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

Olympus Tough TG-810 vs Panasonic Lumix TS4

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Reasons to buy the Olympus Tough TG-810

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

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix TS4

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel

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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
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1300s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1" vs 1.1"
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Almost the same
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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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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
              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
              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
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Thickness Thin Help
              TG-810:1"
              TS4:1.1"
              Common Weaknesses
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $239

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Waterproof

              $390

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $300

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $350 - $480

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Olympus TG-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              $310

              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 TG-1 iHS

              Olympus TG-1 iHS

              Waterproof

              $510

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20

              Panasonic Lumix TS20

              Waterproof

              $215

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS

              Olympus Tough TG-810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Waterproof

              $340

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

              Olympus TG-610

              Waterproof

              $392

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Weight Lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
              Olympus Stylus Tough 8000

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8000

              Waterproof

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Fujifilm FinePix XP200

              Fujifilm FinePix XP200

              Waterproof

              $349

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $177

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $169

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $140 - $141

              Size Smaller
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot D30

              Canon PowerShot D30

              Waterproof

              $299 - $330

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $189 - $347

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures

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