Updated (February 2013): Compare the Olympus TG-1 iHS vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

Olympus TG-1 iHS vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

Olympus TG-1 iHS
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

Reasons to buy the Olympus TG-1 iHS

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2
OLED Screen
Screen type
Bright and vivid
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Size
Really small
Ultra compact (96×56×18 mm)
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps

Items often bought with the Olympus TG-1 iHS or Sony DSC-TX20

galleries

Explore our gallery of 9 sample photos taken by the Olympus TG-1 iHS.
Explore our gallery of 14 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20.

differences

Advantages of the Olympus TG-1 iHS

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/2 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the TG-1 iHS's lens captures much more light (1.6 f-stops)
Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
Help
OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
Help
Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The TG-1 iHS's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Battery life
Longer battery life
300 shots vs 250 shots
Help
20% more shots per battery charge
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1600s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-TX20

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Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Size
Significantly smaller
96×56×18 mm vs 99×64×25 mm
Help
Around 40% smaller
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 3 fps
Help
Around 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 610k dots
Help
More than 50% higher resolution screen
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Digital
  2. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Weight
Significantly lighter
133 g vs 221 g
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Around 40% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
0.7" vs 1"
Help
Around 30% thinner
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$230.00 vs $579.95
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The best price we've seen is $350 cheaper (2.5x less)
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recommendations

Snapsort can't make a recommendation (yet) because it doesn't have enough data yet about the Olympus TG-1 iHS.

similarities

Compared to recent compacts

Common Strengths
3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
TG-1 iHS1080p @ 30fps
DSC-TX201080p @ 60fps
HDR In-camera HDR Help
Combines multiple exposures
Size Fairly small Help
TG-1 iHS99×64×25 mm
DSC-TX2096×56×18 mm
Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
1.0 cm
Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
Waterproof Waterproof Help
Great at the beach
Thickness Thin Help
TG-1 iHS1"
DSC-TX200.7"
Common Weaknesses
Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
4 seconds
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Zoom Poor zoom Help
4x

Compared to recent waterproof cameras

Common Strengths
Screen size Larger than average screens Help
3"
Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
TG-1 iHS610k dots
DSC-TX20921k dots
Common Weaknesses
High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
Not supported

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

Waterproof

$228 - $258

Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Olympus Tough TG-4

Olympus Tough TG-4

Waterproof

$335 - $379

Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is much heavier
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860

Waterproof

$249

Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier
Nikon Coolpix AW120

Nikon Coolpix AW120

Waterproof

$249

Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX300V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX300V

Waterproof

Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
Canon PowerShot D30

Canon PowerShot D30

Waterproof

$299 - $329

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Thickness Is thicker
Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

Waterproof

$262

Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier

Olympus TG-1 iHS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

Waterproof

$490

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Continuous shooting Shoots faster
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Size Significantly larger
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

Waterproof

$369

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Continuous shooting Shoots faster
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Olympus TG-820 iHS

Olympus TG-820

Waterproof

$250

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Size Smaller
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10

Sony Cybershot TX10

Waterproof

$223

Longest exposure Slightly shorter max exposures
Fujifilm XP80

Fujifilm XP80

Waterproof

$130 - $199

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Lowest price Cheaper
Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
Size Significantly larger

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Olympus TG-1 iHS Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20
Olympus TG-1 iHS Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

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