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Fujifilm XP120 vs Olympus TG-4

The Fujifilm FinePix XP120 and the Olympus Tough TG-4 are two digital cameras that were announced, respectively, in January 2017 and April 2015. Both the XP120 and the TG-4 are fixed lens compact cameras that are equipped with a 1/2.3-inch sensor. Both cameras offer a resolution of 15.9 megapixels.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Fujifilm XP120 versus Olympus TG-4
Fujifilm XP120 Olympus TG-4
Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
28-140mm f/3.9-4.9 25-100mm f/2.0-4.9
15.9 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor 15.9 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor
1080/60p Video 1080/30p Video
ISO 100-3,200 ISO 100-6,400
No viewfinder, LCD framing No viewfinder, LCD framing
3.0 LCD, 920k dots 3.0 LCD, 460k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)
10 shutter flaps per second 5 shutter flaps per second
In-body stabilizationIn-body stabilization
Waterproof body (15m)Waterproof body (15m)
210 shots per battery charge380 shots per battery charge
110 x 71 x 28 mm, 203 g 112 x 66 x 31 mm, 247 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Fujifilm FinePix XP120 and the Olympus Tough TG-4? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

An illustration of the physical size and weight of the Fujifilm XP120 and the Olympus TG-4 is provided in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three successive views from the front, the top, and the rear are shown. All size dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The XP120 can be obtained in three different colors (blue, yellow, green), while the TG-4 is available in two color-versions (black, red).

Size Fujifilm XP120 vs Olympus TG-4
Compare XP120 versus TG-4 top
Comparison XP120 or TG-4 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Olympus TG-4 is notably smaller (5 percent) than the Fujifilm XP120. However, the TG-4 is markedly heavier (22 percent) than the XP120. In this context, it is worth noting that both cameras are splash and dust-proof and can, hence, be used in inclement weather conditions or harsh environments. More than that, both cameras are water-proof and can, thus, be used for underwater photography.

Concerning battery life, the XP120 gets 210 shots out of its NP-45S battery, while the TG-4 can take 380 images on a single charge of its LI-92B power pack. The battery packs of both cameras can be charged via USB, which can be very convenient when travelling.

The following table provides a synthesis of the main physical specifications of the two cameras and other similar ones. If you would like to visualize and compare a different camera combination, you can navigate to the CAM-parator app and make your selection from a broad list of cameras there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Fujifilm XP120 110 mm 71 mm 28 mm 203 g 210 Y Jan 2017 229i
2.
 
Olympus TG-4 112 mm 66 mm 31 mm 247 g 380 Y Apr 2015 379i
3.
 
Canon SX620 97 mm 57 mm 28 mm 182 g 295 n May 2016 279 i
4.
 
Fujifilm XP140 110 mm 71 mm 28 mm 207 g 240 Y Feb 2019 229 i
5.
 
Fujifilm XP130 110 mm 71 mm 28 mm 207 g 240 n Jan 2018 229i
6.
 
Nikon W300 112 mm 66 mm 29 mm 231 g 280 Y May 2017 389 i
7.
 
Olympus TG-6 113 mm 66 mm 32 mm 253 g 340 Y May 2019 449 i
8.
 
Olympus TG-5 113 mm 66 mm 32 mm 250 g 340 Y May 2017 449i
9.
 
Ricoh WG-60 123 mm 62 mm 30 mm 193 g 300 Y Oct 2018 279 i
10.
 
Sony HX99 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 242 g 370 n Aug 2018 449 i
11.
 
Sony HX95 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 242 g 370 n Aug 2018 429 i
12.
 
Sony WX800 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 233 g 370 n Oct 2018 399 i
13.
 
Sony HX80 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 245 g 390 n Mar 2016 349 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will obviously take relative prices into account. The manufacturer’s suggested retail prices give an idea on the placement of the camera in the maker’s lineup and the broader market. The XP120 was launched at a markedly lower price (by 40 percent) than the TG-4, which puts it into a different market segment. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down.

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Sensor comparison

The size of the sensor inside a digital camera is one of the key determinants of image quality. All other things equal, a large sensor will have larger individual pixel-units that offer better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Furthermore, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more possibilities to use shallow depth-of-field in order to isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors are more costly to manufacture and tend to lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature a 1/2.3-inch sensor and have a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 5.6. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the review cameras among the smaller-sensor digicams that favor affordability and compact design. Both cameras feature a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 4:3.

Fujifilm XP120 and Olympus TG-4 sensor measures

The two cameras under review do not only share the same sensor size, but also offer an identical resolution of 15.9 megapixels. This similarity in sensor specs implies that both the XP120 and the TG-4 have the same pixel density, as well as the same pixel size. It should, however, be noted that the XP120 is a somewhat more recent model (by 1 year and 8 months) than the TG-4, and its sensor might have benefitted from technological advances during this time. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that the XP120 has no anti-alias filter installed, so that it can capture all the detail its sensor resolves.

