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Olympus Tough TG-5 vs Sony FDR-X3000

We compare the Olympus Tough TG-5 to the Sony FDR-X3000: 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 Sony FDR-X3000 on the right:

Tough TG-5 vs FDR-X3000 - Side by side

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

Olympus Tough TG-5 vs Sony FDR-X3000: 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

FDR-X3000

  • Introduced in September 2016
  • Outdoor & Action
  • Sensor: Compact
  • 8 megapixel
  • 10 frames/second
  • 100 - 1600 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • No viewfinder
  • mm (0.0") Monitor
  • Fixed lens 17mm, f2.8
  • WiFi built-in
  • 29 x 47 x 83mm³ (1.1" x 1.9" x 3.3")
  • 114g (3.7 oz.)

All specs: Main page for FDR-X3000

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 FDR-X3000

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 Sony FDR-X3000 in the right column:

Advantage Olympus Tough TG-5...

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

Tough TG-5

FDR-X3000

Higher resolution (5, megapixel)12.008.00
Faster (4, frames/second)2010
More AF points (4)10
Sensitivity (4)100 - 12800 ISO100 - 1600 ISO
Built-in flash (2)
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)0.46
Environmentally sealed (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.

The Tough TG-5 scores 21 points.

...and here's where the Sony FDR-X3000 has an edge...

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

Tough TG-5

FDR-X3000

External microphone (2)
Longer battery life (3, photos)300500
Weighs less (2)250g
(8.1 oz.)
114g
(3.7 oz.)
More portable (2)238cm³
(15 cu.in.)
113cm³
(7 cu.in.)

Conclusion: Advantages of the FDR-X3000 are the connector for an external microphone, 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.

Yields 9 points for the FDR-X3000.

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

Tough TG-5

FDR-X3000

Image stabilizer
Video resolution3840 x 21603840 x 2160
WiFi
GPS

Comparing the dimensions of both cameras; Olympus Tough TG-5 again on the left, Sony FDR-X3000 on the right:

Front view of the Tough TG-5 and the FDR-X3000...

Tough TG-5 und FDR-X3000, front viewTough TG-5 und FDR-X3000, front view

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

Tough TG-5 und FDR-X3000, view from aboveTough TG-5 und FDR-X3000, view from above

Our recommendation

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

Olympus Tough TG-5

Sony FDR-X3000

21
9

CameraCreativ recommends the Olympus Tough TG-5.

Our rating of the Olympus Tough TG-5

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Our rating of the Sony FDR-X3000

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