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Olympus Tough TG-5 vs Panasonic DC FT7

We compare the Olympus Tough TG-5 to the Panasonic DC FT7: 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 DC FT7 on the right:

Tough TG-5 vs DC FT7 - Side by side

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

Olympus Tough TG-5 vs Panasonic DC FT7: 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

DC FT7

  • Introduced in May 2018
  • Outdoor & Action
  • Sensor: 1/2.33"
  • 20 megapixel
  • 10 frames/second
  • 80 - 3200 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 76.00mm (3.0") Monitor
  • Zoom 28-128mm (5x), f3.3-5.9
  • WiFi built-in
  • 116.7 x 76.1 x 37.3mm³ (4.6" x 3.0" x 1.5")
  • 319g (10.3 oz.)

All specs: Main page for DC FT7

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 DC FT7

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 DC FT7 in the right column:

Advantage Olympus Tough TG-5...

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

Tough TG-5

DC FT7

Faster (4, frames/second)2010
Sensitivity (4)100 - 12800 ISO80 - 3200 ISO
Weighs less (2)250g
(8.1 oz.)
319g
(10.3 oz.)
More portable (2)238cm³
(15 cu.in.)
331cm³
(21 cu.in.)
GPS (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the Tough TG-5 are that the camera is faster, the larger sensitivity and the lower weight than the DC FT7. Another advantage over the DC FT7: the more compact size and the built-in GPS.

The Tough TG-5 scores 14 points.

...and here's where the Panasonic DC FT7 has an edge...

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

Tough TG-5

DC FT7

Higher resolution (5, megapixel)12.0020.00
More AF points (4)149
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)0.461.04

Conclusion: Advantages of the DC FT7 are the higher resolution, the faster and more accurate auto focus and that the display has a higher resolution.

Yields 11 points for the DC FT7.

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

Tough TG-5

DC FT7

Sensor format1/2.33"1/2.33"
Built-in flash
Image stabilizer
Video resolution3840 x 21603840 x 2160
WiFi
Environmentally sealed

Comparing the dimensions of both cameras; Olympus Tough TG-5 again on the left, Panasonic DC FT7 on the right:

Front view of the Tough TG-5 and the DC FT7...

Tough TG-5 und DC FT7, front viewTough TG-5 und DC FT7, front view

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

Tough TG-5 und DC FT7, view from aboveTough TG-5 und DC FT7, view from above

Our recommendation

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

Olympus Tough TG-5

Panasonic DC FT7

14
11

Both digital cameras have an identical or almost identical score. In most cases, choosing the more recent model (the Panasonic DC FT7) would be a reasonable approach.

Our rating of the Olympus Tough TG-5

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Our rating of the Panasonic DC FT7

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