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Olympus TG-4 vs Sony A6600

Portability
90
Imaging
41
Features
51
Overall
45
Olympus Tough TG-4 front
 
Sony Alpha a6600 front
Portability
77
Imaging
70
Features
96
Overall
80

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony A6600 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
  • Old Model is Olympus TG-3
  • Replacement is Olympus TG-5
Sony A6600
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 32000 (Expand to 102400)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 503g - 120 x 67 x 69mm
  • Released August 2019
  • Successor is Sony A6700
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Olympus TG-4 vs Sony A6600 Overview

In this article, we will be matching up the Olympus TG-4 and Sony A6600, former being a Waterproof while the latter is a Advanced Mirrorless by brands Olympus and Sony. There is a substantial difference among the resolutions of the TG-4 (16MP) and A6600 (24MP) and the TG-4 (1/2.3") and A6600 (APS-C) come with different sensor size.

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The TG-4 was revealed 5 years before the A6600 and that is a fairly big difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of the cameras offer different body type with the Olympus TG-4 being a Compact camera and the Sony A6600 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before going through a in depth comparison, below is a quick highlight of how the TG-4 scores against the A6600 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-4 over the Sony A6600

 TG-4 A6600 

Reasons to pick Sony A6600 over the Olympus TG-4

 A6600 TG-4 
ReleasedAugust 2019April 2015Fresher by 53 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution922k460kClearer screen (+462k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Olympus TG-4 and Sony A6600

 TG-4 A6600 
Manual focus Dial precise focus
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen size

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony A6600 Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to carry your camera, you should consider its weight and proportions. The Olympus TG-4 has got outside dimensions of 112mm x 66mm x 31mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.2") accompanied by a weight of 247 grams (0.54 lbs) whilst the Sony A6600 has measurements of 120mm x 67mm x 69mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 2.7") accompanied by a weight of 503 grams (1.11 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you are using at that moment. Following is the front view over all size comparison of the TG-4 compared to the A6600.

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony A6600 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability grade of the TG-4 and A6600 is 90 and 77 respectively.

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony A6600 top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony A6600 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it can be tough to visualize the difference in sensor sizing purely by going through technical specs. The graphic below will help give you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the TG-4 and A6600.

As you can tell, each of these cameras offer different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The TG-4 with its smaller sensor is going to make shooting bokeh more difficult and the Sony A6600 will produce greater detail because of its extra 8 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also help you crop pictures a little more aggressively. The older TG-4 will be disadvantaged with regard to sensor technology.

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony A6600 sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony A6600 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony A6600 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-4 Portrait photography details
Sony A6600 Portrait photography details
47
you can focus manually
megapixel count decent (16MP)
has face detect focusing
delivers RAW files
lack of manual exposure
external flash not possible
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
82
has manual focus
MP count decent (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
provides face detection focusing
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-4 as a Street photography camera
Sony A6600 as a Street photography camera
65
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
delivers RAW files
weather sealing
no articulating screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
more heavy than competition (247g)
84
has a tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW files
supports touch focus
weather proof
good high ISO (32,000)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus TG-4
Sports photography with Sony A6600
48
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
has tracking focus
weather sealing
good battery life (380 CIPA)
max fps low (5.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
85
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count decent (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
provides tracking autofocus
weather proof
great battery (810 per charge)
supports phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus TG-4
Travel photography with Sony A6600
74
good battery life (380 per charge)
weather sealing
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
good maximum aperture (f2.0)
more heavy than competition (247g)
screen isn't selfie friendly
84
great battery (810 CIPA)
weather proof
connects via bluetooth
supports touch focus
MP count decent (24 megapixels)
screen is selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus TG-4 Landscape photography advice
Sony A6600 Landscape photography advice
62
you can focus manually
pretty wide (25mm)
good maximum aperture (f2.0)
decent sized screen (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
delivers RAW files
weather sealing
good battery life (380 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lack of manual exposure
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
85
has manual focus
change lenses (Sony E mount)
nice screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count decent (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
good high ISO (32,000)
saves RAW files
weather proof
great battery (810 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-4 Vlogging highlights
Sony A6600 Vlogging highlights
34
pretty wide (25mm)
good maximum aperture (f2.0)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have microphone jack
more heavy than competition (247g)
84
screen is selfie friendly
touch screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
provides face detection focusing
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
comes with external mic jack
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Olympus TG-4 vs Sony A6600 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-4 and Sony A6600
 Olympus Tough TG-4Sony Alpha a6600
General Information
Make Olympus Sony
Model Olympus Tough TG-4 Sony Alpha a6600
Class Waterproof Advanced Mirrorless
Revealed 2015-04-13 2019-08-28
Body design Compact Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic VII Bionz X
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 16MP 24MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 6000 x 4000
Highest native ISO 6400 32000
Highest boosted ISO - 102400
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 25 425
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens Sony E
Lens focal range 25-100mm (4.0x) -
Highest aperture f/2.0-4.9 -
Macro focus range 1cm -
Number of lenses - 121
Crop factor 5.8 1.5
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Tilting
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 460k dot 922k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359k dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.71x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 5.0fps 11.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 7.90 m (at ISO 1600) no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, redeye reduction, fill-in, off, LED Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction (On/Off selectable), Hi-speed sync, Wireless
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
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 / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video format H.264, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) Yes
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 247 grams (0.54 pounds) 503 grams (1.11 pounds)
Dimensions 112 x 66 x 31mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.2") 120 x 67 x 69mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 2.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 82
DXO Color Depth score not tested 23.8
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 13.4
DXO Low light score not tested 1497
Other
Battery life 380 photos 810 photos
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model LI-92B NP-FZ1000
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom) Yes
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory SD/SDHC/SDXC + Memory Stick Pro Duo
Storage slots 1 1
Price at launch $379 $1,198