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Olympus Tough TG-5 vs GoPro Hero 7 White

We compare the Olympus Tough TG-5 to the GoPro Hero 7 White: Which digital camera has the better sensor? Which has the better viewfinder or monitor? Which is faster?

Both cameras belong to the Outdoor & Action category.

Here are both models side by side. The Olympus Tough TG-5 is on the left, the GoPro Hero 7 White on the right:

Tough TG-5 vs Hero 7 White - Side by side

For a more detailed size comparison, see the section further down below.

Olympus Tough TG-5 vs GoPro Hero 7 White: Specifications at a glance

Tough TG-5

  • Introduced in May 2017
  • Outdoor & Action
  • Sensor: 1/2.33"
  • 12 megapixel
  • 20 frames/second
  • 100 - 12800 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • No viewfinder
  • 76.00mm (3.0") Monitor
  • Zoom 25-100mm (4x), f2.0-4.9
  • WiFi built-in
  • 113 x 66 x 31.9mm³ (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.3")
  • 250g (8.1 oz.)

All specs: Main page for Tough TG-5

Hero 7 White

  • Introduced in September 2018
  • Outdoor & Action
  • Sensor: Compact
  • 10 megapixel
  • 15 frames/second
  • 100 - 1600 ISO
  • 2560 x 1440 Video
  • No viewfinder
  • 52.00mm (2.0") Monitor
  • Fixed lens 17mm, f2.8
  • WiFi built-in
  • 62 x 44.6 x 28.3mm³ (2.4" x 1.8" x 1.1")
  • 93g (3.0 oz.)

All specs: Main page for Hero 7 White

Our advice: From our own experience, we recommend SanDisk memory cards. The SanDisk Extreme is fast enough for 30fps image sequences and 4K video:

Memory card for Tough TG-5 and Hero 7 White

The 64 GB Extreme will take up to 90 minutes of super high res 4K video. For Full HD video consider the SanDisk Ultra.

Comparing features and further specs of both cameras, data for the Olympus Tough TG-5 on the left, the GoPro Hero 7 White in the right column:

Advantage Olympus Tough TG-5...

(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)

Tough TG-5

Hero 7 White

Higher resolution (5, megapixel)12.0010.00
Faster (4, frames/second)2015
More AF points (4)10
Sensitivity (4)100 - 12800 ISO100 - 1600 ISO
Built-in flash (2)
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)0.460.24
Better Video (2)3840 x 21602560 x 1440
GPS (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the Tough TG-5 are the higher resolution, that the camera is faster and the faster and more accurate auto focus. Additional pros for the Olympus are the larger sensitivity, the built-in flash and that the display has a higher resolution. A nice touch is the superior video recording and the built-in GPS.

The Tough TG-5 scores 25 points.

...and here's where the GoPro Hero 7 White has an edge...

(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)

Tough TG-5

Hero 7 White

Touch screen (2)
Longer battery life (3, photos)3001000
Weighs less (2)250g
(8.1 oz.)
93g
(3.0 oz.)
More portable (2)238cm³
(15 cu.in.)
78cm³
(5 cu.in.)
USB 3.0 (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the Hero 7 White are the rather comfortable touch screen, that the battery has more stamina and the lower weight than the Tough TG-5. Another advantage over the Tough TG-5: the more compact size and the support for USB 3.0. HArdly a luxury, given today's image size and the requirements of 4K video.

Yields 11 points for the Hero 7 White.

...and here's what both have in common

Tough TG-5

Hero 7 White

Image stabilizer
WiFi
Environmentally sealed

Comparing the dimensions of both cameras; Olympus Tough TG-5 again on the left, GoPro Hero 7 White on the right:

Front view of the Tough TG-5 and the Hero 7 White...

Tough TG-5 und Hero 7 White, front viewTough TG-5 und Hero 7 White, front view

...and here we see the Olympus and the GoPro from above:

Tough TG-5 und Hero 7 White, view from aboveTough TG-5 und Hero 7 White, view from above

Our recommendation

Comparing features and specifications of both cameras yields the following score:

Olympus Tough TG-5

GoPro Hero 7 White

25
11

CameraCreativ recommends the Olympus Tough TG-5.

Our rating of the Olympus Tough TG-5

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Our rating of the GoPro Hero 7 White

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