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Olympus TG-4 vs Sony TX20

Portability
90
Imaging
41
Features
51
Overall
45
Olympus Tough TG-4 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 front
Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
50
Overall
43

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony TX20 Key Specs

Olympus TG-4
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-100mm (F2.0-4.9) lens
  • 247g - 112 x 66 x 31mm
  • Introduced April 2015
  • Earlier Model is Olympus TG-3
  • Successor is Olympus TG-5
Sony TX20
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-100mm (F3.5-4.6) lens
  • 133g - 96 x 56 x 18mm
  • Introduced February 2012
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Olympus TG-4 vs Sony TX20 Overview

In this article, we will be evaluating the Olympus TG-4 versus Sony TX20, former being a Waterproof while the latter is a Ultracompact by manufacturers Olympus and Sony. The sensor resolution of the TG-4 (16MP) and the TX20 (16MP) is relatively close and they come with the same exact sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The TG-4 was announced 3 years later than the TX20 and that is a fairly serious 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 TX20 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before delving in to a in-depth comparison, below is a simple summary of how the TG-4 scores vs the TX20 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-4 over the Sony TX20

 TG-4 TX20 
IntroducedApril 2015February 2012Fresher by 38 months

Reasons to pick Sony TX20 over the Olympus TG-4

 TX20 TG-4 
Screen resolution922k460kClearer screen (+462k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Olympus TG-4 and Sony TX20

 TG-4 TX20 
Focus manually Dial exact focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen dimensions
Selfie screen No selfie screen

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony TX20 Physical Comparison

When you are planning to carry your camera, you're going to have to factor its weight and dimensions. The Olympus TG-4 provides outside dimensions 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 TX20 has dimensions of 96mm x 56mm x 18mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7") and a weight of 133 grams (0.29 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you are employing during that time. Following is the front view measurement comparison of the TG-4 versus the TX20.

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony TX20 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability grade of the TG-4 and TX20 is 90 and 96 respectively.

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony TX20 top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony TX20 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it's difficult to envision the contrast in sensor sizing purely by researching specs. The graphic below may provide you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the TG-4 and TX20.

All in all, the two cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing and the exact same MP so you can expect comparable quality of photographs but you really should factor the age of the cameras into account. The more recent TG-4 will have a benefit with regard to sensor technology.

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony TX20 sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony TX20 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-4 vs Sony TX20 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-4 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony TX20 as a Portrait photography camera
47
has manual focus
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
has face detect focus
saves RAW formats
manual exposure not available
external flash not possible
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
40
manual focus
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
provides face detect focusing
no manual control
external flash not possible
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus TG-4
Street photography with Sony TX20
65
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
saves RAW formats
environment proof
fixed screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
heavier than competitors in class (247g)
67
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with touch focus
environment sealing
fixed screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-4 Sports photography information
Sony TX20 Sports photography information
48
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
has tracking focus
environment proof
good battery (380 CIPA)
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
50
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
provides tracking focus
environment sealing
good battery life (250 CIPA)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-4 Travel photography details
Sony TX20 Travel photography details
74
good battery (380 shots)
environment proof
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
heavier than competitors in class (247g)
display is not selfie friendly
72
good battery life (250 per charge)
environment sealing
comes with touch focus
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
no Timelapse function
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus TG-4 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony TX20 as a Landscape photography camera
62
has manual focus
relatively wide (25mm)
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
saves RAW formats
environment proof
good battery (380 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
manual exposure not available
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
52
manual focus
relatively wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16MP)
environment sealing
good battery life (250 per charge)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
no manual control
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
no Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-4 Vlogging highlights
Sony TX20 Vlogging highlights
34
relatively wide (25mm)
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have mic support
heavier than competitors in class (247 grams)
35
relatively wide (25mm)
touch screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
no microphone socket
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Olympus TG-4 vs Sony TX20 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-4 and Sony TX20
 Olympus Tough TG-4Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Sony
Model type Olympus Tough TG-4 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20
Type Waterproof Ultracompact
Introduced 2015-04-13 2012-02-28
Physical type Compact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic VII BIONZ
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 16MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 6400 3200
Min native ISO 100 125
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 25 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-100mm (4.0x) 25-100mm (4.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.0-4.9 f/3.5-4.6
Macro focusing range 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3" 3"
Resolution of display 460k dots 922k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display tech - XtraFine TruBlack TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 secs 4 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter rate 5.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 7.90 m (at ISO 1600) 3.70 m
Flash settings Auto, redeye reduction, fill-in, off, LED Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format H.264, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone port
Headphone port
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 sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 247g (0.54 lb) 133g (0.29 lb)
Dimensions 112 x 66 x 31mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.2") 96 x 56 x 18mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 photographs 250 photographs
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID LI-92B NP-BN
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Single Single
Retail price $379 $330