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

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 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
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Advantages of the Panasonic TS4

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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)
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
Lowest price Cheaper $199.99 vs $249.00
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The best price we've seen is $49 cheaper (around 20% less)
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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
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Screen type No OLED screens Help
              LCD
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Waterproof

              $372

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $129 - $300

              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
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $198 - $298

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $218 - $380

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

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Waterproof

              $229 - $299

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Size Is slightly larger
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Olympus TG-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              $190

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $297 - $548

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Olympus Tough TG-810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus TG-610

              Olympus TG-610

              Waterproof

              $250

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Weight Lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              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 Stylus 850 SW

              Olympus Stylus 850 SW

              Waterproof

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $310 - $410

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen size Larger screen
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $148 - $180

              Size Smaller
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20

              Panasonic Lumix TS20

              Waterproof

              $149

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

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