Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Panasonic Lumix TS5

Olympus TG-820 vs Panasonic Lumix TS4

Winner
Olympus TG-820 iHS

77

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

72

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus TG-820

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,030k dots
Really small
Size
Compact (96×63×23 mm)
High ISO
Light sensitivity
6,400 ISO
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix TS4

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

galleries

Explore our gallery of 30 sample photos taken by the Olympus TG-820 iHS.
Explore our gallery of 3 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4.

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
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" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Size
Smaller
96×63×23 mm vs 103×64×27 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 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 4 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
155 g vs 197 g
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More than 20% lighter
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
Thickness
Thinner
0.9" vs 1.1"
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More than 10% thinner
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 TS4

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.3 vs f/3.9
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At its widest zoom, the TS4's lens captures marginally more light (0.5 f-stops)
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
310 shots vs 220 shots
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More than 40% more shots per battery charge
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 4s
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15x longer exposures
Lowest price
Cheaper
$349.99 vs $403.39
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The best price we've seen is $53 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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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
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              TG-8201080p @ 30fps
              TS41080p @ 60fps
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              TG-820$403.39
              TS4$349.99
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              TG-8205x
              TS44.6x

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              TG-82096×63×23 mm
              TS4103×64×27 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              TG-8200.9"
              TS41.1"
              Common Weaknesses
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

              Waterproof

              $390

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860

              Waterproof

              $249

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $372

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

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $300

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $169

              Wide angle Has a significantly 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
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $209

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2

              Waterproof

              $400

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Olympus TG-820 iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Waterproof

              $250

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              GPS Has a GPS
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $160

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus TG-320

              Olympus Tough TG-320

              Waterproof

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Olympus TG-620

              Olympus TG-620

              Waterproof

              $166

              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $240 - $299

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen size Larger screen
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 (Lumix DMC-FT6)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 (Lumix DMC-FT6)

              Waterproof

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen size Larger screen
              Size Larger
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 (Lumix DMC-FT30)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 (Lumix DMC-FT30)

              Waterproof

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Significantly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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