Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

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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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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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
Macro focus Better macro capability 3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Size Smaller 100x65x26 mm vs 104x63x27 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Thickness Slightly thinner 1" vs 1.1"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-TS3

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3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Aperture Wider aperture f/3.3 vs f/3.9
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-TS3's lens captures marginally more light (0.5 f-stops)
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift, Digital
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Less risk of blur
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 3.7 fps vs 0.7 fps
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Around 5.5x faster continuous shooting
Longest exposure Much longer exposures 60s vs 4s
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15x longer exposures
Weight Lighter 197 g vs 221 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $371.99 vs $441.07
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The best price we've seen is $69 cheaper (around 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              TG-810:$441.07
              DMC-TS3:$371.99
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              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
              DMC-TS3:3.7 fps
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              TG-810:5x
              DMC-TS3:4.6x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              TG-810:Sensor shift, Digital
              DMC-TS3:Lens
              Thickness Thin Help
              TG-810:1"
              DMC-TS3:1.1"
              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
              Not supported

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $290

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $250

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $349

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Waterproof

              $349

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $289 - $340

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20

              Panasonic Lumix TS20

              Waterproof

              $121

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Size Is slightly smaller
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $199 - $269

              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS

              Olympus Tough TG-810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus TG-610

              Olympus TG-610

              Waterproof

              $276

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Weight Lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $600 body only

              $599 - $620 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $293 - $298

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $129 - $169

              Size Significantly smaller
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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