• 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 35.00mm - 210.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 102.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon G9 advantages over Olympus Tough-8000

  • Larger sensor
    1/1.7 inch vs 1/2.33 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.90 vs 1.54 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.8 vs f/3.5
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Fast startup
    ~1.50 vs 2.6 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • More telephoto lens reach
    210 mm vs 102 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Less shutter lag
    0.57 vs 0.84 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Longer exposure
    15 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster shutter
    1/2500 vs 1/1000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    3200 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Olympus Tough-8000 advantages over Canon G9

  • Less expensive
    $400 vs $500 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Thinner
    21 mm vs 42 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    201g vs 364g
    Lighter weight
  • Wider angle lens
    28 mm vs 35 mm
    Capture more of the scene

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Neither provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Olympus 1030 SW

Canon G9
Olympus 1030 SW
  • $500
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Olympus Tough-8000
Olympus 1030 SW
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • More pixels
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Less shutter lag

Compared to Olympus Tough-6000

Canon G9
Olympus Tough-6000
  • $500
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Olympus Tough-8000
Olympus Tough-6000
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Less shutter lag
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive

Compared to Sony DSC-G3

Canon G9
Sony DSC-G3
  • $500
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $500
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Olympus Tough-8000
Sony DSC-G3
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $500
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Panasonic DMC-TS1

Canon G9
Panasonic DMC-TS1
  • $500
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Olympus Tough-8000
Panasonic DMC-TS1
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Fast startup
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Samsung TL225

Canon G9
Samsung TL225
  • $500
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $350
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Olympus Tough-8000
Samsung TL225
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $350
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Fast startup
  • More telephoto lens reach
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