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

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

Winner
Olympus Tough TG-810

71

Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS

66

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus Tough TG-810

Large screen
Screen size
3"
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 Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS

Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm
Weight
Light-weight
167 g
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel

galleries

Explore our gallery of 2 sample photos taken by the Olympus Tough TG-810.
Explore our gallery of 6 sample photos taken by the Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS.

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
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Digital
  2. Sensor shift
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  1. Digital
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Less risk of blur
Size
Smaller
100×65×26 mm vs 116×59×29 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
1" vs 1.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1500s
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More than 20% faster max shutter speed
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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
1.0 cm vs 3.0 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
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              4 seconds
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              0.7 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Image stabilization Poor image stabilization Help
              TG-810
              1. Digital
              2. Sensor shift
              WG-1 GPS
              1. Digital
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              TG-810f/3.9
              WG-1 GPSf/3.5

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Thickness Thin Help
              TG-8101"
              WG-1 GPS1.1"
              Common Weaknesses
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $300

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SD880 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD880 IS

              Compact

              $499

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive

              Olympus Tough TG-810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Waterproof

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

              Olympus TG-610

              Waterproof

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Weight Lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $350 - $372

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Olympus TG-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              $403

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Lowest price More expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Waterproof

              $390

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

              Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 body only

              $589 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Larger
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Olympus TG-1 iHS

              Olympus TG-1 iHS

              Waterproof

              $510

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Weight Heavier
              Pentax WG-10

              Pentax WG-10

              Waterproof

              $221

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

              Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

              Waterproof

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier

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              Olympus Tough TG-810 Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS

              discussion

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