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Fujifilm XP120 vs Olympus TG-5

The Fujifilm FinePix XP120 and the Olympus Tough TG-5 are two digital cameras that were announced, respectively, in January 2017 and May 2017. Both the XP120 and the TG-5 are fixed lens compact cameras that are equipped with a 1/2.3-inch sensor. The Fujifilm has a resolution of 15.9 megapixels, whereas the Olympus provides 12 MP.

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-5
Fujifilm XP120 Olympus TG-5
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 12 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor
1080/60p Video 4K/30p Video
ISO 100-3,200 ISO 100-12,800
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 20 shutter flaps per second
In-body stabilizationIn-body stabilization
Waterproof body (15m)Waterproof body (15m)
210 shots per battery charge340 shots per battery charge
110 x 71 x 28 mm, 203 g 113 x 66 x 32 mm, 250 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Fujifilm FinePix XP120 and the Olympus Tough TG-5? 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-5 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 width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The XP120 can be obtained in three different colors (blue, yellow, green), while the TG-5 is available in two color-versions (black, red).

Size Fujifilm XP120 vs Olympus TG-5
Compare XP120 versus TG-5 top
Comparison XP120 or TG-5 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Olympus TG-5 is somewhat smaller (5 percent) than the Fujifilm XP120. However, the TG-5 is markedly heavier (23 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-5 can take 340 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-5 113 mm 66 mm 32 mm 250 g 340 Y May 2017 449i
3.
 
Canon SX730 110 mm 64 mm 40 mm 300 g 250 n Apr 2017 399i
4.
 
Canon SX620 97 mm 57 mm 28 mm 182 g 295 n May 2016 279 i
5.
 
Fujifilm XP140 110 mm 71 mm 28 mm 207 g 240 Y Feb 2019 229 i
6.
 
Fujifilm XP130 110 mm 71 mm 28 mm 207 g 240 n Jan 2018 229i
7.
 
Nikon W300 112 mm 66 mm 29 mm 231 g 280 Y May 2017 389 i
8.
 
Olympus TG-6 113 mm 66 mm 32 mm 253 g 340 Y May 2019 449 i
9.
 
Olympus TG-4 112 mm 66 mm 31 mm 247 g 380 Y Apr 2015 379i
10.
 
Olympus XZ-1 111 mm 65 mm 42 mm 275 g 320 n Jan 2011 499i
11.
 
Ricoh WG-60 123 mm 62 mm 30 mm 193 g 300 Y Oct 2018 279 i
12.
 
Sony HX99 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 242 g 370 n Aug 2018 449 i
13.
 
Sony HX95 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 242 g 370 n Aug 2018 429 i
14.
 
Sony WX800 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 233 g 370 n Oct 2018 399 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 49 percent) than the TG-5, which puts it into a different market segment. Normally, street prices remain initially close to the MSRP, but after a couple of months, the first discounts appear. 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 imaging sensor is at the core of digital cameras and its size is one of the main determining factors of image quality. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have 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.

Technology-wise, both cameras are equipped with BSI-CMOS (Backside Illuminated Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensors.

Fujifilm XP120 and Olympus TG-5 sensor measures

While the two cameras under review share the same sensor size, the XP120 offers a higher resolution of 15.9 megapixels, compared with 12 MP of the TG-5. This megapixels advantage translates into a 15 percent gain in linear resolution. On the other hand, these sensor specs imply that the XP120 has a higher pixel density and a smaller size of the individual pixel (with a pixel pitch of 1.33μm versus 1.53μm for the TG-5). Moreover, it should be noted that the TG-5 is a somewhat more recent model (by 4 months) than the XP120, and its sensor might have benefitted from technological advances during this time that further enhance the light gathering capacity of individual pixels. 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 resolution advantage of the Fujifilm XP120 implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the XP120 for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 23 x 17.3 inches or 58.5 x 43.9 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 18.4 x 13.8 inches or 46.8 x 35.1 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 15.4 x 11.5 inches or 39 x 29.3 cm. The corresponding values for the Olympus TG-5 are 20 x 15 inches or 50.8 x 38.1 cm for good quality, 16 x 12 inches or 40.6 x 30.5 cm for very good quality, and 13.3 x 10 inches or 33.9 x 25.4 cm for excellent quality prints.

The Fujifilm FinePix XP120 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 3200. The corresponding ISO settings for the Olympus Tough TG-5 are ISO 100 to ISO 12800 (no boost).

XP120 versus TG-5 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-5 1/2.3 12.0 4000 30004K/30p........
3.
 
Canon SX730 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p........
4.
 
Canon SX620 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/30p........
5.
 
Fujifilm XP140 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/15p........
6.
 
Fujifilm XP130 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p........
7.
 
Nikon W300 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p........
8.
 
Olympus TG-6 1/2.3 12.0 4000 30004K/30p........
9.
 
Olympus TG-4 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p........
10.
 
Olympus XZ-1 1/1.7 10.1 3664 2752720/30p18.810.411734
11.
 
Ricoh WG-60 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p........
12.
 
Sony HX99 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p........
13.
 
Sony HX95 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p........
14.
 
Sony WX800 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p........

Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. The two cameras under consideration both have sensors whose read-out speed is fast enough to capture moving pictures, but the TG-5 provides a better video resolution than the XP120. It can shoot movie footage at 4K/30p, while the Fujifilm is limited to 1080/60p.

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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-5 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 following table reports on some other key feature differences and similarities of the Fujifilm XP120, the Olympus TG-5, and comparable 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-5none n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/2000s 20.0 Y Y
3.
 
