Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

Olympus TG-820 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

Winner
Olympus TG-820 iHS

79

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

71

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus TG-820

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

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

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

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Explore our gallery of 30 sample photos taken by the Olympus TG-820 iHS. Explore our gallery of 31 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3.

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
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
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
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
Significantly better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 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 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-TS3

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.3 vs f/3.9
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-TS3's lens captures marginally more light (0.5 f-stops)
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs 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
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 4s
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15x longer exposures
Lowest price
Cheaper
$189.00 vs $260.00
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The best price we've seen is $71 cheaper (around 30% less)
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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
              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-TS34.6x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              TG-82096x63x23 mm
              DMC-TS3104x63x27 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              TG-8200.9"
              DMC-TS31.1"
              Common Weaknesses
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $299

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860

              Waterproof

              $279

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $372

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $160

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Waterproof

              $249

              Weight Is significantly heavier
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $369

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $169

              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-820 iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Waterproof

              $249

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              GPS Has a GPS
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus TG-620

              Olympus TG-620

              Waterproof

              $202

              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen size Larger screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Size Larger
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10

              Sony Cybershot TX10

              Waterproof

              $200

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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