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Olympus TG-4 vs Sony QX10

Portability
90
Imaging
41
Features
51
Overall
45
Olympus Tough TG-4 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 front
Portability
96
Imaging
43
Features
34
Overall
39

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony QX10 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
  • Released April 2015
  • Succeeded the Olympus TG-3
  • New Model is Olympus TG-5
Sony QX10
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • " Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1440 x 1080 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 105g - 62 x 62 x 33mm
  • Announced September 2013
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Olympus TG-4 vs Sony QX10 Overview

Its time to look much closer at the Olympus TG-4 vs Sony QX10, former is a Waterproof while the latter is a Lens-style by competitors Olympus and Sony. The image resolution of the TG-4 (16MP) and the QX10 (18MP) is relatively close and both cameras posses the same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

Photography Glossary

The TG-4 was manufactured 20 months after the QX10 which makes them a generation away from each other. Each of these cameras have different body design with the Olympus TG-4 being a Compact camera and the Sony QX10 being a Lens-style camera.

Before diving into a comprehensive comparison, here is a concise synopsis of how the TG-4 scores versus the QX10 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-4 over the Sony QX10

 TG-4 QX10 
AnnouncedApril 2015September 2013More modern by 20 months
Manual focus More precise focusing
Screen dimensions3""Bigger screen (+3")
Screen resolution460k0kCrisper screen (+460k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony QX10 over the Olympus TG-4

 QX10 TG-4 
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Olympus TG-4 and Sony QX10

 TG-4 QX10 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony QX10 Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to carry around your camera frequently, you will want to take into account its weight and volume. The Olympus TG-4 enjoys outside measurements of 112mm x 66mm x 31mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.2") accompanied by a weight of 247 grams (0.54 lbs) while the Sony QX10 has sizing of 62mm x 62mm x 33mm (2.4" x 2.4" x 1.3") along with a weight of 105 grams (0.23 lbs).

Take a look at the Olympus TG-4 vs Sony QX10 in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you have attached at that moment. Below is a front view dimension comparison of the TG-4 vs the QX10.

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony QX10 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the TG-4 and QX10 is 90 and 96 respectively.

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony QX10 top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony QX10 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it can be tough to picture the contrast in sensor sizes just by viewing technical specs. The picture underneath will offer you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the TG-4 and QX10.

As you can tell, both of those cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit different megapixels. You can count on the Sony QX10 to render extra detail due to its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also let you crop pictures a bit more aggressively. The fresher TG-4 provides an advantage with regard to sensor technology.

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony QX10 sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony QX10 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony QX10 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-4 Portrait photography information
Sony QX10 Portrait photography information
47
you can focus manually
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
provides face detect focusing
delivers RAW formats
manual mode not available
cannot use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
37
MP count decent (18MP)
includes face detection autofocus
lack of manual focus
manual mode not available
external flash not possible
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-4 Street photography factors
Sony QX10 Street photography factors
65
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
delivers RAW formats
weather proof
no articulating screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
more heavy than competition (247 grams)
68
has image stabilization (Optical)
boasts touch focus
lighter than competition (105g)
fixed screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-4 Sports photography highlights
Sony QX10 Sports photography highlights
48
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
provides tracking focus
weather proof
great battery life (380 per charge)
max frames per second very slow (5.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
38
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (18MP)
lack of shutter priority mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
bad battery power (220 CIPA)
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus TG-4
Travel photography with Sony QX10
74
great battery life (380 shots)
weather proof
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
fast max aperture (f2.0)
more heavy than competition (247 grams)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
69
lighter than competition (105 grams)
boasts touch focus
MP count decent (18MP)
reasonably wide (25mm)
great zoom (250mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
bad battery power (220 CIPA)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus TG-4
Landscape photography with Sony QX10
62
you can focus manually
pretty wide (25mm)
fast max aperture (f2.0)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
delivers RAW formats
weather proof
great battery life (380 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
manual mode not available
sensor is small (1/2.3")
39
reasonably wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (18 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
screen is small (")
manual mode not available
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
bad battery power (220 per charge)
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-4 as a Vlogging camera
Sony QX10 as a Vlogging camera
34
pretty wide (25mm)
fast max aperture (f2.0)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides face detect focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
does not have microphone socket
more heavy than competition (247g)
34
reasonably wide (25mm)
touchscreen functionality
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection autofocus
lighter than competition (105 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
low res video (1440 x 1080 resolution)
lack of external microphone port
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Olympus TG-4 vs Sony QX10 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-4 and Sony QX10
 Olympus Tough TG-4Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Sony
Model Olympus Tough TG-4 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10
Category Waterproof Lens-style
Released 2015-04-13 2013-09-04
Body design Compact Lens-style
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic VII -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 18 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 4896 x 3672
Maximum native ISO 6400 3200
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 25 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-100mm (4.0x) 25-250mm (10.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.0-4.9 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus range 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inch -
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dot 0 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen tech - Depends on connected smartphone
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4 secs 4 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shooting speed 5.0 frames/s -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 7.90 m (at ISO 1600) no built-in flash
Flash modes Auto, redeye reduction, fill-in, off, LED None
Hot shoe
Auto exposure 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) 1440 x 1080 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1440x1080
Video file format H.264, Motion JPEG MPEG-4
Microphone 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 proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 247 grams (0.54 pounds) 105 grams (0.23 pounds)
Physical dimensions 112 x 66 x 31mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.2") 62 x 62 x 33mm (2.4" x 2.4" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 photographs 220 photographs
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model LI-92B NP-BN,
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom) Yes (2, 10 secs)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC, Memory Stick Micro
Storage slots Single Single
Launch price $379 $250