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Olympus Tough TG-5 vs Panasonic DMC FT30

We compare the Olympus Tough TG-5 to the Panasonic DMC FT30: 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 Panasonic DMC FT30 on the right:

Tough TG-5 vs DMC FT30 - Side by side

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

Olympus Tough TG-5 vs Panasonic DMC FT30: 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

DMC FT30

  • Introduced in February 2015
  • Outdoor & Action
  • Sensor: 1/2.33"
  • 16 megapixel
  • 1 frames/second
  • 100 - 1600 ISO
  • 1280 x 720 Video
  • No viewfinder
  • 76.00mm (3.0") Monitor
  • Zoom 25-100mm (4x), f3.9-5.7
  • No WiFi
  • 103.7 x 58.3 x 19.7mm³ (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8")
  • 144g (4.6 oz.)

All specs: Main page for DMC FT30

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

Memory card for Tough TG-5 and DMC FT30

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

Comparing features and further specs of both cameras, data for the Olympus Tough TG-5 on the left, the Panasonic DMC FT30 in the right column:

Advantage Olympus Tough TG-5...

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

Tough TG-5

DMC FT30

Faster (4, frames/second)201
Sensitivity (4)100 - 12800 ISO100 - 1600 ISO
Better Video (2)3840 x 21601280 x 720
Longer battery life (3, photos)300250
WiFi (2)
GPS (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the Tough TG-5 are that the camera is faster, the larger sensitivity and the superior video recording. A recommendation of the Tough TG-5 is made easy by that the battery has more stamina, the built-in wifi that permits remote shooting and image transfer without the need for a cable connection and the built-in GPS.

The Tough TG-5 scores 17 points.

...and here's where the Panasonic DMC FT30 has an edge...

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

Tough TG-5

DMC FT30

Higher resolution (5, megapixel)12.0016.00
Weighs less (2)250g
(8.1 oz.)
144g
(4.6 oz.)
More portable (2)238cm³
(15 cu.in.)
119cm³
(8 cu.in.)

Conclusion: Advantages of the DMC FT30 are the higher resolution, the lower weight than the Tough TG-5 and the more compact size.

Yields 9 points for the DMC FT30.

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

Tough TG-5

DMC FT30

Sensor format1/2.33"1/2.33"
Built-in flash
Image stabilizer
Monitor resolution (megapixel)0.460.46
Environmentally sealed

Comparing the dimensions of both cameras; Olympus Tough TG-5 again on the left, Panasonic DMC FT30 on the right:

Front view of the Tough TG-5 and the DMC FT30...

Tough TG-5 und DMC FT30, front viewTough TG-5 und DMC FT30, front view

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

Tough TG-5 und DMC FT30, view from aboveTough TG-5 und DMC FT30, view from above

Our recommendation

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

Olympus Tough TG-5

Panasonic DMC FT30

17
9

CameraCreativ recommends the Olympus Tough TG-5.

Our rating of the Olympus Tough TG-5

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Our rating of the Panasonic DMC FT30

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