Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic Lumix TS25

Olympus TG-820

Winner
Olympus TG-820 iHS

79

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20

65

Panasonic Lumix TS20

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus TG-820

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,030k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 96x63x23 mm
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix TS20

Size
Really small
Super compact 101x58x19 mm
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
Weight
Light-weight
142 g
 
Differences | Recommendations | Similarities | Competitors | Appearance | Discussion

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
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5 fps vs 1.3 fps
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Around 4x faster continuous shooting
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Advantages of the Panasonic TS20

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Wide angle Better wide angle 25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Size Smaller 101x58x19 mm vs 96x63x23 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Battery life Longer battery life 260 shots vs 220 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Thickness Thinner 0.7" vs 0.9"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight Slightly lighter 142 g vs 155 g
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Around 10% lighter
Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures 8s vs 4s
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2x longer exposures
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recommendations

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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
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Thickness Thin Help
              TG-820:0.9"
              TS20:0.7"
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              f/3.9
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              TG-820:5x
              TS20:4x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Size Fairly small Help
              TG-820:96x63x23 mm
              TS20:101x58x19 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              TG-820:Sensor shift
              TS20:Lens
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              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
              Not supported
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              TG-820:28 mm
              TS20:25 mm

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $135 - $177

              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus TG-620

              Olympus TG-620

              Waterproof

              $175

              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $269

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Fujifilm FinePix XP60

              Fujifilm FinePix XP60

              Waterproof

              $160 - $179

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $229 - $340

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $294

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Waterproof

              $169

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Olympus TG-820 iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Waterproof

              $279 - $309

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              GPS Has a GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Olympus TG-630 iHS

              Olympus TG-630 iHS

              Waterproof

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $199 - $269

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $349 - $430

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Waterproof

              $249

              GPS Has a GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

              Waterproof

              $210

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter max exposures

              appearance

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              discussion

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