Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

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Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS

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Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS

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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 Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS

Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
Weight
Light-weight
167 g
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
 
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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
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Digital, Sensor shift vs Digital
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Less risk of blur
Size Smaller 100x65x26 mm vs 115x58x28 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Thickness Thinner 1" vs 1.1"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Pentax WG-1 GPS

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Aperture Wider aperture f/3.5 vs f/3.9
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At its widest zoom, the WG-1 GPS's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Weight Lighter 167 g vs 221 g
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More than 20% 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
        Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
        4 seconds
        Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
        CCD
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        0.7 fps
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        1,600 ISO
        Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
        28 mm
        Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
        720p @ 30fps
        Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
        TG-810:f/3.9
        WG-1 GPS:f/3.5
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        5x

        Compared to recent waterproof cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        Usually standard
        Thickness Thin Help
        TG-810:1"
        WG-1 GPS: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

        Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

        Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

        Waterproof

        $349

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Thickness Is thinner
        Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon Coolpix AW100

        Nikon Coolpix AW100

        Waterproof

        $269

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

        Waterproof

        $372

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
        Fujifilm FinePix XP50

        Fujifilm FinePix XP50

        Waterproof

        $169

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
        Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
        Olympus TG-1 iHS

        Olympus TG-1 iHS

        Waterproof

        $580

        Aperture Has a much wider aperture
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon PowerShot D20

        Canon PowerShot D20

        Waterproof

        $229 - $320

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Size Is slightly larger

        Olympus Tough TG-810 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Olympus TG-820 iHS

        Olympus TG-820

        Waterproof

        $238

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

        Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

        Waterproof

        $279 - $309

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Size Larger
        Olympus TG-610

        Olympus TG-610

        Waterproof

        $379

        Continuous shooting Shoots faster
        Weight Lighter
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Lowest price More expensive
        Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

        Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

        Waterproof

        $349 - $880

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Size Larger

        Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony NEX-7

        Sony NEX-7

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,199 body only

        $809 with 18-200mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Size Larger
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $389 - $418 body only

        $399 - $539 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Size Much larger
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

        Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

        Waterproof

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Size Larger
        Weight Heavier
        Pentax Optio W90

        Pentax Optio W90

        Waterproof

        Size Smaller
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Canon EOS Rebel T1i

        Canon Rebel T1i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $999 body only

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Size Much larger
        Weight Much heavier

        appearance

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        Olympus Tough TG-810 Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS
        Olympus Tough TG-810 Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS

        discussion

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