Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Olympus Stylus Tough-3000

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Reasons to buy the Olympus Tough TG-810

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

Reasons to buy the Olympus Stylus Tough-3000

Size
Really small
Compact 95x65x23 mm
Weight
Light-weight
159 g
 
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differences

Advantages of the Olympus TG-810

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
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 Tough-3000

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Aperture Wider aperture f/3.5 vs f/3.9
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At its widest zoom, the Tough-3000's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Size Smaller 95x65x23 mm vs 100x65x26 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Weight Lighter 159 g vs 221 g
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Around 30% lighter
Macro focus Slightly better macro capability 2 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects more than 30% closer to the lens
Thickness Thinner 0.9" vs 1"
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More than 10% thinner
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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 Common Weaknesses
        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
        High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
        Not supported
        Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
        28 mm
        Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
        720p @ 30fps
        Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
        TG-810:f/3.9
        Tough-3000:f/3.5
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        TG-810:5x
        Tough-3000:3.6x

        Compared to recent waterproof cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        Usually standard
        Thickness Thin Help
        TG-810:1"
        Tough-3000:0.9"
        External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
        Limited to the in-camera mic

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

        Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

        Waterproof

        $279

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

        Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

        Waterproof

        $382 - $448

        Aperture Has a much wider aperture
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

        Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

        Waterproof

        $199 - $289

        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix AW110

        Nikon Coolpix AW110

        Waterproof

        $215

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Size Is slightly larger

        Olympus Tough TG-810 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix AW100

        Nikon Coolpix AW100

        Waterproof

        $257 - $297

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Olympus TG-820 iHS

        Olympus TG-820

        Waterproof

        $220

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        GPS No built-in GPS
        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

        Olympus TG-610

        Waterproof

        $249 - $250

        Continuous shooting Shoots faster
        Weight Lighter
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Olympus TG-620

        Olympus TG-620

        Waterproof

        $210

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        GPS No built-in GPS

        Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Olympus Stylus 5010

        Olympus Stylus 5010

        Compact

        $110

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Size Smaller
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
        Waterproof Not waterproof
        Olympus Stylus Tough 6020

        Olympus Stylus Tough 6020

        Waterproof

        $195

        Size Smaller
        Weight Lighter
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter max exposures
        Olympus Stylus Tough 8000

        Olympus Stylus Tough 8000

        Waterproof

        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        Size Smaller
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Weight Heavier
        Olympus TG-320

        Olympus Tough TG-320

        Waterproof

        $200

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro capability
        Fujifilm FinePix XP10

        Fujifilm FinePix XP10

        Waterproof

        $190

        Weight Lighter
        Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
        Image stabilization No image stabilization

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