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Olympus Tough TG-5 vs Sony RX0

We compare the Olympus Tough TG-5 to the Sony RX0: 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 RX0 on the right:

Tough TG-5 vs RX0 - Side by side

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

Olympus Tough TG-5 vs Sony RX0: 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

RX0

  • Introduced in September 2017
  • Outdoor & Action
  • Sensor: 1"
  • 15 megapixel
  • 16 frames/second
  • 125 - 25600 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • No viewfinder
  • 38.00mm (1.5") Monitor
  • Fixed lens 24mm, f4.0
  • WiFi built-in
  • 59 x 40.5 x 29.8mm³ (2.3" x 1.6" x 1.2")
  • 110g (3.5 oz.)

All specs: Main page for RX0

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 RX0

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 RX0 in the right column:

Advantage Olympus Tough TG-5...

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

Tough TG-5

RX0

Faster (4, frames/second)2016
Built-in flash (2)
Image stabilizer (3)
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)0.460.23
Better Video (2)3840 x 21601920 x 1080
Longer battery life (3, photos)300240
GPS (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the Tough TG-5 are that the camera is faster, the built-in flash and the optical image stabilizer. A nice touch is that the display has a higher resolution, the superior video recording and that the battery has more stamina. Another advantage over the RX0: the built-in GPS.

The Tough TG-5 scores 18 points.

...and here's where the Sony RX0 has an edge...

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

Tough TG-5

RX0

Higher resolution (5, megapixel)12.0015.30
More AF points (4)125
Sensitivity (4)100 - 12800 ISO125 - 25600 ISO
External microphone (2)
Weighs less (2)250g
(8.1 oz.)
110g
(3.5 oz.)
More portable (2)238cm³
(15 cu.in.)
71cm³
(4 cu.in.)

Conclusion: Advantages of the RX0 are the higher resolution, the faster and more accurate auto focus and the larger sensitivity. We also like the connector for an external microphone, the lower weight than the Tough TG-5 and the more compact size.

Yields 19 points for the RX0.

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

Tough TG-5

RX0

WiFi
Environmentally sealed

Comparing the dimensions of both cameras; Olympus Tough TG-5 again on the left, Sony RX0 on the right:

Front view of the Tough TG-5 and the RX0...

Tough TG-5 und RX0, front viewTough TG-5 und RX0, front view

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

Tough TG-5 und RX0, view from aboveTough TG-5 und RX0, view from above

Our recommendation

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

Olympus Tough TG-5

Sony RX0

18
19

Both digital cameras have an identical or almost identical score. In most cases, choosing the more recent model (the Sony RX0) would be a reasonable approach.

Our rating of the Olympus Tough TG-5

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Our rating of the Sony RX0

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