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

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Olympus TG-820 iHS

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Olympus TG-820

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Size
Really small
Ultra compact 96x56x18 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus TG-820

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,030k dots
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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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 1 f-stop better
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,030k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
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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
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)
Wide angle Better wide angle 25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Size Smaller 96x56x18 mm vs 96x63x23 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen resolution Very high resolution screens Help
              TG-820:1,030k dots
              DSC-TX20:921k dots
              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
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              4 seconds
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              TG-820:5x
              DSC-TX20:4x
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              TG-820:f/3.9
              DSC-TX20:f/3.5

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Size Fairly small Help
              TG-820:96x63x23 mm
              DSC-TX20:96x56x18 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              TG-820:0.9"
              DSC-TX20:0.7"
              Weight Light weight Help
              TG-820:155 g
              DSC-TX20:133 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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $198 - $298

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Waterproof

              $199 - $299

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

              Waterproof

              $335 - $379

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $139 - $148

              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $249

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $234

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $309 - $327

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

              Olympus TG-820 iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus TG-630 iHS

              Olympus TG-630 iHS

              Waterproof

              $125

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1

              Waterproof

              $160 - $165

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10

              Sony Cybershot TX10

              Waterproof

              $289

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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

              Waterproof

              $220 - $280

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX66

              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX66

              Ultra compact

              $199

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5

              Waterproof

              $250 - $310

              True resolution Slightly higher true resolution
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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