Updated (April 2012): Compare the Olympus TG-1 iHS vs Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

Olympus TG-1 iHS vs Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

Olympus TG-1 iHS
Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

Reasons to buy the Olympus TG-1 iHS

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2
Really small
Size
Compact (99×64×25 mm)
OLED Screen
Screen type
Bright and vivid
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel

Items often bought with the Olympus TG-1 iHS or Pentax WG-2 GPS

galleries

Explore our gallery of 9 sample photos taken by the Olympus TG-1 iHS.

differences

Advantages of the Olympus TG-1 iHS

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/2 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the TG-1 iHS's lens captures much more light (1.6 f-stops)
Wide angle
Significantly better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Size
Significantly smaller
99×64×25 mm vs 122×61×30 mm
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Around 30% smaller
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Digital
  2. Sensor shift
vs
  1. Digital
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Less risk of blur
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
610k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Battery life
Longer battery life
300 shots vs 260 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Thickness
Thinner
1" vs 1.2"
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Around 20% thinner
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Advantages of the Pentax WG-2 GPS

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Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$271.28 vs $579.95
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The best price we've seen is $309 cheaper (2.1x less)
Weight
Lighter
198 g vs 221 g
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More than 10% lighter
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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recommendations

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similarities

Compared to recent compacts

Common Strengths
GPS Built-in GPS Help
Great for travel
Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
1080p @ 30fps
Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
1.0 cm
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
Common Weaknesses
Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
4 seconds
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Image stabilization Poor image stabilization Help
TG-1 iHS
  1. Digital
  2. Sensor shift
WG-2 GPS
  1. Digital
Zoom Poor zoom Help
TG-1 iHS4x
WG-2 GPS5x

Compared to recent waterproof cameras

Common Strengths
Screen size Larger than average screens Help
3"
Thickness Thin Help
TG-1 iHS1"
WG-2 GPS1.2"
Common Weaknesses
High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
Not supported

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Olympus Tough TG-4

Olympus Tough TG-4

Waterproof

$335 - $379

Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Thickness Is thicker
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

Waterproof

$489

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

Waterproof

$369

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Thickness Is thicker
GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

Waterproof

Movie format Records very high quality movies
Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
Nikon Coolpix AW120

Nikon Coolpix AW120

Waterproof

$250

Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity Significantly lower maximum light sensitivity
Size Is slightly larger
Panasonic Lumix TS5

Panasonic Lumix TS5

Waterproof

$275 - $289

Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Thickness Is thicker
Nikon Coolpix AW100

Nikon Coolpix AW100

Waterproof

$260

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity

Olympus TG-1 iHS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860

Waterproof

$249

Wide angle Much better wide angle
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

Waterproof

$262

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Wide angle Much better wide angle
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Olympus TG-820 iHS

Olympus TG-820

Waterproof

$250

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Size Smaller
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
Canon PowerShot D30

Canon PowerShot D30

Waterproof

$299

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle

Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Pentax WG-3

Pentax WG-3

Waterproof

$280

Aperture Much wider aperture
Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Size Larger
Battery life Shorter battery life
Pentax WG-10

Pentax WG-10

Waterproof

$212

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Fujifilm FinePix XP70

Fujifilm FinePix XP70

Waterproof

$139

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Size Smaller
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Macro focus Much worse macro capability

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