The Fujifilm FinePix XP120 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 3200. The corresponding ISO settings for the Olympus Tough TG-4 are ISO 100 to ISO 6400 (no boost).

XP120 versus TG-4 MP

Consistent information on actual sensor performance is available from DXO Mark for many cameras. This service assesses and scores the color depth ("DXO Portrait"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports") of camera sensors, and also publishes an overall camera score. The table below summarizes the physical sensor characteristics and sensor quality findings and compares them across a set of similar cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Fujifilm XP120 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p........
2.
 
Olympus TG-4 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p........
3.
 
Canon SX620 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/30p........
4.
 
Fujifilm XP140 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/15p........
5.
 
Fujifilm XP130 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p........
6.
 
Nikon W300 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p........
7.
 
Olympus TG-6 1/2.3 12.0 4000 30004K/30p........
8.
 
Olympus TG-5 1/2.3 12.0 4000 30004K/30p........
9.
 
Ricoh WG-60 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p........
10.
 
Sony HX99 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p........
11.
 
Sony HX95 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p........
12.
 
Sony WX800 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p........
13.
 
Sony HX80 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36721080/60p........

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but can also record movies. The two cameras under consideration both have sensors whose read-out speed is fast enough to capture moving pictures, but the XP120 provides a higher frame rate than the TG-4. It can shoot video footage at 1080/60p, while the Olympus is limited to 1080/30p.

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The XP120 and the TG-4 are similar in the sense that neither of the two has a viewfinder. The images are, thus, framed using live view on the rear LCD. The table below summarizes some of the other core capabilities of the Fujifilm XP120 and Olympus TG-4 in connection with corresponding information for a sample of similar cameras.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Fujifilm XP120none n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
2.
 
Olympus TG-4none n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/2000s 5.0 Y Y
3.
 
Canon SX620none n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/2000s 2.5 Y Y
4.
 
Fujifilm XP140none n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
5.
 
Fujifilm XP130none n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
6.
 
Nikon W300none n 3.0 921 fixed n 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
7.
 
Olympus TG-6none n 3.0 1040 fixed n 1/2000s 20.0 Y Y
8.
 
Olympus TG-5none n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/2000s 20.0 Y Y
9.
 
Ricoh WG-60none n 2.7 230 fixed n 1/4000s 8.0 Y n
10.
 
Sony HX99638 n 3.0 922 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
11.
 
Sony HX95638 n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
12.
 
Sony WX800none n 3.0 922 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
13.
 
Sony HX80638 n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y

The Fujifilm XP120 and the Olympus TG-4 both have an intervalometer built-in. This enables the photographer to capture time lapse sequences, such as flower blooming, a sunset or moon rise, without purchasing an external camera trigger and related software.

Both the XP120 and the TG-4 have zoom lenses built in. The XP120 has a 28-140mm f/3.9-4.9 optic and the TG-4 offers a 25-100mm f/2.0-4.9 (focal lengths in full frame equivalent terms). Hence, the Olympus provides a wider angle of view at the short end than the Fujifilm, but less tele-photo reach at the long end. The TG-4 offers the faster maximum aperture.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the XP120 and the TG-4 write their files to SDXC cards. The TG-4 supports UHS-I cards (Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 104 MB/s), while the XP120 cannot take advantage of Ultra High Speed SD cards.

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Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Fujifilm FinePix XP120 and Olympus Tough TG-4 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Fujifilm XP120-monomono--micro2.0Y--
2.
 
Olympus TG-4-stereomono--micro2.0Y--
3.
 
Canon SX620-monomono--micro2.0YY-
4.
 
Fujifilm XP140-monomono--micro2.0Y-Y
5.
 
Fujifilm XP130-monomono--micro2.0Y-Y
6.
 
Nikon W300-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
7.
 
Olympus TG-6-stereomono--micro2.0Y--
8.
 
Olympus TG-5-stereomono--micro2.0Y--
9.
 
Ricoh WG-60-monomono--micro2.0---
10.
 
Sony HX99-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
11.
 
Sony HX95-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
12.
 
Sony WX800-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
13.
 
Sony HX80-stereomono--micro2.0YY-

Travel and landscape photographers will find it useful that the TG-4 has an internal geolocalization sensor and can record GPS coordinates in its EXIF data.

Both the XP120 and the TG-4 have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The TG-4 was replaced by the Olympus TG-5, while the XP120 was followed by the Fujifilm XP130. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Fujifilm and Olympus websites.

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Review summary

So how do things add up? Is the Fujifilm XP120 better than the Olympus TG-4 or vice versa? A synthesis of the relative strong points of each of the models is listed below.

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Reasons to prefer the Fujifilm FinePix XP120:

  • Maximized detail: Lacks an anti-alias filter to exploit the sensor's full resolution potential.
  • Better video: Provides higher movie framerates (1080/60p versus 1080/30p).
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (920k vs 460k dots).
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (10 vs 5 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • More tele-reach: Has a longer tele-lens for perspective compression and subject magnification.
  • Less heavy: Is lighter (by 44g or 18 percent) and hence easier to carry around.
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced category (40 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More modern: Is somewhat more recent (announced 1 year and 8 months after the TG-4).

