Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic Lumix TS5

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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 TS4

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 Slightly smaller 100x65x26 mm vs 103x64x27 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Thickness Slightly thinner 1" vs 1.1"
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Almost the same
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $249.00 vs $293.75
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The best price we've seen is $45 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic TS4

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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 TS4's lens captures marginally more light (0.5 f-stops)
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Digital, 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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recommendations

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
              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
              TS4:3.7 fps
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              TG-810:5x
              TS4:4.6x

              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:Digital, Sensor shift
              TS4:Lens
              Thickness Thin Help
              TG-810:1"
              TS4:1.1"
              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

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $279

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Waterproof

              $372

              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Olympus TG-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              $238

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $349 - $440

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Waterproof

              $279 - $309

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Size Is slightly larger
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Fujifilm FinePix XP60

              Fujifilm FinePix XP60

              Waterproof

              $160 - $169

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $199

              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 Stylus Tough 8010

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Waterproof

              $349

              Size Smaller
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Olympus TG-610

              Olympus TG-610

              Waterproof

              $379

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Weight Lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Lowest price More expensive

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $169 - $314

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $229 - $340

              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 D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $229 - $320

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20

              Panasonic Lumix TS20

              Waterproof

              $215

              Size Significantly smaller
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              appearance

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              Olympus Tough TG-810 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4
              Olympus Tough TG-810 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              discussion

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