Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot D20 vs Olympus TG-820 iHS

Olympus Tough TG-810 vs Canon PowerShot D20

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Reasons to buy the Olympus Tough TG-810

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Really small
Size
Compact 100x65x26 mm
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot D20

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light

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Advantages of the Canon D20

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Digital, Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D20's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$199.00 vs $289.00
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The best price we've seen is $90 cheaper (more than 30% less)
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Olympus TG-810

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Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Size
Smaller
100x65x26 mm vs 112x71x28 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1" vs 1.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1600s
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20% faster max shutter speed
Weight
Slightly lighter
221 g vs 228 g
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Almost the same
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent waterproof cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              D20:228 g
              TG-810:221 g
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              f/3.9
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.0"
              Thickness Thin Help
              D20:1.1"
              TG-810:1"
              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $239

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $480

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $177

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Size Is slightly larger
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Waterproof

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Size Is slightly larger
              Olympus TG-1 iHS

              Olympus TG-1 iHS

              Waterproof

              $520

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive

              Canon PowerShot D20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot D30

              Canon PowerShot D30

              Waterproof

              $299 - $330

              Size Smaller
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $189 - $347

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              Waterproof

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $290

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot D10

              Canon PowerShot D10

              Waterproof

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Weight Lighter
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Much larger

              Olympus Tough TG-810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Waterproof

              $340

              Size Smaller
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Olympus TG-610

              Olympus TG-610

              Waterproof

              $392

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Weight Lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
              Fujifilm FinePix XP200

              Fujifilm FinePix XP200

              Waterproof

              $353

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

              Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

              Travel zoom

              $240 - $385

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Weight Significantly heavier

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