Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Olympus TG-320 vs Panasonic Lumix TS25

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix TS20

Really small
Size
Super compact 101x58x19 mm
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus Tough TG-320

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Macro focus
Great macro
3 cm
 

differences

Advantages of the Olympus TG-320

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.5 vs f/3.9
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At its widest zoom, the TG-320's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
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Advantages of the Panasonic TS20

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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
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
260 shots vs 150 shots
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More than 70% more shots per battery charge
Size
Smaller
101x58x19 mm vs 96x63x23 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Thickness
Thinner
0.7" vs 0.9"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
142 g vs 155 g
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Around 10% lighter
Longest exposure
Slightly longer exposures
8s vs 4s
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2x longer exposures
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent waterproof cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Thickness Thin Help
              TG-320:0.9"
              TS20:0.7"
              Common Weaknesses
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              TG-320:0.6 fps
              TS20:1.3 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              TG-320:f/3.5
              TS20:f/3.9
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              TG-320:3.6x
              TS20:4x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Size Fairly small Help
              TG-320:96x63x23 mm
              TS20:101x58x19 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              TG-320:Sensor shift
              TS20:Lens
              Common Weaknesses
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              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-320:28 mm
              TS20:25 mm

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $128 - $169

              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $120 - $159

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Waterproof

              $97 - $300

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Olympus TG-630 iHS

              Olympus TG-630 iHS

              Waterproof

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Size Is slightly larger
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Olympus TG-310

              Olympus TG310

              Waterproof

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus Stylus 850 SW

              Olympus Stylus 850 SW

              Waterproof

              $499

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $257

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Olympus TG-320 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus VR-350

              Olympus VR-350

              Travel zoom

              $125

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Larger
              Waterproof Not waterproof
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $349

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348 - $368

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55

              Travel zoom

              $220

              Screen size Larger screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $198 - $212

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $199 - $427

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $250

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Significantly larger
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Waterproof

              $372

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2

              Waterproof

              $400

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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              Olympus TG-320 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20

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