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Olympus TG-6 vs Sony HX9V

Portability
90
Imaging
39
Features
54
Overall
45
Olympus Tough TG-6 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V front
Portability
91
Imaging
39
Features
46
Overall
41

Olympus TG-6 vs Sony HX9V 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
  • Launched May 2019
  • Old Model is Olympus TG-5
Sony HX9V
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-384mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 245g - 105 x 59 x 34mm
  • Revealed July 2011
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Olympus TG-6 vs Sony HX9V Overview

Its time to look more closely at the Olympus TG-6 versus Sony HX9V, former being a Waterproof while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom by manufacturers Olympus and Sony. There exists a considerable gap between the resolutions of the TG-6 (12MP) and HX9V (16MP) but they enjoy the same exact sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The TG-6 was revealed 7 years later than the HX9V and that is quite a large difference as far as technology is concerned. The two cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving in to a comprehensive comparison, below is a short view of how the TG-6 matches up against the HX9V when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-6 over the Sony HX9V

 TG-6 HX9V 
RevealedMay 2019July 2011More recent by 96 months
Display resolution1040k921kClearer display (+119k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony HX9V over the Olympus TG-6

 HX9V TG-6 

Common features in the Olympus TG-6 and Sony HX9V

 TG-6 HX9V 
Manual focus More accurate focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display measurement
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch display Absent Touch display

Olympus TG-6 vs Sony HX9V Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to lug around your camera frequently, you'll have to take into account its weight and measurements. The Olympus TG-6 has outside dimensions of 113mm x 66mm x 32mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.3") and a weight of 253 grams (0.56 lbs) and the Sony HX9V has proportions of 105mm x 59mm x 34mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") and a weight of 245 grams (0.54 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you have at the time. Following is the front view measurements comparison of the TG-6 compared to the HX9V.

Olympus TG-6 vs Sony HX9V size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the TG-6 and HX9V is 90 and 91 respectively.

Olympus TG-6 vs Sony HX9V top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-6 vs Sony HX9V Sensor Comparison

Typically, it's hard to visualise the gap between sensor measurements just by reviewing specifications. The graphic below may give you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the TG-6 and HX9V.

To sum up, both of the cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing but not the same MP. You can anticipate the Sony HX9V to offer you extra detail because of its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also help you crop photos far more aggressively. The younger TG-6 is going to have an edge in sensor technology.

Olympus TG-6 vs Sony HX9V sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-6 vs Sony HX9V Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-6 vs Sony HX9V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-6 Portrait photography highlights
Sony HX9V Portrait photography highlights
40
focusing manually
supports face detection focusing
exports RAW formats
lack of manual mode
external flash not possible
megapixel count low (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
39
you can focus manually
MP count good (16 megapixels)
can't use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus TG-6
Street photography with Sony HX9V
65
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW formats
weather proofing
fixed screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
heavier than competition (253 grams)
61
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors in class (245 grams)
fixed screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus TG-6
Sports photography with Sony HX9V
47
fast continuous shooting (20.0 fps)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports tracking autofocus
weather proofing
better than average battery power (340 per charge)
no shutter priority
megapixel count low (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
44
incredible zoom range (24-384mm 16.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
no shutter priority mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-6 Travel photography features
Sony HX9V Travel photography features
68
better than average battery power (340 CIPA)
weather proofing
flash built-in
fairly wide (25mm)
great max aperture (f2.0)
heavier than competition (253 grams)
megapixel count low (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
69
lighter than competitors in class (245g)
MP count good (16MP)
has built in flash
relatively wide (24mm)
long zoom (384mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
does not feature selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus TG-6
Landscape photography with Sony HX9V
57
focusing manually
fairly wide (25mm)
great max aperture (f2.0)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW formats
weather proofing
better than average battery power (340 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lack of manual mode
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
49
you can focus manually
relatively wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16MP)
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-6 Vlogging details
Sony HX9V Vlogging details
34
fairly wide (25mm)
great max aperture (f2.0)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports face detection focusing
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
display is not selfie friendly
lack of external mic support
heavier than competition (253 grams)
33
relatively wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competitors in class (245g)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not feature selfie friendly display
lack of external microphone jack
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Olympus TG-6 vs Sony HX9V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-6 and Sony HX9V
 Olympus Tough TG-6Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V
General Information
Company Olympus Sony
Model Olympus Tough TG-6 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V
Class Waterproof Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2019-05-22 2011-07-19
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip TruePic VIII 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 12MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 12800 3200
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 25 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-100mm (4.0x) 24-384mm (16.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.0-4.9 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus range 1cm -
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 1,040 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display tech - XtraFine LCD display with TruBlack technology
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1600s
Continuous shutter speed 20.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range - 4.00 m
Flash settings Auto, Red Eye Reduction, Slow sync. (1st curtain), Red-eye Slow sync. (1st curtain), Fill- in, Manual, Flash Off Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PC 1920 x 1080 (60fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
Max video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Built-in BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 253 grams (0.56 lbs) 245 grams (0.54 lbs)
Dimensions 113 x 66 x 32mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.3") 105 x 59 x 34mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model LI-92B NP-BG1
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I support) SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots Single Single
Retail price $449 $328