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Olympus TG-6 vs Panasonic TS1

Portability
90
Imaging
39
Features
54
Overall
45
Olympus Tough TG-6 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 front
Portability
93
Imaging
35
Features
24
Overall
30

Olympus TG-6 vs Panasonic TS1 Key Specs

Olympus TG-6
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 25-100mm (F2.0-4.9) lens
  • 253g - 113 x 66 x 32mm
  • Released May 2019
  • Previous Model is Olympus TG-5
Panasonic TS1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-128mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 189g - 98 x 63 x 23mm
  • Introduced January 2009
  • Also Known as Lumix DMC-FT1
  • Renewed by Panasonic TS2
Photography Glossary

Olympus TG-6 vs Panasonic TS1 Overview

Lets look closer at the Olympus TG-6 vs Panasonic TS1, both Waterproof digital cameras by rivals Olympus and Panasonic. The resolution of the TG-6 (12MP) and the TS1 (12MP) is fairly well matched and both cameras posses the identical sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The TG-6 was launched 10 years later than the TS1 and that is quite a serious difference as far as tech is concerned. Each of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before diving straight to a comprehensive comparison, here is a simple view of how the TG-6 grades versus the TS1 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-6 over the Panasonic TS1

 TG-6 TS1 
IntroducedMay 2019January 2009More recent by 126 months
Manually focus More precise focusing
Display size3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution1040k230kClearer display (+810k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic TS1 over the Olympus TG-6

 TS1 TG-6 

Common features in the Olympus TG-6 and Panasonic TS1

 TG-6 TS1 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither offers Touch friendly display

Olympus TG-6 vs Panasonic TS1 Physical Comparison

When you are going to lug around your camera often, you are going to need to think about its weight and measurements. The Olympus TG-6 offers external dimensions of 113mm x 66mm x 32mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.3") accompanied by a weight of 253 grams (0.56 lbs) and the Panasonic TS1 has proportions of 98mm x 63mm x 23mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 0.9") with a weight of 189 grams (0.42 lbs).

Examine the Olympus TG-6 vs Panasonic TS1 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you choose at the time. The following is a front view over all size comparison of the TG-6 compared to the TS1.

Olympus TG-6 vs Panasonic TS1 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the TG-6 and TS1 is 90 and 93 respectively.

Olympus TG-6 vs Panasonic TS1 top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-6 vs Panasonic TS1 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it can be tough to visualise the difference between sensor measurements merely by checking specs. The photograph here should offer you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the TG-6 and TS1.

As you can plainly see, both cameras come with the identical sensor size and the same exact resolution therefore you can expect similar quality of photographs though you might want to take the launch date of the products into consideration. The younger TG-6 is going to have an advantage when it comes to sensor tech.

Olympus TG-6 vs Panasonic TS1 sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-6 vs Panasonic TS1 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-6 vs Panasonic TS1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-6 Portrait photography factors
Panasonic TS1 Portrait photography factors
40
has manual focus
includes face detect autofocus
saves RAW formats
no manual control
cannot use external flash
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
21
manual focus not available
manual mode not available
MP count low (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-6 Street photography information
Panasonic TS1 Street photography information
65
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
saves RAW formats
environment proof
fixed screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
heavier than competition (253g)
61
has image stabilization (Optical)
environment proofing
fixed screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-6 Sports photography details
Panasonic TS1 Sports photography details
47
high max frames per second (20.0 frames/s)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes tracking focus
environment proof
great battery (340 CIPA)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
30
has image stabilization (Optical)
environment proofing
max shutter speed is low (1/1,300s)
very slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
MP count low (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-6 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic TS1 as a Travel photography camera
68
great battery (340 CIPA)
environment proof
flash built-in
reasonably wide (25mm)
good max aperture (f2.0)
heavier than competition (253 grams)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
61
environment proofing
has built in flash
decently wide (28mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
MP count low (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus TG-6 Landscape photography factors
Panasonic TS1 Landscape photography factors
57
has manual focus
reasonably wide (25mm)
good max aperture (f2.0)
decent sized screen (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
saves RAW formats
environment proof
great battery (340 CIPA)
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
no manual control
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
35
decently wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
environment proofing
manual focus not available
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is small (2.7")
manual mode not available
MP count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
does not have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-6 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic TS1 as a Vlogging camera
34
reasonably wide (25mm)
good max aperture (f2.0)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes face detect autofocus
high video quality (3840 x 2160 resolution)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have mic jack
heavier than competition (253g)
28
decently wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have mic socket
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Olympus TG-6 vs Panasonic TS1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-6 and Panasonic TS1
 Olympus Tough TG-6Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus Tough TG-6 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1
Otherwise known as - Lumix DMC-FT1
Class Waterproof Waterproof
Released 2019-05-22 2009-01-27
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic VIII -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 12800 6400
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 25 11
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-100mm (4.0x) 28-128mm (4.6x)
Max aperture f/2.0-4.9 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus range 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inches 2.7 inches
Resolution of display 1,040k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4 seconds 60 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1300 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 20.0 frames per second 2.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash modes Auto, Red Eye Reduction, Slow sync. (1st curtain), Red-eye Slow sync. (1st curtain), Fill- in, Manual, Flash Off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PC 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 AVCHD Lite
Mic port
Headphone port
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 253g (0.56 pounds) 189g (0.42 pounds)
Physical dimensions 113 x 66 x 32mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.3") 98 x 63 x 23mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 0.9")
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 photographs -
Battery type Battery Pack -
Battery model LI-92B -
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I support) SD/MMC/SDHC, Internal
Card slots One One
Retail cost $449 $380