Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

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Reasons to buy the Olympus TG-1 iHS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.0
Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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differences

Advantages of the Olympus TG-1 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-1 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
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 610k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2.5x higher resolution screen
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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
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
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The TG-1 iHS's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Size Smaller 99x63x25 mm vs 104x63x27 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Thickness Thinner 1" vs 1.1"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-TS3

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Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Digital, Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Longest exposure Much longer exposures 60s vs 4s
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15x longer exposures
Weight Lighter 197 g vs 221 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $371.99 vs $489.95
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The best price we've seen is $118 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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recommendations

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similarities

Compared to recent compacts

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
GPS Built-in GPS Help
Great for travel
Waterproof Waterproof Help
Great at the beach
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
TG-1 iHS:3 fps
DMC-TS3:3.7 fps
Zoom Poor zoom Help
TG-1 iHS:4x
DMC-TS3:4.6x

Compared to recent waterproof cameras

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
Usually standard
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
TG-1 iHS:Digital, Sensor shift
DMC-TS3:Lens
Thickness Thin Help
TG-1 iHS:1"
DMC-TS3:1.1"
External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
Not supported
Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
TG-1 iHS:25 mm
DMC-TS3:28 mm

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

Waterproof

$349 - $430

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Panasonic Lumix TS5

Panasonic Lumix TS5

Waterproof

$169 - $314

Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
Size Is slightly larger
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

Waterproof

$310

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Weight Is slightly heavier
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

Panasonic Lumix TS4

Waterproof

$294

Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
Nikon Coolpix AW100

Nikon Coolpix AW100

Waterproof

$269

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
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
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Canon PowerShot D20

Canon PowerShot D20

Waterproof

$229 - $320

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
Weight Is slightly heavier
3D Doesn't take 3D photos

Olympus TG-1 iHS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

Waterproof

$279 - $309

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Lowest price Cheaper
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Samsung NX300

Samsung NX300

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$399 - $520 with 18-55mm lens

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Built-in flash No built-in flash
Size Much larger
Fujifilm X-E1

Fujifilm X-E1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$414 - $599 body only

$785 with 18-55mm lens

Sensor size Much larger sensor
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Size Much larger
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$319 - $415 body only

$389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

Sensor size Much larger sensor
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Size Much larger
Image stabilization No image stabilization

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix TS25

Panasonic Lumix TS25

Waterproof

$135 - $169

Size Significantly smaller
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Aperture Narrower aperture
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2

Waterproof

$400

Size Smaller
Thickness Thinner
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Olympus Tough TG-810

Olympus Tough TG-810

Waterproof

$249

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Screen size Larger screen
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Aperture Narrower aperture
Nikon Coolpix AW120

Nikon Coolpix AW120

Waterproof

$229 - $340

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Screen type Has an OLED screen
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures

appearance

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discussion

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