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Olympus TG-5 vs Sony H50

Portability
90
Imaging
39
Features
51
Overall
43
Olympus Tough TG-5 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 front
Portability
69
Imaging
33
Features
25
Overall
29

Olympus TG-5 vs Sony H50 Key Specs

Olympus TG-5
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Push to 12800)
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 25-100mm (F2.0-4.9) lens
  • 250g - 113 x 66 x 32mm
  • Introduced May 2017
  • Previous Model is Olympus TG-4
  • Later Model is Olympus TG-6
Sony H50
(Full Review)
  • 9MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 31-465mm (F2.7-4.5) lens
  • 547g - 116 x 81 x 86mm
  • Released January 2009
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Olympus TG-5 vs Sony H50 Overview

Lets take a deeper look at the Olympus TG-5 and Sony H50, former being a Waterproof while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by companies Olympus and Sony. There is a substantial difference among the image resolutions of the TG-5 (12MP) and H50 (9MP) but both cameras have the identical sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The TG-5 was brought out 8 years later than the H50 and that is a fairly big difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before getting right into a step-by-step comparison, here is a short introduction of how the TG-5 matches up versus the H50 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-5 over the Sony H50

 TG-5 H50 
ReleasedMay 2017January 2009More recent by 102 months
Screen resolution460k230kCrisper screen (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony H50 over the Olympus TG-5

 H50 TG-5 

Common features in the Olympus TG-5 and Sony H50

 TG-5 H50 
Focus manually Dial accurate focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen size3"3"Same screen measurement
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch screen Neither offers Touch screen

Olympus TG-5 vs Sony H50 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is planning to lug around your camera, you will want to factor in its weight and measurements. The Olympus TG-5 offers external dimensions of 113mm x 66mm x 32mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.3") with a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs) while the Sony H50 has proportions of 116mm x 81mm x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4") along with a weight of 547 grams (1.21 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you are utilising at that moment. Below is a front view measurements comparison of the TG-5 vs the H50.

Olympus TG-5 vs Sony H50 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability score of the TG-5 and H50 is 90 and 69 respectively.

Olympus TG-5 vs Sony H50 top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-5 vs Sony H50 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is difficult to see the gap in sensor measurements just by researching specifications. The photograph here will provide you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the TG-5 and H50.

Plainly, the two cameras feature the identical sensor size albeit not the same resolution. You can count on the Olympus TG-5 to result in more detail having its extra 3MP. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop shots way more aggressively. The younger TG-5 will have an edge when it comes to sensor technology.

Olympus TG-5 vs Sony H50 sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-5 vs Sony H50 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-5 vs Sony H50 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-5 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony H50 as a Portrait photography camera
40
you can focus manually
offers face detection focusing
exports RAW files
manual exposure not available
cannot use external flash
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
27
manual focus
cannot use external flash
low resolution (9 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus TG-5
Street photography with Sony H50
65
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW files
environment proof
screen is fixed
small sensor (1/2.3")
heavier than average in class (250 grams)
43
image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
heavier than competition in class (547g)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-5 as a Sports photography camera
Sony H50 as a Sports photography camera
47
high max frames per second (20.0 frames per second)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
offers tracking autofocus
environment proof
great battery power (340 shots)
no shutter priority
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
33
long zoom range (31-465mm 15.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
painfully slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
low resolution (9MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus TG-5
Travel photography with Sony H50
68
great battery power (340 CIPA)
environment proof
built-in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
fast max aperture (f2.0)
heavier than average in class (250 grams)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
44
flash built-in
great zoom (465mm)
does not have Time Lapse recording
heavier than competition in class (547 grams)
low resolution (9MP)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
wide angle not great (31mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus TG-5 Landscape photography details
Sony H50 Landscape photography details
57
you can focus manually
relatively wide (25mm)
fast max aperture (f2.0)
nice screen size (3")
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW files
environment proof
great battery power (340 per charge)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
manual exposure not available
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
35
manual focus
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (31mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
low resolution (9MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
does not have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-5 Vlogging highlights
Sony H50 Vlogging highlights
34
relatively wide (25mm)
fast max aperture (f2.0)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
offers face detection focusing
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
missing external mic socket
heavier than average in class (250 grams)
19
image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not great (31mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
video res low (640 x 480 pixels)
does not have external mic support
heavier than competition in class (547g)
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Olympus TG-5 vs Sony H50 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-5 and Sony H50
 Olympus Tough TG-5Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Sony
Model Olympus Tough TG-5 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50
Type Waterproof Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2017-05-17 2009-01-15
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic VIII -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 9 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 3:2
Highest resolution 4000 x 3000 3456 x 2592
Highest native ISO 12800 3200
Highest boosted ISO 12800 -
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW files
Minimum boosted ISO 100 -
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 25 9
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-100mm (4.0x) 31-465mm (15.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.0-4.9 f/2.7-4.5
Macro focus distance 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 460k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting rate 20.0 frames/s 2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range - 9.10 m
Flash modes Auto, redeye reduction, slow sync, redeye slow sync, fill, manual, off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 640 x 480, 30 fps, 320 x 240, 8 fps
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 640x480
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Built-in None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 250g (0.55 lb) 547g (1.21 lb)
Physical dimensions 113 x 66 x 32mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.3") 116 x 81 x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4")
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 340 photos -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model LI-92B NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I compatible) Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Card slots One One
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