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

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Reasons to buy the Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus Tough TG-810

Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
 
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differences

Advantages of the Olympus TG-810

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Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Size Smaller 100x65x26 mm vs 122x61x30 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Digital, Sensor shift vs Digital
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Less risk of blur
Thickness Thinner 1" vs 1.2"
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More than 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Pentax WG-2 GPS

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Aperture Wider aperture f/3.5 vs f/3.9
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At its widest zoom, the WG-2 GPS's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The WG-2 GPS's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 10 fps vs 0.7 fps
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Around 14.5x faster continuous shooting
Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Weight Lighter 198 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 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
        Weight Heavy Help
        TG-810:221 g
        WG-2 GPS:198 g
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
        28 mm
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        5x
        Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
        TG-810:f/3.9
        WG-2 GPS:f/3.5

        Compared to recent waterproof cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

        Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

        Screen type No OLED screens Help
        LCD
        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
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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix AW100

        Nikon Coolpix AW100

        Waterproof

        $249

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Olympus TG-820 iHS

        Olympus TG-820

        Waterproof

        $190

        Size Is slightly smaller
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

        Panasonic Lumix TS4

        Waterproof

        $200

        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        3D Captures 3D images
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
        Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
        Nikon Coolpix AW110

        Nikon Coolpix AW110

        Waterproof

        $234

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

        Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

        Waterproof

        $328 - $379

        Aperture Has a much wider aperture
        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Size Is slightly larger
        Canon PowerShot D20

        Canon PowerShot D20

        Waterproof

        $229 - $300

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Size Is slightly larger
        Panasonic Lumix TS25

        Panasonic Lumix TS25

        Waterproof

        $139 - $148

        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Size Is slightly smaller
        GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing

        Olympus Tough TG-810 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Olympus TG-610

        Olympus TG-610

        Waterproof

        $220

        Continuous shooting Shoots faster
        Weight Lighter
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

        Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

        Waterproof

        $199 - $299

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Size Larger
        Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

        Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

        Waterproof

        $268

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

        Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

        GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

        Waterproof

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Wide angle Much better wide angle
        Built-in flash No built-in flash
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        GoPro HD Hero 2

        GoPro HD Hero 2

        Waterproof

        Wide angle Much better wide angle
        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Built-in flash No built-in flash
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Pentax WG-4

        Pentax WG-4

        Waterproof

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Size Larger
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

        Waterproof

        $198 - $249

        Size Much smaller
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

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