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

Olympus Tough TG-810

Winner
Olympus Tough TG-810

72

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Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS

64

Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS

Runner-up
     

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 Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS

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

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

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Olympus TG-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              $238

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Size Is slightly smaller
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $274

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Waterproof

              $329

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Waterproof

              $119

              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 Tough TG-810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $257

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              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
              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $169 - $320

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Olympus TG-610

              Olympus TG-610

              Waterproof

              $364

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Weight Lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Lowest price More expensive

              Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,199 body only

              $788 with 18-200mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Larger
              Pentax WG-10

              Pentax WG-10

              Waterproof

              $333

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $180 - $250

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

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