Updated (February 2013): Compare the Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 vs Olympus TG-820

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

80

Olympus TG-820 iHS

76

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

Really small
Size
Ultra compact (96×56×18 mm)
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
Thin
Thickness
0.7"
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus TG-820

3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm

galleries

Explore our gallery of 30 sample photos taken by the Olympus TG-820 iHS.
Explore our gallery of 14 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20.

differences

Advantages of the Olympus TG-820

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Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The TG-820's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,030k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1600s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-TX20

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Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Wide angle
Significantly better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.5 vs f/3.9
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-TX20's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Size
Smaller
96×56×18 mm vs 96×63×23 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 5 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Longer battery life
250 shots vs 220 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Thickness
Thinner
0.7" vs 0.9"
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More than 20% thinner
Weight
Lighter
133 g vs 155 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$199.95 vs $260.00
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The best price we've seen is $60 cheaper (more than 20% 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
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              TG-8201,030k dots
              DSC-TX20921k dots
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              TG-8201080p @ 30fps
              DSC-TX201080p @ 60fps
              Size Fairly small Help
              TG-82096×63×23 mm
              DSC-TX2096×56×18 mm
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Thickness Thin Help
              TG-8200.9"
              DSC-TX200.7"
              Weight Light weight Help
              TG-820155 g
              DSC-TX20133 g
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              4 seconds
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              TG-820f/3.9
              DSC-TX20f/3.5
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              TG-8205x
              DSC-TX204x

              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
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              TG-820220 shots
              DSC-TX20250 shots
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $370

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Fujifilm XP80

              Fujifilm XP80

              Waterproof

              $146 - $229

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $270

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Waterproof

              $296 - $297

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Waterproof

              $349 - $431

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $425

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $149

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Olympus TG-820 iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Olympus Tough TG-810

              Waterproof

              $230

              GPS Has a GPS
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $241

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Olympus TG-1 iHS

              Olympus TG-1 iHS

              Waterproof

              $510

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860

              Waterproof

              $279

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Ricoh WG-30

              Ricoh WG-30

              Waterproof

              $150 - $175

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $228

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10

              Sony Cybershot TX10

              Waterproof

              $225

              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter max exposures
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

              Waterproof

              $349

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX55

              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX55

              Ultra compact

              $467

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX66

              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX66

              Ultra compact

              $273

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

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