Olympus TG-870 has a 16.0MP 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm ) sized BSI-CMOS sensor and features TruePic VII processor. On the other hand, Olympus E-P3 has a 12.0MP Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm ) sized CMOS sensor and features TruePic VI processor.
Below you can see the TG-870 and E-P3 sensor size comparison.
As seen above, Olympus E-P3 has a 8.0x Larger sensor area than Olympus TG-870. Larger sensors give photographer more control on the depth of field and blurry background compared to smaller sensor when shot in same focal length and aperture.