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Olympus TG-4 vs Panasonic FH8

Portability
90
Imaging
41
Features
51
Overall
45
Olympus Tough TG-4 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8 front
Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
32
Overall
36

Olympus TG-4 vs Panasonic FH8 Key Specs

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
  • Announced April 2015
  • Succeeded the Olympus TG-3
  • Renewed by Olympus TG-5
Panasonic FH8
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.5-6.4) lens
  • 123g - 96 x 57 x 19mm
  • Revealed January 2012
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Olympus TG-4 vs Panasonic FH8 Overview

Let's take a deeper look at the Olympus TG-4 versus Panasonic FH8, one being a Waterproof and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by companies Olympus and Panasonic. The resolution of the TG-4 (16MP) and the FH8 (16MP) is pretty similar and they feature the same exact sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The TG-4 was revealed 3 years later than the FH8 and that is quite a significant gap as far as technology is concerned. Both of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before going through a in-depth comparison, below is a quick view of how the TG-4 scores versus the FH8 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-4 over the Panasonic FH8

 TG-4 FH8 
RevealedApril 2015January 2012More recent by 40 months
Focus manually Very precise focus
Screen resolution460k230kClearer screen (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic FH8 over the Olympus TG-4

 FH8 TG-4 

Common features in the Olympus TG-4 and Panasonic FH8

 TG-4 FH8 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen dimensions
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Absent Touch friendly screen

Olympus TG-4 vs Panasonic FH8 Physical Comparison

For those who are going to lug around your camera regularly, you should factor in its weight and dimensions. The Olympus TG-4 offers outer dimensions of 112mm x 66mm x 31mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.2") having a weight of 247 grams (0.54 lbs) whilst the Panasonic FH8 has dimensions of 96mm x 57mm x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7") accompanied by a weight of 123 grams (0.27 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you are using at that time. Here is the front view overall size comparison of the TG-4 and the FH8.

Olympus TG-4 vs Panasonic FH8 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the TG-4 and FH8 is 90 and 96 respectively.

Olympus TG-4 vs Panasonic FH8 top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-4 vs Panasonic FH8 Sensor Comparison

Typically, its tough to picture the gap between sensor measurements just by going over a spec sheet. The graphic here might give you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the TG-4 and FH8.

As you can see, each of these cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing and the identical resolution so you should expect similar quality of pictures although you might want to factor the release date of the products into consideration. The more recent TG-4 provides a benefit when it comes to sensor technology.

Olympus TG-4 vs Panasonic FH8 sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-4 vs Panasonic FH8 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-4 vs Panasonic FH8 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-4 Portrait photography features
Panasonic FH8 Portrait photography features
47
has manual focus
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
has face detection focusing
delivers RAW formats
no manual mode
can't use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
34
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
offers face detect focus
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
can't use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus TG-4
Street photography with Panasonic FH8
65
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
delivers RAW formats
weather proofing
screen does not articulate
sensor is small (1/2.3")
more heavy than average (247g)
63
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (123g)
no articulating screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-4 Sports photography details
Panasonic FH8 Sports photography details
48
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
resolution is good (16MP)
has tracking autofocus
weather proofing
great battery life (380 shots)
max fps very slow (5.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
40
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
offers tracking focus
low frames per second (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-4 Travel photography advice
Panasonic FH8 Travel photography advice
74
great battery life (380 CIPA)
weather proofing
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
more heavy than average (247 grams)
display is not selfie friendly
69
lighter than competition (123g)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (24mm)
lack of Timelapse function
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus TG-4 Landscape photography information
Panasonic FH8 Landscape photography information
62
has manual focus
relatively wide (25mm)
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
pretty good screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
delivers RAW formats
weather proofing
great battery life (380 per charge)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
no manual mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
43
reasonably wide (24mm)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.5)
no manual control
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
lack of Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus TG-4
Vlogging with Panasonic FH8
34
relatively wide (25mm)
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has face detection focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
display is not selfie friendly
no external microphone socket
more heavy than average (247 grams)
33
reasonably wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focus
lighter than competition (123g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of microphone jack
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Olympus TG-4 vs Panasonic FH8 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-4 and Panasonic FH8
 Olympus Tough TG-4Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus Tough TG-4 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8
Type Waterproof Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2015-04-13 2012-01-09
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic VII -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 25 23
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-100mm (4.0x) 24-120mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.0-4.9 f/2.5-6.4
Macro focus range 1cm 4cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech - TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 4s 8s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1600s
Continuous shutter speed 5.0 frames per sec 1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 7.90 m (at ISO 1600) 5.60 m
Flash modes Auto, redeye reduction, fill-in, off, LED Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format H.264, Motion JPEG MPEG-4
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 247 grams (0.54 lbs) 123 grams (0.27 lbs)
Dimensions 112 x 66 x 31mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.2") 96 x 57 x 19mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7")
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 380 images 260 images
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model LI-92B -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at release $379 $149