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
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
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Size Smaller 96x63x23 mm vs 104x63x27 mm
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More than 20% smaller
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
Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
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 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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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
        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
        Screen type No OLED screens Help
        LCD
        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
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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4

        Panasonic Lumix FT4

        Waterproof

        $268

        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Panasonic Lumix FT5

        Panasonic Lumix FT5

        Waterproof

        $543

        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon Coolpix AW100

        Nikon Coolpix AW100

        Waterproof

        $129 - $300

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

        Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

        Waterproof

        $319 - $349

        Aperture Has a much wider aperture
        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Panasonic Lumix FT25

        Panasonic Lumix FT25

        Waterproof

        $179

        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Olympus Tough TG-810

        Olympus Tough TG-810

        Waterproof

        $441

        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

        GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

        Waterproof

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

        Olympus TG-820 iHS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

        Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

        Waterproof

        $229 - $299

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        GPS Has a GPS
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

        Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

        Waterproof

        $229

        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
        Olympus TG-620

        Olympus TG-620

        Waterproof

        $184

        Thickness Slightly thinner
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Olympus TG-630 iHS

        Olympus TG-630 iHS

        Waterproof

        $149

        Battery life Longer battery life
        Thickness Slightly thinner
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Weight Slightly heavier

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20

        Panasonic Lumix FT20

        Waterproof

        $248

        Size Significantly smaller
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Movie format Lower resolution movies

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