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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

79

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Olympus Tough TG-810

69

Olympus Tough TG-810

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

Really small
Size
Ultra compact 96x56x18 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus Tough TG-810

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
 

differences

Advantages of the Olympus TG-810

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

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
Help
Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Size
Significantly smaller
96x56x18 mm vs 100x65x26 mm
Help
More than 40% smaller
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
Help
Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.5 vs f/3.9
Help
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
Help
CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
Help
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
Wide angle
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
Help
More than 10% better wide angle
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 0.7 fps
Help
Around 14.5x faster continuous shooting
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Digital, Sensor shift
Help
Less risk of blur
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 3 cm
Help
Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Weight
Significantly lighter
133 g vs 221 g
Help
Around 40% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
0.7" vs 1"
Help
More than 30% thinner
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
Help
The DSC-TX20's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$209.98 vs $239.95
Help
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-810:920k dots
              DSC-TX20:921k dots
              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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              TG-810:f/3.9
              DSC-TX20:f/3.5
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              TG-810:5x
              DSC-TX20:4x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.0"
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              TG-810:Digital, Sensor shift
              DSC-TX20:Lens
              Thickness Thin Help
              TG-810:1"
              DSC-TX20:0.7"
              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
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              TG-810:28 mm
              DSC-TX20:25 mm

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $274

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $349 - $398

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $241

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $170 - $179

              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
              Olympus TG-820 iHS

              Olympus TG-820

              Waterproof

              $238

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $128 - $159

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

              Olympus Tough TG-810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Waterproof

              $329

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

              Olympus TG-610

              Waterproof

              $382

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Weight Lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
              Fujifilm FinePix JZ500

              Fujifilm FinePix JZ500

              Travel zoom

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Olympus TG-620

              Olympus TG-620

              Waterproof

              $190

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              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

              $198 - $212

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10

              Sony Cybershot TX10

              Waterproof

              $245

              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter max exposures
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

              Waterproof

              $250

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $189 - $347

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX100V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX100v

              Compact

              $80

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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

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