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

Olympus TG-820

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Olympus TG-820 iHS

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Olympus TG-620

74

Olympus TG-620

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Reasons to buy the Olympus TG-820

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,030k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 96x63x23 mm
Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus TG-620

Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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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
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Advantages of the Olympus TG-820

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Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 1,030k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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 Common Weaknesses
        HDR In-camera HDR Help
        Combines multiple exposures
        Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
        1 cm
        Sensor type Better sensor types Help
        Better in low light
        Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
        Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
        Waterproof Waterproof Help
        Great at the beach
        Thickness Thin Help
        0.9"
        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 Common Weaknesses
        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
        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
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Olympus TG-630 iHS

        Olympus TG-630 iHS

        Waterproof

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Nikon Coolpix AW120

        Nikon Coolpix AW120

        Waterproof

        $297 - $543

        Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        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
        Olympus Tough TG-810

        Olympus Tough TG-810

        Waterproof

        $299 - $329

        GPS Has a built-in GPS
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

        Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

        Waterproof

        $199

        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

        Panasonic Lumix TS4

        Waterproof

        $352

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

        Olympus TG-620 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot D30

        Canon PowerShot D30

        Waterproof

        $299 - $330

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Size Significantly larger
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Olympus Stylus Tough 6020

        Olympus Stylus Tough 6020

        Waterproof

        $195

        Size Slightly smaller
        Weight Lighter
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Olympus TG-320

        Olympus Tough TG-320

        Waterproof

        $211

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

        Olympus TG-820 iHS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

        Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

        Waterproof

        $249

        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

        GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

        Waterproof

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Wide angle Much better wide angle
        Built-in flash No built-in flash
        Image stabilization No image stabilization

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