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

78

Olympus TG-820 iHS

76

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

Really small
Size
Ultra compact 96x56x18 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
Thin
Thickness
0.7"
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus TG-820

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,030k dots
Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Size
Really small
Compact 96x63x23 mm
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 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 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
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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Wide angle
Significantly better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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)
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Size
Smaller
96x56x18 mm vs 96x63x23 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly 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
Slightly cheaper
$209.98 vs $238.30
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The best price we've seen is $28 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
              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-82096x63x23 mm
              DSC-TX2096x56x18 mm
              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
              Thickness Thin Help
              TG-8200.9"
              DSC-TX200.7"
              Weight Light weight Help
              TG-820155 g
              DSC-TX20133 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              4 seconds
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              TG-8205x
              DSC-TX204x
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              TG-820f/3.9
              DSC-TX20f/3.5

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.0"
              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

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $160

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $265

              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 DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $369

              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 slightly more expensive
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $300

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $157 - $249

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $110 - $180

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              Waterproof

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Movie format Records very high quality movies
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas

              Olympus TG-820 iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-830 iHS

              Waterproof

              $257

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

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $372

              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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $198

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

              Sony Cybershot TX10

              Waterproof

              $245

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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

              Waterproof

              $289

              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

              $273

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Compact

              $297

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Size Much larger
              Touch screen No touch screen

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