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

Olympus TG-820

Winner
Olympus TG-820 iHS

82

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20

70

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
Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix TS20

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
25 mm
Size
Really small
Super compact 101x58x19 mm
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
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
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" 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
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 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
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
Size Smaller 101x58x19 mm vs 96x63x23 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
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
Lowest price Cheaper $122.00 vs $189.99
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The best price we've seen is $68 cheaper (around 40% less)
Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures 8s vs 4s
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2x longer exposures
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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
              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
              Size Fairly small Help
              TG-820:96x63x23 mm
              TS20:101x58x19 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              TG-820:0.9"
              TS20:0.7"
              Weight Light weight Help
              TG-820:155 g
              TS20:142 g
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Screen type No OLED screens Help
              LCD
              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
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $139 - $148

              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus TG-630 iHS

              Olympus TG-630 iHS

              Waterproof

              $125

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $264

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $200

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix XP60

              Fujifilm FinePix XP60

              Waterproof

              $162

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $310 - $377

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $234

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Olympus TG-820 iHS Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Waterproof

              $199 - $299

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              GPS Has a GPS
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Waterproof

              $328 - $379

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $229 - $249

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Waterproof

              $299

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS10

              Waterproof

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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