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

73

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

66

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
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

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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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$238.30 vs $389.95
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The best price we've seen is $152 cheaper (around 40% less)
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)
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              TG-820:5x
              DMC-TS3:4.6x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Thickness Thin Help
              TG-820:0.9"
              DMC-TS3:1.1"
              Common Weaknesses
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $290

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $350 - $480

              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 TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $140 - $141

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $235

              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $239

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $219 - $347

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $240 - $312

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Olympus TG-820 iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860

              Waterproof

              $279 - $280

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Waterproof

              $248

              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-1 iHS

              Olympus TG-1 iHS

              Waterproof

              $510

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Size Larger

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $169

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2

              Waterproof

              $400

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1

              Waterproof

              $350

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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