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

Olympus TG-610

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Olympus Tough TG-810

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Reasons to buy the Olympus TG-610

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

Reasons to buy the Olympus Tough TG-810

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

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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
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1200s
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40% faster max shutter speed
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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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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
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              920k dots
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              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
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.0"
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              TG-810:Digital, Sensor shift
              TG-610:Sensor shift
              Thickness Thin Help
              1"
              Common Weaknesses
              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 Stylus Tough 8010

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Waterproof

              $329

              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

              $518

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $349 - $398

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              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-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              $238

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Olympus TG-320

              Olympus Tough TG-320

              Waterproof

              $187

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Screen resolution Has a much lower resolution screen
              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $170 - $179

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Olympus Tough TG-810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $280

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Waterproof

              $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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus Tough 6020

              Olympus Stylus Tough 6020

              Waterproof

              $119

              Size Smaller
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $916 with 14-42mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $139 - $159

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Smaller
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Waterproof

              $277

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Size Larger

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