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

81

Olympus Tough TG-810

71

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Wide angle lens
Wide angle
25 mm
Really small
Size
Ultra compact (96×56×18 mm)
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
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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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
Wide angle
Significantly better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
Help
More than 10% better wide angle
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
Help
Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
Help
Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Size
Significantly smaller
96×56×18 mm vs 100×65×26 mm
Help
More than 40% smaller
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
10 fps vs 0.7 fps
Help
Around 14.5x faster continuous shooting
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)
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
Help
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
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Digital
  2. Sensor shift
Help
Less risk of blur
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Weight
Significantly lighter
133 g vs 221 g
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Around 40% lighter
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
Help
Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Thickness
Significantly 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 $249.00
Help
The best price we've seen is $49 cheaper (around 20% 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
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              4 seconds
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              TG-8101,600 ISO
              DSC-TX203,200 ISO
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              TG-8105x
              DSC-TX204x
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              TG-810f/3.9
              DSC-TX20f/3.5

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              TG-810100×65×26 mm
              DSC-TX2096×56×18 mm
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              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

              $244

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $209

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $300

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Waterproof

              $390

              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Fujifilm FinePix XP60

              Fujifilm FinePix XP60

              Waterproof

              $156

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Waterproof

              $250

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $132 - $149

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              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 Smaller screen
              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
              Olympus TG-620

              Olympus TG-620

              Waterproof

              $166

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Olympus TG-310

              Olympus TG310

              Waterproof

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Smaller screen

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $188 - $198

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1

              Waterproof

              $195

              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Compact

              $269 - $297

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Size Much larger
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

              Waterproof

              $290

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX100V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX100v

              Compact

              $294

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

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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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