Canon SX730none n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/3200s 5.9 Y Y
4.
 
Canon SX620none n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/2000s 2.5 Y Y
5.
 
Fujifilm XP140none n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
6.
 
Fujifilm XP130none n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
7.
 
Nikon W300none n 3.0 921 fixed n 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
8.
 
Olympus TG-6none n 3.0 1040 fixed n 1/2000s 20.0 Y Y
9.
 
Olympus TG-4none n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/2000s 5.0 Y Y
10.
 
Olympus XZ-1optional n 3.0 614 fixed n 1/2000s 2.0 Y Y
11.
 
Ricoh WG-60none n 2.7 230 fixed n 1/4000s 8.0 Y n
12.
 
Sony HX99638 n 3.0 922 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
13.
 
Sony HX95638 n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
14.
 
Sony WX800none n 3.0 922 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y

The Fujifilm XP120 and the Olympus TG-5 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-5 have zoom lenses built in. The XP120 has a 28-140mm f/3.9-4.9 optic and the TG-5 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-5 offers the faster maximum aperture.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the XP120 and the TG-5 write their files to SDXC cards. The TG-5 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-5 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-5-stereomono--micro2.0Y--
3.
 
Canon SX730-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
4.
 
Canon SX620-monomono--micro2.0YY-
5.
 
Fujifilm XP140-monomono--micro2.0Y-Y
6.
 
Fujifilm XP130-monomono--micro2.0Y-Y
7.
 
Nikon W300-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
8.
 
Olympus TG-6-stereomono--micro2.0Y--
9.
 
Olympus TG-4-stereomono--micro2.0Y--
10.
 
Olympus XZ-1Ymono---mini2.0---
11.
 
Ricoh WG-60-monomono--micro2.0---
12.
 
Sony HX99-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
13.
 
Sony HX95-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
14.
 
Sony WX800-stereomono--micro2.0YY-

Travel and landscape photographers will find it useful that the TG-5 has an internal geolocalization sensor and can record GPS coordinates in its EXIF data.

Both the XP120 and the TG-5 have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The XP120 was replaced by the Fujifilm XP130, while the TG-5 was followed by the Olympus TG-6. 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-5 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:

  • More detail: Offers more megapixels (15.9 vs 12MP) with a 15% higher linear resolution.
  • Maximized detail: Lacks an anti-alias filter to exploit the sensor's full resolution potential.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (920k vs 460k dots).
  • More tele-reach: Has a longer tele-lens for perspective compression and subject magnification.
  • Less heavy: Is lighter (by 47g or 19 percent) and hence easier to carry around.
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced category (49 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More heavily discounted: Has been on the market for longer (launched in January 2017).

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Arguments in favor of the Olympus Tough TG-5:

  • Better moiré control: Has an anti-alias filter to avoid artificial patterns to appear in images.
  • Better video: Provides higher definition movie capture (4K/30p vs 1080/60p).
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (20 vs 10 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • 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 (340 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 modern: Was introduced somewhat (4 months) more recently.

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the TG-5 emerges as the winner of the match-up (9 : 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 07:09 TG-5

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Fujifilm XP120 and the Olympus TG-5 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 comparison of the spec-sheets of cameras can offer a general idea of their imaging potential, it says little about, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance of the XP120 and the TG-5 in practical situations. User reviews that are available, for instance, at amazon can sometimes shed light on these issues, but such feedback is all too often partial, inconsistent, and inaccurate.

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-5..+ +..4/54/5 May 2017 449i
3.
 
Canon SX730..+..4/54/5 Apr 2017 399i
4.
 
Canon SX620........4/5 May 2016 279 i
5.
 
Fujifilm XP140..+..3.5/54/5 Feb 2019 229 i
6.
 
Fujifilm XP130..o..3.5/54/5 Jan 2018 229i
7.
 
Nikon W300..+..4/54/5 May 2017 389 i
8.
 
Olympus TG-6..+ +76/1004/54/5 May 2019 449 i
9.
 
Olympus TG-4..+79/1004/54/5 Apr 2015 379i
10.
 
Olympus XZ-14/5..74/1004.5/54.5/5 Jan 2011 499i
11.
 
Ricoh WG-60.......... Oct 2018 279 i
12.
 
Sony HX99......4/54.5/5 Aug 2018 449 i
13.
 
Sony HX95.......... Aug 2018 429 i
14.
 
Sony WX800.......... Oct 2018 399 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The above review scores should be interpreted with care, though. The ratings were established in reference to similarly priced cameras that were available in the market at the time of the review. 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-5

    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-5
    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 May 2017
    Launch Price USD 229 USD 449
    Sensor Specs Fujifilm XP120 Olympus TG-5
    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 12 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 4608 x 3456 pixels 4000 x 3000 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 1.33 μm 1.53 μm
    Pixel Density 56.73 MP/cm2 42.74 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 1080/60p Video 4K/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 3,200 ISO 100 - 12,800 ISO
    Screen Specs Fujifilm XP120 Olympus TG-5
    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-5
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Manual Focusing Aidno Peaking FeatureFocus Peaking
    Max Shutter Speed (mechanical) 1/2000s 1/2000s
    Continuous Shooting 10 shutter flaps/s 20 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-5
    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-5
    Environmental SealingWaterproof body (20m)Waterproof body (15m)
    Battery Type NP-45S LI-92B
    Battery Life (CIPA)210 shots per charge340 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)
    113 x 66 x 32 mm
    (4.4 x 2.6 x 1.3 in)
    Camera Weight 203 g (7.2 oz) 250 g (8.8 oz)

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