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Reasons to buy the Olympus TG-610

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 99x64x26 mm
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
530 ms shutter lag
Weight
Light-weight
190 g
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus Tough TG-810

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 100x65x26 mm
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 Cheaper $276.14 vs $441.07
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The best price we've seen is $165 cheaper (around 40% less)
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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
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              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"
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              TG-810:Sensor shift, Digital
              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

              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
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $250

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Has a significantly lower resolution screen
              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Waterproof

              $250

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Waterproof

              $339

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
              Olympus TG-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $199 - $269

              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 Tough TG-810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

              Compact

              $200

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $289 - $297

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Size Larger
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $600 body only

              $599 - $844 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Olympus TG-610 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus TG-320

              Olympus Tough TG-320

              Waterproof

              $211

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Olympus TG-620

              Olympus TG-620

              Waterproof

              $220

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,598 - $1,899 body only

              $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Much larger
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Olympus SP-810 UZ

              Olympus SP-810 UZ

              Super zoom

              $319

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Size Much larger
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Olympus TG-310

              Olympus TG310

              Waterproof

              $204

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Smaller screen

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