Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS vs Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

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Reasons to buy the Olympus TG-1 iHS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.0
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
Size
Really small
Compact 99x63x25 mm
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
 
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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/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the TG-1 iHS's lens captures much more light (1.6 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
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Size Significantly smaller 99x63x25 mm vs 122x61x30 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
Wide angle Better wide angle 25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Digital, Sensor shift vs 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 faster 10 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Weight Lighter 198 g vs 221 g
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More than 10% lighter
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similarities

Compared to recent compacts

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
GPS Built-in GPS Help
Great for travel
Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
1 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
Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
4 seconds
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity
High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
Not supported
Zoom Poor zoom Help
TG-1 iHS:4x
WG-2 GPS:5x

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"
Light sensitivity Very good maximum light sensitivity Help
6,400 ISO
Thickness Thin Help
TG-1 iHS:1"
WG-2 GPS:1.2"
External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
TG-1 iHS:25 mm
WG-2 GPS:28 mm

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

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
Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

Waterproof

$319

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Pentax WG-3

Pentax WG-3

Waterproof

$270

Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
GoPro HD Hero 2

GoPro HD Hero 2

Waterproof

Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Thickness Is thicker
GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
Nikon Coolpix AW100

Nikon Coolpix AW100

Waterproof

$250 - $297

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
Nikon Coolpix AW120

Nikon Coolpix AW120

Waterproof

$297 - $543

Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot D20

Canon PowerShot D20

Waterproof

$229 - $300

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
Weight Is slightly heavier
Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity

Olympus TG-1 iHS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

Waterproof

$448

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Battery life Slightly longer battery life
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Size Larger
Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

Waterproof

$309

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Lowest price Cheaper
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Olympus TG-820 iHS

Olympus TG-820

Waterproof

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Size Smaller
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen

Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Pentax WG-4

Pentax WG-4

Waterproof

Aperture Much wider aperture
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
Size Larger
Fujifilm FinePix XP70

Fujifilm FinePix XP70

Waterproof

$129 - $240

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Size Smaller
Macro focus Much worse macro capability
Aperture Narrower aperture
Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$499 - $699 body only

$200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Autofocus Faster autofocus
Size Much larger
Weight Much heavier

appearance

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discussion

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