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

Olympus TG-820 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

Winner
Olympus TG-820 iHS

77

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

72

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus TG-820

Large screen
Screen size
3"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,030k dots
High ISO
Light sensitivity
6,400 ISO
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

galleries

Explore our gallery of 30 sample photos taken by the Olympus TG-820 iHS.
Explore our gallery of 4 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3.

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
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
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
Size
Smaller
96×63×23 mm vs 104×64×28 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 4 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 faster
5 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1300s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
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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)
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
310 shots vs 220 shots
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More than 40% more shots per battery charge
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 4s
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15x longer exposures
Lowest price
Cheaper
$274.89 vs $403.39
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The best price we've seen is $128 cheaper (more than 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
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              TG-8205x
              DMC-FT34.6x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              TG-82096×63×23 mm
              DMC-FT3104×64×28 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              TG-8200.9"
              DMC-FT31.1"
              Common Weaknesses
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4

              Panasonic Lumix FT4

              Waterproof

              $328

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $370

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Waterproof

              $324

              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus TG-1 iHS

              Olympus TG-1 iHS

              Waterproof

              $510

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $180

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix S33

              Nikon Coolpix S33

              Compact

              $127 - $130

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Waterproof Is not waterproof
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Waterproof

              $230

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

              Olympus TG-820 iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $160

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Waterproof

              $379

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Significantly larger
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Waterproof

              $251

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              GPS Has a GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Pro digicam

              $395

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Much larger
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Olympus SZ-14

              Olympus SZ-14

              Digicam

              $139

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix FT5

              Panasonic Lumix FT5

              Waterproof

              $230 - $250

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

              Waterproof

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 (Lumix DMC-FT30)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 (Lumix DMC-FT30)

              Waterproof

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Significantly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 (Lumix DMC-FT6)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 (Lumix DMC-FT6)

              Waterproof

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Size Larger

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