Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Olympus TG-630 iHS vs Olympus TG-820 iHS

Olympus TG-820

Winner
Olympus TG-820 iHS

79

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Olympus TG-620

72

Olympus TG-620

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Olympus TG-820

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,030k dots
Really small
Size
Compact 96x63x23 mm
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus TG-620

Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

differences

Advantages of the Olympus TG-620

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Thickness
Slightly thinner
0.9" vs 0.9"
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$199.95 vs $238.30
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The best price we've seen is $38 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Olympus TG-820

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
1,030k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Weight
Slightly lighter
155 g vs 167 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              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
              Thickness Thin Help
              0.9"
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              4 seconds
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              220 shots
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              f/3.9
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Size Fairly small Help
              TG-620:98x65x21 mm
              TG-820:96x63x23 mm
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.0"
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Waterproof

              $309

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $248

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Olympus TG-630 iHS

              Olympus TG-630 iHS

              Waterproof

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $395

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $128 - $177

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $189 - $297

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Olympus TG-320

              Olympus Tough TG-320

              Waterproof

              $203

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature

              Olympus TG-620 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W650

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W650

              Compact

              $139

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Olympus TG-820 iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $349

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Waterproof

              $249

              GPS Has a GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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