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
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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
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Screen type No OLED screens Help
              LCD
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus TG-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              $190

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

              Olympus Tough TG-320

              Waterproof

              $162

              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
              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Waterproof

              $300

              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 Stylus 850 SW

              Olympus Stylus 850 SW

              Waterproof

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Waterproof

              $399 - $448

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Olympus TG-310

              Olympus TG310

              Waterproof

              $248

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Olympus TG-630 iHS

              Olympus TG-630 iHS

              Waterproof

              $149

              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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $129 - $300

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

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Waterproof

              $229 - $299

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Waterproof

              $372

              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Smaller screen

              Olympus TG-610 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Olympus TG-620

              Olympus TG-620

              Waterproof

              $184

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,569 - $1,600 body only

              $2,001 - $2,150 with 24-85mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Olympus FE-360

              Olympus FE-360

              Compact

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Sony A7R

              Sony A7R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Much larger
              Built-in flash No built-in flash

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