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

68

Panasonic Lumix TS20

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus TG-820

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,030k dots
Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix TS20

Size
Really small
Super compact 101x58x19 mm
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
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
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
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
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
        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

        $138 - $180

        HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

        Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

        Waterproof

        $309

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        GPS Has a built-in GPS
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon Coolpix AW110

        Nikon Coolpix AW110

        Waterproof

        $213

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

        Panasonic Lumix TS4

        Waterproof

        $352

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon Coolpix AW100

        Nikon Coolpix AW100

        Waterproof

        $250 - $297

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        GPS Has a built-in GPS
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon Coolpix AW120

        Nikon Coolpix AW120

        Waterproof

        $297 - $543

        Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

        Waterproof

        $198 - $214

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos

        Olympus TG-820 iHS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

        Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

        Waterproof

        $249

        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

        GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

        Waterproof

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Wide angle Much better wide angle
        Built-in flash No built-in flash
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Olympus Tough TG-810

        Olympus Tough TG-810

        Waterproof

        $299 - $329

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

        Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

        Waterproof

        $349

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Size Significantly larger

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS10

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS10

        Waterproof

        $179 - $209

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster
        Wide angle Much worse wide angle
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Panasonic Lumix TS5

        Panasonic Lumix TS5

        Waterproof

        $298 - $348

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Size Significantly larger
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Nikon Coolpix S32

        Nikon Coolpix S32

        Waterproof

        $107 - $188

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Size Much larger
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2

        Waterproof

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Longest exposure Much longer exposures
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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