Olympus TG-820 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

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Olympus TG-820 iHS

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

71

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus TG-820

Large screen
Screen size
3"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,030k dots
Really small
Size
Compact (96×63×23 mm)
High ISO
Light sensitivity
6,400 ISO
 

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

Items often bought with the Olympus TG-820 or Panasonic DMC-FT3

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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
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
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 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 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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$249.95 vs $278.75
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The best price we've seen is $29 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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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
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
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 4s
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15x longer exposures
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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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              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

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860

              Waterproof

              $249

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $275 - $289

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $425

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon Coolpix S33

              Nikon Coolpix S33

              Waterproof

              $117 - $161

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $190

              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 Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $353

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $262

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Olympus TG-820 iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Waterproof

              $330 - $379

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Significantly larger
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Olympus TG-1 iHS

              Olympus TG-1 iHS

              Waterproof

              $580

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $108 - $111

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 (DMC-FT30)

              Waterproof

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Significantly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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