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Olympus TG-4 vs Sony A9 II

Portability
90
Imaging
41
Features
51
Overall
45
Olympus Tough TG-4 front
 
Sony Alpha A9 Mark II front
Portability
62
Imaging
76
Features
93
Overall
82

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony A9 II 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
  • Replacement is Olympus TG-5
Sony A9 II
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Expand to 204800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 678g - 129 x 96 x 76mm
  • Launched October 2019
  • Replaced the Sony A9
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Olympus TG-4 vs Sony A9 II Overview

Below, we are contrasting the Olympus TG-4 and Sony A9 II, former being a Waterproof while the other is a Pro Mirrorless by rivals Olympus and Sony. There exists a large gap among the resolutions of the TG-4 (16MP) and A9 II (24MP) and the TG-4 (1/2.3") and A9 II (Full frame) feature different sensor size.

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The TG-4 was announced 5 years before the A9 II and that is a fairly serious difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both the cameras come with different body type with the Olympus TG-4 being a Compact camera and the Sony A9 II being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before going in to a comprehensive comparison, below is a simple summary of how the TG-4 scores against the A9 II for portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-4 over the Sony A9 II

 TG-4 A9 II 

Reasons to pick Sony A9 II over the Olympus TG-4

 A9 II TG-4 
LaunchedOctober 2019April 2015More recent by 54 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution1440k460kClearer display (+980k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus TG-4 and Sony A9 II

 TG-4 A9 II 
Focus manually Dial exact focus
Display dimension3"3"Identical display size
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony A9 II Physical Comparison

When you are looking to lug around your camera frequently, you will want to factor in its weight and volume. The Olympus TG-4 provides exterior measurements of 112mm x 66mm x 31mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.2") with a weight of 247 grams (0.54 lbs) while the Sony A9 II has sizing of 129mm x 96mm x 76mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 3.0") having a weight of 678 grams (1.49 lbs).

Take a look at the Olympus TG-4 and Sony A9 II in our brand new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you are utilising at the time. Following is the front view dimension comparison of the TG-4 against the A9 II.

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony A9 II size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the TG-4 and A9 II is 90 and 62 respectively.

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony A9 II top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony A9 II Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is difficult to visualize the gap in sensor measurements just by checking out specs. The photograph underneath might give you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the TG-4 and A9 II.

All in all, both the cameras posses different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The TG-4 having a smaller sensor is going to make achieving shallower depth of field trickier and the Sony A9 II will provide extra detail with its extra 8MP. Greater resolution will help you crop images somewhat more aggressively. The older TG-4 will be behind when it comes to sensor innovation.

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony A9 II sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony A9 II Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony A9 II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-4 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony A9 II as a Portrait photography camera
47
you can focus manually
MP count good (16MP)
has face detect focus
supports RAW files
no manual mode
external flash not possible
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
85
you can focus manually
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
provides face detection focusing
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-4 Street photography info
Sony A9 II Street photography info
65
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports RAW files
environment proofing
fixed screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
more heavy than competition in class (247g)
78
screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
great sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
offers focus via touch
weather proof
above average high ISO (51,200)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-4 as a Sports photography camera
Sony A9 II as a Sports photography camera
48
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count good (16MP)
has tracking focus
environment proofing
better than average battery pack (380 CIPA)
very slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
88
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
silent shutter (1/32,000 seconds)
fast shooting (20.0 fps)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
provides tracking autofocus
weather proof
better than average battery power (690 per charge)
sensor has phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-4 as a Travel photography camera
Sony A9 II as a Travel photography camera
74
better than average battery pack (380 shots)
environment proofing
MP count good (16MP)
flash built-in
decently wide (25mm)
good max aperture (f2.0)
more heavy than competition in class (247 grams)
display isn't selfie friendly
73
better than average battery power (690 CIPA)
weather proof
supports bluetooth
offers focus via touch
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus TG-4 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony A9 II as a Landscape photography camera
62
you can focus manually
decently wide (25mm)
good max aperture (f2.0)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
supports RAW files
environment proofing
better than average battery pack (380 CIPA)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
no manual mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
86
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Sony E mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
above average high ISO (51,200)
exports RAW formats
weather proof
better than average battery power (690 CIPA)
two card slots
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-4 Vlogging factors
Sony A9 II Vlogging factors
34
decently wide (25mm)
good max aperture (f2.0)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has face detect focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have microphone jack
more heavy than competition in class (247g)
36
touchscreen enabled
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
provides face detection focusing
video res high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
includes external mic socket
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
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Olympus TG-4 vs Sony A9 II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-4 and Sony A9 II
 Olympus Tough TG-4Sony Alpha A9 Mark II
General Information
Company Olympus Sony
Model type Olympus Tough TG-4 Sony Alpha A9 Mark II
Class Waterproof Pro Mirrorless
Announced 2015-04-13 2019-10-03
Physical type Compact SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic VII BIONZ X
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Full frame
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 35.6 x 23.8mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 847.3mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 24MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 6400 51200
Maximum boosted ISO - 204800
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Lowest boosted ISO - 50
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 25 693
Lens
Lens support fixed lens Sony E
Lens zoom range 25-100mm (4.0x) -
Highest aperture f/2.0-4.9 -
Macro focusing distance 1cm -
Number of lenses - 121
Crop factor 5.8 1
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Tilting
Screen size 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 460 thousand dots 1,440 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 3,686 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.78x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Highest silent shutter speed - 1/32000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 5.0fps 20.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 7.90 m (at ISO 1600) no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, redeye reduction, fill-in, off, LED Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Red-eye reduction, Wireless, Hi-speed sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video data format H.264, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 247 gr (0.54 lb) 678 gr (1.49 lb)
Dimensions 112 x 66 x 31mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.2") 129 x 96 x 76mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 3.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 380 pictures 690 pictures
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID LI-92B NP-FZ100
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom) Yes (2, 5, 10 secs + continuous, 3 or 5 frames)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II compatible)
Card slots One Dual
Price at launch $379 $4,498