Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4

Olympus TG-820

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Olympus TG-820 iHS

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Reasons to buy the Olympus TG-820

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,030k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 96x63x23 mm
Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Battery life
Great battery life
310 shots
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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differences

Advantages of the Olympus TG-820

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 1,030k dots vs 230k dots
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Around 4.5x higher resolution screen
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
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Size Smaller 96x63x23 mm vs 104x63x27 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The TG-820's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Weight Lighter 155 g vs 197 g
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More than 20% lighter
Thickness Thinner 0.9" vs 1.1"
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Around 20% thinner
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 5 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FT3

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Aperture Wider aperture f/3.3 vs f/3.9
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FT3's lens captures marginally more light (0.5 f-stops)
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 310 shots vs 220 shots
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More than 40% more shots per battery charge
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Longest exposure Much longer exposures 60s vs 4s
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15x longer exposures
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recommendations

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
3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Waterproof Waterproof Help
Great at the beach
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity
High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
Not supported
Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
28 mm
Zoom Poor zoom Help
TG-820:5x
DMC-FT3:4.6x

Compared to recent waterproof cameras

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
Usually standard
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
TG-820:Sensor shift
DMC-FT3:Lens
Thickness Thin Help
TG-820:0.9"
DMC-FT3:1.1"
External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4

Panasonic Lumix FT4

Waterproof

Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

Waterproof

$309

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Nikon Coolpix AW100

Nikon Coolpix AW100

Waterproof

$250 - $297

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
Panasonic Lumix FT25

Panasonic Lumix FT25

Waterproof

$183

Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
Nikon Coolpix AW110

Nikon Coolpix AW110

Waterproof

$213

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Screen type Has an OLED screen
Weight Is slightly heavier
Size Is slightly larger
Fujifilm FinePix XP70

Fujifilm FinePix XP70

Waterproof

$129 - $240

Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
Olympus Tough TG-810

Olympus Tough TG-810

Waterproof

$299 - $329

Weight Is slightly heavier
3D Doesn't take 3D photos

Olympus TG-820 iHS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Olympus TG-630 iHS

Olympus TG-630 iHS

Waterproof

Battery life Longer battery life
Thickness Slightly thinner
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Weight Slightly heavier
Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

Waterproof

$249

Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
3D Doesn't take 3D photos

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix FT5

Panasonic Lumix FT5

Waterproof

$298

Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Size Larger
Weight Heavier
Nikon Coolpix S32

Nikon Coolpix S32

Waterproof

$107 - $188

Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Weight Lighter
Size Significantly larger
3D Doesn't take 3D photos

appearance

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discussion

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