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
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
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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
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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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:$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
              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
              Not supported

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $129 - $300

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              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
              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              Waterproof

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10

              Sony Cybershot TX10

              Waterproof

              $289

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Size Is significantly smaller
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS

              Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS

              Waterproof

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1

              Waterproof

              $160 - $188

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Waterproof

              $419 - $448

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger

              Olympus Tough TG-810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Waterproof

              $300

              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

              $229 - $299

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Olympus Stylus Tough 8000

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8000

              Waterproof

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Olympus TG-610

              Olympus TG-610

              Waterproof

              $250

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Weight Lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $299 - $410

              Screen size Larger screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $200

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Slightly smaller
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2

              Waterproof

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $159 - $180

              Size Significantly smaller
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $220 - $380

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures

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              Olympus Tough TG-810 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

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