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

76

Olympus Tough TG-810

67

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
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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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 0.7 fps
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Around 14.5x faster continuous shooting
Wide angle
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Digital, Sensor shift
Help
Less risk of blur
Weight
Significantly lighter
133 g vs 221 g
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Around 40% lighter
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 3 cm
Help
Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Thickness
Thinner
0.7" vs 1"
Help
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 1 f-stop better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$209.98 vs $289.00
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The best price we've seen is $79 cheaper (around 30% 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
              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"
              Size Fairly small Help
              TG-810:100x65x26 mm
              DSC-TX20:96x56x18 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              TG-810:1"
              DSC-TX20:0.7"
              Common Weaknesses
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              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

              $239

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

              Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

              Travel zoom

              $240 - $349

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Waterproof Is not waterproof
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $300

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Olympus Tough TG-810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Waterproof

              $340

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

              Olympus TG-610

              Waterproof

              $392

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Weight Lighter
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
              Olympus Stylus Tough 8000

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8000

              Waterproof

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Fujifilm FinePix XP200

              Fujifilm FinePix XP200

              Waterproof

              $349

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $235

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed 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

              $198 - $226

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

              Sony Cybershot TX10

              Waterproof

              $245

              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter max exposures
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $219 - $347

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Compact

              $347

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

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