• 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 128.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 21.00mm - 105.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Panasonic TS4 advantages over Olympus TG-870

  • More telephoto lens reach
    128 mm vs 105 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Olympus TG-870 advantages over Panasonic TS4

  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Newer
    7 years vs 11 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    920k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    16.0 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle lens
    21 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    7.0 fps vs 3.7 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/2000 vs 1/1300 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Waterproof
    Both provide
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

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
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • 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
  • Manual focus
    Neither provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • 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
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

User reviews

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  • Goes deeper than most cameras; Built-in GPS, altimeter, and barometer; Full HD video capability; Good battery life.

  • Won't serve as an "everywhere" camera; Lens soft at all but wide-angle setting; Button icons hard to read; Disappointing print quality.

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic DMC-TS1

Panasonic TS4
Panasonic DMC-TS1
  • $192
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
Olympus TG-870
Panasonic DMC-TS1
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Canon SD970 IS

Panasonic TS4
Canon SD970 IS
  • $192
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $170
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • More dots on screen
Olympus TG-870
Canon SD970 IS
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $170
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Panasonic DMC-TS2

Panasonic TS4
Panasonic DMC-TS2
  • $192
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Manual focus
Olympus TG-870
Panasonic DMC-TS2
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Olympus TG-850

Panasonic TS4
Olympus TG-850
  • $192
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer exposure
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Olympus TG-870
Olympus TG-850
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in GPS
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch

Compared to Olympus TG-860

Panasonic TS4
Olympus TG-860
  • $192
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer exposure
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
Olympus TG-870
Olympus TG-860
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
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