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

Olympus Tough TG-810 vs Olympus Stylus Tough-3000

Winner
Olympus Tough TG-810

67

Olympus Stylus Tough-3000

59

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus Tough TG-810

Large screen
Screen size
3.0"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
Great macro
Macro focus
3 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus Stylus Tough-3000

Size
Really small
Compact 95x65x23 mm
Macro focus
Great macro
2 cm
Thickness
Thin
0.9"
Weight
Light-weight
159 g

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
Significantly 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
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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
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              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
              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
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Size Fairly small Help
              TG-810:100x65x26 mm
              Tough-3000:95x65x23 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              TG-810:1"
              Tough-3000:0.9"
              Common Weaknesses
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Waterproof

              $340

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Olympus Stylus Tough 8000

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8000

              Waterproof

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $350 - $480

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Olympus Stylus Tough 6000

              Olympus Stylus Tough 6000

              Waterproof

              $299

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Olympus TG-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              $310

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Olympus TG-620

              Olympus TG-620

              Waterproof

              $183

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Olympus Tough TG-810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $239

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Olympus TG-610

              Olympus TG-610

              Waterproof

              $392

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Weight Lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
              Fujifilm FinePix XP200

              Fujifilm FinePix XP200

              Waterproof

              $349

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $177

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus TG-310

              Olympus TG310

              Waterproof

              $518

              Size Slightly smaller
              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $169

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Larger
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Waterproof

              $135

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Olympus Stylus Tough 6020

              Olympus Stylus Tough 6020

              Waterproof

              Size Smaller
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter max exposures
              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Waterproof

              $108

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Much larger
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution

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