• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 100.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 250.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Olympus TG-4 advantages over Panasonic ZS100

  • Waterproof
    Yes vs No
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • Slower slow-motion
    240 fps vs 120 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.0 vs f/2.8
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Fast startup
    ~1.00 vs 2.3 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 380 vs 300 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Thinner
    31 mm vs 44 mm
    Thinner

Panasonic ZS100 advantages over Olympus TG-4

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    1 inch vs 1/2.3 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
    ~ 2.41 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • More telephoto lens reach
    250 mm vs 100 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More dots on screen
    1040k vs 461k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Less shutter lag
    0.10 vs 0.26 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    20.1 vs 16.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.9 fps vs 5.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 100 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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Review Excerpt

  • Rugged and waterproof camera body; RAW image capture; fast f/2.0 maximum aperture; fun shooting modes; fast AF speeds for its class.

  • Heavy noise reduction, even at base ISO; no continuous RAW image capture; underwhelming video performance.

  • Compact camera body; versatile 10x zoom lens; relatively good high ISO performance; fast autofocus; many good 4K video and photo features.

  • Soft lens at longer focal lengths; no tilting display; small electronic viewfinder; slippery finish on the camera body.

The Competition

Compared to Ricoh WG-4 GPS

Olympus TG-4
Ricoh WG-4 GPS
  • $379
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • RAW file ability
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
Panasonic ZS100
Ricoh WG-4 GPS
  • $398
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Larger lens aperture

Compared to Olympus TG-3

Olympus TG-4
Olympus TG-3
  • $379
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • Manual focus
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
Panasonic ZS100
Olympus TG-3
  • $398
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Ricoh WG-5 GPS

Olympus TG-4
Ricoh WG-5 GPS
  • $379
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • RAW file ability
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Shoots 60p video
Panasonic ZS100
Ricoh WG-5 GPS
  • $398
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof

Compared to Sony RX100 VI

Olympus TG-4
Sony RX100 VI
  • $379
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $1198
  • 1 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Focus peaking
Panasonic ZS100
Sony RX100 VI
  • $398
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $1198
  • 1 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Sony RX100 VII

Olympus TG-4
Sony RX100 VII
  • $379
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $1298
  • 1 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Focus peaking
Panasonic ZS100
Sony RX100 VII
  • $398
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $1298
  • 1 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Tiltable Screen
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