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

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/3.3
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 Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Size Smaller 100x65x26 mm vs 104x63x27 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Macro focus Better macro capability 3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Thickness Slightly thinner 1" vs 1.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price Cheaper $299.00 vs $371.99
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The best price we've seen is $73 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-TS3

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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
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
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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
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              TG-810:$299.00
              DMC-TS3:$371.99
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Weight Heavy Help
              TG-810:221 g
              DMC-TS3:197 g
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              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

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Screen type No OLED screens Help
              LCD
              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

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $228

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $200

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $310 - $377

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Size Is slightly larger
              Olympus TG-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              $190

              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
              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $234 - $380

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Waterproof

              $199 - $299

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Size Is slightly larger
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $229 - $300

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger

              Olympus Tough TG-810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus TG-610

              Olympus TG-610

              Waterproof

              $220

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Weight Lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Waterproof

              $330 - $348

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Size Larger

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $153 - $178

              Size Significantly smaller
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $309 - $347

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Canon PowerShot D10

              Canon PowerShot D10

              Waterproof

              $350

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Size Much larger
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle

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              Olympus Tough TG-810 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3
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