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

Macro focus
Great macro
2 cm
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 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
Lowest price Cheaper $161.78 vs $249.00
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The best price we've seen is $87 cheaper (around 40% less)
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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
              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
              Size Fairly small Help
              TG-810:100x65x26 mm
              Tough-3000:95x65x23 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              TG-810:Sensor shift, Digital
              Tough-3000:Sensor shift
              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
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus TG-310

              Olympus TG310

              Waterproof

              $518

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Olympus TG-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              $238

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Waterproof

              $279 - $309

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Waterproof

              $349

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Waterproof

              $372

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus TG-610

              Olympus TG-610

              Waterproof

              $379

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Olympus Tough TG-810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $279

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Fujifilm FinePix XP60

              Fujifilm FinePix XP60

              Waterproof

              $160 - $169

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability

              Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $145 - $169

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Olympus Stylus Tough 6010

              Olympus Stylus Tough 6010

              Waterproof

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S30

              Nikon Coolpix S30

              Waterproof

              $110

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Size Much larger
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS

              Compact

              $250

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Waterproof Not waterproof
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Olympus Stylus Tough 6000

              Olympus Stylus Tough 6000

              Waterproof

              $329

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Size Slightly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Weight Heavier

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