Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS vs Panasonic Lumix TS5

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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 TS4

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
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 103x64x27 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Thickness Slightly thinner 1" vs 1.1"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic TS4

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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 $293.75 vs $489.95
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The best price we've seen is $196 cheaper (more than 40% less)
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 310 shots vs 300 shots
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Almost the same
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recommendations

Snapsort can't make a recommendation (yet) because it doesn't have enough data yet about the Olympus TG-1 iHS.

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
Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Battery life Great battery life Help
TG-1 iHS:300 shots
TS4:310 shots
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
TS4:3.7 fps
Zoom Poor zoom Help
TG-1 iHS:4x
TS4:4.6x

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
TS4:Lens
Thickness Thin Help
TG-1 iHS:1"
TS4:1.1"
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
TS4:28 mm

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

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-3

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

Waterproof

$349 - $440

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Nikon Coolpix AW100

Nikon Coolpix AW100

Waterproof

$279

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

Waterproof

$279 - $309

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
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-820 iHS

Olympus TG-820

Waterproof

$238

Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
Weight Is slightly lighter
GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

Waterproof

Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Thickness Is thicker
3D Doesn't take 3D photos

Olympus TG-1 iHS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

Waterproof

$310

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Size Larger
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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

Waterproof

$372

Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
Size Slightly larger
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
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20

Panasonic Lumix TS20

Waterproof

$215

Size Significantly smaller
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Aperture Narrower aperture
Movie format Lower resolution movies

appearance

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discussion

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