Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

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Reasons to buy the Olympus TG-1 iHS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.0
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

Size
Really small
Ultra compact 96x56x18 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 
Differences | Recommendations | Similarities | Competitors | Appearance | Discussion

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
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The TG-1 iHS's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Battery life Longer battery life 300 shots vs 250 shots
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20% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-TX20

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Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Size Smaller 96x56x18 mm vs 99x63x25 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 610k dots
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More than 50% higher resolution screen
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift, Digital
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Less risk of blur
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Weight Significantly lighter 133 g vs 221 g
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Around 40% lighter
Thickness Thinner 0.7" vs 1"
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Around 30% thinner
Lowest price Cheaper $209.98 vs $489.95
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The best price we've seen is $280 cheaper (2.3x 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-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
HDR In-camera HDR Help
Combines multiple exposures
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
Zoom Poor zoom Help
4x

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"
Size Fairly small Help
TG-1 iHS:99x63x25 mm
DSC-TX20:96x56x18 mm
Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
TG-1 iHS:610k dots
DSC-TX20:921k dots
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
TG-1 iHS:Sensor shift, Digital
DSC-TX20:Lens
Thickness Thin Help
TG-1 iHS:1"
DSC-TX20:0.7"
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
25 mm

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

Waterproof

$198 - $219

Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

Waterproof

$349 - $880

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier
GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

Waterproof

Movie format Records higher quality movies
Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
Nikon Coolpix AW100

Nikon Coolpix AW100

Waterproof

$269

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Canon PowerShot D20

Canon PowerShot D20

Waterproof

$229 - $320

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier
Nikon Coolpix AW120

Nikon Coolpix AW120

Waterproof

$229 - $340

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier
Nikon Coolpix AW110

Nikon Coolpix AW110

Waterproof

$247 - $266

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

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
Olympus Stylus 1

Olympus Stylus 1

Pro digicam

$117 - $649

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Size Much larger
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

Waterproof

Continuous shooting Shoots faster
Weight Lighter
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Olympus TG-820 iHS

Olympus TG-820

Waterproof

$238

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Size Smaller
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$448 - $580

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
3D Doesn't take 3D photos

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10

Sony Cybershot TX10

Waterproof

$279

Lowest price Slightly more expensive
Longest exposure Slightly shorter max exposures
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

Waterproof

$287

Screen type Has an OLED screen
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Macro focus Worse macro capability
Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1

Waterproof

$210

Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Touch screen No touch screen
Sony Cybershot DSC-TX66

Sony Cybershot DSC-TX66

Ultra compact

$266 - $700

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Macro focus Much worse macro capability
Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5

Waterproof

$310

Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
3D Doesn't take 3D photos

appearance

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Olympus TG-1 iHS Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20
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discussion

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