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

Olympus TG-610 vs Olympus Tough TG-810

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Reasons to buy the Olympus TG-610

Large screen
Screen size
3"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus Tough TG-810

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Screen size
Large screen
3"
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots

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Explore our gallery of 2 sample photos taken by the Olympus Tough TG-810.
Explore our gallery of 1 sample photo taken by the Olympus TG-610.

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
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
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              TG-8100.7 fps
              TG-6103.4 fps
              Image stabilization Poor image stabilization Help
              TG-810
              1. Digital
              2. Sensor shift
              TG-610
              1. Sensor shift
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              f/3.9
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              Compact (100×65×26 mm)
              Thickness Thin Help
              1"
              Common Weaknesses
              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

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Screen size Has a significantly smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $300

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Screen resolution Has a significantly lower resolution screen
              Olympus TG-620

              Olympus TG-620

              Waterproof

              $200

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Screen resolution Has a significantly lower resolution screen
              Olympus TG-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              $403

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $170 - $347

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Olympus TG-310

              Olympus TG310

              Waterproof

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Screen size Has a significantly smaller screen
              Screen resolution Has a much lower resolution screen
              Olympus Stylus Tough 6020

              Olympus Stylus Tough 6020

              Waterproof

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Screen size Has a significantly smaller screen
              Screen resolution Has a much lower resolution screen

              Olympus Tough TG-810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Waterproof

              $390

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Olympus Stylus Tough 8000

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8000

              Waterproof

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

              Olympus TG-610 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus Tough 6010

              Olympus Stylus Tough 6010

              Waterproof

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Fujifilm XP80

              Fujifilm XP80

              Waterproof

              $140 - $170

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Olympus Stylus Tough 6000

              Olympus Stylus Tough 6000

              Waterproof

              $271

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

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