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Olympus TG-4 vs Sony A580

Portability
90
Imaging
41
Features
51
Overall
45
Olympus Tough TG-4 front
 
Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 front
Portability
64
Imaging
56
Features
82
Overall
66

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony A580 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
  • Revealed April 2015
  • Previous Model is Olympus TG-3
  • Renewed by Olympus TG-5
Sony A580
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Raise to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 599g - 137 x 104 x 84mm
  • Introduced May 2011
  • Succeeded the Sony A100
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Olympus TG-4 vs Sony A580 Overview

On this page, we are analyzing the Olympus TG-4 and Sony A580, former is a Waterproof while the other is a Entry-Level DSLR by rivals Olympus and Sony. The sensor resolution of the TG-4 (16MP) and the A580 (16MP) is fairly well matched but the TG-4 (1/2.3") and A580 (APS-C) boast different sensor size.

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The TG-4 was announced 3 years after the A580 which is quite a significant difference as far as technology is concerned. Both of these cameras have different body design with the Olympus TG-4 being a Compact camera and the Sony A580 being a Compact SLR camera.

Before diving into a in-depth comparison, here is a simple overview of how the TG-4 grades versus the A580 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-4 over the Sony A580

 TG-4 A580 
IntroducedApril 2015May 2011Newer by 48 months

Reasons to pick Sony A580 over the Olympus TG-4

 A580 TG-4 
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution922k460kClearer display (+462k dot)

Common features in the Olympus TG-4 and Sony A580

 TG-4 A580 
Manual focus Dial precise focus
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display size
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither features Touch friendly display

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony A580 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to travel with your camera, you will have to factor its weight and proportions. The Olympus TG-4 enjoys physical measurements of 112mm x 66mm x 31mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.2") and a weight of 247 grams (0.54 lbs) whilst the Sony A580 has measurements of 137mm x 104mm x 84mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 3.3") accompanied by a weight of 599 grams (1.32 lbs).

Analyze the Olympus TG-4 and Sony A580 in our newest 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 have attached at the time. The following is a front view dimension comparison of the TG-4 versus the A580.

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony A580 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the TG-4 and A580 is 90 and 64 respectively.

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony A580 top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony A580 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it can be tough to imagine the difference between sensor dimensions merely by reading through a spec sheet. The pic underneath should give you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the TG-4 and A580.

Clearly, each of the cameras have the same megapixel count but different sensor dimensions. The TG-4 has got the tinier sensor which will make achieving bokeh tougher. The newer TG-4 provides an edge with regard to sensor technology.

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony A580 sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony A580 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony A580 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-4 Portrait photography information
Sony A580 Portrait photography information
47
focusing manually
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
has face detect focusing
supports RAW files
no manual control
external flash not possible
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
73
has manual focus
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
provides face detection focus
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-4 Street photography information
Sony A580 Street photography information
65
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports RAW files
weather sealing
fixed screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
more heavy than average (247 grams)
75
has a tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-4 as a Sports photography camera
Sony A580 as a Sports photography camera
48
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
has tracking focus
weather sealing
great battery pack (380 CIPA)
continuous shooting slow (5.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
78
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
provides tracking autofocus
great battery (1,050 per charge)
sensor has phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-4 as a Travel photography camera
Sony A580 as a Travel photography camera
74
great battery pack (380 CIPA)
weather sealing
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
good max aperture (f2.0)
more heavy than average (247g)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
60
great battery (1,050 shots)
decent megapixels (16MP)
flash built-in
lack of Time Lapse function
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus TG-4 Landscape photography factors
Sony A580 Landscape photography factors
62
focusing manually
pretty wide (25mm)
good max aperture (f2.0)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
supports RAW files
weather sealing
great battery pack (380 CIPA)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
no manual control
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
73
has manual focus
change lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent megapixels (16MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW files
great battery (1,050 CIPA)
has dual storage slots
lack of Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-4 Vlogging factors
Sony A580 Vlogging factors
34
pretty wide (25mm)
good max aperture (f2.0)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has face detect focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
no microphone jack
more heavy than average (247 grams)
34
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides face detection focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
includes external mic jack
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
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Olympus TG-4 vs Sony A580 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-4 and Sony A580
 Olympus Tough TG-4Sony Alpha DSLR-A580
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Sony
Model Olympus Tough TG-4 Sony Alpha DSLR-A580
Class Waterproof Entry-Level DSLR
Revealed 2015-04-13 2011-05-26
Body design Compact Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Chip TruePic VII Bionz
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 4912 x 3264
Max native ISO 6400 12800
Max boosted ISO - 25600
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 25 15
Cross focus points - 3
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens Sony/Minolta Alpha
Lens focal range 25-100mm (4.0x) -
Maximal aperture f/2.0-4.9 -
Macro focus distance 1cm -
Amount of lenses - 143
Focal length multiplier 5.8 1.5
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Tilting
Screen size 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dot 922 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage - 95%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.53x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 5.0fps 7.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 7.90 m (at ISO 1600) 12.00 m
Flash modes Auto, redeye reduction, fill-in, off, LED Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync - 1/160 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) 1920 x 1080 (60, 29.97 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 640 x 424 (29.97 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format H.264, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 247 gr (0.54 lbs) 599 gr (1.32 lbs)
Physical dimensions 112 x 66 x 31mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.2") 137 x 104 x 84mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 3.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 80
DXO Color Depth score not tested 23.8
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 13.3
DXO Low light score not tested 1121
Other
Battery life 380 images 1050 images
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model LI-92B NP-FM500H
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots 1 Dual
Launch price $379 $848