Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Olympus TG-620

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Reasons to buy the Olympus TG-610

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
530 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus Tough TG-810

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
 
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differences

Advantages of the Olympus TG-810

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GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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Advantages of the Olympus TG-610

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Continuous shooting Shoots faster 3.4 fps vs 0.7 fps
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Around 5x faster continuous shooting
Weight Lighter 190 g vs 221 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $249.00 vs $299.00
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The best price we've seen is $50 cheaper (around 20% less)
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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 Common Weaknesses
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              920k dots
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              4 seconds
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              TG-810:0.7 fps
              TG-610:3.4 fps
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              f/3.9
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              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
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.0"
              Size Fairly small Help
              TG-810:100x65x26 mm
              TG-610:99x64x26 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              TG-810:Digital, Sensor shift
              TG-610:Sensor shift
              Thickness Thin Help
              1"
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Waterproof

              $309

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Has a significantly lower resolution screen
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $250 - $297

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Has a significantly lower resolution screen
              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Waterproof

              $199

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Olympus TG-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Waterproof

              $470

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $249

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Screen resolution Has a significantly lower resolution screen
              Olympus TG-310

              Olympus TG310

              Waterproof

              $149

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen

              Olympus Tough TG-810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $198 - $214

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Size Significantly smaller
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Olympus TG-610 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus FE-360

              Olympus FE-360

              Compact

              $150

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Olympus TG-620

              Olympus TG-620

              Waterproof

              $180

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Fujifilm FinePix XP60

              Fujifilm FinePix XP60

              Waterproof

              $169 - $180

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability

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