Updated (February 2013): Compare the Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 vs Olympus Tough TG-810

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

80

Olympus Tough TG-810

70

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
25 mm
Really small
Size
Ultra compact (96×56×18 mm)
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus Tough TG-810

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 14 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20.

differences

Advantages of the Olympus TG-810

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GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1600s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-TX20

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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
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Wide angle
Significantly better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Size
Significantly smaller
96×56×18 mm vs 100×65×26 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
10 fps vs 0.7 fps
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Around 14.5x faster continuous shooting
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.5 vs f/3.9
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-TX20's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Digital
  2. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Weight
Significantly lighter
133 g vs 221 g
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Around 40% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
0.7" vs 1"
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More than 30% thinner
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DSC-TX20's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$199.95 vs $229.95
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The best price we've seen is $30 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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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
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              TG-810920k dots
              DSC-TX20921k dots
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              4 seconds
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              TG-8101,600 ISO
              DSC-TX203,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              TG-810f/3.9
              DSC-TX20f/3.5
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              TG-8105x
              DSC-TX204x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              TG-810100×65×26 mm
              DSC-TX2096×56×18 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              TG-8101"
              DSC-TX200.7"
              Common Weaknesses
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10

              Sony Cybershot TX10

              Waterproof

              $225

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $370

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Waterproof

              $379 - $431

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $225

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $149

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing

              Olympus Tough TG-810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Waterproof

              Size Smaller
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Olympus TG-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              $260

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Olympus TG-610

              Olympus TG-610

              Waterproof

              $210

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Weight Lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Waterproof

              $250

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $160

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $228

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX55

              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX55

              Ultra compact

              $467

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

              Waterproof

              $349

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Fujifilm XP80

              Fujifilm XP80

              Waterproof

              $148 - $229

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Waterproof

              $279 - $297

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Size Much larger

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