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
Lowest price Cheaper $249.00 vs $378.61
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The best price we've seen is $130 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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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
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recommendations

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
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              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
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $269

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Has a significantly lower resolution screen
              Olympus TG-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              $238

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Waterproof

              $349

              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-310

              Olympus TG310

              Waterproof

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Waterproof

              $372

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Fujifilm FinePix XP60

              Fujifilm FinePix XP60

              Waterproof

              $160 - $179

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Olympus TG-620

              Olympus TG-620

              Waterproof

              $175

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Screen resolution Has a significantly lower resolution screen

              Olympus Tough TG-810 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Waterproof

              $279 - $309

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Size Larger

              Olympus TG-610 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Olympus TG-630 iHS

              Olympus TG-630 iHS

              Waterproof

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5

              Compact

              $140

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,153 body only

              $1,330 - $1,349 with 18-135mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier

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