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

Olympus TG-820 vs Panasonic Lumix TS20

Winner
Olympus TG-820 iHS

79

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20

64

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus TG-820

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,030k dots
High ISO
Light sensitivity
6,400 ISO
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix TS20

Size
Really small
Super compact 101x58x19 mm
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
Weight
Light-weight
142 g
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.

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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
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
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
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 TS20

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Wide angle
Significantly 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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$215.00 vs $260.00
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The best price we've seen is $45 cheaper (around 20% less)
Longest exposure
Slightly longer exposures
8s vs 4s
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2x 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
              Size Fairly small Help
              TG-82096x63x23 mm
              TS20101x58x19 mm
              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-8200.9"
              TS200.7"
              Weight Light weight Help
              TG-820155 g
              TS20142 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              f/3.9
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              TG-8205x
              TS204x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $160

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $280

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $250

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $369

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Waterproof

              $189

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot D20

              Canon PowerShot D20

              Waterproof

              $300

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Olympus TG-820 iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $350

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860

              Waterproof

              $249

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Waterproof

              $249

              GPS Has a GPS
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Waterproof

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Size Significantly larger
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $300

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $170

              Lowest price Cheaper
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 (Lumix DMC-FT30)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 (Lumix DMC-FT30)

              Waterproof

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Slightly larger
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $351 - $398

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Compact

              $167

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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