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

Olympus Tough TG-810

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Reasons to buy the Olympus Tough TG-810

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Built-in GPS
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
 

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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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 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
              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
              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
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              TG-810:Sensor shift, Digital
              TS4:Lens
              Thickness Thin Help
              TG-810:1"
              TS4:1.1"
              Common Weaknesses
              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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Waterproof

              $372

              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $248

              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 Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $349

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $169 - $320

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $189 - $297

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              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
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $198 - $212

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

              Olympus Tough TG-810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Waterproof

              $309

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Waterproof

              $329

              Size Smaller
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Smaller screen

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $199 - $427

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

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $128 - $169

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

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              Olympus Tough TG-810 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

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