Updated (March, 2014): Compare the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3 vs Panasonic Lumix TS5

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Reasons to buy the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.0
Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix TS5

HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Battery life
Great battery life
370 shots
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
 
Differences | Recommendations | Similarities | Competitors | Appearance | Discussion

differences

Advantages of the Olympus TG-2 iHS

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Aperture Much wider aperture f/2.0 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the TG-2 iHS's lens captures much more light (1.4 f-stops)
Screen type Has an OLED screen OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
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
Wide angle Better wide angle 25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 610k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The TG-2 iHS's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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Advantages of the Panasonic TS5

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3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 5 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Battery life Longer battery life 370 shots vs 320 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Size Slightly smaller 110x64x29 mm vs 112x67x29 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Longest exposure Much longer exposures 60s vs 4s
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15x longer exposures
Weight Slightly lighter 214 g vs 230 g
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Around 10% lighter
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $264.95 vs $309.78
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The best price we've seen is $45 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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recommendations

Snapsort can't make a recommendation (yet) because it doesn't have enough data yet about the Olympus TG-2 iHS.

similarities

Compared to recent compacts

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
GPS Built-in GPS Help
Great for travel
HDR In-camera HDR Help
Combines multiple exposures
Battery life Great battery life Help
TG-2 iHS:320 shots
TS5:370 shots
Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
Waterproof Waterproof Help
Great at the beach
Weight Heavy Help
TG-2 iHS:230 g
TS5:214 g
Size Large Help
TG-2 iHS:112x67x29 mm
TS5:110x64x29 mm
Zoom Poor zoom Help
TG-2 iHS:4x
TS5:4.6x

Compared to recent waterproof cameras

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
Usually standard
Screen size Larger than average screens Help
3.0"
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
TG-2 iHS:Sensor shift
TS5:Lens
Thickness Thin Help
1.1"
External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
TG-2 iHS:25 mm
TS5:28 mm

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

Waterproof

$349 - $880

Weight Is slightly heavier
Nikon Coolpix AW120

Nikon Coolpix AW120

Waterproof

$229 - $340

Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
Panasonic Lumix TS25

Panasonic Lumix TS25

Waterproof

$135 - $169

Size Is significantly smaller
Thickness Is thinner
GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Nikon Coolpix AW110

Nikon Coolpix AW110

Waterproof

$247 - $266

Thickness Is thinner
Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

Waterproof

Movie format Records higher quality movies
Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

Waterproof

$199 - $269

Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

Waterproof

$198 - $219

Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

No significant competitors found that are specific to the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS.

Panasonic Lumix TS5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

Panasonic Lumix TS4

Waterproof

$294

Size Smaller
Weight Lighter
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

appearance

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discussion

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