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Olympus Tough TG-5 vs YI Action Cam 4k Plus

We compare the Olympus Tough TG-5 to the YI Action Cam 4k Plus: 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 YI Action Cam 4k Plus on the right:

Tough TG-5 vs Action Cam 4k Plus - Side by side

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

Olympus Tough TG-5 vs YI Action Cam 4k Plus: 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

Action Cam 4k Plus

  • Introduced in April 2017
  • Outdoor & Action
  • Sensor: Compact
  • 12 megapixel
  • 10 frames/second
  • 100 - 6400 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • No viewfinder
  • 56.00mm (2.2") Monitor
  • Fixed lens 17mm, f2.8
  • WiFi built-in
  • 65 x 42 x 30mm³ (2.6" x 1.7" x 1.2")
  • 113g (3.6 oz.)

All specs: Main page for Action Cam 4k Plus

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 Action Cam 4k Plus

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 YI Action Cam 4k Plus in the right column:

Advantage Olympus Tough TG-5...

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

Tough TG-5

Action Cam 4k Plus

Faster (4, frames/second)2010
More AF points (4)10
Sensitivity (4)100 - 12800 ISO100 - 6400 ISO
Built-in flash (2)
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)0.460.20
GPS (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the Tough TG-5 are that the camera is faster, the faster and more accurate auto focus and the larger sensitivity. We also like the built-in flash, that the display has a higher resolution and the built-in GPS.

The Tough TG-5 scores 18 points.

...and here's where the YI Action Cam 4k Plus has an edge...

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

Tough TG-5

Action Cam 4k Plus

Touch screen (2)
External microphone (2)
Longer battery life (3, photos)3001000
Weighs less (2)250g
(8.1 oz.)
113g
(3.6 oz.)
More portable (2)238cm³
(15 cu.in.)
82cm³
(5 cu.in.)

Conclusion: Advantages of the Action Cam 4k Plus are the rather comfortable touch screen, the connector for an external microphone and that the battery has more stamina. Another advantage over the Tough TG-5: the lower weight than the Tough TG-5 and the more compact size.

Yields 11 points for the Action Cam 4k Plus.

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

Tough TG-5

Action Cam 4k Plus

Resolution (megapixel)12.0012.00
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, YI Action Cam 4k Plus on the right:

Front view of the Tough TG-5 and the Action Cam 4k Plus...

Tough TG-5 und Action Cam 4k Plus, front viewTough TG-5 und Action Cam 4k Plus, front view

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

Tough TG-5 und Action Cam 4k Plus, view from aboveTough TG-5 und Action Cam 4k Plus, view from above

Our recommendation

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

Olympus Tough TG-5

YI Action Cam 4k Plus

18
11

CameraCreativ recommends the Olympus Tough TG-5.

Our rating of the Olympus Tough TG-5

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Our rating of the YI Action Cam 4k Plus

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