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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 vs Olympus Tough TG-810

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Long exposures
Longest exposure
60 seconds
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus Tough TG-810

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/2000 of a second
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel

galleries

Explore our gallery of 2 sample photos taken by the Olympus Tough TG-810.
Explore our gallery of 31 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3.

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" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Size
Smaller
100×65×26 mm vs 104×64×28 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1300s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Cheaper
$249.00 vs $389.95
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The best price we've seen is $141 cheaper (around 40% less)
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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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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)
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Digital
  2. Sensor shift
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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
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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
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              TG-8100.7 fps
              DMC-TS33.7 fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              TG-8105x
              DMC-TS34.6x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              TG-810100×65×26 mm
              DMC-TS3104×64×28 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              TG-8101"
              DMC-TS31.1"
              Common Weaknesses
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $240 - $299

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $300

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $209

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10

              Sony Cybershot TX10

              Waterproof

              $244

              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Size Is significantly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Olympus TG-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              $403

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $372

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus TG-620

              Olympus TG-620

              Waterproof

              $166

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Olympus Tough TG-810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Waterproof

              Size Smaller
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Waterproof

              $250

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Olympus TG-310

              Olympus TG310

              Waterproof

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Smaller screen

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 (Lumix DMC-FT30)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 (Lumix DMC-FT30)

              Waterproof

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Significantly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 (Lumix DMC-FT6)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 (Lumix DMC-FT6)

              Waterproof

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen size Larger screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $350

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Slightly smaller
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $169

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Significantly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860

              Waterproof

              $249

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Larger
              GPS No built-in GPS

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