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Arguments in favor of the Olympus Tough TG-4:

  • Better moiré control: Has an anti-alias filter to avoid artificial patterns to appear in images.
  • Better light gathering: Has a lens with a wider maximum aperture (f/2.0 vs f/3.9).
  • Wider view: Has a wider-angle lens that facilitates landscape or interior shots.
  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots (380 versus 210) out of a single battery charge.
  • Easier geotagging: Features an internal GPS sensor to log localization data.
  • Faster buffer clearing: Has an SD card interface that supports the UHS-I standard.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been on the market for longer (launched in April 2015).

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the XP120 comes out slightly ahead of the TG-4 (8 : 7 points). However, the pertinence of the various camera strengths will differ across photographers, so that you might want to weigh individual camera traits according to their importance for your own imaging needs before making a camera decision. A professional sports photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a street photog, and a person interested in family portraits has distinct needs from a landscape shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

XP120 08:07 TG-4

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Fujifilm XP120 and the Olympus TG-4 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Travel-Zoom Camera listing whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the specs-based evaluation of cameras can be instructive in revealing their potential as photographic tools, it says little about, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance of the XP120 and the TG-4 in practical situations. At times, user reviews, such as those published at amazon, address these issues in a useful manner, but such feedback is on many occasions incomplete, inconsistent, and unreliable.

Expert reviews

This is why hands-on reviews by experts are important. The adjacent summary-table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Fujifilm XP120..o..3.5/54/5 Jan 2017 229i
2.
 
Olympus TG-4..+79/1004/54/5 Apr 2015 379i
3.
 
Canon SX620........4/5 May 2016 279 i
4.
 
Fujifilm XP140..+..3.5/54/5 Feb 2019 229 i
5.
 
Fujifilm XP130..o..3.5/54/5 Jan 2018 229i
6.
 
Nikon W300..+..4/54/5 May 2017 389 i
7.
 
Olympus TG-6..+ +76/1004/54/5 May 2019 449 i
8.
 
Olympus TG-5..+ +..4/54/5 May 2017 449i
9.
 
Ricoh WG-60.......... Oct 2018 279 i
10.
 
Sony HX99......4/54.5/5 Aug 2018 449 i
11.
 
Sony HX95.......... Aug 2018 429 i
12.
 
Sony WX800.......... Oct 2018 399 i
13.
 
Sony HX80.......... Mar 2016 349 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The ratings are only valid when referring to cameras in the same category and of the same age. Thus, a score needs to be put into the context of the launch date and the launch price of the camera, and comparing ratings of very distinct cameras or ones that are far apart in terms of their release date have little meaning. It should also be noted that some of the review sites have over time altered the way they render their verdicts.

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    Specifications: Fujifilm XP120 vs Olympus TG-4

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Fujifilm XP120 Olympus TG-4
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 28-140mm f/3.9-4.9 25-100mm f/2.0-4.9
    Launch Date January 2017 April 2015
    Launch Price USD 229 USD 379
    Sensor Specs Fujifilm XP120 Olympus TG-4
    Sensor Technology BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
    Sensor Format 1/2.3" Sensor 1/2.3" Sensor
    Sensor Size 6.17 x 4.55 mm 6.17 x 4.55 mm
    Sensor Area 28.0735 mm2 28.0735 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 7.7 mm 7.7 mm
    Crop Factor 5.6x 5.6x
    Sensor Resolution 15.9 Megapixels 15.9 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 4608 x 3456 pixels 4608 x 3456 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 1.33 μm 1.33 μm
    Pixel Density 56.73 MP/cm2 56.73 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 1080/60p Video 1080/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 3,200 ISO 100 - 6,400 ISO
    Screen Specs Fujifilm XP120 Olympus TG-4
    Viewfinder Type no viewfinder no viewfinder
    Viewfinder Magnification
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 920k dots 460k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Fixed screen
    Shooting Specs Fujifilm XP120 Olympus TG-4
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 10 shutter flaps/s 5 shutter flaps/s
    Time-Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer built-inIntervalometer built-in
    Image StabilizationIn-body stabilizationIn-body stabilization
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support no UHS-I
    Connectivity Specs Fujifilm XP120 Olympus TG-4
    External Flash no Hotshoe no Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI micro HDMI
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Geotagging no internal GPS GPS built-in
    Body Specs Fujifilm XP120 Olympus TG-4
    Environmental SealingWaterproof body (20m)Waterproof body (15m)
    Battery Type NP-45S LI-92B
    Battery Life (CIPA)210 shots per charge380 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging USB charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 110 x 71 x 28 mm
    (4.3 x 2.8 x 1.1 in)
    112 x 66 x 31 mm
    (4.4 x 2.6 x 1.2 in)
    Camera Weight 203 g (7.2 oz) 247 g (8.7 oz)

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