and proportions. The Olympus TG-3 has outer measurements of 112mm x 66mm x 31mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.2") with a weight of 247 grams (0.54 lbs) whilst the Sony RX10 IV has measurements of 133mm x 94mm x 145mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 5.7") having a weight of 1095 grams (2.41 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are using at the time. Following is the front view dimension comparison of the TG-3 vs the RX10 IV.

Olympus TG-3 vs Sony RX10 IV size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the TG-3 and RX10 IV is 90 and 52 respectively.

Olympus TG-3 vs Sony RX10 IV top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-3 vs Sony RX10 IV Sensor Comparison

Typically, it's difficult to envision the contrast in sensor sizing merely by researching a spec sheet. The visual below might give you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the TG-3 and RX10 IV.

As you can see, both the cameras offer different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The TG-3 due to its smaller sensor will make achieving shallower depth of field trickier and the Sony RX10 IV will render greater detail due to its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will allow you to crop pics a little more aggressively. The older TG-3 will be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Olympus TG-3 vs Sony RX10 IV sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-3 vs Sony RX10 IV Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-3 vs Sony RX10 IV Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-3 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony RX10 IV as a Portrait photography camera
37
MP count good (16 megapixels)
includes face detection focusing
focusing manually not possible
can't use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
72
you can focus manually
above average flash sync (1/2,000s)
decent MP (20MP)
nice sensor size (1")
supports face detection autofocus
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-3 Street photography features
Sony RX10 IV Street photography features
59
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proofing
no articulating screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
more heavy than others in class (247g)
64
has a tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
nice sensor size (1")
delivers RAW formats
offers touch focus
environment proofing
heavier than others in class (1,095g)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-3 Sports photography features
Sony RX10 IV Sports photography features
48
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count good (16MP)
includes tracking autofocus
weather proofing
good battery (330 per charge)
slow frames per second (5.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
77
incredible zoom range (24-600mm 25.0 x zoom)
silent mode (1/32,000s)
high frames per second (24.0 fps)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (20MP)
nice sensor size (1")
supports tracking autofocus
environment proofing
sensor has phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-3 Travel photography information
Sony RX10 IV Travel photography information
74
good battery (330 shots)
weather proofing
MP count good (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
quite wide (25mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
more heavy than others in class (247g)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
57
environment proofing
supports bluetooth
offers touch focus
decent MP (20 megapixels)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (24mm)
great reach (600mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
heavier than others in class (1,095g)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f2.4)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus TG-3 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony RX10 IV as a Landscape photography camera
57
quite wide (25mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
good sized screen (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count good (16MP)
weather proofing
good battery (330 shots)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
63
you can focus manually
reasonably wide (24mm)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (20MP)
nice sensor size (1")
delivers RAW formats
environment proofing
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.4)
lack of Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-3 Vlogging advice
Sony RX10 IV Vlogging advice
34
quite wide (25mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes face detection focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
doesn't have external microphone port
more heavy than others in class (247 grams)
29
reasonably wide (24mm)
screen is touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection autofocus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
includes external mic port
sluggish max aperture (f2.4)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
heavier than others in class (1,095g)
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Olympus TG-3 vs Sony RX10 IV Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-3 and Sony RX10 IV
 Olympus Tough TG-3Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Sony
Model type Olympus Tough TG-3 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV
Category Waterproof Large Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2014-03-31 2017-09-12
Body design Compact SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Chip TruePic VII Bionz X
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 5472 x 3648
Maximum native ISO 6400 12800
Maximum enhanced ISO - 25600
Minimum native ISO 100 125
RAW format
Minimum enhanced ISO - 64
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points - 315
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-100mm (4.0x) 24-600mm (25.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.0-4.9 f/2.4-4.0
Macro focusing range 1cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 2.7
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Tilting
Screen size 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dot 1,440 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen technology TFT-LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.7x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 secs 30 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Fastest silent shutter speed - 1/32000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 5.0 frames/s 24.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance - 10.80 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash settings Auto, redeye reduction, fill-in, off, LED Auto, fill-flash, slow sync, rear sync, off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync - 1/2000 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 3840 x 2160 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p) ,1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video format H.264, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
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 247 grams (0.54 lb) 1095 grams (2.41 lb)
Dimensions 112 x 66 x 31mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.2") 133 x 94 x 145mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 5.7")
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 330 pictures 400 pictures
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID LI-92B NP-FW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, continuous)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots Single Single
Launch price $350 $1,698